On Stage

Actors Bridge Ensemble 2020 Season


SOMETHING CLEAN (Nashville Premiere)
by Selina Fillinger
Directed by Lauren Shouse
Starring Jenny Littleton (Debbie of the Doyle and Debbie Show), Jack Chambers and James Rudolph.

Friday-Sunday, April 17-19
Wednesday-Saturday, April 22-25
All shows are at 7:30 p.m.
except Sunday, April 19, which is at 5 p.m.

Darkhorse Theater
4610 Charlotte Ave.

Tix: $25 in advance $30 at the door
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An unimaginable crime. An unmissable new drama.  This New York Times Critic’s Pick tells the story of Charlotte, a wife and mother desperate to put her world back together after her son’s crime brings it crashing down. Rich with humor and humanity, Something Clean is “a shattering, heartrending exploration of the ripple effects of rape culture” (Time Out), a stirring appeal for the empathy we owe each other.

“A beautifuly observed, richly compassionate new drama.” – New York Times

Something Clean is produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc, a Concord Theatricals Company.

Directors Inclusion Initiative Festival

Sunday-Saturday, May 17-23
Various times
Darkhorse Theater
4610 Charlotte Ave.

Tix: $15
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A week-long play festival featuring the work of 7 directors who have spent the last 18 months in our landmark training program to increase the number of directors of color working professionally in Nashville. Festival offerings include 5 original works making their world premieres, as well as 2 published plays making their Nashville premieres. 

The directors and their projects are as follows:

AND THE SPIRIT STILL SPEAKS written and directed by Patriq James

DOLPHINS AND SHARKS by James Anthony Tyler directed by Candace-Omnira

HEAVY written and directed by Alicia Haymer

ICEBOX: A ZORRO PLAY written and directed by Diego Gomez 

THE CALLING IS IN THE BODY written and directed by Cynthia C. Harris

THE KEYS: MAN AND WOMAN WERE MADE EQUAL written and directed by Tasneem Grace Tewogbola

YOGA PLAY by Dipika Guha directed by Sejal Mehta

Act Like a GRRRL 2020

Directed by Vali Forrister

Thursday-Saturday, June 18-20
7:30 p.m.

Darkhorse Theater
4610 Charlotte Ave.

Tix: $15 adults $10 students
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Created by ABE Producing Artistic Director Vali Forrister, Act Like a GRRRL is a writing and performance program that offers girls ages 12-18 the rare chance to creatively reflect on their lives and develop a moving and powerful  autobiographical show. Now in its 16th year, ALAG features  original monologues, dances and songs through which the GRRRLS find their voices, take up space, and own their creative prowess.

“Empowering the next generation of strong, outspoken women seems more and more crucial each day… Act Like a GRRRL has created an unparalleled environment to do just that.” — Nashville Scene

by Jim Jarrett
Friday-Saturday, September 11-12

7:30 p.m.
W.O.Smith Music School, 1125 8th Ave. S

Tix: $30-50
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 A solo performance about the life and work of legendary acting teacher Sanford Meisner. Sandy’s classroom comes to life — the same classroom where seats were filled for over 50 years by the likes of Gregory Peck, Grace Kelly, Robert Duvall, Steve McQueen, Diane Keaton, Jeff Goldblum, Susan Sarandon and countless others.

 Jim Jarrett was Meisner’s final protegé and one of the only remaining instructors that Meisner trained to teach his groundbreaking technique. Jarrett is bringing his internationally acclaimed performance to Actors Bridge in celebration of our 25th anniversary as a theater company and Meisner Technique training program.

“Jim Jarrett is the closest you’ll ever get to experiencing the genius of Sanford Meisner.” – Academy Award winner Jon Voight 

Based on the Book by Cheryl Strayed
Adapted for the Stage by Nia Vardalos
Co-Conceived by Marshall Heyman, Thomas Kail, and Nia Vardalos

Directed by Leah Lowe

Friday-Sunday, November 6-8
Wednesday-Sunday, November 11-15
All shows are at 7:30 p.m.
except Sundays which are at 5 p.m.
Actors Bridge Studio
4610 Charlotte Ave (entrance on 47th Ave)

Tix: $25 in advance $30 at the door
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Based on the acclaimed book by Cheryl Strayed (author of the best-selling Wild)  adapted for the stage by Nia Vardalos (author and star of My Big Fat Greek Wedding), Tiny Beautiful Things follows Sugar, an online advice columnist who uses her personal experiences to help the real-life readers who pour their hearts out to her. It is a play about reaching when you’re stuck, healing when you’re broken, and finding the courage to take on the questions which have no answers.

“A theatrical hug in turbulent times.” — Variety

Tiny Beautiful Things is produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc, a Concord Theatricals Company.

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