New Play Festival 2015

May 13, 2015 | Posted in New Play Festival, New Play Festival Author | By

The table readings will occur between Feb. 1 and March 1. Each reading will include a discussion session afterwards with the cast, director and audience and, when possible, the playwright. The table reading plays are as follows:

The Cast List by Gayle Greene – Two star-crossed cast lists wreak havoc on a struggling community theatre’s production of Romeo & Juliet.
2/7/15 2:30 pm at Fountain City Library
2/14/15 1:00 pm at Bearden Branch Library
2/28/15 3:00 pm at Lawson McGhee Library

The Third Proposal by Dennis Duff – Struggling against his feelings for neighbor Anna Wagner, Helmut can only watch as his two brothers vie for her hand, then fall as victims of WWII.
2/14/15 3:00 pm at Bearden Branch Library
2/21/15 2:30 pm at Fountain City Library
3/1/15 2:00 pm at Lawson McGhee Library

American Farce by Michael Reimann – A woman from Max’s past shows up at his door and claims he is the father of her 10 year-old son. Max soon devises a plot to use his estranged son’s uncanny ability to pick race horses to pay off a loan shark.
2/21/15 2:30 pm at Bearden Branch Library
2/23/15 6:00 pm at Fountain City Library
2/28/15 1:00 pm at Lawson McGhee Library

We are also producing three staged readings, which will also be followed by a discussion session with actors, audience, director and playwrights. These staged readings will each have one performance in March:

A Cocaine Comedy by Harrison Young – Richard tries cocaine for the first time moments before two desperate policemen kick down his door. The hijinks quickly escalate as the local news, governor of Texas, and a very special couch lead Richard’s petty crime to making national headlines.
3/14/15 2:00 pm at Theatre Knoxville Downtown

Found Objects by Marilynn Barner Anselmi – Found Objects examines four lives brought together by death, and the truth they all create – or barely tolerate – around that tragic accident.
3/21/15 11:00 am at Theatre Knoxville Downtown

House Rules by Staci Swedeen – Two brothers confront the intertwined nature of hatred and love and learn that all truths kept silent become poisonous.
3/21/15 3:00 pm at Theatre Knoxville Downtown

IATW_posterThe New Play Festival rounds out with a World Premiere presentation of a new play. This year’s full production is  I Am The Way by Scott Strahan, directed by Tom Parkhill.

McRae Allen hates his job, so he finds a new one. He becomes an Internet evangelist and watches the cash, and death threats, come rolling in. I Am The Way runs March 6 – 22, Thursdays – Saturdays at 8:00 pm and Sundays at 3:00 pm, at Theatre Knoxville Downtown*.

*Tennessee Stage Company presents I Am The Way through special cooperation with Theatre Knoxville Downtown.

For more information, please contact the Tennessee Stage Company at 546-4280.

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Our 25th Anniversary Production: HARVEY

October 24, 2014 | Posted in The Timeless Works Series, Updates | By

From time to time, when something strikes our fancy, the Tennessee Stage Company puts on a show as part of what we call our Timeless Works series. It’s something of a disorderly affair – occurring just six times in the past fifteen years – but we are very happy to revive The Timeless Works for our 25th anniversary production in January 2015.

To mark the beginning of our 25th anniversary season, and try out the gorgeous space in the Historic Southern Railway Station, on January 22, we will open a two-week run of Mary Chase’s classic comedy, Harvey. This classic comedy is the story of a most unconventional man who has dropped out of the rat race to live a simple life with his most unusual best friend, Harvey, who just happens to be a six foot tall invisible white rabbit!

Harvey was our very first Timeless Works production, in 2002, and in honor of our 25th anniversary it seemed a perfect time to rediscover this fantastic show.

The Timeless Works Series is unique among our work because these shows are fundraisers for the company. Everyone who works on a Timeless Works production donates their time and talent to the company so we can continue to grow and pay the artists involved in our other productions and programs. Previous Timeless Works presentations include: The Philadelphia Story in 2003, The Foreigner in 2005, The Miracle Worker in 2006 and I Hate Hamlet in 2009.

Please join us at the Historic Southern Railway Station this January to celebrate our anniversary with our favorite play – Harvey.

HARVEY runs January 22 – February 1, 2015. Purchase tickets online.

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