The Carpetbag Theatre

Carpetbag TheatreAbout the Group:
The Carpetbag Theatre, Inc. (CBT) is a professional, multigenerational ensemble company dedicated to the production of new works. Its mission is to give artistic voice to the issues and dreams of people who have been silenced by racism, classism, sexism, ageism, homophobia and other forms of oppression.  CBT serves communities by returning their stories to them with honesty, dignity, and concern for the aesthetic of that particular community. CBT has numerous touring performance options and a range of cultural services including workshops in: ensemble process, storytelling and story circles, spoken word, song development, and an extended digital storytelling workshop.

Current Projects:

  • Speed Killed My Cousin, a new play by Linda Parris-Bailey, is a multi-discipline work rooted in the story of an African-American, female combat soldier and her struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder after returning home from Iraq.  The central character, a third generation soldier, courts death by vehicular suicide.
  • Between a Ballad and a Blues chronicles the seven decade career of Howard “Louie Bluie” Armstrong and his musical partners.  Together, as Appalachia’s “Tennessee Chocolate Drops,” they traveled the world planting the seeds for modern American music forms including Country and Blues, becoming one of the most famous African-American String-Bands in history.

Contact Info:
Tour Contact: Linda Parris-Bailey, Executive/Artistic Director
100 South Gay Street, Suite 106 & 114
Knoxville, TN  37902

Fee Structure:

  • Speed Killed My Cousin: 3-Day Residency (3 Performances + Workshop):
    • $11,000 + Transportation
  • Between a Ballad and a Blues: 3-Day Residency (3 Performances + Workshop):
    • $15,000 + Transportation
  • Digital Storytelling Training:
    • $6,000 per week

Artistic Discipline:

  • theater
  • music
  • spoken word
  • new media
  • multidisciplinary
  • folkloric/traditional cultural
  • storytelling
  • digital storytelling

Special programs available for:

  • Colleges and universities
  • K-12
  • Senior Centers
  • Prisons
  • History Centers
  • Americana Music Venues
  • Youth Programs
  • Festivals

1. Between a Ballad and a Blues live excerpt from “Tennessee Shines” at the Bijou Theater
2. Between a Ballad and a Blues Promotional Spot and Music from the Show

Alternate ROOTS supports the creation and presentation of original art that is rooted in communities of place, tradition or spirit. We are a group of artists and cultural organizers based in the South creating a better world together. As Alternate ROOTS, we call for social and economic justice and are working to dismantle all forms of oppression—everywhere.