August 28 - 31
No, No, Nanette
by Irving Caesar & Otto Harbach with music by Vincent Youmans
The time is 1925, and the place is New York City. In this classic of
musical theater, a Bible salesman, his wife, their lawyer friend and his wife, and the salesman's young ward, Nanette, get into various romantic entanglements and misunderstandings. Janette Fox Klocko directs this lighthearted romp through the Jazz Age. Reserve tickets (free for
students, faculty and staff but required for everyone) go on sale the week before the show. You must reserve your ticket online to
attend. Performance times: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday @6:30 & Sat @2 at Harpeth Hall.
October 24 - 26
Sueño (competition one-act)
by José Rivera
This play, our entry in the Tennessee Theater Association competition, tells the story of a mythical Spanish king who imprisons his own son in a tower from birth to protect his reign and thwart predictions of astrologers who said the boy would grow up to be a monster. After several years, however, the king has a change of heart and orders his son brought to the palace for a test. The newly freed prince is so angry and behaves so badly that the king banishes him again to prison. Waking up in the tower, the son is convinced that the entire experience was a dream, but a peasant uprising liberates the confused prisoner once more. The results are fascinating! Dr. Fuller directs this adaptation of Pedro Calderon’s Golden Age adventure about free will and self-fulfilling prophecies. Performance times on campus: Thursday, Friday (10/24 & 10/25) @6:30; Saturday (10/26) @7 at MBA.
Play! Write! 2019
Our inaugural 48-hour improv-inspired original play competition begins with games and suggestions from the audience on Friday evening. Writing teams will have 12 hours to write the drafts of their new plays. Limited rehearsals will take place over the weekend before the curtain rises Sunday evening. This fundraiser benefits Endada. Begins Friday at 5 p.m. and ends with performances of new works on Sunday at 5 p.m.
January 23 – 25
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
by Kathryn Schultz Miller
When learned Ichabod Crane, the new schoolmaster, arrives in the
village of Sleepy Hollow, he quickly encounters the lovely Katrina Van Tassel, the brutish Brom Bones, and the widespread superstition of the townsfolk. He soon learns that the town is also home to spooky
apparitions, including the famous Headless Horseman. This adaptation of Washington Irving's classic tale, directed by Nelson Berry, brings both comedy and suspense for the whole family. Performance times: Thursday & Friday @ 6:30; Saturday @2 at MBA.
February 20 – 23
The Knight of the Burning Pestle
by Francis Beaumont
This play within a play from 1607 is a boisterous and satirical collision of citizen drama and chivalric, courtly romance. A grocer and his wife interrupt The London Merchant, wreaking havoc on the production and causing the addition of a new character, a “knight” who will uphold the honor of the grocery business. This hilarious burlesque of Elizabethan London life in five acts will be performed under the direction of Malcolm Morrison with full musical accompaniment. Performance times: Thursday & Friday @6:30; Saturday @7; Sunday @2 at MBA.
April 22 – 23
Student-Directed One Act Plays
Seniors in the Studio Theater class choose and direct a collection of short plays, including some of their new, original works. Performance times: Wednesday and Thursday @6:30 at MBA.