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Summer Shenanigans and Surprising Stories

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

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 love God with all their heart, soul, […]

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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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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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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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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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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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More Faithful Than Intended

Featured, Touring Wing | on June, 07, 2016 | by | 1 Comments

Any list of the best American plays of the 20th Century is bound to include THE GLASS MENAGERIE, by Tennessee Williams. Since its Broadway premiere in 1945, it has been produced countless times by theatres at every level: professional, community, and educational. There are many reasons to love the play and for theatres to want […]

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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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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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