Pellissippi State presents ‘Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson’

Andrew Jackson artwork

Pellissippi State Community College will present “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson,” a satirical emo rock musical and dramatized retelling of the controversial presidency of Andrew Jackson, in late October and early November.

Performance dates and times are 7:30 p.m., Oct. 28-29 and Nov. 4-5, and 2 p.m., Oct. 30 and Nov. 6. All performances are in the Clayton Performing Arts Center at the college’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Tickets are $14 for adults or $12 for seniors or students. Purchase tickets at www.pstcc.edu/tickets.

“Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson,” written by Michael Friedman, discusses the role of populism in the actions of America’s seventh president and draws parallels to today’s political climate. The play is for mature audiences and is not suitable for children.

“Populism is a huge theme in the play,” said director Grechen Wingerter. “It’s this idea of ‘taking your country back’ and what the people want. When he was elected, Andrew Jackson wasn’t one of the elite — he didn’t come from the right family or go to an Ivy League school. He marketed himself as a president of the people.”

Wingerter noted that there are clear parallels to this year’s election cycle — from the themes of populism and its political consequences to elections that feature the establishment versus the outsider. The play broaches topics like the 1830 Indian Removal Act and Jackson’s debated marriage to his wife, Rachel.

“The play is controversial because Andrew Jackson was, and is, controversial,” Wingerter said. “We still see the implications of what he did, particularly to Native Americans. This production might evoke a strong emotion, and that’s OK, even if it’s anger. That’s the purpose of theatre and of art — there is truth behind the satire that will allow the audience to think critically and make their own choices.”

The performance on Sunday, Oct. 30, will be followed by a panel discussion on the play’s themes. The panel will feature Wingerter; University of Tennessee professor Daniel M. Feller, caretaker of the Jackson papers, and a representative of the Cherokee Nation.

The performance will feature guest musical director Michael Shirtz, a jazz musician and composer and faculty member at Terra State Community College in Ohio.

“Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” is one of the events that make up Pellissippi State’s arts series, The Arts at Pellissippi State. The series brings to the community cultural activities ranging from music and theatre to international celebrations, lectures and the fine arts.

For more information about this production, visit www.pstcc.edu/arts or call the box office at 865-539-7529. To request accommodations for a disability at this event, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at 865-539-7401 or accommodations@pstcc.edu.

 

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Pellissippi State Announcements: Caroline Covington will headline art exhibit

 

This piece, titled "Skateboard," is part of Caroline Covington's upcoming "Vincible" exhibit.
This piece, titled “Skateboard,” is part of Caroline Covington’s upcoming “Vincible” exhibit.

Pellissippi State Community College will feature the sculpture of new faculty member Caroline Covington during the “Vincible: Knoxville’s Collection” exhibit that runs Sept. 12-30. “Vincible” examines the moments when we discover that our bodies are no longer invincible. The exhibit, part of The Arts at Pellissippi State, is free and open to the public in the Bagwell Center for Media and Art Gallery on the college’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. A reception to meet the artist will be held from 3-5 p.m., Sept. 12. For more information, visit www.pstcc.edu/arts.

 

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Pellissippi State Announcements: ‘Vacuum Shop’ exhibit runs through Sept. 9

"Eight Artists of the Vacuum Shop Studios" features the work of local artists, like this piece from Chelsie Nunn.
“Eight Artists from the Vacuum Shop Studios” features the work of local artists, like this piece from Chelsie Nunn.

 

Now through Sept. 9, Pellissippi State Community College will host the “Eight Artists of the Vacuum Shop Studios” exhibit in the Bagwell Center for Media and Art Gallery, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The exhibit features artists from Knoxville’s collaboratively-run Vacuum Shop Studios: Eleanor Aldrich, Heather Hartman, Kelly Hider, Ashton Ludden, Erin Mullenex, Chelsie Nunn, Deb Rule and Jessie Van der Laan. A reception to meet the artists will be held from 4-7 p.m., Sept. 9. The exhibit is part of The Arts at Pellissippi State, an annual series that includes music and theatre performances, international celebrations, lectures and the fine arts. For more information, visit www.pstcc.edu/arts or call 865-694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability at this event, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at 865-539-7401 or accommodations@pstcc.edu.

 

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Pellissippi State opens auditions for ‘Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson’

Auditions are open for Pellissippi State Community College’s upcoming production of “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.”

Auditions will be held from 6:30-10 p.m., Aug. 29 and 30, in the Clayton Performing Arts Center at the college’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Auditions are open to the community and will be held for 13 roles, all within the 20- to 30-year-old age range, all ethnicities and including a mix of male and female roles.

“Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” is a satirical emo rock musical and dramatized retelling of the controversial presidency of Andrew Jackson. The play, by Michael Friedman and Alex Timbers, discusses the role of populism in the actions of America’s seventh president and draws parallels to today’s political climate.

The play’s performance dates are Oct. 28-30 and Nov. 4-6. Rehearsals will be held in the evenings and on weekends. More information about auditions and rehearsals is available at www.facebook.com/pstcctheatre.

“Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” is one of the events that make up Pellissippi State’s arts series, The Arts at Pellissippi State. The series brings to the community cultural activities ranging from music and theatre to international celebrations and the fine arts. For more information about The Arts at Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc/edu/arts or call 865-694-6400.

 

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