New Play Festival 2018

January 5, 2018 | Posted in New Play Festival, New Play Festival Author, Updates | By

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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.

Kickoff Party!

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.

Table Readings

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

Staged Reading

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.

 

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New Play Festival 2016

December 5, 2015 | Posted in New Play Festival, New Play Festival Author | By

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Sunday, January 17 from 5:00–7:00 PM at the Historic Southern Railway Station

Join us for a FREE kickoff event with complimentary refreshments, meet-&-greet with the actors, directors and playwrights, plus a showcase of short scenes from the Festival’s selection of new plays.

World Premiere Production #1: HOUSE RULES HOUSE RULES poster

by Staci Swedeen (Knoxville, TN)
January 21–31
Thursday–Saturday 8:00 PM
Sunday matinee 3:00 PM
at the Historic Southern Railway Station, 306 W Depot Ave.

Two brothers confront the intertwined nature of hatred and love and learn that all truths kept silent become poisonous. Tickets on sale now!

Table Readings

Free admission. Each reading will include a discussion session afterwards with the cast, director and audience and, when possible, the playwright.

Caves by Jean Battlo (Kimball, WV) – Rita Rochella-Baker lives in a dying coal town in West Virginia. Now she must construct a past to save her town’s future.
2/6/16 1:00 pm at Carter Branch Library
2/16/16 6:00 pm at Farragut Branch Library
2/20/16 2:00 pm at Fountain City Library
2/27/16 12:00 pm at Lawson McGhee Library

Four Old Broads by Leslie Kimbell (Winder, GA) – Life in a retirement community can be dangerous…or hilarious. It depends on your approach to life.
2/6/16 2:00 pm at Fountain City Library
2/13/16 2:30 pm at Bearden Branch Library
2/20/16 1:00 pm at Carter Branch Library
2/27/16 2:30 pm at Lawson McGhee Library

Under the Esso Moon by Linda P. Marion (Knoxville, TN) – In the week she turns thirteen, Vera Lee Phillips experiences awakening, change and danger in an apartment above an Esso station.
2/8/16 6:00 pm at Fountain City Library
2/13/16 1:00 pm at Carter Branch Library
2/20/16 2:30 pm at Bearden Branch Library
2/28/16 2:00 pm at Lawson McGhee Library

Staged Readings

The Festival rounds out with these two staged readings. Free admission and each reading will also be followed by a discussion session with the actors, audience, director and playwrights.

The Third Proposal by Dennis Duff (Sevierville, TN) – 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.
3/12/16 2:00 pm at Theatre Knoxville Downtown

The Nearly Final Almost Posthumous Play of the Not-Quite-Dead Sutton McAllister by Kris Bauske (Ocoee, FL) – When world-renown playwright Sutton McAllister suffers a major stroke and nearly dies, his plastic surgery-addicted niece leads the mad hunt to find his final script.
3/19/16 2:00 pm at Theatre Knoxville Downtown

*Tennessee Stage Company presents New Play Festival World Premiere full productions through special cooperation with Tiger Lily Theatre & Theatre Knoxville Downtown

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


SOLD OUT! : World Premiere Production #2: THE CAST LIST

Poster Cast List

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by Gayle Greene (Knoxville, TN)
March 4–20
Thursday–Saturday 8:00 PM
Sunday matinee 3:00 PM
at Theatre Knoxville Downtown, 319 N Gay St.

Two star-crossed cast lists wreak havoc on a struggling community theatre’s production of Romeo & Juliet.

 

 

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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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