STUDIO TENN ANNOUNCES ITS 2017-2018 SEASON

Announcing its 2017/2018 season, Studio Tenn is back at it again with an all new line up of original works, literary masterpieces, powerful dramas and Broadway classics. Crafted to engage and entertain, this new season has something for everyone and will keep audiences begging for more time and time again.

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Studio Tenn's 'Elephant Man' challenges and illuminates

A handsome young man stands center stage, bathed in an almost magical light. Suddenly, his body begins to shift and contort, transforming before our very eyes.

It’s a startling image —  and a powerful beginning to Studio Tenn Theatre Company’s gorgeous production of “The Elephant Man.”

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Studio Tenn’s Production of The Elephant Man Is Requisite Theatrical Fare

Since its founding in 2009, Studio Tenn has definitely wowed Middle Tennessee with its share of acclaimed stage productions, with dazzling musicals foremost in rank. The Franklin company’s current effort, Bernard Pomerance’s captivating drama The Elephant Man, represents yet another full flowering of dramatic craftsmanship spearheaded by artistic director Matt Logan.

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The Elephant Man

The dramatic true story of Joseph Merrick, a deformed man who was displayed as an oddity in Victorian England, was the basis for Bernard Pomerance’s acclaimed 1979 play, later depicted by David Lynch in a star-studded film featuring the recently deceased John Hurt. Bradley Cooper’s well-publicized performance in a 2014-15 Broadway revival of Pomerance’s work has helped to reinvigorate interest in the challenging script, and Studio Tenn gathers together a gifted cast of familiar players and company newcomers to bring the unusual tale to life.

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Studio Tenn explores timeless struggles with 'Battle of Franklin'

A young man steps out of the shadows, bathed in an eery, otherworldly light. “Time is a circle, a wheel,” he tells us. “It spins us, tumbles us. Again and again, rolling us down lanes of loss, along byways of consequence, across intersections of unity and division, preservation and destruction.”

And so begins the powerful world premiere of Studio Tenn Theatre Company’s “The Battle of Franklin: A Tale of a House Divided.”

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Studio Tenn's 'The Battle of Franklin' more than just history

Studio Tenn Theatre Company has built its reputation on bringing fresh, innovative perspectives to classic plays and musicals. So perhaps it should come as no surprise that for its first original work, the venerated company has selected a story so familiar to local audiences.

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Studio Tenn to debut original play 'Battle of Franklin'

In 1864, a Franklin family, their slaves and neighbors retreated into their basement to escape a bloody Civil War battle. It's a story still told today at the Carter House, one of several Civil War sites located in Franklin.

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