Nashville Repertory Theatre opens its 2015-16 season with the Pulitzer Prize-nominated contemporary play “Rapture, Blister, Burn” by Gina Gionfriddo running Thursday through Sept. 19 (Previews on Thursday and Friday with Opening Night this Saturday) in Andrew Johnson Theater at Tennessee Performing Arts Center (505 Deaderick St.).
Friends Catherine and Gwen reunite after more than a decade apart when Catherine returns home to care for her mother. Catherine has had a dazzling career as a high-profile author while Gwen chose to raise a family—after marrying the man Catherine gave up to pursue her goals. As they catch up, each woman begins to covet the other’s life and question her own path. The New York Times calls the play “intensely smart, immensely funny” as it explores life choices in the wake of 20th century feminist ideals. This production is recommended for high school and above.
Gionfriddo (“Becky Shaw,” “After Ashley”) in 2012 noted she began to write something very different when starting the process that eventually let to “Rapture, Blister, Burn”: “This is not the play I sat down to write. I wanted to write a play about Internet pornography. I didn’t have a coherent position on the subject, but I felt the tug of an important question, and that’s how I like to begin a play. (Click here to read the rest.)”
Nashville Rep’s guest director Lauren Shouse says, “In the pursuit to make a ‘better’ choice, it is not surprising that we get caught up in how we should be living our lives rather than how we want to live our lives. In this play, a woman comes face to face with all the choices she didn’t make.”
Tickets start at $25 for the two previews and begin at $45 for opening night and the regular run. They can be purchased online by clicking here or by calling the Box Office at (615) 782-4040.
Nashville Rep’s cast for Rapture, Blister, Burn includes Amanda Card (Avery), Ruth Cordell (Alice), Shannon Hoppe (Catherine), David Ian Lee (Don) and Cheryl White (Gwen).
Designers are Gary Hoff (Scenic/Properties Designer), Trish Clark (Costume Designer) and Phillip Franck (Lighting and Sound Designer) while the Technical Director is Tyler Axt. Nashville Rep’s Producing Artistic Director is René Copeland.
Thursday, Sept. 3 6:30 P.M.
Friday, Sept. 4 7:30 P.M.
Saturday, Sept. 5 7:30 P.M.
Tuesday, Sept. 8 6:30 P.M.
Wednesday, Sept. 9 6:30 P.M.
Thursday, Sept. 10 6:30 P.M.
Friday, Sept. 11 7:30 P.M.**
Saturday, Sept. 12 2:30 P.M.
Saturday, Sept. 12 7:30 P.M.* †
Tuesday, Sept. 15 6:30 P.M.
Wednesday, Sept. 16 6:30 P.M.
Thursday, Sept. 17 6:30 P.M.
Friday, Sept. 18 7:30 P.M.**
Saturday, Sept. 19 2:30 P.M.
Saturday, Sept. 19 7:30 P.M.*
*Denotes post-show Meet and Greet with the cast
** Denotes post-show Talkback
† Denotes Second Saturday, sponsored by Waller, a pre-show fundraiser including cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and engaging conversation, followed by a performance of Rapture, Blister, Burn.
Here’s a video preview of Nashville Rep’s new season: