2016-2017 Season

The WordPlayers 2016-2017 Season

Sketches, Monologues and One-Acts

We are available year-round to perform short pieces at your church or other venue. We can also lead workshops on a variety of topics.


Special Event

Season Preview Showcase: Thursday, Sept. 8, 7:00 pm @ Erin Presbyterian, 200 Lockett Road

Enjoy selected scenes and songs from our upcoming season as well as Playback Theatre!

Free Event.

Donations in support of our 2016-2017 Season appreciated.


Advent Touring Show

West of Bethlehem – a one-act play with music by Ethan Norman

The piece focuses on the powerful contrast in the imagery behind the Shepherds. In the Kingdom of God, Shepherd is an honored title and the Shepherd is a picture of leadership. In the kingdom of men, the Shepherd is the dregs of society; and shepherding is a task of drudgery with little personal gain. We delve into this example for us in Christ as it plays out in the Christmas story, with laughter and with heaviness at moments.

West of Bethlehem, offers your fellowship, in the midst of a crazy season, a reminder to set aside some jingle bells and remember the beauty, majesty, and perfection of the story that God gave us. A story where God’s majestic birth announcement, came to what the world would call the lowest of the low.

Length: 30-40 minutes

Available to tour to your facility: Nov. 27 – Dec. 21, 2016

Suggested Donation/Fee: $300


Fall MainStage Show

Last Train to Nibroc by Arlene Hutton

Sept. 15, 16, 22, 23 @ 7:30 pm, Sept. 18 & 25 @ 2:30 pm

At Erin Presbyterian Church, 200 Lockett Rd.

A funny, touching portrait of two people searching for happiness. This simply staged romance played to critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Off-Broadway.

“… a gently charming little play, reminiscent of Thornton Wilder in its look at rustic Americans who are to be treasured for their simplicity and directness …”
— Associated Press

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Holiday MainStage Show

Junie B in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells by Allison Gregory

Public Shows – Dec. 9-11
School Shows – Dec. 12-14

At Clayton Performing Arts Center – Pellissippi State Community College – Hardin Valley Campus

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Black History Touring Show

A Woman Called Truth by Sandra Fenichel Asher

Touring the Greater Knoxville area – February 2017

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Spring Touring Show



Summer MainStage Show

Little Women (The Broadway Musical), July 2017

On the U.S. Cellular Stage at The Bijou, 803 S. Gay Street, Knoxville

Music by Jason Howland, Lyrics by Mindi Dickstein, Book by Allan Knee
Based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott

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