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The 2015-2016 Season on the campus of TTU

Sponsored by the Department of English

Autumn 2015

The Tech Players at the Derryberry Auditorium.

Never the Sinner by John Logan

November 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 14, 2015 at 8:00pm.
Late Show: November 12, 2015 at 10:00pm Matinee: November 8, 2015 at 2:00pm

THE STORY: Chicago, May 21, 1924. Nathan Leopold Jr., age 18, and Robert Loeb, age 19, killed 14 year old Bobby Franks and were quickly apprehended when Leopold's glasses were found near the corpse. Clarence Darrow defended them, pleading eloquently against capital punishment. Why would wealthy young men murder an innocent boy? What demons lurked behind Loeb's flashing good looks? Behind Leopold's saturnine intellect? This exquisite Off Broadway hit explores the complex relationship between these two who longed to create a private world of fevered intellect and romantic passion. The author suggests that, given twists of fate and character, Leopold or Loeb could be anyone who has loved too much, had a broken heart, wanted to prove everlasting devotion, or looked at a loved one and thought "I'd die for you ... I'd kill for you." This is a love story set to themes of crime and punishment, the press, the times, humanism, Nietzsche's philosophy and the end of the jazz age.

"Remarkable." - The New York Times

Produced in cooperation with Samuel French, Inc.


Winter 2016

The Tech Players at the Cookeville Performing Arts Center.

Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead by Bert V. Royal

February 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 19, 20, 2016 at 8:00pm.

February 18, 2016 at 10:00pm.

THE STORY: When CB's dog dies from rabies, CB begins to question the existence of an afterlife. His best friend is too burnt out to provide any coherent speculation; his sister has gone goth; his ex-girlfriend has recently been institutionalized; and his other friends are too inebriated to give him any sort of solace. But a chance meeting with an artistic kid, the target of this group's bullying, offers CB a peace of mind and sets in motion a friendship that will push teen angst to the very limits. Drug use, suicide, eating disorders, teen violence, rebellion and sexual identity collide and careen toward an ending that's both haunting and hopeful.

"Inventive and raunchy…hysterically funny." —NY Post.

Produced in cooperation with Dramatist’s Play Service, Inc.


Spring 2016

The 25th Annual Dorothy Printz Pennebaker Memorial Spring Production

The Tech Players at the Dogwood Park Performance Pavilion.

Blood Wedding by Federico Garcia Lorca

April 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 29, 30, 2016 at 8:00pm.

April 28, 2016 at 10:00pm.

THE STORY:Two families in a semi-mythical rural Spain are intricately bound in an unbreakable cycle of murder and revenge. The death-bound love triangle at the center of the play fuels these passions to a fever pitch and propels the story to its unstoppable tragic conclusion. An arranged country marriage between the children of rich landowners is about to take place. A past lover, himself in a loveless marriage, cannot allow the wedding to take place and spirits the Bride away, who goes with him willingly on her wedding night. An entire town goes after the lovers in the middle of the night where pursuers and pursued plunge into a realm of deep darkness where the moonlight is not friendly and the forest not shelter enough. Lorca's image-laden poetry unfolds the story with the fire and power characteristic of his work and the fateful resonance that marked his own tragically short life.

“…a tragedy so beautiful…that you may leave the theater in tears because you're awed and so moved." —Minneapolis/St. Paul Star Tribune.

Produced in cooperation with Dramatist’s Play Service, Inc.


Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 senior citizens and $5 for non-Tech students.

Tech students are FREE with their ID.

For further information contact the TTU Backdoor Playhouse box office at 372-6595, Mark Creter at 372-3478 or

go online to or visit the Backdoor Playhouse at TTU Facebook page.

The Tech Players’ 61st Season