Profound Questions Populate ‘100 Saints You Should Know’

100 Saints 1In a compelling and heartrending journey presented in Nashville Friday through July 27 by Actors Bridge Ensemble, we meet a priest who must reconcile his desires with his role in the church, a teenage boy confused about his sexual identity, and a young woman desperate for spiritual validation. They are all brought together on one fateful night in which they discover the tenuous common ground they share. Playwright Kate Fodor doesn’t neatly tie up the story; she elicits profound unanswered questions of faith and our dependence on one another for our spiritual worth. 100 Saints You Should Know is a serious play with a sharp comic edge.

The players are Brandon Boyd, Terry Occhiogrosso, Robyn Berg, Emily Faith and Aaron Ardisson100 Saints You Should Know is directed by Actors Bridge Meisner Teaching Artist C.J. Tucker and is part of Actors Bridge’s 2014 The Secret’s Out Season. Presenting stories that are often kept secret, this season explores cultural taboos in the service of creating community dialogue, inviting audiences to consider their preconceptions and connect with their neighbors despite their differences.

100 Saints You Should Know was developed at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in 2006. It moved Off-Broadway to Playwrights Horizons in 2007.  Father Matthew (Boyd) has served his congregation faithfully but suddenly leaves the parish without warning and returns to the home of his mother, Colleen (Occhiogrosso). He is pursued by Theresa (Berg), the cleaning person at his rectory, who seeks some kind of spiritual worth and acknowledgment. Abby (Faith), Theresa’s teenage daughter, confronts him about his professed calling by God into the ministry, and about her own guilt at being an “evil person”. And Garrett (Ardisson), a grocery delivery boy, desperately seeks Father McNally’s advice and guidance. An unexpected crisis brings all of these characters into confrontation. As faith is shaken and tried, Father McNally must face his own spiritual demons and greatest fear.

About the Director:

Cynthia (C.J.) Tucker is a classically trained actress with over 15 years of professional acting experience. She has worked extensively on the stage, in film and television. After working in New York and Los Angeles for 10 years, C.J moved to Nashville where she still performs. She has appeared on stage at Actors Bridge in a variety of roles. This is her directing debut with the company.

C.J. has a B.A. in Theatre.  While in New York, she studied the Meisner Method with the legendary William Esper, Voice for the Stage with Robert Williams of Juilliard, Play Analysis at New York University and “the Method” at the Actor’s Creative Studio with Lee Strasberg protégé Ernie Martin. C.J. is currently an instructor in the Department of Theater and Dance at Belmont University. She has been a Teaching Artist at Actors Bridge since 2008.

About the Playwright:

Kate Fodor is the author of four plays, including 100 Saints You Should Know. She was named a Guggenheim Fellow in 2013 and was placed on the New York Times’ “eight to watch in theatre” list. Her plays have been produced at Off-Broadway theaters like Playwrights Horizons. This is Fodor’s second play.

100 Saints 2Performance Schedule:

Friday, July 18 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 19 at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 20 at 4 p.m.

Thursday, July 24 at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, July 25 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 26 at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 27 at 4 p.m.

Venue Information:

Belmont’s Black Box Theater

1575 Compton Avenue (just off Belmont Blvd.)

Ticket Prices:

Advanced General Admission Tickets are $20 available at

General Admission at the door is $25.


*Photos of Brandon Boyd as Father Matthew McNally and Robyn Berg as Theresa by John Jackson Photography and video by Ross Bolen courtesy Actors Bridge Ensemble.

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