River & Rail Theatre Co. is pleased to announce its 2022-2023 season of plays!
September 23 - October 9: THE LITTLE PRINCE by Rick Cummins and John Scoullar
In River & Rail Theatre Co.'s first-ever Theatre for Young Audiences production, we get to bring one of our favorite children's stories to life. When a world-weary aviator finds themself stranded in a strange new world, the friendship and guidance of a small child enables them to shed what is not useful and pay attention to the life and beauty before their eyes. The Little Prince takes on an imaginative and playful perspective, reminding us all what it is like to look at the world through children's eyes again. "It is only with the heart that one can see rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eye."
December 2 - 18: THE WOLVES by Sarah DeLappe, a co-production with Pellissippi State Community College
Squats, jumping jacks, quads, hamstrings, butterfly, periods, Trigonometry, pressure, expectations, loss...Sarah DeLappe takes teenage girls seriously, "I wanted to see a portrait of teenage girls as human beings - as complicated, nuanced, very idiosyncratic people who weren't just girlfriends, or sex objects or manic pixie dream girls but who were athletes and daughters and students and scholars and people who were actively trying to change the world around them." This sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking, and sometimes terrifying play takes an insider's look at a high school girls soccer team and finds a full human microcosm there.
February 17 - March 5: THE MOUNTAINTOP by Katori Hall
What was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. thinking about as he sat on his stiff, polyester-covered bed at the Lorraine Motel on his last night alive? Did he have any idea what was about to happen? What would he have wanted people to know about him? Katori Hall takes a stunning look at all of these questions and fills them in with brilliant imagination in her play THE MOUNTAINTOP. A speech, a storm, a visitation, a vision: how does a hero's journey end?
April 13 - 23: WHITE RABBIT RED RABBIT by Nassim Soleimanpour
No director. No set. No rehearsal. This one-of a kind by Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour. This one-person show is written to be handed to its performer, on the night of their performance, in front of a live audience, to be performed cold turkey. And it is absolutely stunning to watch, every single time.
June 2 - 18: FUN HOME based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel, music by Jeanine Tesori, lyrics and book by Lisa Kron
"Someone just came in the door
Like no one I ever saw before
I don't know where you came from
I wish I did
I feel so dumb
Your swagger and your bearing
And the just-right clothes you're wearing
Your short hair and your dungarees
And your lace-up boots
And your keys
Oh, your ring of keys"
Who knew a UPS delivery woman, in her simple act of...well, delivering a package, could unlock such passion and joy in a preteen girl? Alison Bechdel knew.
Tony Award-winning duo, Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron, masterfully capture graphic novelist Alison Bechdel's coming-of-age story in FUN HOME. As a father and his daughter struggle to open up to one another, they each go on their own journey of discovering love, queerness and all of the pain and beauty that comes with such an awakening. Will their common path be something they can one day share?