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Little Women revisited

Featured, MainStage Wing | on June, 19, 2017 | by | 0 Comments

by Melanie Leach “I like good strong words that mean something” – Jo March, Little Women This is the cover of the copy of Little Women I read as a girl. I loved this story and read it multiple times. Imagine my horror when I got it back out as an adult to read it […]

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The Magic in Faith and Doubt

Featured, Touring Wing | on June, 08, 2017 | by | 1 Comments

By Ian Paul Messersmith The “Fantastic Comedy” entitled Magic, by G. K. Chesterton, is a masterful piece of literature in which each character is a clear representation of the societal issues surrounding faith and doubt. A young priest struggling with his beliefs. An aging doctor attempting to examine life through a scientific lens. A young woman […]

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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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The Power of Playback

Featured, Touring Wing | on May, 25, 2017 | by | 2 Comments

By Terry Weber Many of you know that for the last couple of years, The WordPlayers has been training and performing in Playback Theatre. Playback is an improvisational form designed to build empathy and to draw people together by basing its material on stories from individuals present in the room. Collective stories are embodied in […]

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That play is so timely!

Featured, Touring Wing | on February, 16, 2017 | by | 0 Comments

The WordPlayers has been touring a Black History play each February since 2007. These plays are about American History, really, and they are about freedom and justice for all. And every year we hear: “That play is so timely!” It’s kind of sad when we do a play about our past — plays about discrimination […]

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Welcomed

Featured, Touring Wing | on January, 26, 2017 | by | 0 Comments

By Melody Watts A statement of “We need a stage manager” was followed by a request for me to step into this role for the past WordPlayers’ Advent show, West of Bethlehem. Apprehension lurked in my mind. Some of my past experiences as a stage manager were met with much hostility from actors in denial that […]

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Junie B. for Christmas 2016!

Featured, MainStage Wing | on November, 28, 2016 | by | 0 Comments

Okay, here’s the deal. Junie B. isn’t the perfect child. She is strong-willed, sometimes rude, sometimes combative, and sometimes outrageous. She is almost more than Mr. Scary (her teacher) and her family members can handle. But she is also bright, creative, witty, and full of life-affirming energy. Plus, she and her friends in Mr. Scary’s […]

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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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