Nashville Rep presents a special REPaloud staged reading of the highly acclaimed play Luna Gale by Rebecca Gilman at OZ Arts Nashville on Thursday, Jan. 14. This one-night-only event is free and open to the public. It begins at 7 p.m.
Gilman, who will attend the reading, is the 2015-16 Ingram New Works Fellow at Nashville Rep. She will will participate in a talkback with audience and artists following the reading.
Luna Gale received its world premiere at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre in 2014 and has been performed to rapt reception at theaters across the country and elsewhere. In the play Caroline, a veteran social worker, thinks she has a typical case on her hands when she meets Peter and Karlie, two teenage drug addicts accused of neglecting their baby. But when she places their infant daughter in the care of Karlie’s mother, Caroline sparks a family conflict that exposes a shadowy, secretive past and forces her to make a risky decision with potentially disastrous consequences. (To look at the Goodman’s study guide for the show click here.)
This REPaloud staged reading marks the beginning of Nashville Rep’s new Nashville Rep @ series – which will include Nashville Rep performances at various destinations around Nashville.
“The script is riveting,” says Nashville Rep Producing Artistic Director René D. Copeland, “and I’m very excited at the combination of this top notch play with Nashville’s terrific actors at this uniquely Nashville location. Our REPaloud at OZ Arts Nashville marks the first partnership between the two organizations and we’re beyond excited to come together for this reading. Having established themselves as a spot for engaging and original art, OZ Arts is an ideal, not to mention beautiful, location for our reading of Luna Gale.”
About Rebecca Gilman
Ms. Gilman’s plays include Luna Gale, A True History of the Johnstown Flood, Dollhouse, Boy Gets Girl (Oliver nominee), Spinning Into Butter, Blue Surge, The Glory of Living (Pulitzer Prize nominee), The Sweetest Swing in Baseball, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, and The Crowd You’re in With.
Ms. Gilman is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, The Harper Lee Award, The Scott McPherson Award, The Prince Prize for Commissioning New Work, The Roger L. Stevens Award from the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays, The Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright, The George Devine Award, The Theatre Masters Visionary Award, The Great Plains Playwright Award and an Illinois Arts Council playwriting fellowship. She is a member of the Council of the Dramatists Guild of America and a board member of the ACLU of Illinois. She received her MFA in playwriting from the University of Iowa. Ms. Gilman is an artistic associate at the Goodman Theatre and is an associate professor of playwriting and screenwriting at Northwestern University as part of its MFA in Writing for the Screen and Stage program.
About The Ingram New Works Project
The Ingram New Works Project was created by Nashville Rep with the support of co-founder Martha R. Ingram to provide an opportunity for theatre artists to develop new theatre works while in residency at Nashville Rep.
Each season, Nashville Rep welcomes four emerging playwrights and one established playwright into its Ingram New Works Project. The emerging playwrights make up the Ingram New Works Lab, directed by Nashville Rep’s Playwright-in-Residence Nate Eppler. The established, award-winning playwright serves as Nashville Rep’s Fellow for the season. The Fellow joins the Lab playwrights for a Symposium Week in January, helping critique and shape their work, and serving as a mentor for the early career playwrights. Then, all the playwrights, including the Fellow, present their newly written work at Nashville Rep’s Ingram New Works Festival in May.
Nashville Rep Lab Playwrights Jonathan Alexandratos, Helen Banner, Edith Freni, and Kyle John Schmidt will also attend the Jan. 14 REPaloud. Complete bios for the lab playwrights can be found online at nashvillerep.org /ingram-new-works-playwrights.
About OZ Arts Nashville
Since opening in 2014, OZ Arts Nashville, a 501(c)(3) contemporary arts center, has changed the cultural landscape of the city. Housed in the former C.A.O. cigar warehouse owned by Nashville’s Ozgener family, OZ Arts brings world-class performances and art installations to the city, and gives ambitious local artists opportunities to work on a grand scale. The flexible 10,000 square-foot, column-free venue, nestled amidst five acres of artfully landscaped grounds, is continually reconfigured to serve artists’ imaginations, and to challenge and inspire a diverse range of curious audiences.
OZ Arts, under the artistic leadership of Lauren Snelling, has presented luminaries such as Philip Glass and Tim Fain, Tim Robbins’ The Actors’ Gang, Kyle Abraham and Abraham.In.Motion, Peter Brook’s Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, the Trisha Brown Company, Vijay Iyer and Laurie Anderson. OZ Arts serves as a catalyst for local creativity through its TNT (Thursday Night Things) program, which fosters collaborations between Nashville-based artists from varying creative disciplines; and its newest series the Artists’ Lounge, which gives artists opportunities to develop work before a live audience, including fellow artists, in the venue’s intimate lounge space. For more information please visit ozartsnashville.org.
About Nashville Rep
Nashville Rep’s 2015-16 season sponsors include The HCA Foundation of behalf of HCA Tristar, Ingram Charitable Fund, Metro Nashville Arts Commission and the Tennessee Arts Commission.
Nashville Rep is a non-profit theatre bringing classic and contemporary theatre to Nashville that inspires empathy and prods intellectual and emotional engagement in audiences. Upcoming shows in Nashville Rep’s 2015-16 season include Good Monsters and Chicago. The season concludes with the Ingram New Works Festival, a showcase of new works created in Nashville for the American Theater.
*Photo of Rebecca Gilman courtesy Nashville Repertory Theatre.