Quotes From Nashville Rep's 2013-2014 Season Cast

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Tennessee Rep's 2013-2014 Season Cast Quotes Last week we spilled the beans about our 2013-2014 Season Cast and all of us at Nashville Repertory Theatre are thrilled!  It’s going to be an exciting Season filled with some of the most talented actors on the Middle Tennessee stage.  We’ll be welcoming new faces to our stage and bringing back some of your favorite actors as well. We thought you’d enjoy hearing first-hand what our group of actors have to say about their upcoming roles.

Shannon Hoppe on Nate Eppler's Larries

It's been an exciting time this summer working on the world premiere of Larries!  I've been privileged to explore this show along side some fabulous people all who helped shape it into something extraordinary. I'm able to start rehearsals already knowing so much about the characters and the entire show itself. The workshop was invaluable to me! Get ready folks! Nate Eppler is at his finest!

Marin Miller on Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest

I am beyond excited about this opportunity to play "Cecily" in The Importance of Being Earnest.  I mean, like, beside-myself excited. Wiggly-giggly excited. And then, when I heard who else was cast, I literally started doing cartwheels in the yard. Ask Eric D. Pasto-Crosby; he was there.

See, in my humble opinion, I think this play of Wilde's is one of the absolute funniest plays ever written in the English language, which is why it's been on my bucket list for, well, ever. It's right up there with A Midsummer Night's Dream and Noises Off. You know, now that I think of it, I might have a thing for British playwrights and their humor. I definitely have a thing for the British accent, that's for sure, and I can think of few prospects more delightful than getting paid to dress-up in frilly frocks and deliver hilarious and brilliantly-written dialogue in a British accent. Life is so good.

Oh, and then there was the time when I was three years old and I went backstage after a dress rehearsal for a Nashville Rep production of The Importance of Being Earnest in which my father played either "Jack" or "Algie," one, I can't remember (I was 3) and my mother played "Cecily" (which I totally remember because it left an ENORMOUS impression on 3-year-old-me). See, my mother was dressed to the 9's in pink- ruffles, bows, lace, gathers, feathers, birds, etc.- and sporting a wig of platinum ringlets. I took a good, long look at her and then slung my arms around her legs, exclaiming "OH MOMMY!  Your dress is Cinderella and your hair is GOLDILOCKS!!" I was overwhelmed by her splendor. The way my mother tells it, she felt, in that moment, that perhaps she had reached the pinnacle of her daughter's adoration and might never be held in such high esteem again.

Of course, I still adore my mother. And, yes, it so happens that I also still adore "Cecily."  ...I wonder if Trish will make my dress "Cinderella" and my hair "Goldilocks"... I hear rumor that cupcakes might serve as design inspiration.  That sounds lovely.  And delicious.  They're so dainty, and the more tiers of fluff, the better.

Chip Arnold on John Logan's Red

Mark Rothko rose out of poverty and obscurity to become a recognized leader of an artistic revolution. He struggled all his life with a self-destructive genius achieving great triumphs yet suffering devastating personal loss. Red is a revelation, one of those rare theatrical pieces that lays bare the tragic and heroic complexities of human nature. To have the chance to play one of the 20th Century’s greatest artists is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Martha Wilkinson on Stephen Sondheim's Company

In 1985, when Barbra Streisand's Broadway album came out, I fell in love with the song "The Ladies Who Lunch" from Stephen Sondheim's Company. At the time, I was working at Cumberland County Playhouse and would drive home to Georgia on Sundays in my 1978 Toyota Corolla with cassette player and blast that album and sing all the songs at the top of my lungs! I had "The Ladies Who Lunch" all staged in my mind and, of course, I was brilliant! Somehow, even then, that song and Joanne's story really struck a chord (no pun intended) with me. The phrase 'everybody tries...' is so very true and compelling. No matter who we are, whether we've found out who we are or are still struggling to find that personal peace... 'everybody tries.' I'm thrilled to be able to discover who "Joanne" is and communicate her story and this song to an audience! I'm also so excited and honored to share the stage with this talented cast of actors and friends and particularly my dearest friend, Patrick Waller (who plays "Bobby").

Samuel Whited on A Christmas Story

"Ralphie" is back for a fifth season. I am stunned and grateful. I am always unsure how he manages to return year after year. Perhaps it is the sharing of sweet and sour that the season craves. Maybe it’s the fact that we all need to see the bespectacled hero triumph over his bully. Maybe it is to see the fine machine that is our ensemble unfolding the story so beautifully; making my job so easy and joyous.

While I suspect it a combination of these things, I also suspect there is something else.

I think we always need to check our bearings at this time of year. During a time when revels sometimes cloud our more noble aspirations, we need to make time to recalibrate our emotional centers and reassure ourselves and our loved ones that we are sharing more than just material gifts. Ironic, I suppose, to do so watching a play about the pursuit of such material gifts. But then again, maybe the Simonize isn’t just car wax. Maybe the perfume atomizer isn’t just a gaudy bottle. Maybe the Zeppelin is more than just kid stuff. I know from my own experience that the BB gun is much, much more than an extension of the Red Rider toy franchise. As each gift is revealed, we see both the gift's gesture and the return gift of warm acceptance and love. The same goes for that iconic weapon of mass disruption.

I think we have the same experience when we participate in our specific holiday traditions. I am very much looking forward to joining once more with the cast, the crew, and our audiences to make this journey again.

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