When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through April 7 2012
A finalist for the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and winner of the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best American Play, Tina Howe’s Pride’s Crossing finds 90-year-old Mabel Tidings Bigelow — the first woman to swim the English Channel from England to France — celebrating her daughter and granddaughter’s annual visit with a croquet party. As the game unfolds, Bigelow relives the key moments of opportunity and passion that defined her long life. This piece was a tour de force for highly respected Tennessee actress Cherry Jones in its original New York mounting. Here, Lipscomb University theater professor Beki Baker — who recently staged Julius Caesar for the Nashville Shakespeare Festival — directs what appears to be an exceptional cast, headed up by Holly Allen and including Bonnie Keen, Wesley Paine, Phil Perry, Larry Bridgesmith and Matthew Raich. The playwright will attend the March 30 performance and participate in a post-show discussion.