Lipscomb Theatre presents Pulitzer-Prize nominated Pride's Crossing through April 7

By Janel Shoun on 3/29/2012


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The Lipscomb University Theatre will continue its streak of inventive theater performances with a production of the Pulitzer Prize-nominated “Pride’s Crossing,” March 29-April 7, in Shamblin Theatre.

Directed by Lipscomb theatre professor Beki Baker, whose recent directing credits include “Julius Caesar” for the Nashville Shakespeare Festival, “Pride’s Crossing” offers an experience to “savor… a play I think you will remember forever,” according to Clive Barnes of the New York Post.

Jack Helbig wrote in “Booklist,” “Howe has always been a graceful playwright, adept at dialogue and capable of finding the drama in even the most mundane moments. But rarely has her previous work exhibited the emotional depth and power she displays in ‘Pride's Crossing.’”

In the play, 90-year-old Mabel Tidings Bigelow – the first woman to swim the English Channel from England to France – insists on celebrating her daughter and granddaughter’s annual visit with a croquet party. As the game unfolds, she relives vignettes from the last 80 years, interweaving past and present to reveal the precise moment of opportunity gained and love rejected, the moment that defined her life.

Playing the leading role is local actress and casting agent Holly Allen, whose Nashville credits include the Tennessee Repertory Theatre, Nashville Shakespeare Festival, Nashville Children’s Theatre, Tennessee Women’s Theatre Project, Actor’s Bridge Ensemble and Circle Players.  The ensemble also includes local talents Bonnie Keen, Welsey Paine, Phil Perry, Larry Bridgesmith and Matthew Raich.

“Pride’s Crossing” was named Best American Play by the New York Drama Critics Circle and a finalist for the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

The March 30 performance of “Pride’s Crossing” will be attended by playwright Tina Howe, who also won awards for her works “Painting Churches” and “Coastal Disturbances,” as part of the Southern Literary Festival held on the Lipscomb campus. A post-production talk-back with Howe, beginning at 9:30 p.m., is free and open to the public.

A two time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Howe has been a visiting professor at Hunter College in New York since 1990. Among her many awards are an Obie for distinguished playwriting, a Tony nomination for best play, an Outer Circle Critics Award, a Rockefeller Grant and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

“Pride’s Crossing” will show March 29-30 and April 5-6 at 7 p.m., March 31 and April 7 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are available through the Lipscomb Box Office at 615.966.7075. For more information on the play, contact theatre department chair Mike Fernandez at 615.966.5186.

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This play is suitable for all ages.