In the few short years that he has been Chair of the theatre department at Lipscomb University, Mike Fernandez has radically changed the Nashville theatre scene, not only through the department's own outstanding productions but also by sponsoring the Black Bird Theatre Company - a recent addition to Nashville's professional theatre community
True story # 1: 1950. Johnny Cash has just been signed to a record label and he needs some performance couture, so he goes to his friend Manuel and commissions five suits. Manuel has a stock of back fabric. He creates five suits. Cash say's "They're all black." "Yes,' says Manuel, "and they're each one of a kind." The next time Cash ordered suits, there was no discussion about color. Johnny Cash becomes known as the "Man in Black".
In the 19th century, before folks started calling us Music City, Nashville was known as "The Athens of the South" because of it's outstanding educational institutions - with Vanderbilt University at the top of that list.
Today, in addition to it's academic contributions, Vanderbilt is a major player on the
Fall is just around the corner and pretty soon Nashville's university theatre departments will be back in action. Since I arrived here i 1999, Belmont University has lead the way on this front by proudly putting it's young actors and theatre artists on the front line where most universities put the football team. Belmont's Department of Theatre
One of the most exciting activities on the cultural front here in Nashville these days is the "Stronger ARTS/STRONGER Cities" series presented monthly by the Vanderbilt Barnes & Noble. So far this year we have heard from Alan Valentine, CEO of The Nashville Symphony and Nashville Shakespeare Festival's
I am very excited to be producing a reading of LENNY - David Rush's one man play about Leonard Bernstein. I felt that this was the perfect play to with which to kick off the second half of the 2014 Nashville Parks Theatre Department's New Play Reading Series.I asked David to tell us something about himself and this is what he has to say:What role did theater and the arts play in your childhood and
upbringing?Theater and the arts actually played very little role in my upbringing. My family was not arts-oriented so, although I grew up in Chicago,
My musical CAFE ESCARGOT never went anywhere until I cast three guys (including the incredible Flotilla DeBarge) as the ladies of the Buckhead-Dunwoody Diet Brigade in the 1994 off off Broadway production. The 2003 Nashville production of CAFE ESCARGOT was a great success thanks to Angelica DeVil and her crew and the amazing talents of Tony Domeico, whose turn as food critic Emily Snit made the show.
"I'm just letting the city evolve around me" said my friend Diane Di Ianni when I ran into her at OZ - and OZ itself (www.oznashville.com) is certainly the prime example of how Nashville is evolving on the cultural front. We were there for the very last performance of the U.S. tour of the Peter Brook production of THE SUIT,and if it weren't for OZ, I doubt that Nashville would have had the opportunity to experience this marvelous performance -
I was already in love with history - European history in particular - and when the man who was to become my mentor, Richard Thomas Pike, taught that theatre history course which was the last course of my undergraduate career (starting with the Greeks, of course) I saw that history in a whole new light, through the eyes of the many artists - actors,
Since bursting on to the Nashville theatre scene in 2010, Wes Driver, Greg Greene and their company, Blackbird Theatre ( www.blackbirdnashville.com) have raised the bar, starting with their own play TWILIGHT OF THE GODS and following that with such intellectually challenging properties as ARCADIA, RED and MAN & SUPERMAN. They have