Marian Brown’s Circle

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Looking for a way to connect with
and support the
Clarence Brown Theatre?
Join the Marian Brown’s Circle today!

Many of you may not know, but it was Clarence Brown’s wife Marian who had a passion for the arts and helped encourage Clarence to invest in the theatre you see today. The Marian Brown’s Circle (MBC) is our way of honoring her legacy.
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With it being our 50th Anniversary of the CBT building and the final season for our Producing Artistic Director Cal MacLean, we’re taking a look back over the years at some favorite plays to read during the 2020/2021 Season for our virtual literary lunches. Each lunch will feature a special guest speaker for a Q&A session with MBC members. Along with the lunches, we will be hosting three “Page2Stage” events throughout the season. See below for more details.


Membership Levels & Benefits

All Levels Receive…

    • Personal scripts of the MBC plays read during 2020/2021 Season*
    • Marian Brown’s Circle tote and CBT journal*
    • Acknowledgement on CBT website

Ambassadors $200

  • Personal link to attend all virtual Literary Lunches and Page2Stage events
    during the 2020/2021 Season
  • Two guest passes to invite a friend to one Literary Lunch or Page2Stage event

Friends $100

  • Personal link to attend all virtual Literary Lunches during the 2020/2021 Season
  • One guest pass to invite a friend to one Literary Lunch or Page2Stage event

* This benefit affects tax deductibility


2020/2021 Literary Lunches (LL)
& Page2Stage Events Schedule

SEPTEMBER 2020 (LL)
The Open Hand by Rob Caisley
Original play written with and for the MFA Acting class of 2016


OCTOBER 2020
Page2Stage Event
Virtual behind-the-scenes with Stage Crew and Production Stage Manager
Patrick Lanczki, including a hands-on practice run with MBC members


NOVEMBER 2020 (LL)
Look Homeward, Angel by Ketti Frings, from the novel by Thomas Wolfe
First play ever produced on the CBT main stage in November 1970


DECEMBER 2020
Page2Stage Event
Virtual viewing and Q&A with UT Library’s Special Collections


JANUARY 2021
Page2Stage Event
Zoom reading of Native Gardens by Karen Zacarías
featuring undergraduate theatre students, directed by recent MFA Acting graduate Brenda Orellana


FEBRUARY 2021 (LL)
Outside Mullingar by John Patrick Shanley
Special Q&A with CBT’s Outside Mullingar Actors Carol Mayo Jenkins and Katie Cunningham


MARCH 2021 (LL)
The Whipping Man by Matthew Lopez
Special Q&A with CBT’s The Whipping Man Actors Steve Sherman and Tramell Tillman


APRIL 2021 (LL)
**Bonus Script TBA**
MBC Members will get to vote on a bonus script to read during the 2020/2021 Season.


Like to read reviews before deciding? Hear from past MBC members:

“An excellent way to advance your understanding and enjoyment of the
Clarence Brown Theatre experience. I highly recommend becoming
a part of this circle.”    

“Marian Brown’s Circle offers an extra bit of delight, like another
helping of literary dessert, about all the things you love about theatre.
So much fun to get an extra glimpse behind the scenes.”



For questions about your Marian Brown’s Circle membership or benefits, please contact Amanda Middleton at amanda@utk.edu or 865.974.5654.