by Martin Brady
Ingram New Works Festival
Where: Neely Auditorium, Vanderbilt
When: Through June 11
Free for all 2010—2011 subscribers, $10 minimum donation for non-subscribers ($5 minimum donation for students or Actor’s Equity members with valid ID)
Tennessee Repertory Theatre continues to take an active role in the development of new plays through its Ingram New Works Festival, now in its fourth year. Prior recipients of the program’s fellowships have been David Alford, Victoria Stewart and Tony and Pulitzer winner David Auburn. The 2011 recipient is yet another high-profile, award-winning playwright, John Patrick Shanley, who has been in residence locally to develop his work Sleeping Demon while also offering mentorship to seven other area playwrights — a list that includes familiar names like Mary McCallum, Christine Mather, Nate Eppler and Joe Giordano, each of whom has had scripts produced in Nashville in recent years.
The fruits of the writers’ labors get sampled for 10 days, with a series of staged readings starting tonight with Henson by Shawn Knight, and concluding with three performances of Shanley’s aforementioned opus. Rep artistic director René D. Copeland and festival director Lauren Shouse will direct the scripts. For the festival schedule and times, click here.