Bluff CityTri-Art Theatre Company

BCTC Celebrates 10 Seasons with Sharpness!!!

Bluff City Tri-Art Theatre Company celebrates its 10th Season in August, with an original play by Ruby O’Gray at TheatreWorks. “Making Folk Happy” is a fictional work, set in Memphis, as with much of O’Gray’s work, that explores the vivid characters’ lives from1911 through 1925. The Mississippi is very important to the storyline as Memphis was and still is a distribution center, a place to seek employment, and an entertainment source for its many travelers. This turn of the Century play deals with respect, love, options, and perceptions, that finally leads to twists and turns about the six characters who find themselves tied to each other’s fate.

In 1990, O’Gray completed a play called “Just Want to Talk to Somebody,” that included a scene called “Making Folk Happy.” After presenting the play only once, she deleted scenes that never really felt right under this title. “Making Folk Happy” became a short story, which O’Gray entered in contests, but finally rewrote as a full length play. Although there are 5 women whose lives intertwine, there is one male, played by veteran actor TC Sharpe, who will appear in three of the four plays offered for the season-thus the Sharpness!  In April 2016, TC will also direct the last play of the season’s lineup. O’Gray adds, “We are so excited about this season, as we’ve reached a milestone, and BCTC’s partnership with veteran TC Sharpe and J.E.T. Entertainment to bring the lineup to the stage.” “Making Folk Happy” also features Lazora Jones, Precious Morris, Mary Pruitt, Charisse Norment, and Jeneka Redmon as the women who were forced to make life-changing decisions.  The play is recommended for ages 13 and over.

 “Making Folk Happy” will run Friday and Saturday, August 21, 22/28, 29 at 7:30pm and Sunday, August 30, at 3:00pm. Tickets are $20/$15 for seniors (50), students, and military with I.D. Group rates are available for 15 or more. Call for reservations and other information at 901.946-6140.