When: Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. Continues through Oct. 20 2012

Nashville’s fall theater season kicks in with a fury this weekend: Five shows, including Parade at Boiler Room Theatre, will open. Also drawing significant attention will be Blackbird Theater’s local premiere of the 2010 Tony Award winner for best play. John Logan’s rumination on the artist Mark Rothko was featured in February as part of Tennessee Rep’s REPaloud Series, which partnered with the Frist Center to present a reading of the play with actors Chip Arnold and Jake Speck. The plot: Rothko lands the biggest commission in the history of modern art — a series of murals for New York’s famed Four Seasons restaurant — and is then challenged by his young assistant about artistic ethics and commerce. This production is directed by Lipscomb University theater department chair Mike Fernandez. The co-stars are Ronnie Meek — who is senior pastor at Smyrna’s Springhouse Worship & Arts Center and a regular contributor at Lamplighter’s Theatre — and New York-based Justin Boccitto, whose career credits have been primarily as a director and choreographer for musicals (including Ragtime and Hairspray at Lipscomb).

Martin Brady


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