“Music City has long been an inspiration for storytellers, from Robert Altman’s 1975 Best Picture nominee to the ABC primetime soap. But how well do these high-visibility projects tell the stories of those of us who actually live here? What do these stories say about our city, about how others view it, and how we have changed as a community over the span of forty years? Which key components of Nashville life do they leave untold?
Through a unique blend of live performance and collaborative communal storytelling, Local’s Cut seeks to explore Nashville’s ever-changing identity through the eyes of Edgehill, a community whose central location, rich history, and diverse population places them in a unique position to witness the city’s transformations over the years. Edgehill stories spanning seven decades come to life on stage in a special one-night-only performance event featuring professional actors, live music, and local fare at the Edgehill Café. A unique collaboration between neighbors and artists, Local’s Cut explodes conventions of what theatre can be or do in our community in order to explore and honor Edgehill. Guests can expect a robust look at where Edgehill’s been, what makes it unique, how it’s changing, and where it’s going. Project artist collected Edgehill stories through story meet-ups and interviews beginning in January 2015 and have now crafted an original script. This piece offers an intimate look at the real story of Nashville and of the lives of the people who call it home.”
Edgehill Village Neighborhood Association President Rachel Zijlstra says, “When Jackie Johnson Tidwell approached our neighborhood association about an Edgehill storytelling project, we immediately agreed she was on to something great. Edgehill’s rich and diverse history deserves to be told, and there’s no better way to do so then by connecting with neighbors, new and old, who live, love, and cherish Edgehill.”