New Works Reading Event
Writerâ€™s Stage, in partnership with Tennessee Repertory Theatre, presents a NewWorks Reading Series event.
According to Reylandâ€¦.
â€¦. â€œThe idea is to work these new plays until one of them becomes the clear candidate for a fall workshop at Writerâ€™s Stage. If you attended â€œShelterâ€ or â€œStuffâ€ and you like edgy, more adult oriented humor and themes then youâ€™ll like these new plays. I love 21 Baker Road but these are not 21 Baker Road.â€
There is no admission charge, concessions will be available and a talk back will be facilitated by Barry Scott at the close of each nightâ€™s reading.
Special guest Victoria Stewart, the current Martha R. Ingram Artist in Residence at Tennessee Repertory Theatre will contribute on Friday night.
The opportunity to create new plays and musicals from the ground up doesnâ€™t happen enough in Nashville. Other cities may have the reputation as new play development centers but Nashville is on track to become a first class creating community for theatre as well as music.
FRIDAY NIGHT APRIL THE 24th at 7:30
FURTHER THAN WEâ€™VE EVER BEEN
By Jim Reyland
ON THE DAY JERRYâ€™S DREAMS FINALLY CAME TRUE HE DIED.
When a lifetime of bad decisions finally catches up with you, you wonder if in your case, free will wasnâ€™t all it was cracked up to be. Relax; some things last forever.
â€œAn interesting examination of the prevalence of destiny and the impossibility of tricking death and bad fortune. The dialogue â€“ particularly that of the Friend- is snappy and quite funny.â€
ARENA STAGE, Washington DC
â€œYou skillfully navigate a bold and inventive structure with compelling language. The character of â€œFriendâ€ is particularly powerfully imagined. We look forward to reading more of your work.â€
YALE REPERTORY THEATER, New Haven
â€œA creative examination of pitfalls of the American Dream through the lens of one man's life; the clever, zinging dialogue between Jerry, the Doctor, and the Friend kept the play fast paced and edgy, and their relationship successfully transcended the familiar good-versus-evil motif.â€
BERKELEY REPERTORY THEATRE, Berkeley California
SATURDAY NIGHT APRIL 25th at 7:30
(Good people do bad things)
A new play
By Jim Reyland
Reclusive millionaire Jonathan Forty wants to give away his fortune. Faith Lockhart is willing to pay theprice.
Victoria Stewart â€“ Before graduating from the Playwrights Workshop at the University of Iowa, Victoria Stewart was a professional stage-manager, working with David Rabe, Anne Bogart and Peter Sellars among others. Her play Hardball was recently named a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and she has received the Francesca Primus Award, the Helen Merrill Award for Emerging Playwrights, Ucross/Sundance, Donmar Warehouse and Hedgebrook residencies, the Norman Felton fellowship as well as the Jerome Fellowship.
Victoria is the 2008-09 recipient of a McKnight Advancement Grant at the Playwrightsâ€™ Center. Her work has been performed and developed at the Joseph Papp Public Theater, South Coast Rep, SPF, Seattle Repertory Theater, Urban Stages, Live Girls Productions, Stage Left, Hourglass Group, Circle X, Vineyard Theatre, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre, Pittsburgh Public Theater, Jungle Theater, Commonweal Theater Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Page 73, Overlap Productions, and the Guthrie Theater. She is a member of the Workhaus Collective and the Vinegar Tom Players.
Since 1985, Tennessee Repertory Theatre has been a critically acclaimed regional theatre, creating the highest quality professional productions and by serving as a prime cultural, educational, and economic resource within the Nashville and Middle Tennessee communities. Tennessee Rep produces work that is designed, built, and rehearsed in Nashville by highly skilled actors, designers, directors, and technicians. A non-profit organization, Tennessee Rep is committed to consistently delivering thought-provoking theatre each year. For more information on the Tennessee Repertory Theatre, please visit www.tennesseerep.org.