Lauren Gunderson's reality-bending play explores the life and loves of Emilie du Châtelet, a scientific genius of 18th century France. Women of her era were considered too simple-minded to understand mathematics or physics, but Emilie produced work ranging from a groundbreaking paper on the nature of fire (the first by a woman ever published by the Paris Academy) to essays on Liebniz and Locke, to a celebrated and still-used translation and commentary on Isaac Newton’s Principia Mathematica. She was married to a nobleman of the court of Louis XV, and took a series of lovers, including the writer and philosopher Voltaire.
In the play, Emilie is returned from the afterlife to recount and defend her life. Assisted by an ensemble of four, she replays her relationships with family, colleagues and lovers, and examines her unanswered questions about life and love, science and philosophy.
“a highly theatrical romp that literally crackles with electricity.”
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! Thus begins a year of ridiculous romances and hapless holidays, with a healthy dose of laughter, as Mary recounts her journey from heartbreak to a new sense of emotional balance. Rebekah Durham plays Mary and a colorful collection of characters from dates to family members and more. All tickets for this benefit production are $25. NOTE: Contains adult language.
Incredible performance. WOW. Great play."
that want to leave you feeling better than you really are."
ensuring that by the end of the evening you'll be just a little bit in love" - Jeffrey Ellis, Broadway World Nashville
'The Twelve Dates of Christmas' is just the ticket." - Amy Stumpfl, The Tennessean
— Mid-Atlantic Traveler • Charlottesville, VA
A sampling of comments from audience members
"What a delightful theater experience ... This hilarious spoof explores the polarization in American politics including enough stereotypes and insults to go around....challenges us to remember the intent of the founding fathers....[attend] one of the remaining performances. You won't regret it!"
"Just saw The Taming at the Looby with Tennessee Women's Theater Project. This is a must see show. It's playing until the 18th. Go see it."
"What a fabulous show! The performances were sublime. The women had the gift of excellent timing which is so necessary to hold an audience. Was really terrific. So glad we went."
For the ninth year in a row, Tennessee Women’s Theater Project returns to the Looby Theater beginning Friday May 8, with its annual Women’s Work festival of performing and visual arts created by women. Running through Sunday May 24, the festival cuts a broad swath across styles and genres to offer eleven completely different programs: poetry and essays; 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 11 shows is just $50. 60% of ticket revenue goes toward compensating the presenting artists. Women's Work is presented with the support of Season Sponsor HCA TriStar Health, and grants from Metro Nashville Arts Commission, Tennessee Arts Commission and The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.
This Weekend's Events
Thursday May 14, 7:30 pm – Screenplay Reading: reading of Black Holler, a horror genre screenplay by Heidi Ervin, Rachel Ward and Jason Berg. Black Holler on Facebook
Saturday May 16, 7:30 pm – Music: singers Wendy Westmoreland and Nancy Nettles
Sunday May 17, 2:30 pm – Theater: reading of How Long is Fifteen Minutes? by Charissa Menefee
See below for the complete roster
Commissioned by TWTP and written by Christine Mather and Sara Sharpe, Voices of Nashville explores the experience of immigrants in our region through the eyes of these new Americans. TWTP Founder and Artistic Director Maryanna Clarke describes the inspiration this way: “Most people are aware of the explosive growth in the immigrant population of Nashville. Native-born residents are encountering people from all over the planet, and it’s not necessarily a comfortable thing. We see the play as a way of introducing neighbors to neighbors – as humans, and not strangers.”
Our return engagement at the Looby Theater opens March 6, 2015 and runs through March 22. The return of Voices of Nashville is supported by our Season Sponsor HCA/TriStar Health and funded in part by grants from the Tennessee Arts Commission and Metro Nashville Arts Commission.
"The true beauty of “Voices” lies within the stories of these new Americans . . .
the play does a fine job of balancing heavier themes with surprising humor."
Amy Stumpfl, The Tennessean
"So excited this show is coming back. We need more plays like this to remind us
of our shared humanity and give voice to the stories of our neighbors."
The Reverend Tracy J. Wells Miller,
St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Franklin
Thank you to everyone who attended, volunteered for and worked on our regional premiere of By the Waters of Babylon, by the 2014 Tony Award® winning playwright Robert Schenkkan.
Catherine, a widow, is the object of gossip and suspicion about her husband's death. Arturo is a Cuban refugee with a tragic secret, hired for the day to tame Catherine's overgrown back yard. Haunted by their previous lives, the two journey through their deepest fears and desires to find themselves on the shore of a new beginning. Our production – the East-of-the-Rockies premiere – features Corrie Miller as Catherine and René Millán as Arturo. Note: *Adult language and situations; not recommended for children.
"Haunting and romantic . . . Miller and Millán are fascinating to watch." – Amy Stumpfl, The Tennessean
" . . . a fervently humane valentine to midlife, soul-scarred love." – Seattle Times
". . . [the] theme is nothing less than the possibility of redemption by both love and art." – Crosscut
The longest-running festival of its kind in the region, Women's Work spans styles and genres to offer eleven completely different programs: poetry and essays, one-woman shows, new plays, music, dance, film and visual art.
Tickets on sale now! - Note: if online ticket sales have ended, worry not! We have plenty of seats at the door. Beginning February 28, we bring you comedy – Christopher Durang style – with the regional premiere of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, the 2013 Tony Award® winner for Best Play.
Vanya and his sister Sonia live a quiet life in the Pennsylvania farmhouse of their childhood, where they bicker and complain about their circumstances. Their domestic inertia is disrupted by the arrival of their movie-star sister Masha, who sweeps in unannounced with her twenty-something boy-toy Spike. Also on the scene are a mouthy, prophesying housekeeper named Cassandra, and youthful Nina, an aspiring actress whose looks attract Spike and unsettle the imperious Masha. By the end of their unplanned family reunion, this sibling sideshow will never be the same! Note: Contains adult language.
"Wickedly fun . . . another ambitious premiere for TWTP" – Amy Stumpfl, The Tennessean
". . . a welcome comic diversion" – Martin Brady, Nashville Scene
". . . a delightful ride" – Evans Donnell, ArtsNash.com
". . . don't miss it" – Jaz Dorsey, The Actor's Reading Room
Commissioned by TWTP and written by Christine Mather and Sara Sharpe,Voices of Nashville explores the experience of immigrants in our region through the eyes of these new Americans.
Voices features David Chattam, Colette Divine, Keri Pisapia and Becky Wahlstrom, playing characters from around the globe. An official Artober event, Voices of Nashville is sponsored by HCA/TriStar Health and funded in part by Nissan Foundation, Tennessee Arts Commission and Metro Nashville Arts Commission.
"Thoughtful and engaging . . . we hear the voices of these new Americans,
ringing out with strength, resilience and courage."
Amy Stumpfl, The Tennessean
Tennessee Women’s Theater Project returns to the Looby Theater beginning Friday May 3, with its Seventh Annual Women’s Work festival of performing and visual arts created by women. Running through Sunday May 19, the festival cuts a broad swath across styles and genres to offer ten completely different programs: poetry and essays; one-woman shows; new plays including a world premiere commissioned by the company; dance, music, film and a display of visual art works in the theater lobby. All Seats Just $5, or save with the $35 All-Access Pass.
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Don't Miss Our Final Weekend:
May 16, 7:30 pm — One-Woman Show: Staying on the Right Side of Sanity, the Diary of a Dirt Road Diva, written and performed by Belynda Cleare.
May 17, 7:30 pm — Short Films and Plays: Tigers, a play by four-time presenter Robyn Brooks; Just Grate, a film by Wendy Keeling; Timeshare, a play by Judy Klass; I MADE This, a film by Colette Divine; Conversations With My Mother, a play by Myra J. Stephens and Life on the Moon, a play by Mandy Ray-Jones.
May 18, 7:30 pm — One-woman show: View From the Pews, written and performed by Clara Harris.
What's the matter with nine year-old Jesse? He can't sit still, he curses, he raps and he won’t get into – or out of – his pajamas. His teacher thinks the problem is Attention Deficit Disorder. Dad says, "He's just a boy!" Mama's on her own quest for answers, pinballing from the Internet to her neighbors to a succession of therapists and doctors. Distracted offers a hilarious, provocative and poignant look at a modern family grappling with an epidemic dilemma: Are we so dialed in to our 24/7 info-rich world that we can’t focus on what really matters?
The very talented cast includes a mix of TWTP first-timers and returning audience favorites: Rebekah Durham, David Chattam, Keri Pisapia, Buddy Raper, Alice Raver, PattiNicole Wheeler, and introducing Judah Todd.
Language Note: Distracted includes some adult language.
"Another success!" "We’re entertained while being encouraged
to think about, and discuss what we’ve seen and heard"
Evans Donnell, ArtsNash.com
" . . . a thoughtful and meaningful production."
Martin Brady, Nashville Scene
". . . explores its subject with a nice mix of sensitivity and provocative humor."
Amy Stumpfl, The Tennessean
"A smartly comic, sharply observant and surprisingly humane play."
-- Associated Press
"A chronically entertaining comedy."
-- New York Daily News
7:30 pm – February 22, 23, 28, March 1, 2, 7, 8 & 9
10:30 am – February 26 & March 5
2:30 pm – February 24, March 3 & 10
Imagine you’re stranded in a crowded airport, watching in despair as an oncoming blizzard shuts down flight after flight. You brace yourself for the uncomfortable seating, bad food and worse coffee that lie ahead. You see a familiar face, and your heart leaps – and then sinks. Oh, no . . . it’s your old college flame, long burned out but never forgotten. Filled with laughter and ache, Shooting Star offers a bittersweet exploration of the middle days of our lives, and how we got there.
Our regional premiere production of Steven Dietz’s twisty romantic comedy marks the TWTP debut -- and a welcome return to the stage -- for both Mary Tanner Bailey, playing Elena Carson, and Brandon Boyd as Reed McAllister. Shooting Star opens October 5 for a three-weekend run at the Looby Theater.
“A moving look into that place in our hearts where lost loves still hold sway.” – L.A. Times
“A tender valentine to middle age . . . smart and sweet” – Austin American-Statesman
7:30 pm – October 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19 & 20
10:30 am – October 9 & 16
2:30 pm – October 7, 14 & 21
For the sixth year running, Tennessee Women's Theater Project returns to the Looby Theater beginning Friday May 4, with its annual Women's Work festival of performing and visual arts created by women. Running through Sunday May 20, the festival cuts a broad swath across styles and genres to offer eleven completely different programs: poetry and essays, one-woman shows, staged readings of new plays, dance, music and a display of visual art works in the theater lobby. This year's festival opens with a big first for the company: the debut public presentation of Witness, a new play created for TWTP by the widely known playwright and actor Regina Taylor.
BULLETIN: Join us March 10 for a post-performance discussion with the playwright, Jennifer Fawcett.
March 3: Discussion led by Jennifer Jones, mental health professional and NAMI-Davidson County board member.
Tennessee Women's Theater Project is delighted to present The Disappearance of Janey Jones, by Jennifer Fawcett. This regional premiere production offers a sensitive, hopeful – and humorous – look at depression and bipolar disorder. Our very talented cast features Leah Fincher, Holly Butler, Allison Cutler, Abby Ekas, Joyce Jeffries, Eric Ventress and Lane Wright. Language note: this play includes some adult language.
"a searing story – with a welcome dash of wry humor"
Evans Donnell, ArtNowNashville.com
"consistently engaging" "manages to both entertain and shed bright light on its thorny topic"
Martin Brady, Nashville Scene
"Director Clarke and her capable actors have delivered a well-paced,
thoughtful iteration of Fawcett’s work, one that is certain to promote conversation and introspection"
Jeffrey Ellis, BroadwayWorld.com
"Honest and insightful…Check it out"
Amy Stumpfl, The Tennessean
"Compelling" "Humorous" "… transports you to a place within."
Leo Sochocki, examiner.com
7:30 pm – February 24, 25, March 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10
10:30 am – February 28 & March 6
2:30 pm – February 26, March 4 & 11
Thanks to cast, crew and everyone who attended "Trying"
We're proud to launch our 2011-2012 season with the regional premiere of Trying, by Joanna McClelland Glass. This autobiographical play tells the charming, bittersweet story of an unlikely pair “trying” to bridge enormous differences of youth and age, culture and class.
". . . entertaining and thoughtful" – Martin Brady, Nashville Scene (scroll down to the second section)
"Full of surprising moments . . . a genuinely moving story." – Jef Ellis, BroadwayWorld.com
"Local theatre has been, is and will be richer for TWTP's singular contributions." – Evans Donnell, ArtNowNashville.com
"TWTP once again makes good on its promise to 'give voice to women through theater arts.'” – Amy Stumpfl, The Tennessean
For the fifth year running, Tennessee Women’s Theater Project returns to the Looby Theater beginning Friday May 6, with its annual Women’s Work festival of performing and visual arts created by women. Running through Sunday May 22, the festival cuts a broad swath across styles and genres to offer eleven completely different programs: poetry and essays; one-woman shows; staged readings of new plays; film, dance, music and a display of visual art works in the theater lobby. All tickets $5. All-show pass $30
Tennessee Women’s Theater Project presents the regional premiere of Impressionism, a romantic comedy by Michael Jacobs.
Impressionism is set in a small art gallery where the owner, Katharine, and her assistant Thomas, hide out from a world that has shattered them both. The play depicts their halting steps toward trust with wit, empathy and laughter. The New Yorker magazine’s review of the Broadway production praised the play’s “brazen sweetness and openhearted humor.”
7:30 pm – February 25, 26, March 3, 4, 5, 10, 11 & 12
2:30 pm – February 27, March 6 & 13
Tuesday matinees 10:30 am – March 1 & 8
August 30 - In what may turn out to be the final performance of our tour, we entertained, enlightened and inspired around 300 students at Hillsboro High School. We thank Gina Kelley and Brad Brown of the Drama Department, a stellar student helper named Baylor (sorry, we never caught your last name!), and the two amazing sign-language interpreters who translated the show for their students down in front.
August 19 - Snow days and exams have pushed the last shows of our tour into the opening days of the 2011-12 school year. We're glad we got the chance to perform for some 200 students atNashville School of Arts this morning. Thanks to Drama teachers Kara Kindall and John Newsom, student assistant Cody Woodside and Principal boB Wilson of "The Greatest School on the Planet!"
March 25 - We had a memorable time last evening at Thurgood Marshall Middle School, including musical selections by the Marshall Mariners band and the school chorus before and after "Warriors Don't Cry." Thanks to Kevin Dye and Steven Ricker and their students for the music, and especially to Angela Gilmore, Teacher/ESEA Family Engagement Specialist, for putting together a great program!
October 18, 2010: We have closed the final curtain on Unravelling the Ribbon. Here's a word of thanks to all -- on stage, backstage, in the audience and in the online world -- who helped make the show a pleasure to present!
Corrie Miller, Kristin James and Linda Sue Simmons star in the American professional premiere of Unravelling the Ribbon, by Mary Kelly & Maureen White. First presented by Dublin, Ireland's Gúna Nua Theatre, Unravelling the Ribbon tells the funny and touching story of three women whose lives are touched by breast cancer, as they interact, separate and come together in a moving, and frequently hilarious tale of friendship and survival.
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" . . . a powerfully rendered and emotionally felt exemplar of the transformative power of live theatre."
Jeffrey Ellis, BroadwayWorld.com
“...glowingly touching and truthful, deeply gentle and lovely...”
Sunday Independent (Ireland)
“Elegant in its construction and touching in its effect”
The Irish Times
Here comes the final weekend of our fourth annual Women's Work showcase and celebration, featuring memorable programs on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. All tickets just $5! Click Here to Buy.
May 22, 7:30 pm — Coming in Hot, performed by writer-actor Jeanmarie Simpson. Based on the book Powder: Writings by Women in the Ranks from Vietnam to Iraq, the play is co-adapted and directed by Lisa Bowden
May 23, 5:30 pm — Ginger Sands Back to the Garden CD release event. Inspired by the sustainable food movement, Ginger Sands has created a collection of island-inflected folk and folk rock music. Ginger will present the album as a concert with a full band, interspersing the set with segues involving dance, puppetry and some special surprises. This show only -- bring the whole family for just $10!
Tennessee Women’s Theater Project throws an affectionate spotlight on the sirens of the sidelines with the regional premiere of Kathleen Clark’s Secrets of a Soccer Mom.
“Let’s hear it for Soccer Moms!” - The New York Times
Read Amanda O'Brien's review in Her Nashville
Read Jeff Ellis's review on Broadwayworld.com
Read Bill Dorian's review for Nashville Pride
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Warriors Don’t Cry is a riveting one-woman show adapted from the diary/memoir of Melba Pattillo Beals of the Little Rock Nine, by the Pulitzer-nominated playwright Eisa Davis. We opened September 11 at the Looby Theater for 11 performances through September 27, with a special added show at Scarritt-Bennett Center on 9/22.
See the Arts Break preview produced by Nashville Public Television
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"This play is not about my mother and me!" Right from the opening lines, this convention-shattering comedy gets to the grit of life, probing the contradictions of sickness and health in individuals and families, in communities and in society.
Our 2008-2009 season opened with a United States premiere: Kingfisher Days by the Toronto, Canada actor and writer Susan Coyne. This sweet memory play conveys a child’s sense of magic and possibility with a grownup streak of humor.
Our second annual Women's Work celebration in May, 2008 featured the return of the Magdalene House writers on opening night, plus many new genres, new works and new faces. In all more than 100 artists participated.
The New York Post called it “love in the time of frostbite.” We called it our midwinter night’s dream. Blowing into the Z. Alexander Looby Theatre just in time for Valentine’s Day, 2008 John Cariani’s Almost, Maine is a romantic comedy set in the imaginary, unincorporated northern Maine hamlet of Almost.
In October, 2007 we presented the Nashville première of Defying Gravity, by Jane Anderson. This portrait of human aspiration focuses on Christa McAuliffe, the teacher who flew in the space shuttle Challenger, as seen by the world, and as remembered by her daughter.
In May 2007, we presented the first Women’s Work – a celebration and festival of works by women. Women's Work has since become an annual event.
In January, 2007, we presented the Nashville première of Nickel and Dimed, based on the best-selling book Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America, by Barbara Ehrenreich.
Collected Stories opened in May, 2006 and marked our first production in the Z. Alexander Looby Theatre. Written by the Pulitzer Prize-winner Donald Margulies ("Dinner With Friends") starred Terri Occhiogrosso as Ruth, and RheAnn White as Lisa.
Our stage debut in 2005, "A Single Woman" tells the story of Jeannette Rankin — "the first woman elected to the House of Representatives (in 1916, before the Susan B. Anthony Amendment affirmed women's right to vote).