The curators of The Ten Minute Playhouse were invited by Street Theatre Company to present new programming in-residence during the 2013 season. The partnership continues in 2014. Since the shows were getting bigger, so did our name.
In 2013, in addition to two Ten Minute Playhouse events – one in the spring and one in the fall – two new full-length plays were produced under the expanded banner of Playhouse Nashville during the inaugural yearlong residency at STC’s Elm Hill Pike location. The residency continues in 2014 expanding to three full-length mainstage premieres in addition to two editions of the Ten Minute Playhouse.
The residency was the first of its kind for Street Theatre Company and its artistic director Cathy Street. "STC is thrilled to be partnering with Playhouse Nashville,” says Street. “Their 2013 residency at Street Theatre created a unique partnership that compliments STC's established history of providing artistic innovation to the Nashville community and encouraging audience engagement in the arts. STC believes that the presentation of new plays is vital to growing a healthy and thriving arts community. The talent, passion, and artistic integrity Chris Bosen and Nate Eppler bring to Playhouse Nashville make the organization one of which STC is proud and excited to be a part."
Curated by Lauren Shouse, Christopher Bosen, Garret Schneider, Nate Eppler, and Rebekah Durham, TheTen Minute Playhouse has quickly become a mainstay of the Nashville theatre scene and a welcome opportunity for local playwrights to present their work to the community. As of January 2014, a total of 76 plays by 44 local playwrights have received popular public readings utilizing more than 70 local actors and directors.
The growth into producing full-length plays – a first for the organization – accounts for the revised Playhouse Nashville name. “It’s time to expand into the next phase of development,” says Shouse. “The appetite for new work is certainly present in Nashville, and we are keenly aware of the need to produce new plays for the stage and encourage local writers. The tremendous support TheTen Minute Playhouse continues to receive from artists and audiences makes expanding that model the logical next step.”
“The opportunity to produce in residence at Street Theatre Company is a perfect match for us,” says co-curator Nate Eppler. “Our goal wasn’t to start another Nashville theatre company; Nashville has plenty of theatre companies. Our goal has always been to build an organization that raises the profile of playwrights and new work in Nashville. By engaging the local artistic community to amplify the voices of local playwrights and putting their plays in front of interested audiences, Playhouse Nashville achieves that.”
Audiences and artists who embrace the fresh stories and discussions that are integral to the Ten Minute Playhouse events can expect the same experience from Playhouse Nashville’s full-length offerings. Says Christopher Bosen, "Breathtaking moments in theatre for me have most often been when I'm encountering a show for the first time. So, the very nature of new plays offers increased potential for a breathtaking moment to occur. That’s what engages me most about new plays, and why I’m excited about Playhouse Nashville's expansion into productions of new full-length material."
Playhouse Nashville’s first production in residence at STC was Nate Eppler’s provocative new comedy SEXTAPEwhich ran Feb. 28-March 10, 2013. That was followed by a successful professional premiere of Kenley Smith's Southern Gothic DEVIL SEDAN. For more info, please visit www.PlayhouseNashville.com, connect with us on Facebook at facebook.com/PlayhouseNashville, and join our email list through PlayhouseNashville@gmail.com.