Ethan Norman

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Priceless

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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JESUS AND THE 6 FOOT RABBIT

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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POTLUCK & PLAYBACK

Featured, Touring Wing | on May, 10, 2016 | by | 0 Comments

A  New  Ancient  Tradition I couldn’t tell you what my favorite was, but I can tell you that the sliders went the fastest. From the brilliant sort of Asian casserole goodness, to the classic pimento cheese sandwiches, the simple-yet-profound thing about a potluck dinner is that everyone brings something to the table. It’s perfect. You […]

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The Greatest Story, The Best A-Flat, And Dreaming Over Chinese Food

Touring Wing | on April, 04, 2016 | by | 1 Comments

Remembering the tour of On A Hill Far Away When the Orchestra joined me on the first A-flat of the overture, it was like a dream realized and I started to tear up. I had not known what to expect. I had never seen the musical score that my beyond talented friend, Adam Whipple, had […]

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