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Nashville Repertory Theatre 23-24 Season Preview
Nashville Repertory Theatre has unveiled their 23/24 Mainstage Season: “We’re so excited about the upcoming year,” said Micah-Shane Brewer, Artistic Director of Nashville Rep. “Our theme surrounding the season is ‘Be Brave.’ All of our productions in the 39th season tell stories of brave and courageous people and celebrate resiliency, ambition, and life. With beloved classic titles and contemporary work fresh from Broadway, musicals, non-musicals, and a new adaptation of one of the world’s most popular Christmas stories, Nashville Rep is excited to offer a little something for everybody in our upcoming season!”
Nashville Rep will kick off the season with a musical production of the beloved comedy, 9 to 5. Based on the hit film, 9 to 5 follows three working women who take revenge on their sexist, lying, hypocritical, egotistical, bigoted boss. With a score by Tennessee’s own Dolly Parton, the musical celebrates female empowerment and equality in the workplace with songs “Shine Like the Sun,” “Backwoods Barbie,” and the title song “9 to 5.” 9 to 5 will be performed September 8 – 17, 2023 in TPAC’s James K. Polk Theater.
Next will be the world premiere of a brand-new adaptation of the timeless classic, A Christmas Carol, where the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future lead the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption in Victorian England. A Christmas Carol will be performed December 1 – 17, 2023 in TPAC’s James K. Polk Theater. In addition, this production will be presented in partnership with TPAC’s Theatre for Young Audiences Series presenting several daytime matinees for local area schools.
The third production will be the Nashville Premiere of Indecent, a play by Paula Vogel. Indecent is inspired by the true events surrounding the controversial 1923 Broadway debut of Sholem Asch’s God of Vengeance—a play seen by some as a seminal work of Jewish culture, and by others as an act of traitorous libel. Indecent follows the play’s cast and crew as they navigate the challenges of artistic expression and the repression of their voices It explores the impact of censorship on art and is a tribute to the resilience of artists and the power of art to transcend borders and time. Indecent will be performed February 2 – 11, 2024 in TPAC’s Andrew Johnson Theater.
The fourth production will be the musical, The Color Purple, a musical that tells the story of Celie, a young woman who endures years of abuse and hardship at the hands of the men in her life. Along the way, Celie forms close bonds with other women. Through the power of sisterhood and self-discovery, Celie finds her voice and breaks free from the chains of oppression. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker and the hit 1985 movie, The Color Purple has a score mixed with gospel, blues, and jazz. The Color Purple is a story of hope and a celebration of life and the human spirit. The Color Purple will be performed March 24 – April 2, 2023, in TPAC’s James K. Polk Theater.
For the finale of the season, Nashville Rep will present the regional premiere of Selina Fillinger’s POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass Are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive. In this feminist farce, the President of the United States spins a PR nightmare into a global crisis, and the seven women he relies on must risk everything to keep the commander-in-chief out of trouble. POTUS is a biting satire that highlights the challenges faced by women in positions of power and the absurdity of contemporary politics. POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass Are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive will be performed May 10 – 19, 2023 in TPAC’s Andrew Johnson Theater.