2022 Season

First Time Stories 

Third Friday of the month, 6-8 p.m.

Venue: Actors Bridge Studio (4610 Charlotte Ave)
Tickets: $5
Ticket Link: https://bit.ly/FTS-12-19-21

First kiss, first heartbreak, first bike ride, first time you broke the rules. The firsts in our lives form compelling and touching moments of real-life theater. And, we all have an endless supply. Now in its 10th year, FIRST TIME STORIES is a great way to meet new people, connect across shared experiences and radical differences. You may come in knowing no one, but you will leave with a room full of friends. That’s the power of stories.


by Eve Ensler

A benefit for Act Like a GRRRL
Director: Vali Forrister
Date: Wednesday, Feb 9 at 7 p.m.
Venue: City Winery Nashville (609 Lafayette St)
Tickets: $25-45
Ticket link: https://bit.ly/TheVaginaMonologues2-9-22

20 years ago, Actors Bridge Ensemble was the first to bring THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES to town in what has become known as a “very high-profile annual communal event in Nashville ” (Nashville Scene). The play introduces a wildly divergent gathering of female-identifying voices including a six-year-old girl, a 70-something New Yorker, a vagina workshop participant, a woman who witnesses the birth of her granddaughter, a Bosnian survivor of rape, and a feminist, happy to have found a man who “liked to look at it.” All proceeds benefit Act Like a GRRRL, a writing and performance program that inspires teenage girls to find their voice and speak their truths on stage and in life.

Presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.


Based on the Book by Cheryl Strayed
Adapted for the Stage by Nia Vardalos

Co-Conceived by Marshall Heyman, Thomas Kail, and Nia Vardalos
Director: Leah Lowe
Dates: April 1-3 and 6-10, 2022
Venue: Actors Bridge Studio
Tickets: $25-30
Ticket Link: https://bit.ly/ABE-TBT

Based on the best-selling book by Cheryl Strayed (author of Wild), TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS follows the relationships between an anonymous advice columnist named Sugar and the many real-life readers who pour out their hearts to her. Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) adapts Strayed’s book into an enrapturing and uplifting play rich with humor, insight, and compassion. Called “a theatrical hug in turbulent times,” (Variety) TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS is about reaching when you’re stuck, recovering when you’re broken, and finding the courage to ask the questions that are hardest to answer.  Contains adult content.

Presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.

Act Like a GRRRL 2022

by the GRRRLS

Director: Vali Forrister

Celebrating our 18th year, Act Like a GRRRL is a devised theater piece created by a group of teenage girls who come together to tell the stories of their lives. Join us for wit, wisdom and inspiration from the cusp of adulthood.


by Cynthia C. Harris

Director: Cynthia C. Harris
Dates: August 5-13
Venue: Darkhorse Theater
Tickets: $25-30
Ticket Link: https://bit.ly/ABE-TCIITB

THE CALLING IS IN THE BODY: An exploration of memory, purpose, community and environment. Local playwright Cynthia Harris (HOW TO CATCH A FLYING WOMAN) again combines her passion for art and public health, as she explores a foundational relationship with early local HIV educator and radical trouble maker, the late and beloved Deidre Williams. THE CALLING IS IN THE BODY is part of Ms. Harris’ forthcoming THE MAGNOLIA TRILOGY. Ms. Harris is a member of the ABE Directors Inclusion Initiative.