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Lines in the Dust, by Nikkole Salter


Bulletin: As a prelude to our matinee performance of "Lines in the Dust" on Sunday October 15, Brandy Rogers will offer a reading of a short play entitled BARE SPACES by Angella J. Emurwon. This special presentation is part of an international climate change awareness and action movement, taking place at some 250 theaters in 40 countries. Learn more about the event and Climate Change Theatre Action

Tennessee Women's Theater Project opens its eleventh season in North Nashville's Looby Theater with the regional premiere of a play that addresses a timely dilemma. Opening October 6 for three weekends, Nikkole Salter's "Lines in the Dust" probes the sensitive topics of integration, racial privilege and school zoning manipulation.

The plot: When her daughter loses out in the magnet school lottery, Denitra Morgan is determined to find another way to escape their underperforming neighborhood school. Six decades after Brown v. Board of Education, Lines in the Dust questions how far we've come in matters of race and class, and more importantly, asks where we must go from here.

"A compelling exposé of the politics and operation of the educational system...
If you only see one play this year, it should be Lines in the Dust."
-- Roy Berko, Broadway World/Cleveland

"Lines in the Dust" stars Colette Divine, Alan Lee and Tamiko Robinson Steele

Location:TWTP's production of Lines in the Dust stars Tamiko Robinson Steele, Colette Divine and Alan Lee
Z. Alexander Looby Theater
2301 Rosa L Parks Boulevard
Nashville 37228-1205
615-681-7220
 
Dates: October 6 – 22, 2017
Times: 
7:30 pm October 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20 & 21
2:30 pm October 8, 15 & 22

 

 

 

 



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Finish Strong Fiscal Year-End Fundraiser


It's Time To Help TWTP Finish Strong

Our 2016-2017 fiscal year ends August 31. We need your help to FINISH STRONG. We have exciting things in store for our 11th Anniversary Season, and your donation will help make it possible. We can't do it without you. Yes - YOU!
  
Your Gift At Work
Your donation insures that we can continue to produce Nashville premieres and new works
Your donation helps make a difference. You'll be supporting Free After-school Theater Classes at the Looby Community Center
Your donation helps keep our ticket prices the lowest of all Nashville's professional theater companies
Your donation helps us pay actors, designers and teaching artists a living wage – among the highest of Nashville's professional theater companies
We believe artists should be paid well; we believe that the price of admission should not be a barrier to experiencing life professional theater. There is always a gap between ticket revenue and production expenses – and we're counting on you. 
 
Time is tight; rehearsals for our 11th Season opener, Lines in the Dust, will begin shortly. If you can help CLICK HERE to make a secure donation online through PayPal, or you can send a check, payable to "TWTP," to P.O. Box 158525, Nashville, TN 37215-8525.  

Birthday Fundraiser Goal Exceeded


Our Facebook-and-Web site fundraiser honoring the birthday of Founder and Artistic Director, Maryanna Clarke was a big success, and we thank the many people who helped make it so. 

We raised $1,190 of the $2,000 goal on Facebook, and even more through other channels, including PayPal and checks mailed in to the PO Box. All told, our friends and supporters gave just over $2,600. 

Thank you, one and all, for believing in the company and its work, and thanks especially to the folks who were able to contribute to supporting what we do.

Opening May 5


Beginning May 5, for the eleventh year in a row, Tennessee Women’s Theater Project presents its annual Women’s Work festival of performing and visual arts created by women. Running at North Nashville's Looby Theater through Sunday May 21, the festival cuts a broad swath across styles and genres to offer eleven completely different programs: poetry and storytelling ; staged readings of new plays; film, dance, music and a display of visual art works. Individual tickets are $10, and a Festival Pass good for admission to all shows is just $60, and a Mini-Pass priced at $30 offers admission to any four shows. 60% of ticket revenue goes toward compensating the presenting artists. Women's Work is presented with the support of a grant from The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

Tickets on sale now

Two Shows Remain

Saturday May 20, 7:30 pm – Performance Art: Earth Tone, a performance piece by Thandiwe Shiphrah and Daniel Arite, with Ronald “Doc” Hayes, Lauren Elysse Fitzgerald, and Nerissa Aquino

Sunday May 21, 2:30 pm – Theater: Short Plays, Film, Stories and More: Wounds of the Heart: A Journey Through Brokenness, by Anna Carroll; The Kitchen Table, by Charlotte Higgins; Storytelling by Barbara Moss; Jalopy: An Unsustainable Relationship a musical one-act by Lainie Marsh; Sassy, a short documentary film by Amy Scatliff; Getting Played, by Judy Klass; and Sopresa/Suprise, by six-time presenter Robyn Brooks

 

Visual art on display  drawings by Nikki Staggs; Art works and Quilts by Edith Costanza

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Women's Work 2017 Call for Submissions


DEADLINE EXTENDED: All entries must be postmarked by March 30, 2017

In May, 2017, Tennessee Women’s Theater Project will present the Eleventh Annual edition of Women’s Work, our showcase and celebration of works created by women. Each year we present the work of women playwrights, poets, singers, musicians, essayists, circus performers, painters, filmmakers, dancers, choreographers, photographers – and more – from across Tennessee and across the country. This is our call for submissions for Women’s Work 2017.

The deadline for submissions is March 15, 2017 March 30, 2017 – your submission package must be postmarked by that date. Use this link to download a submission form. There’s a modest, non-refundable submission fee of $25.00, which helps offset our expenses for advertising, venue and security, programs and promotion. Email us at womens-work@twtp.org or call 615-681-7220 for more information, or if you have any questions.

Presenters are responsible for securing a director and cast for readings; we can provide you with leads.

Women's Work runs three weekends, from May 5 – 21, 2017, with a different program on each performance date. Mother's Day (May 14) is traditionally Poetry Sunday.

Performances will be held:
May 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19 & 20 at 7:30 pm
May 7, 14 (Poetry Sunday) & 21 at 2:30 pm

NOTE: If you have ANY conflicts with our performance or tech rehearsal dates, it's vital that you indicate them on your submission form. We can't promise to accommodate every conflict for every presenter, but we can’t begin to work around them unless we know when they are!

Presenters will be assigned a date and time for a tech rehearsal, to occur before their performance date.

Please feel free to email us at womens-work@twtp.org if you have any questions.

Sistas: The Musical


 

" . . . this capable cast more than delivers — from traditional gospel and blues to Motown and modern hip-hop." - Amy Stumpfl, The Tennessean

It looks as if we are sold out for BOTH remaining shows: Saturday 3/4 and Sunday 3/5! There may be 3-4 tickets left to buy online at Brown Paper Tickets, but when they're gone, they're gone.  Five women – three sisters, a great-granddaughter, a sister-in-law – sort through the attic of their recently departed family matriarch, in search of inspiration for her memorial service. They unearth trials and tears, love and laughter, and perform the music of iconic artists from Bessie Smith to Beyoncé. Sistas traces the relationship of Black women and popular music, with songs including "Oh, Happy Day," "God Bless The Child," "Stormy Weather," "Nowhere To Run," "I Will Survive," "Single Ladies," "I Am Not My Hair," "A Woman's Worth," and many more. The cast includes Sarina-Joi Crowe as Tamika; Lisa Graham as Gloria; Jennifer Whitcomb-Oliva as Roberta; Aleta Myles as Simone; and Brittany Nelson as Heather. Sistas: The Musical is sponsored by HCA/TriStar Health.

Dates:
February 17 – March 5, 2017
Times: 
7:30 pm February 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, March 2, 3 & 4
2:30 pm February 19, 26 & March 5

Tickets:
Adults $20, Students & Seniors (60+) $15
All seats just $10 on Thursday evenings

 

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Free Reading of The Taming


Please join us at noon on Friday, January 20 in the Banner Room at the Nashville Public Library Main Branch for a free reading of The Taming, by Lauren Gunderson. It's a laugh-a-minute mash up of beauty pageants, contemporary partisan politics, and the Constitutional Convention of 1787. Perfect for Inauguration Day!
 
TWTP produced The Taming in 2015, and we're thrilled to be able to be partners with the Nashville library in offering this free reading.Two of our original cast members, Colette Divine (Patricia) and Brooke Gronemeyer (Catherine), will reprise their roles for the reading. They'll be joined by Leah Fincher (who stage managed our 2015 production) as Bianca. Actor, playwright and TWTP alum Becky Wahlstrom will read the stage directions.
 
Ours is one of nearly 50 readings taking place nationwide on Inauguration Day, thanks to the generosity of the playwright, Lauren Gunderson, who is allowing us all to present The Taming royalty-free!

The clock is ticking down


We're honored to announce that TWTP appears in the 2016 Gift Guide: 8 Theatre Companies to Support this Holiday Season assembled by SHE WRIGHTS. The eight companies include five in New York City, one in St. Louis, one in San Francisco, and Tennessee Women's Theater Project!

As the year-end deadline draws near, I hope you will consider making a tax-deductible gift to support TWTP.


Thank you for all you do. Wishing you joy in the New Year,

Maryanna Clarke
Founder and Artistic Director

 

The Twelve Dates of Christmas


Thanks to all who enjoyed our holiday show! Stay tuned for news on our first musical, "Sistas: The Musical," by Dorothy Marcic, coming in February 2017!

Ginna Hoben's side-splitting one-woman play opens with Mary, visiting her family at home in Ohio for Thanksgiving. She switches on the Macy's Parade and spots her fiancé back in New York — kissing another woman on national TV! We follow Mary’s year-long stumble back into the dating world, where "romance" ranges from weird and creepy to absurd and comical. Finally, in an unexpected encounter, Mary discovers a new perspective on life and love. Rebekah Durham returns as Mary in our now-annual Holiday special. Note: Because of adult language, this show is not recommended for small children.

Dates: December 2 – 11, 2016

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What our audiences say: 

"Rebekah Durham is fantastic"
  
"Just saw this for the second time. What a wonderful show!"
    
"Hilarious!"
  
"Yay Tennessee Women's Theater Project and rah Rebekah Durham.
Incredible performance. WOW. Great play."
 
"Everything I expected it to be - and more . . .funny, warm, and very true."
 
"Wonderful writing and a magnificent actor. Simply a GREAT show. I am going again!"
 
"Totally enjoyable! Great alternative to Santaland, particularly if you are looking for a fun girl's night out."
 
"Amazing performance of course. Love this girl. Great job Becka"
 
"A show for people who are tired of the sweet, sweet holiday shows
that want to leave you feeling better than you really are."
 
"Rebekah Durham was flawless  . . .The script is funny, poignant, insightful and hopeful."
 
What the critics say:
" . . . thoroughly delightful and wonderfully entertaining." Rebekah Durham "captivates and intrigues,
ensuring that by the end of the evening you'll be just a little bit in love" - Jeffrey Ellis, Broadway World Nashville
 
" . . . whether you’re looking for a light-hearted evening of laughs or simply need a break from the holiday rush,
'The Twelve Dates of Christmas' is just the ticket." - Amy Stumpfl, The Tennessean

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TWTP Presents Annapurna


Final Performances - Saturday 10/22 at 7:30 pm and Sunday 10/23 at 2:30 pm.

Plenty of seats remain. Come on down!

Our season opens October 7 with an official Artober event, another in a long string of regional premieres: Annapurna, by Sharr White. Twenty years ago, in the middle of the night, Emma walked out on her husband, the rough-hewn cowboy poet Ulysses. Now she shows up at his filthy trailer in the Colorado Rockies, to discover that he’s a mess: hooked up to an oxygen tank, wearing just an apron, and frying breakfast sausage. Their reunion, an alternately funny and touching mixture of old battles and enduring compassion, stirs up the worst and best elements of their former bond.

We're proud to bring back two of Nashville's most accomplished actors for our Tenth Anniversary Season opener:

TWTP's production of "Annapurna" stars Holly Butler and Alan LeeHolly Butler (Emma) joins us for her third appearance with TWTP. Her previous roles on our stage include Mother in The Disappearance of Janey Jones (2012) and Masha in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (2014).

Alan Lee (Ulyssesreturns to Nashville from his Lafitte, Louisiana home base for his second role with TWTP. Alan appeared in the opening production of our first full season of shows at the Looby Theater,  2007's Defying Gravity.

THE REVIEWS ARE IN!
 
"Smart, honest and terribly human." Holly Butler "walks a fine line between acerbic wit and genuine anguish" and Alan Lee is "the perfect 'zen cowboy poet'".
-- Amy Stumpfl, The Tennessean
 
These "broken characters [earn] the viewer’s empathy, never allowing sentiment to overpower the edginess of their precarious emotional situation."
-- Martin Brady, Nashville Scene

Dates: October 7 – 23, 2016


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