Tennessee Repertory Theatre will present its first REPaloud staged reading of the season as a benefit for a beloved local actor. The REPaloud for Conor McPherson’s The Weir will take place Thursday (Nov. 7) through Saturday at 7 p.m. in Tennessee Rep’s Rehearsal Hall (NPT Studio A, 161 Rains Avenue).
Tennessee Rep will donate the proceeds from the staged reading of The Weir to assist with medical expenses for Nashville theater luminary David Compton. Compton collapsed last week and has since been hospitalized at Summit Medical Center. Among his many theater credits Compton is known to the public for terrific Tennessee Rep performances in the smash musical Cabaret and the annual holiday tradition A Christmas Story ; to his colleagues in the theater community he is held in highest regard professionally and personally.
Haunting and evocative, The Weir is set in a remote country pub in Ireland. Newcomer Valerie arrives and becomes spellbound by an evening of ghostly stories told by the local bachelors who drink there. With a whiff of sexual tension in the air and the wind whistling outside, what starts out as blarney soon turns dark as the tales drift into the realm of the supernatural. Then, Valerie reveals a startling story of her own…
The cast for the staged reading of The Weir includes Matthew Carlton, Jenny Littleton, Brian Webb Russell, Patrick Waller, and Samuel Whited. Tennessee Rep Playwright-in-Residence Nate Eppler directs the staged reading. For more information on REPaloud, visit tennesseerep.org/repaloud.php.
Schedule for REPaloud: The Weir by Conor McPherson
November 7 – 9, Tennessee Rep Rehearsal Hall (NPT’s Studio A, 161 Rains Avenue)
Thursday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m.
Tickets: Free for season subscribers. $10 requested donation for all others. Reserve seats by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (615) 244-4878. Appropriate Audience: high school and above.
*Images, including photo of David Compton from Tennessee Rep’s production of Nate Eppler’s Larries by Shane Burkeen, courtesy Tennessee Repertory Theatre.