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The Power of Playback

Featured, Touring Wing | on May, 25, 2017 | by | 0 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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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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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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LET’S REMEMBER

Featured, Touring Wing | on March, 07, 2016 | by | 0 Comments

It’s Not Just Black History Until I saw the look in his eyes, I wasn’t sure that what we were doing was worth while. What is so funny about three people on a stage stacking themselves on top of each other on a wooden block? Well, if you’re a middle schooler, everything. Why?  Because THEY […]

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