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Exploring the Depths of Humanity: Tybee Arts Association Presents Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

By John Singer/DoSavannah

“Well, to put it as simply as I can. Good and evil are so close as to be chained together in the soul. Man isn’t truly one, but two,” Dr. Jekyll says in the 1941 film based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s 1886 novella, “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.”

“Now what if we could break that chain separate those two selves, to free the good in man, and let it go on to its higher destiny… to segregate the bad in man and let it destroy itself in its own degradation!”

Over the next few weekends, the Tybee Arts Association will be converting the Tybee Post Theater into a replica of mid-nineteenth century Victorian England to present a more recent adaptation of Stevenson’s famed piece of literature, Jekyll and Hyde. This particular adaptation, written in 2008 by notable playwright Jeffrey Hatcher, explores the depths and complexities of both human behavior and character. READ MORE

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, like you’ve never seen before

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, like you’ve never seen before

Tybee Post Theater stages unique re-telling of classic story

By Sean Kelly/Connect Savannah

It’s possible that Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is the most recognizable tale ever told around Halloween. The story, originally published as Robert Louis Stevenson’s 1886 novella Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, revolves around Dr. Henry Jekyll and his evil alter-ego, Mr. Edward Hyde. It’s a story that has been told on stage, film, small screen, and more almost 150 years, but Tybee Post Theater guarantees a version of the classic tale like you’ve never before witnessed.

The theater is readying a production of Jeffrey Hatcher’s adaptation of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, opening on Oct. 18 and running for two weekends. Ahead of the show, we talked to director Tony-Marchetti Knarr about staging this unique telling of the spooky tale.

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TRIBUTE celebrates The Allman Brothers Band at Tybee Post

TRIBUTE celebrates The Allman Brothers Band at Tybee Post

By Christopher Berinato/DoSavannah

Atlanta’s TRIBUTE are authentic sounding re-creators of the classic Allman Brothers Band live experience. The 8-piece band of seasoned musicians formed in 2013 through a mutual appreciation of The ABB and have been rocking audiences all over the region since. Duane and Gregg may not be with us anymore, but their unforgettable songs live on.

“We try to keep it authentic without keeping 100% note-for-note,” said Rod Gunther, TRIBUTE’s guitarist. “And as you can see, we are definitely not the costume-y type tribute band. We have our own look, but we try to hit all the points that really connect with people.”READ MORE

Katie Deal celebrates Patsy Cline in tribute at Tybee Post Theater

Katie Deal celebrates Patsy Cline in tribute at Tybee Post Theater

By Sean Kelly/Connecct Savannah

Singer, actress, and songwriter Katie Deal has had an amazing career with her own art—whether it be collaborating with the likes of Zac Brown Band’s John Driskell Hopkins or Sugarland’s Brandon Bush, or acting in films like Let’s Be Cops. One project that’s near and dear to her heart, however, is her tribute to the great Patsy Cline.

Deal has actually been involved in several Patsy Cline shows, having performed in two national productions of A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline and staging her own one-woman tributes. She’s bringing her latest Cline show, Crazy For Patsy Cline, to the Tybee Post Theater on Sep. 20, and it’s shaping up to be a unique and intimate portrayal of the late singer’s incredible life and work.

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Tybee Songwriter Festival celebrates inaugural event with storied roster

Tybee Songwriter Festival celebrates inaugural event with storied roster

By John Singer/DpSavannah

“That’s me, the man that put everything together,” laughs Sean Squires as he answers the phone.

The organizer of the upcoming inaugural Tybee Songwriter Festival says he’s thankful just to be on schedule in the wake of the Hurricane Dorian scare. “45 musicians is a whole lot of cats to herd, but I think we’ve finally got it figured out,” said Squires.

The festival will be a four-day series featuring songwriters from all across the United States and Canada in 17 performances at four different Tybee venues. While this year marks the island’s first official Songwriter Festival, Squires says the organization is striving to make the event an annual occurrence. READ MORE

By Jim Reed/DoSavannah

On Sept. 19, the intimate Tybee Post Theater on Tybee Island continues its Girls Night Out series of classic cinematic romance stories with fabled director David (“Lawrence of Arabia”) Lean’s 1965 sweeping romantic wartime drama “Doctor Zhivago,” which is set in Russia around the time of WWI, and based on the Boris Pasternak novel of the same name.

At three hours and twenty minutes, and boasting a cast which includes Omar Sharif, Geraldine Chaplin, Rod Steiger, Julie Christie, Tom Courtenay, Sir Alec Guinness and Sir Ralph Richardson, it’s an epic tale of a Russian poet and scientist who finds himself embroiled in a love affair with the wife of a political extremist.

Filled with grandiose wartime sequences and created with great care and precision, it’s an acknowledged classic, despite a good number of critics and viewers finding the romantic aspects of the film bordering on saccharine. Yet, the movie—which won five Oscars and five Golden Globes—is almost universally regarded as being one of the most beautiful and breathtaking cinematic experiences of its time, and one that has held up remarkably well over the decades.

Most folks (myself included) have never had the opportunity to see it as its creators intended, on the silver screen. If you fall into that category as well, perhaps you should run, not walk to the beach for this rare opportunity. 7 p.m. showtime.

The Post is one of the 14 Best Wedding Venues in Tybee Island

No. 3 The Tybee Post Theater

Some of the most beautiful love stories ever told take place on the big screen or up on stage, and couples who get married at the Tybee Post Theater can join the ranks of some of those unforgettable romances by saying their vows on the stage of the theater.

This venue has seating for just over 200 guests, and the ceremony in the theater space will be an unforgettable one, whether the happy couple are cinephiles or just want to be in the spotlight.

The Tybee Post Theater also has a lovely outdoor space available for receptions, located just a block from the shores of the Atlantic Ocean.

Tybee Island Songwriters Festival puts the spotlight on writers

Tybee Island Songwriters Festival puts the spotlight on writers

By Sean Kelly/ConnectSavannah’

When you first hear the premise for the Tybee Island Songwriters Festival, it might be a bit surprising that something like it would take place on Tybee.

The concept is one you’d normally see in Nashville—a multi-venue festival featuring a mix of prominent and up-and-coming songwriters sharing the stage together.

Some of the prominent writers you might not know by name, but you’d definitely know the songs they penned for popular artists.

Thanks to songwriter Sean Squires, Tybee Island is about to be transformed into a hotspot for writers over the course of a weekend. Squires tells Connect that the idea for the Tybee Island Songwriters Festival was hatched a while back.

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Film Scene: Tybee Post leads a strong week of varied screenings

Film Scene: Tybee Post leads a strong week of varied screenings

By Jim Reed/DoSavannah

While there are plenty of options for alternative cinema events taking place over the next seven days at independent or non-traditional outlets in the greater Savannah area, it’s the restored, historic Tybee Post Theater that’s offering more different programming choices than any other venue.

Post with the most

First up, on Aug. 22, they’ll present “Poms,” the recently released female-led comedy aimed squarely at the AARP crowd. It’s about four retirement home residents who start their own cheerleading squad to stay spry. Showtime 7 p.m., admission price includes a beverage of your choice.

The next night, Aug. 23, kicks off a two-day engagement of the internationally acclaimed U.K. musical drama “Wild Rose,” which appears to be one of the sleeper indie hits of the year. You may recall that it was recently screened downtown at the city’s new Cultural Arts Center by the local film organization CinemaSavannah. In case you missed that area premiere, this is perhaps your last chance to see this picture on the big screen in our neck of the woods.

It was first shown late last year at the Toronto International Film Festival, and then released to European theaters in April of this year. It’s U.S. release just occurred in June. “Wild Rose” is the tale of a struggling Scottish single mother of two young children who’s just been released from prison and aspires to become a famous country singer. The story charts her efforts to overcome the adversity of her living situation and make it all the way to Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry in hopes of stardom. However, this is far from a stereotypical rags-to-riches story, and audiences and reviewers far and wide have been entranced with lead actress, and actual vocalist, Jessie Buckley’s unguarded and soul-baring performance as the troubled dreamer. Showtimes at 7 p.m. Aug. 23 and 24, with a 3 p.m. matinee Aug. 23.

A couple of days later, the Post wraps up its offerings for this next week with two screenings of the recently released surfing documentary “Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable,” which focuses on the tragedy which befell Hamilton in 2003 – when the then-13-year-old surfer was savagely attacked by a Tiger shark while at sea and lost her left arm – and the steely-eyed determination she brought to not only returning to the water but to competing in world championship surfing events.

Directed by respected surfing doc filmmaker Aaron Lieber, the film is said to be well-made and packed with captivating footage of Hamilton impressively navigating challenging waves. However, it’s also said to leave some viewers wanting more insight into exactly what sort of internal drive allows this athlete to triumph over what seemingly must be tremendous anxiety and post-traumatic stress to head back into the same environment where she was so unexpectedly mauled. Regardless, this picture is the latest in a small number of cinematic paeans to the wonder and joys of riding the waves. Showtimes at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Aug. 25.

Athens’ own Randall Bramblett Band play Tybee Post Theater

Athens’ own Randall Bramblett Band play Tybee Post Theater

By John Singer/DoSavannah

“Savannah’s a special place for me,” multi-instrumentalist Randall Bramblett said. “It’s always been a good gig for us, it’s always fun and the sound is great.”

For over four decades, Bramblett has toured the country sharing stages with the likes of Bonnie Rait and Steve Winwood, as well as the Blind Boys of Alabama, for whom he wrote the title track to their new Grammy Award-nominated album. Bramblett has also been featured on albums by highly recognized outfits like The Allman Brothers, Deep Purple, and Widespread Panic.

On Saturday, Aug. 3, Bramblett and his four-piece traveling band return to the Tybee Post Theater to share his sounds with Lowcountry locals once again. Read More …