Why You Should See Good Monsters

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Why should you see Good Monsters? With our first week of productions under our belt we started to notice a trend. Everyone has their own unique story about why you should see Nate Eppler's new play Good Monsters. We asked a variety of people to share their thoughts. Each of these people have had different levels of engagement with the play: some have been with it since the first reading of the script before the 13-14 Ingram New Works Festival, others came to the Good Monsters workshop in 2015.

Nashville Rep's Production of Nate Eppler's Good Monsters
Nashville Rep's Production of Nate Eppler's Good Monsters

Megan Murphy Chambers – Cast as Josie in Good Monsters

I believe Good Monsters has a bright, epic, inevitable future. I believe lots of people, all over the world, are going to end up seeing this play and being moved by it. I believe this piece is worthy of that future and exposure, and I've believed those things since the first time I read the first draft years ago. Being involved in Good Monsters has been a gift - I love these words, I love this character, I love what it feels like to inhabit her, I love working with this incredible team, I love how I've been helpless with laughter as many time as I've been completely emotionally gutted, I love the faith Nashville Rep has put in one of their own, and most of all, I love knowing that I've made a small contribution to the growth of this piece. Nate is a good friend, and a playwright whose work has always knocked my socks off. Being entrusted with the first crack at this show means the world to me, and I can't wait to see the (widespread, deserved, sure-to-be-rapturous) accolades Good Monsters will receive as time goes on.

Nashville Rep's Production of Nate Eppler's Good Monsters
Nashville Rep's Production of Nate Eppler's Good Monsters

Nathaniel McIntyre – Cast as Frank in Good Monsters

I took a year off from acting and cannot tell you how thankful I am that Good Monsters is the show that brings me back. This play is all the things you think acting will be when you are 18 and naive and say- "I'm going to be an actor". I have never been a part of a play that has had an impact like this on its audience and I have definitely never been in a play that was more important to our country at the time it is being produced. Nate Eppler, thank you for this fair and unrelenting beast. Congrats to Nashville Rep and René D. Copeland for having the guts to be the first to produce it. Designers, crew, cast, and staff you have been amazing from the first time I sat down with this script. David Compton, I can't separate you from the work I've done and you have no idea how much you have influenced my choices on stage and this whole production. Nashvillians, I hope you all can see it this week. If you aren't near here, do yourself a favor and find a way to bring Good Monsters to your community.

Nashville Rep's Production of Nate Eppler's Good Monsters
Nashville Rep's Production of Nate Eppler's Good Monsters

Shane Burkeen – Nashville Rep's Visual & Digital COM MGR

This is a carefully crafted play with a respect for the questions it raises. I've been with the play since the early table readings before the 13-14 Festival. The play changed over time because Nate constantly asked for feedback from the community throughout the process. First responders, police officers, a sociology professor, a suicide prevention counselor, lawyers, a PTSD counselor, journalists, current and former armed services veterans, and our theatre community…you name it we asked them for their feedback and Nate made the play better because of it. The Good Monsters poster image is soaked in this thoughtfulness. From the second you start watching the play you can feel how thoughtfully crafted it is. I feel like working on this play has made me a better person who is more aware and empathic. 

Nashville Rep's Production of Nate Eppler's Good Monsters
Nashville Rep's Production of Nate Eppler's Good Monsters

Rachel Malone – Nashville Rep's Development Associate

I was reminded of the power theatre can have after sitting in my first reading of Good Monsters. It was refreshing to listen to a new script by a local playwright that focused on issues that matter now. It reminded me that theatre has the power to change, and that art is not meant to be seen but experienced with others.

You won't want to miss this World Premiere of Nate Eppler's new play Good Monsters at Nashville Repertory Theatre. This production runs till February 27, 2016. Learn more and buy tickets here.

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