An Advertisement; A Confession

The Truth About Our Fall Mainstage Show By Ethan Norman I was helping my wife run lines when I realized what I had done. In the midst of offering a very dry reading of the other characters for her to practice with, I was moved. I mean, the scene actually touched me. I...

48 Clocks – A Saying for Silence

By Ethan Norman I don’t want to see what is on the news. It is mostly drama, off the stage, the kind we try to remedy on the stage. An inflamed or infected version of daily life, for most people, but not this time. This time I don’t want to watch the news because it’s...

Plays, Rockets, and Hotdogs

A Month in Review By Ethan Norman As it turns out, Grace Hamer still has a thing for Ronnie DeVoe. We also know precisely how Terri Lloyd prefers her burger, and that Dottie Justice-Spilman hung up on Dolly Parton, twice. Some of these things we learned because they...

Interview with a Wordplayer

A Once a Month, Biopic of a WordPlayer For Life These are people that have shared the face of The WordPlayers for years now, and chances are you have seen them perform.  But who are they? Who is that redhead with the angelic singing voice and the hilarious delivery of...

Arts and Healing – Part 2

By Terry Weber The WordPlayers’ Playback Troupe held an event the other night. It was September 11, 2017, sixteen years after that fateful 9/11 in 2001. It was an opportunity to share stories. It was a time of actively remembering, so as to never forget. It was, at...

Arts and Healing – Part 1

by Ethan Norman I was a little hesitant, when we wrote the card. It occurred to me that words, in a time like this, are terribly insufficient. Is this even a good idea? Will this help or hurt? Maybe they just need space. Maybe God has given me something to say in a...

Conflicting Depths

By Melody Watts Toward the end of August, The WordPlayers Playback Troupe was invited to join in an Open Table event where Knoxville’s youth of all faiths come together to bridge the gap among them. One young lady shared her story of the opportunity she had to...

Growing Pains

By Ethan Norman Wide eyes and a trembling lower lip is what I can still picture on the faces of some staff as The WordPlayers sat with a round table of consultants, eager to help us navigate the next phase of life in a faith-based, arts-driven, non-profit organization...

Keeping Promises – Special Playback Event for 9/11

KEEPING PROMISES An evening to remember the day we promised never to forget. The WordPlayers’ Playback Troupe invites you to join us on: September 11, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. for an evening of sharing stories Let’s learn from one another to ensure we hold true to our...

Summer Shenanigans and Surprising Stories

By Melody Watts This past summer The WordPlayers had an opportunity to share an afternoon with the children of Tracy’s Learning Center. Through the art of theatre these kids had the chance to laugh and learn what it means to be nice to others, respect all people, and...