Byhalia, Mississippi

Transferred to Steppenwolf Theatre Company July 22-August 21, 2016

Announced in Contemporary American Theatre Festival’s 2017 Season

Leads 2016 Jeff Nominations


American Theatre Magazine:
Byhalia‘s Simultaneous Premieres


Nominated for Six
2016 Ostrander Awards


Feature Story: Post & Courier



Theatre by Numbers: Chicago, IL

#1 Show of 2016:
“When we eventually look back on the career of Evan Linder, this play will be studied as his masterwork.”Christopher Kidder-Mostrom

Stage and Candor

Byhalia, Mississippi is [an] American classic in the making…Tyrone Phillip’s vision took [Linder’s] brilliant words and made them so real that they hurt you, they give you hope, and ultimately, they heal you if you let them.” -Kelly Wallace


Best of Chicago Theatre 2016: “…a play that beautifully illustrates the difficult relationships between people, how happiness can be found—even in the bleakest of circumstances.”
-Hilary Holbrook

Chicago Splash

Byhalia [is a] searing new American drama…” -Jennifer Lunz

Broadway World: Memphis, TN

“…after seeing the play, I realized that I was guilty of preconceived notions and misconceptions – a shortcoming shared by black and white characters alike in Mr. Linder’s probing, ambitious work…Byhalia is simply a microcosm; it is as representative of us as a nation as is Grovers Corners in Thornton Wilder’s OUR TOWN.” – Joseph Baker

Digital Journal: Toronto, ON

“…if the intense Toronto production directed by Jill Harper is typical, this drama is essential viewing no matter what city you’re in.”
-Jeff Cottrill

Broadway World: Chicago

“The rawness and immediacy of Linder’s script is elevated further by the stellar, multi-dimensional performances…These performances will stay with me and heighten the emotional intensity in Linder’s beautiful play. This new drama fuels both the mind and the heart.” -Rachel Weinberg

Broadway World: Birmingham, AL

“[Byhalia, Mississippi] makes you question where you draw the line on betrayal. How forgiving can you be?…truly exceptional.” -Marietta Lunsford

Chicago Critic

Highly Recommended! “It’s a great sign for the future of theatre…Byhalia, Mississippi is a must-see, and one which demands to be talked about.” -Jacob Davis

CBS Chicago

Photos above from World Premiere in Chicago (January 2016) by Joe Mazza at Brave Lux

WINNER of 3 Non-Equity Jeff Awards including Best New Work

World Premiere Conversation Announced in American Theatre MagazineChicago Tribune and Time Out Chicago

Simultaneous World Premieres opened January 8th, 2016 in Chicago with The New Colony and Definition Theatre Company, Memphis TN with Playhouse on the SquareCharleston SC with Village Repertory Co. and Cue6 Productions in Toronto, ON

WINNER of the NewWorks@The Works Playwriting Competition at Playhouse on the Square in Memphis, TN 

January 2016 Staged Readings: Theatre Downtown in Birmingham, AL, square product theatre in Boulder, CO and Sixth Avenue in Los Angeles, CA

Named on the Short List of 25 finalists out of over 1600 applicants for the Theatre503 Playwriting Award in London, England

Further Reading: “The Once and Future Mississippi” by Donald J. Simon

World Premiere Conversation Archived at

Photos above from Contemporary American Theatre Festival (July 2017) by Seth Freeman Photography



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