To add your live or virtual shows, auditions and other opportunities for theatre artists to this list, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Email same address with info by July 31th to be included in August newsletter/listings of Nashville-ish area theatre happenings.
SPOTLIGHT ON NASHVILLE NEW WORKS
Kindling Arts Festival returns August 25-28 with live programming at venues around Nashville's West End and Centennial Park. You won't want to miss these 4 days of local dance, theatre, aerial, interdisciplinary projects, art installations, and unexpected live arts experiences! Among the theatrical offerings are: a special restaging of Cameron L. Mitchell's BLACKBIRD under the direction of Alicia Haymer, a new work by Nate Eppler + Jonathan Alexandratos working in collaboration with director Jessika Malone, Amanda Card's extended shadow puppet play DIRT, an exploration of fatphobia and eating created by Tessa Bryant, and the premiere of Jennifer Whitcomb-Oliva's highly-anticipated performance film project SEVEN. Performances and screenings will be held at: OZ Arts Nashville, The Barbershop Theater, Nashville School for the Aerial Arts, and Ozari Events. Individual tickets range from $12-$20. Wildfire Weekend passes are available for only $85, and there's a special 5-show Theatre Package for just $55. For more information and to book tickets, visit: kindlingarts.com
AT OZ ARTS:
THE SMALL PARTS PLAYSET
By Nate Eppler + Jonathan Alexandratos
Directed by Jessika Malone
Featuring Blake Holliday
Miniature ponies, heads of potato, and dolls from the ‘patch divulge their most honest inner monologues in this toy-centric performance exhibit that projects adult anxieties onto a carousel of your favorite childhood playthings. The Small Parts Playset is the latest creation from Nashville’s most incisively hilarious playwright, Nate Eppler, co-created with NYC-based nonbinary writer and action figure scholar, Jonathan Alexandratos. Directed by Jessika Malone and featuring Blake Holliday, this unique experience offers a toy's eye view of deeply human fears, joys, and desires. The Small Parts Playset queers our relationship to toys in order to break through to a shared universe that melts the rigidity of plastic and social norms alike.
Friday, August 27th at 7:30pm
Saturday, August 28th at 3:00pm
TICKETS: $15 in advance / $20 day-of
Created, Written, and Performed by Jennifer Whitcomb-Oliva
Directed by Valerie Whitcomb
Sinning never looked this good. In SEVEN, the highly anticipated performance film project from acclaimed actress and interdisciplinary artist Jennifer Whitcomb-Oliva, the Seven Deadly Sins and Seven Heavenly Virtues are seen in a whole new light. Directly confronting the intersection of Blackness and Fatness, Jennifer tackles these often marginalized topics through her personal experiences and opens conversations on mental health, sexual health, and spirituality that uniquely relate to Black women. The film project is directed by award-winning documentary filmmaker Valerie Whitcomb and features additional choreography by Marcus Hayes (Austin Peay’s Associate Dean for the College of Arts & Letters / Professor of Dance & African-American Studies).
The development of SEVEN was funded, in part, by a THRIVE Grant from the Metro Nashville Arts Commission.
Saturday, August 28th at 8:00pm
AT THE BARBERSHOP THEATER:
Created + Performed by by Amanda Card
Featuring Original Music by Mikey Rosenbaum
How do you put down roots when you feel rootless? How do you grow something that can withstand the test of time? Using a distinct mix of shadow puppetry, micro puppetry, documentary theatre, and live Appalachian style music, DIRT is the latest creation from Nashville theater favorite and multi-hyphenate Amanda Card that explores what grounds us. Local musician Mikey Rosenbaum performs a rollicking original score that breathes extra life into Card’s tender, whimsical, and charming puppet journey.
Wednesday, August 25th at 6:30pm
Thursday, August 26th at 6:30pm
Saturday, August 28th at 2:00pm
Created + Performed by Cameron L. Mitchell
Directed by Alicia Haymer
An original creation from the mind of celebrated spoken word artist and actor Cameron L. Mitchell, Blackbird is a theatrical experience that uses poetry to dramatically examine the Black male experience in modern day society, with echoes to the not-so-distant past. This riveting solo performance raises questions about the way Black men are treated in contemporary culture, excavating feelings of entrapment and the internal struggle to adequately express emotion. Blackbird is a participatory theatrical event that takes audiences on a meaningful journey through one man’s psyche and ultimately offers viewers a chance to rewrite our collective future. The performance’s special restaging for Kindling Arts Festival has been further developed in collaboration with award-winning director and performer Alicia Haymer.
Wednesday, August 25th at 8:00pm
Thursday, August 26th at 8:00pm
Saturday, August 28th at 4:00pm
Created + Directed by Tessa Bryant
Featuring Work and Performances by Evans Donnell, Lori Gann-Smith, Mary Hankins, Mary Elizabeth Roberts, and Jennifer Whitcomb-Oliva
Not all meals are enjoyed equally. Part performance art, part theatrical experience, and part head-on confrontation, HUNGRY is a vulnerable series of monologues that challenges audiences to address the discomfort or spectacle inspired by fat people enjoying food — or simply eating at all. Each performer will enjoy a meal or snack while addressing their individual relationships with food, the meta-theatricality of eating in public as a fat person, and the experience of nourishing a body that many people wish didn't exist. Come hungry, leave with a whole new perspective on the subconscious ways fatphobia permeates our society.
Friday, August 27th at 6:00pm
Saturday, August 28th at 6:00pm
Other August Nashville Theatre Listings
The 33rd annual Summer Shakespeare Festival is back with two productions from two of the greatest playwrights of all time: August Wilson and William Shakespeare. Nashville Shakes is joining forces with Kennie Playhouse Theatre to produce August Wilson’s JITNEY, directed by Chuck Smith of the Goodman Theatre in Chicago with original music composed by 5-time Grammy Award winner Victor Wooten, from August 12-22. Then, playing from August 26 – September 12, is Shakespeare’s TWELFTH NIGHT, directed by Jim Warren of the American Shakespeare Center. The festival is FREE with suggested donation and will be held at oneC1TY Nashville. VIP Royal Packages and reserved Noble seating available. www.nashvilleshakes.org
Playhouse 615 is pleased to present Robert Harling’s “Steel Magnolias” – his real life experience about the bond between a group of women, in a small town Northern Louisiana community, and how they face challenges and grief with humor and tears. “Steel Magnolias” is being directed by Dr. Steve Street and will run August 13 – 29 at the theatre, 11920 Lebanon Road, in Midway Center.
Performances are Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30pm and Sunday matinees are at 2:30pm; tickets are $16.00, and can be purchased in advance via www.eventbrite.com; purchased at the door on the day of performance; reserved in advance by calling 615-319-7031 or by emailing the theatre email@example.com. The cast includes Ann Street-Kavanagh, Managing Director of Playhouse 615, as M’Lynn Eatenton, Tiffany Burleson Vinson as Truvy Jones, Brenda Brannon as Clairee Belcher, Diane Enright as Ouiser Boudreaux, Mary-Molly Storey as Shelby Eatenton, and Abby Waddoups as Annelle Dupuy.
Due to the Delta Variant increasing across the country, we respectfully request that all patrons wear a mask. “Steel Magnolias” is presented with special arrangement by Dramatist’s Play Service, Inc.
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast presented by New Star Nashville Productions, directed by Anna Lasley
Performances: Friday, August 6 and Saturday, August 7 at 7:30 PM CDT.
Location: Woodmont Hills Church, 3710 Franklin Pike, Nashville, TN 37204
Tickets: $15 available at the door or at https://new-star-nashville-productions.ticketleap.com/disneys-beauty-and-the-beast
*Due to updated CDC requirements, all audience members attending “Beauty and the Beast” will be required to wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status. Thank you for assisting us in bringing back theatre safely!
Mrs. Potts...Christy Hathcock
LeFou... Kolin Lawler
Madame de la Grandebouche...Anna Elizabeth Dalvine
Maurice... Howard Snyder
Monsieur D’Arque...Mickey Leisure
Silly Girl 1...Kailey Good Burt
Silly Girl 2/Dance Captain...Rachel Humphrey
Silly Girl 3...Nicole Turner
Prince/Tavern Keeper/Gaston understudy...Matthew Carr
Enchantress/Dance Captain/Belle understudy...Caitrin Anderson
Bookseller/Beast understudy...Andre Churchwell Jr.
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/517872346193040
Auditions for August 2021
Priscilla Queen of the Dessert the Musical
Sunday, August 1 from 3:00-5:00PM
Monday, August 2 from 7:00-9:00PM
Callbacks (only if needed) are August 3, 6:00-8:00
Please arrive 15 minutes early to complete your conflict calendar and audition form, or find the form below to print, fill out and bring it with you.
AUDITIONS FOR THE INEBRIATED SHAKESPEARE 2022 SEASON!
Auditions are August 29th at 5 PM and August 30th at 7 PM
at Lakewood Theatre
2211 Old Hickory Boulevard, Lakewood, TN 37138
There are a few things we'd like you to know:
1. We are actors who do Shakespeare...
2. ... but who also drink responsibly. No really it's a part of our schtick, just in case you thought we were kidding.
3. We understand that sometimes the arts industry can be a bit biased... maybe even clique-y. Here at Inebriated Shakes we thrive on uniqueness. SERIOUSLY... we WANT... and NEED individuality because we are all individuals. Did we just state the obvious? Well, also, it's just a lot more fun that way.
We WOULD LOVE for you to come and audition for our company's 2022 season no matter your gender, race, gender identity, sexual orientation... and age, as long as you are over 21. Sometimes our performances are rated R.
4. We pay.
5. This is one of the funnest things an actor could do. Check us out at inebriatedshakes.com. We ARE looking forward to seeing you on stage with us this season!
6. We believe Black Lives Matter. We believe in equality and the rights of LGBQIA+ individuals and we proudly welcome actors from all walks of life over 21 years of age.
7. *IMPORTANT: YOU MUST EMAIL US AT Inebriatedshakespeare@gmail.com OR SIGN UP ON OUR WEBSITE https://inebriatedshakes.com/audition FOR AN AUDITION SPOT
You must ALSO be FULLY vaccinated for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) by audition time. Please indicate which evening you would like to attend auditions when you contact us.
Other Opportunities for Theatre Artists for August 2021
The Salon at Pipeline Collective
Bi-monthly opportunities for playwrights, directors and actors
Visit HERE for more information