Thespian Dance Fever: Nashville Theater Does the Harlem Shake!

It’s not just sweeping the country, it’s sweeping the world! What is it? The Harlem Shake, and Nashville theaters are now in on the Internet’s latest viral sensation.

Playwright/actor Nate Eppler, whose new show SEXTAPE opens Thursday, thought it would be fun for area theaters to get involved in the craze. “There’s so much exciting theater going on in Nashville these days. The calendar is so full of dynamic projects that it’s very rare that the whole community gets to play together,” he says. “One of the things (SEXTAPE producer) Playhouse Nashville is focused on is making sure the community gets to play together, and what better way than to challenge the entire community to an internet dance-off? Besides, it’s not like we can start up a shirts-and-skins volleyball league; everybody would want to be skins.

“Not only is it an excuse to dance like crazy people and talk trash to each other on the Internet,” he adds with tongue-firmly-in-cheek, “it’s a great way to get the word out about all the productions running in February and March. So far the Boiler Room Theatre, Street Theatre Company, Tennessee Rep and our production of SEXTAPE have produced their own Harlem Shakes and we expect to see more in the next few days!”

Here are the videos alphabetized by theater troupe:

Boiler Room Theatre


Playhouse Nashville


Street Theatre Company


Tennessee Repertory Theatre


Who will be next?

UPDATE I: Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre


UPDATE II: Actors Point Theatre Company


UPDATE III: Tennessee Women’s Theater Project


UPDATE IV: Dance Theatre of Tennessee


UPDATE V: Blackbird Theater Company


UPDATE VI: Bethlehem Players


UPDATE VII: Pull-Tight Players Theatre


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About Evans Donnell

Evans Donnell is the chief theater, film and opera critic as well as co-founder of ArtsNash. He wrote reviews and features about theater, opera and classical music for The Tennessean from 2002 to 2011. He was the theater, film and opera critic for from 2011 to 2012. Donnell has also contributed to The Sondheim Review, Back Stage, The City Paper (Nashville), the Nashville Banner, The (Bowling Green, Ky.) Daily News and several other publications since beginning his professional journalism career in 1985 with The Lebanon (Tenn.) Democrat. He was selected as a fellow for the 2004 National Critics Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, and for National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) arts journalism institutes for theater and musical theater at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism in 2006 and classical music and opera at the Columbia University School of Journalism in 2009. He has also been an actor (member of Actors Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA), founding and running AthensSouth Theatre from 1996 to 2001 and appearing in Milos Forman's "The People vs Larry Flynt" among other credits. Donnell is a member of the American Theatre Critics Association (