Theater Emory presents “Wooden Nickels,” a new work written and directed by Faculty

February 6, 2020

ATLANTA – Theater Emory’s season continues with “Wooden Nickels,” written by Emory Faculty Joseph Skibell and directed by Faculty Emeritus, Tim McDonough. “Wooden Nickels” features two brothers, played by Hugh Adams and Michael Strauss, telling the story of their father and his eccentric con-man cousin, Jack Tiger. Performances are Feb. 26 – March 1 in the Mary Gray Munroe Theater.

Director Tim McDonough expands on the plot, “Two brothers, a writer and an actor, rehearse a play centered on an outrageously eccentric hipster uncle who eventually found a way to realize his dream of making movies. As the brothers rehearse the play, they become more identified with Tiger as an artist outsider – and as a con man who is quite genuine in his fierce pursuit of the ambitions burning brightly in his heart. The play invites audiences to join the brothers on their journey of discovery about themselves and their relationship to a clownish figure who turns out to be a tragic hero of sorts.  

 “After the workshop of ‘Wooden Nickels’ in Theater Emory's Brave New Works Festival in 2018, I’m eager to see the play in a full production. It’s a personal story, a story about my family, and it’s always enlightening to see how actors and a masterful director like Tim McDonough will color in the forms. And I don’t want to put any pressure on anybody, but there will be a few family members in the audience,” shares Joseph Skibell, playwright.

Performances of “Wooden Nickels” are February 26 – 29 at 7:30 p.m. and March 1 at 2 p.m. in the Mary Gray Munroe Theater of the Alumni Memorial University Center on the Emory University campus. Tickets for “Wooden Nickels” are on sale now through the Schwartz Center Box Office. Accommodation requests related to a disability should be made at least 24 hours in advance of the event to the box office at 404-727-5050 or by email at For additional information, visit


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Theater Emory is the professional producing organization in residence at Emory University. It operates under a season agreement with Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States. Liberal arts undergraduates work with professional directors, actors, designers, playwrights, dramaturgs, choreographers, composers, music directors, and stage managers.