Ingram New Works Festival

When: May 7-17 2014

In theatrical Nashville, “it all begins with a play.” At least that’s been the case since Tennessee Rep’s Ingram New Works Festival gained traction — and national attention — in recent years. For 2014, budding new dramas in development receive staged readings — under the professional stewardship of Ingram fellowship winner Doug Wright, who won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for drama for I Am My Own Wife — before the plays begin the harrowing journey to finding full professional productions. As in years past, the Rep further facilitates this process by bringing in first-rate actors and directors from the Nashville theater community to mount the readings. The series began yesterday with a reading of Nate Eppler’s Good Monsters, which shows again on May 14. It tells the edgy saga of a Gulf War veteran who takes a job as a Walmart security guard, but ends up on trial when he mistakenly shoots an unarmed female shoplifter. Other readings include Jeremy Sony’s Pathogenesis, Andrew Kramer’s Cut It Out, Dean Poynor’s Together We Are Making a Poem in Honor of Life, and much more than we can cram into these pages. Visit for details. MARTIN BRADY

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