This year’s Tennessee Stage New Play Festival presents a fully staged World Premiere presentation of The Senator’s Wife by North Carolina playwright C. Robert Jones; a staged reading of Under De–Tox by Don Kapa; and table readings of Amazing Graces by Lea McMahan, Indian Giver by Michael Reiman, and Swimming Upstream by Rich Rubin. Dates for the New Play Festival begin with table readings in early February and the final performances concluding in late March.
Sunday, January 21 from 5-7pm at Modern Studio
109 W Anderson Ave., Knoxville, TN 37917
Join us for a FREE kickoff event for the New Play Festival! Complimentary refreshments, meet-&-greet with the actors, directors and playwrights, plus a showcase of short scenes from the Festival’s selection of new plays.
Free admission. Each reading will include a discussion session afterwards with the cast, director and audience and, when possible, the playwright.
Swimming Upstream by Rich Rubin
A love story, complicated by science and political ramifications – who says politics makes strange bedfellows?
Saturday, 2/3 10:00 am Bearden Branch Library
Monday, 2/12 6:00 pm Fountain City Library
Sunday, 2/25 2:00 pm Lawson McGhee Library
Amazing Graces by Lea McMahan
A weekend getaway for five women – cousins and friends – in Gatlinburg, TN, with barely enough food but plenty of wine goes off the deep end when two armed gunmen crash the party.
Saturday, 2/3 2:00 pm Fountain City Library
Saturday, 2/17 2:00 pm Bearden Branch Library
Saturday, 2/24 2:30 Lawson McGhee Library
Indian Giver by Michael Reiman
A wry dramedy about an organ donor whose own failing body drives him to do the unthinkable – sue to get his donated organ back!
Saturday, 2/10 2:00 pm Bearden Branch Library
Saturday, 2/17 2:00 pm Fountain City Library
Saturday, 2/24 12:30 pm Lawson McGhee Library
Free admission and the reading will also be followed by a discussion session with the actors, audience, director and playwrights.
De-Tox by Don Kapa
A comedy in which a motley assortment of humanity is thrown together overnight in a de-tox center that is one step away from the drunk tank. A halfway house of sorts becomes home to a most unusual family. What could possibly go wrong?
Saturday, March 17 at 2:00 PM at Theatre Knoxville Downtown
World Premiere Production: The Senator’s Wife
by C. Robert Jones
When politics and family meet, they can both come out a little the worse for wear. The widow of a prominent Democratic US Senator is being wooed by a current Republican senator in this battle for the heart of a lady – and oh by the way – for control of the Senate. A romantic comedy – with songs!
March 9–25 at Theatre Knoxville Downtown
Thursday thru Saturday at 8pm & Sunday matinees at 3pm
For tickets and more information, please contact the Tennessee Stage Company at (865) 546-4280.
Sponsored in part by a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission.
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
The 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.
We had a great turnout for the first table reading of Harrison Young’s “A Cocaine Comedy”. Here’s a little bit about Harrison, in his own words: