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Production History

Trying - Regional Premiere

September 30 - October 16

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.

It’s November, 1967, and a young woman has just been hired as a secretary for Judge Francis Biddle, Attorney General to Franklin Roosevelt, and famous as the former Chief Judge of the American Military Tribunal at Nuremberg. Now eighty-one and in failing health, Judge Biddle is still every inch a Main Line Philadelphia aristocrat. Sarah Schorr, the latest in a parade of secretaries, is a plain-spoken twenty-five year old from the Canadian prairie town of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The play is autobiographical, based on the playwright’s own experience as secretary to Judge Biddle. In an introduction to the script, Glass writes, “We spent our months together ‘trying’ to negotiate and span our enormous differences of youth and age, of class and culture.”

Sarah is played by Keri Pisapia, returning for her third TWTP production. Keri played a series of characters in the company’s 2008 presentation of Almost, Maine, and was memorable in 2007’s Defying Gravity as Elizabeth, the daughter of Challenger astronaut Krista McAuliffe. Fred Mullen, in his Tennessee Women’s Theater Project debut, plays Judge Biddle. Fred appeared as Lazar Wolf in the 2010 Boiler Room Theatre production of Fiddler on the Roof, and has often worked with Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theater, in roles ranging from Norman in On Golden Pond, to Santa Claus in Sarah and the Secret of Christmas.

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". . . entertaining and thoughtful"  – Martin Brady, Nashville Scene (scroll down to the second section)

"Full of surprising moments . . . a genuinely moving story." – Jef Ellis,

"Local theatre has been, is and will be richer for TWTP's singular contributions." – Evans Donnell,

"TWTP once again makes good on its promise to 'give voice to women through theater arts.'” – Amy Stumpfl, The Tennessean

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