A new year is upon us, and there is plenty to enjoy in Nashville’s theatre world this month.
Monday, January 5, the Centennial Black Box Theater will have a reading of Saint Rabbit by Jack Rayson, a recent graduate of The University School of Nashville. Last spring Jack received a scholarship (one of only sixteen) from the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers. This is beginning of the fourth year of the Metro Nashville Parks Theater Department’s New Play Reading Series. If you haven’t been to this location before, there are two buildings in Centennial Park with very similar names. You want the one in the corner of the park just behind McDonald’s on West End Avenue.
The Twelfth Night is actually January 5, but in case you miss it, Nashville Shakespeare Festival will help you celebrate through the end of January. The comedy Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare opens January 8 in the Troutt Theater (Belmont University) and runs through January 25. There will be also be two days — January 30 and 31 — at the Collins Auditorium at Lipscomb University. The cast has all the good names as expected. Tamiko Robinson will be making her NSF debut as Olivia.
It’s not a play but something you should do at least once: visit The Hermitage, home of Andrew Jackson. On January 8, there will be free admission to celebrate the 200th anniversary of The Battle of New Orleans.
Actors Bridge Ensemble is the host of First Time Stories, true first person stories told in no more than five minutes. Friday, January 9, from 7 to 10 pm is the first opportunity to tell your story this year. It’s in their location next to LeQuire Gallery on Charlotte Pike.
On January 13 and 14, Nashville Repertory Theatre’s REPaloud Staged Readings will present Dinner With Friends by Donald Margulies. The writer will be there for the talkback on Wednesday, January 14. REPaloud is in Nashville Rep’s rehearsal hall, NPT Studio A, 161 Rains Avenue, Nashville.
The Circle Players’ presentation of Ragtime: The Musical, in collaboration with the TSU Theatre Program and the National Museum of African American Music, begins January 15 for a run through January 25 at the Tennessee State University Performing Arts Center. You might want to check to see if there is a university event the day you are interested in that might cause a traffic delay. (ed. note: you can CLICK+WIN Tickets to this event through NowPlayingNashville.com (Click here for more details) and also purchase $10 Discount Tickets through our ticket marketplace.
If you need a little Agatha Christie, Murfreesboro Little Theatre is opening And Then There Were None on Friday, January 16, running through January 25.
Two theater companies have announced moves: The Theater Bug on Gallatin Road (new location not yet known to me) and Street Theatre Company from Elm Hill Pike to Bailey Middle School in East Nashville. Street is also making its tenth season a ‘pay-what-you-can’ season.