Social Media Heralds New TN Rep Season that Starts with ‘Larries’

LarriesTennessee Repertory Theatre is unveiling their 2013-14 season in a most 21st Century manner – social media.

“It’s never been done before in the way we are doing it,” Marketing Director Pat Patrick writes in an email to ArtsNash. “Our research indicates that no professional theatre has ever led with social media. We’re giving it a try.”

Nate EpplerLeading off the parade of blog entries, video and tweets and other posts this week is today’s blog announcement that the world premiere of Nate Eppler’s Larries will open the troupe’s 29th season Sept. 7–21 (previews Sept. 5-6) at Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Johnson Theater. The play was developed through the Tennessee Rep’s Ingram New Works Project and had readings at the 2012 Ingram New Works Festival.

“It’s humbling and overwhelming for my play to kick off such an exciting season,” Eppler says in the announcement. “I think just about every playwright out there wants to find an artistic home; a theatre that not only supports you and produces your work, but a theatre that believes in you and wants to invest in you as an artist. I am thrilled beyond measure to have found an artistic home at a theatre as exciting and as vital to the community as Tennessee Rep.”

This year’s Ingram New Works Festival is May 8 – 18 in Studio A at the Nashville Public Television studios located at 161 Rains Ave. For more information visit Tennessee Rep’s Facebook page at and its website at

Want more about the show from Eppler and Producing Artistic Director René D. Copeland? Then watch this:


The Importance of Being EarnestUPDATE I: The second show of next season will be  Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy The Importance of Being Earnest Oct. 12–26 with previews Oct. 10-11.


RedUPDATE II: Chip Arnold plays painter Mark Rothko in John Logan’s Red Feb. 15 – March 1, 2014 with Previews Feb. 13-14.


ChicagoUPDATE III: You knew when they said it we’d ‘Get “Razzle Dazzled”‘ next season that a production of Kander and Ebb’s Chicago had to be part of the mix. Well, Tennessee Rep has made it official – Velma, Roxie and their Windy City associates will hit the stage March 22 – April 12, 2014 with Previews March 20-21.


And for those who need their annual A Christmas Story holiday fix, never fear: the show runs Nov. 30 – Dec. 22, 2013 with previews Nov. 29-30.

Season subscriptions start at $100. Subscription information is available at; they are available by beginning April 8.

2013-2014 Tennessee Rep*Artwork and photo of Nate Eppler courtesy Tennessee Repertory 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 (