September 2-27 “2014 Shades of Black Festival”

Presented by Dream 7, Sista Style, Destiny Theatre Productions

The 9th Annual Shades of Black Theatre Festival will be held at the Darkhorse Theater, September 2nd-27th. The festival will feature mixers, workshops, film screenings, poetry and comedy shows and six different theatre productions presented by Darryl Van leer, Kennie Playhouse Theater, Sista Style Productions, The Destiny Theatre Experience and Dream 7 Theatre Productions.

Admission for events vary. Worskhops and special events currently being added. Check event page for updates.

Thursday 9/11 - "Do Over" Written & Directed by Mary McCallum (Sista Style Productions) 7:30 p.m.

Friday 9/12 - "Songs For Our Sons" Written & Directed by Shawn Whitsell (Destiny Theatre Experience) - 7:30 pm

Saturday 9/13 -  "Do Over" 7:30 pm

Late Night Poetry Jam - Hosted by Jene India - 11 pm

Sunday 9/14 - "Songs For Our Sons" - 3 pm

Monday, 9/15 - "A Poem For Broken Boys" Written by Terrance "Cirvant" French and Directed by Shawn Whitsell (Destiny Theatre Experience)

Tuesdsay, 9/16 - "The Meeting" Written by Jeff Stetson & Directed by Chuck Smith - 7:30 pm (Kennie Playhouse Theatre)

Wednesday 9/17 - "A Poem For Broken Boys" (Destiny Theatre Experience) - 7:30 pm.

Thursday 9/18 - "Songs For Our Sons" (Destiny Theatre Experience) - 7:30 pm

Friday 9/19 - "Do Over" (Sista Style Productions) -  7:30 pm

Saturday 9/20 - "The Meeting" (Kennie Playhouse Theatre) - 7:30 pm

Sunday 9/21 - "The Meeting" (Kennie Playhouse Theatre) -3 pm

Friday 9/26 - "Black Knight Society" Written & Directed by Michael L. Walker (Dream 7 Theatre Productions) - 7:30 pm

Saturday 9/27 - "Black Knight Society" (Dream 7 Theatre Productions) - 7:30 pm

Sunday 9/28 - "Black Knight Society" (Dream 7 Theatre Productions) - 3 pm

"All I know is sometimes bad people disappear off the block in my town.”

Postponed Until May “Starlite Waltz”

Presented by GROUNDWORKS

Written by Keith Trawick

Tickets $12, $10 for students and seniors online at

All Candy and Rhonda want to do is get the chance to sing in front of people.  For now the closest they can get to a stage is while they’re serving dinner to their customers at the Starlite Supper Club, right next door to the Starlite Motel – their current home.  But could their luck be changing?  They’ve finally been given a chance to sing one number, in between serving their customers and who knows who might be in the audience?  Maybe a big-time music producer, or manager, maybe their lives could change forever.

October 7  Premiere“PG-13 Players”

Presented by Planned Parenthood

Tuesday only, Free to the public

PG-13 Players (PG stands for Peer Guidance) are peer educators from high schools across Middle Tennessee. Through their dramatic presentation of original skits, teen issues are brought to life.....not just talked about.

October 17-November 1 “Guerilla Caregiver”

Presented by Darkhorse Theater

American Premiere written by Anna Fuerstenberg

Performances Friday & Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2:30pm

Tickets $12

For the Sunday matinee on Oct. 26th at 2:30pm, all proceeds from tickets will Benefit Gilda’s Club in honor of Maggi Bowden

October 26th “I Remember Maggi”

Celebrate Maggi Bowden’s Life

with theater, jazz and pictures


October 19

Sunday from 7-9pm, Tickets $20 see link below

All proceeds go to Americans United for Separation of Church and State

Fundraiser for Separation of Church and State

    Music has been engaging people with important issues throughout American history, whether by increasing awareness of a cause or pushing for action. We are Voices United for Separation of Church and State!

    We believe in the cause of freedom of conscience and the right of all Americans to live their lives free from government-imposed dogma. For religion to be meaningful, it must be freely chosen. The right to believe – or not – as you see fit is the cornerstone of American liberty.

    Join us in our celebration of freedom and have a wonderful evening with Paul Kramer & Swing Street feat. Aaron Till, The Jack Silverman Ordeal, Walter Egan, Allie Farris, and Dave Pomeroy. We are happy to announce our very dear guest, Rev. Barry Lynn, CEO of the national AU, who will greet the audience at the beginning of the concert. We also have a couple of surprises for you!

 Voices United Nashville

Sunday, October 19, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT)

Darkhorse Theatre

4610 Charlotte Ave

Nashville, TN 37209 



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December 12-21 “Being Ebenezer”

Presented by GROUNDWORKS

Written by MJ Stephens

Tickets $12, $10 for students and seniors online at

Enter the world of theatre from the other side of the stage. James Beckwell, well-known stage actor is a last minute fill-in for the role of Ebenezer Scrooge in a classic production of A Christmas Carol. James is a good fit for the role being in his late sixties and after all, how could he say ‘no’ to his good friend Charlie after he slipped in the tub and hurt his back? So, on with the rehearsals. And so they go until someone from James past shows up and turns his world and the world of some of the other cast members upside down. The visitor isn’t a Ghost of Christmas Past, Present or Future, but their impact will be felt forever and by many.


2014 Schedule

(Subject to change)


Member and other Companies

ACT I - Artist's Cooperative Theatre I is dedicated to the presentation of classics. 726-2281 Contact: Eric Ventress

        ACT I, 111 Vaden Dr., Nashville, TN 37211


        web address:

Real Life Players - issues related productions written and staged by Nashville teens. 300-3592 contact: Vali Baldwin


GROUNDWORKS Specializing in premieres of plays never seen before in Nashville.  

         Contact Jonathan & Myra Stephens

         1160 Greenland Ave., Nashville, TN 37216       

web address:

Sista Style - 476-6430 contact: Mary McCallum E-mail:,

Rhubarb Theater Company 397-7820 contact: Trish Crist,,

        1407 Paris Ave, Nashville TN 37212

Dream 7 Productions - 474-0161 contact: Michael Walker

Destiny Theater Experience

        contact Shawn Whitsell (270)366-6266 or

Jene India Productions - 615-512-3653 Jene India

Nashville Shakespeare Festival - 255-2273 Address: NSF, 1604 8th Avenue South, Ste. 310, Nashville, TN 37203 web address: E-mail:

Actor's Bridge 341-0300 contact: Bill Feheeley Address: Actors Bridge Ensemble, 1312 Adams St , Nashville, TN 37208


Theatre Crafts - 874-8715 contact: Carolyn German, email,

Eggplant Faerie Players - Radical Faeries from IDA. 615-597-4409 E-mail:

Circle Players - 332-7529 Address: Circle Players, Inc., P.O. Box 190592, Nashville, TN 37219-0592 web address: E-mail:

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus

Made on a Mac

Darkhorse Mission

Nashville's 24 year old Darkhorse Theater is an alternative theater with new works, classical theater, live music, dance and multimedia shows. This intimate and comfortable space has long been the home of many of Nashville's unique performing arts groups. Current companies at Darkhorse include ACT 1, Groundworks Theater, Real Life Players, Sista Style,  Dream 7, Destiny Theatre Experience, John Holleman and Co., P.G. 13 Players, KIrk/Burgess, Jene India Productions,  and others. Darkhorse is owned and managed by Shannon Wood and Peter Kurland. Our mission is to provide a home for indigenous theater and performing arts groups and artists.

Past Productions

Directions to Darkhorse

4610 Charlotte Ave., Nashville, TN 37209


Call 615-297-7113 for current show information

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