Tickets For ‘Stand’ Go on Sale Friday

StandTickets for Nashville playwright Jim Reyland’s Stand go on sale Friday at  The new play is directed by David Compton and stars Barry Scott and Chip Arnold.

All 36 performances will raise funds to benefit Room In The Inn. The play runs for 12 consecutive weekends beginning Aug. 24. All general admission tickets are $15 and available at or at the venue on the day of show.

Stand is the true story of Johnny “JJ” Ellis, who spent three drug-addicted decades on the streets of Nashville, and a Good Samaritan who helped him. Ellis is played by Scott and the Good Samaritan is played by Arnold.

“I’m proud of how the Nashville theatre community has come together to present Stand in every corner of Nashville. Our goal is to raise money to fight homelessness and addiction. The “JJ” Ellis foundation at Room In The Inn will receive a portion of every ticket sold,” Reyland says in a release. “We also plan to raise awareness of the homeless problem through our nightly talk-back sessions after each performance, which will feature experts in the field.”

“Because Stand will be presented in venues throughout Nashville, we are hoping that it will raise the consciousness of so many throughout our community by dramatizing the complexities and struggles faced by the homeless,” says Father Charles Strobel, founding director of Room In The Inn’s Campus.

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The recently announced performance schedule is as follows:

August 24, 25 & 26 * Belmont University Black Box- Actors Bridge Ensemble
August 31, September 1 & 2 * The Next Level – The American Negro Playwright
September 6, 7 & 8 * Lipscomb University Shamblin – Blackbird Theater – Circle
September 13, 14 & 15 * Bethlehem UMC Performing Arts Center
September 20, 21 & 22 * Darkhorse – SistaStyle Productions – Shades of Black
September 25 * MTSU Tucker Auditorium – Murfreesboro
September 28 & 29 * Woods Hall at WO Smith School – Tennessee Repertory
October 5 & 6 * Actor’s Point Theatre – Hendersonville
October 12, 13 & 14 * Renaissance Center – Dickson
October 18, 19 & 20 * Cheek Hall at Christ Church Cathedral – Downtown
October 25, 26 & 27 * E. Alexander Looby – Metro Parks – Nashville Shakespeare
November 1, 2 & 3 * Street Theatre – East Nashville
November 8, 9 & 10 * Boiler Room Theatre- Franklin

About The Director and Cast:

David Compton (Director) Recent professional credits include: Herr Zeller, The Sound of Music, Doctor/Mr. Anagnos, The Miracle Worker (Studio Tenn), Cassius, Julius Caesar (Nashville Shakespeare Festival), Oberon, Robin Goodfellow, Mr. Sir, Holes (Nashville Children’s Theatre), Bernard Nightingale, Arcadia, The Conjurer, Magic (Blackbird Theatre), Luther Flynn, Superior Donuts, The Old Man, A Christmas Story, Bob Ewell, To Kill a Mockingbird, Moss, Glengarry Glen Ross (Tennessee Rep), Duke, Long Way Down (3 P’s Productions). He was named Best Actor by the Nashville Scene “Best Of 2011” as well as recognized in the category of “Best Ensemble” for his work in Arcadia.

Barry Scott (”JJ”) is recognized as one of the most versatile practitioners of his art. He is widely known for his successes as an actor, writer, producer, director, motivational speaker and voice over artist. Based in Nashville, Scott is the founder and Producing Artistic Director of the American Negro Playwright Theatre. He is also the Executive Producer of Bscott Productions as well as owner and

He has performed for the Tennessee Repertory Theatre in many productions including Fences, Macbeth, Othello, Taming of the Shrew, Blood Knot, Man of La Mancha, Camelot, Jesus Christ Superstar, Pirates of Penzance, Evita, Ain’t Misbehavin’, and Big River.

Scott’s voice can be heard on commercials and PSA’s around the country. He has voiced work for ESPN (the National Football League – Regular Season Games, Playoff Games & the Super Bowl, The National Basketball Association – Regular Season Games, Playoff Games & the Championship Finals, Professional Baseball – Home Run Derby, the NHL, and the PGA), CBS, ABC, NBC, Disney, SPIKE TV – TNA Wrestling, The Discovery Channel, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Burger King, McDonalds, The American Heart Association and many more.

Chip Arnold (Mark) Since 1970, Arnold has been a professional actor, writer, director, and producer in theatre, film, television, literature, and recordings.

His regional theatre credits include the roles of Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, Shylock in The Merchant of Venice, Lloyd Dallas in Noises Off, John Dickinson in 1776, Sir Edward Clarke in Gross Indecency, Governor Danforth in The Crucible, Gerardo Escobar in Death and the Maiden, Thomas Huxley in Darwin in Malibu, Stage Manager in Our Town, Robert in Proof, Lord Capulet in Romeo and Juliet, Atticus Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird, Joe Keller in All My Sons and Marchand in La Belle et La Bete. He was given the award for Best Actor by The Tennessean in 2011.

Arnold co-wrote and produced the film The Second Chance starring Michael W. Smith for Sony/Triumph Films. He wrote the screenplay for the first authorized film documentary on evangelist Billy Graham, God’s Ambassador. He co-wrote and produced the documentary film KABUL24; narrated by Jim Caviesel; the compelling story of eight western hostages held captive by the Taliban for 105 days. He wrote 156 episodes of the children’s show Backyard Time produced and distributed by the United Methodist Publishing House. He co-produced and wrote the screenplay for The Next Door, a documentary short and winner of the Portraits of Compassion National Film Festival awarded by the White House Faith-based Community Initiative Project.

His novel, “Hometown Favorite” (Revell), and his nonfiction book, “KABUL24” (Thomas Nelson), are available wherever books and E-books are sold.

Jim Reyland (Playwright) studied English at a small liberal arts college in North Carolina; hosted a national radio talk show and for the past twenty-five years has owned Audio Productions on Music Row. His writing career began with thirty-second commercials and evolved to longer form network radio shows for top country and pop artist like Garth, Vince, Reba, Hootie and Creed.

Reyland’s playwrights’ portfolio includes the production of Stuff, called by The Tennessean “Entertaining, fast-paced and emotionally fearless!”; a musical with Addison Gore, 21 Baker Road, voted best of Nashville; Shelter produced by ANPT at TSU in 2006; A Terrible Lie, “Reyland’s best script yet” The Scene; Article IV, Further and Stand, Jim’s twelfth play.

Reyland is currently developing a new musical, I’ll Take the Crowd, and a new comedy, Used Cows for Sale.

*Artwork courtesy of Jim Reyland.

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