Ethan Norman

Ethan Norman


If You Believe the World Is Round

Featured, MainStage Wing | on July, 21, 2017 | by | 0 Comments

Christopher Columbus. Remember when he bought into the crazy idea that the world was round, and took off in a sail boat? I don’t remember it either, but I know it happened. It’s been handed down throughout history, by people who were there. I’m sure a lot of “behind the scenes” work went into that […]

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Featured, MainStage Wing | on July, 04, 2017 | by | 3 Comments

Nothing against Knoxville but, for a minute there, I thought I was in New York. I’m not talking about those Broadway touring companies with a cast of classically trained singers who are going to sing classically even if it has zero connection to their character, and by the time they get to your town they […]

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Featured | on June, 05, 2017 | by | 0 Comments

by Ethan Norman I was running through the woods today when I realized what the two most priceless things in the world are: ability and opportunity. I found myself so grateful for the beauty of the earth, which can feel so far away, down in the neighborhood. The opportunity to get out away from man-made […]

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Humble: The Only Beginning

Featured, Touring Wing | on October, 26, 2016 | by | 1 Comments

From Typo to Great Show It was a good night to appreciate humility as I sat at the head of a table for the first read through of a play I wrote and am now directing. It’s not my first rodeo. I’ve already set aside worrying about whether they will think it’s amazing or be […]

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Featured | on October, 05, 2016 | by | 0 Comments

Elwood P. Dowd is perhaps one of the most genuine, down-to-earth guys you could bump into. He always takes time for anyone, not discriminating, and not giving more of himself to one than another. He takes people at their word, holds them to their word, keeps his word, and is quick to forgive someone who […]

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Football, Foreigners, and the Coming of Christ

Featured, Touring Wing | on September, 30, 2016 | by | 0 Comments

According to the Spanish maid in Sabrina, it takes 11 years to adjust to a new culture. For the Tennessee Volunteers, it takes 11 years to beat the Gators. But the good news is, it happened! The wait is over! The losing streak to the Gators felt, to many, like the intertestamental period before the […]

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All Aboard

Featured, MainStage Wing | on September, 19, 2016 | by | 0 Comments

A Ticket to Great Art When you look out the window of a train, you wonder if the world is passing by, or if you are passing by the world.  In New York City, the world is passing by. In Corbin, Kentucky, you are passing by the world. There is a landscape in that part […]

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I Can’t/I AM

Featured | on July, 18, 2016 | by | 0 Comments

A Note On Comedy and Tragedy I’m not superstitious, but if the maxim that tragedies come in “threes” is true, I would be okay with it. Yesterday, for the third time in a week and a half, I got a phone call that someone close to me had passed away. As Terry Weber wrote about […]

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What Huck Finn and the Marx Brothers Have in Common

Featured, MainStage Wing | on June, 21, 2016 | by | 0 Comments

The WordPlayers Return to The Historic Bijou Theatre It wasn’t till 1908 that the place was turned into a Theatre. The Knoxville Sentinel, in 1908, called it “one of the best constructed and most conveniently arranged houses in the entire south”. It opened March 8 of that year to a sellout crowd.  “Little Johnny Jones,” […]

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The Very Best in Free, Intimate Theatre

Featured, Touring Wing | on May, 26, 2016 | by | 0 Comments

Staged Readings That Move Our Community To be honest, I’m not very fond of reading plays. Plays are for viewing, experiencing; novels are for reading. It helps if I read it out loud, and try to imagine the different characters, but that can be awkward in coffee shops and airport terminals. I know, I’m a […]

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