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ETC Special Event
-Casting the Canvas-
  
For the third year in a row, ETC has partnered with the Hunter Museum of American Art for a night of short plays inspired by six works of art. What began in 2016, has blossomed into a growing partnership and a beautiful melding of visual and theatrical art. Featuring the works of five local playwrights, the plays range from a comedic and whimsical look at storytelling and creation to a dystopian commentary on societal structures. Sticking with the overall theme of ETC’s season, each playwright was asked to keep Family in mind while writing their plays.
 
ETC’s Communications Director, Casey Keelen, helms the project for her third time, “I have loved this project since its inception. As artists, it’s so important for us to not only support each other, but to feed each other’s artistic sensibilities. To be able to create a piece of theatrical art from a piece of visual art is so special, because it is the perfect example of two artists, with different viewpoints, coming together to create separate and unique pieces that are, at the core, intertwined.”
 
The series of short plays will be performed twice on the ETC stage and once at the Hunter Museum. The Hunter Museum performance will take viewers on a guided trip through the museum, stopping and performing each play in front of the piece that served as the inspiration

Playwrites include Garry Posey, Casey Keelen, David Martinez, Marcia Parks, and Dakota Brown.

Featuring actors Anna Blair, Patrick Blair, Drew Gladwell, Zachary Green, Mary Christa Jamarillo, Kushan Parks, and Laurie Shaw.
  1. Monday, April 23
    CASTING THE CANVAS
    7:30 PM
    BARKING LEGS THEATRE, 1307 DODDS AVE, CHATTANOOGA, TN 37404
  2. Tuesday, April 24
    CASTING THE CANVAS
    7:30 PM
    BARKING LEGS THEATRE, 1307 DODDS AVE, CHATTANOOGA, TN 37404
  3. Thursday, May 10
    CASTING THE CANVAS
    6:00 PM
    HUNTER MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, 10 BLUFF VIEW AVE, CHATTANOOGA, TN 37403
ETC Main Stage
-The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time-
  
Continuing their season of family-themed shows, ETC is thrilled to be tackling the beloved story of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, based on the best-selling novel written by Mark Haddon. The book and the play follow the story of Christopher John Francis Boone, a 15-year-old boy living in Swindon, Wiltshire, who embarks on a mysterious adventure to solve the murder of a neighbor’s dog. Christopher, a mathematician with a love for red cars also has Asperger syndrome, a form of high-functioning autism.
 
Living alone with his father, Christopher’s goal of taking A-level maths is put on the backburner when he stumbles onto this escalating mystery. Determined to bring clarity to the death of a friend, Christopher begins to write out his journey as a mystery novel, much to the chagrin of several people around him. One of his biggest supporters, is his teacher, Siobhan, who turns his story into a play.
 
At the helm of his third production this season, director, Garry Lee Posey, is excited to bring one of his favorite novels to life. “What I find fascinating about this play is it’s many levels of storytelling. It operates at a pace that is at times maddening, it employs a structure that is both disconcerting and satisfying, and begs the artists to find a new approach to creating. I imagine this to be an objectification of the inner workings of the mind of those on the spectrum, and with that, the brilliance of this play becomes touchingly apparent.”
 
In his third appearance on the ETC stage, Normand Caissie will be tackling the challenging role of Christopher, “Bringing Christopher to life on stage was, and in some way still is, a terrifying and intimidating challenge. However, the responsibility of portraying this imaginative, and slightly inquisitive boy with this incredible gift for thinking, is deeply desirable for me. To tell this story of family, love, and difference has been a beautiful and challenging process that has only come together due to incredibly hand-in-hand teamwork and passion our entire ensemble of actors and creators have.”
 
Excited to hit the Barking Legs stage yet again, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time has been a long-time occupant of ETC’s bucket list.
  1. Friday, May 18
    THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME
    7:30
    BARKING LEGS THEATRE, 1307 DODDS AVE, CHATTANOOGA, TN 37404
  2. Saturday, May 19
    THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME
    2:30
    BARKING LEGS THEATRE, 1307 DODDS AVE, CHATTANOOGA, TN 37404
  3. Saturday, May 19
    THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME
    7:30
    BARKING LEGS THEATRE, 1307 DODDS AVE, CHATTANOOGA, TN 37404
  4. Sunday, May 20
    THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME
    2:30
    BARKING LEGS THEATRE, 1307 DODDS AVE, CHATTANOOGA, TN 37404
  5. Thursday, May 24
    THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME
    7:30
    BARKING LEGS THEATRE, 1307 DODDS AVE, CHATTANOOGA, TN 37404
  6. Friday, May 25
    THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME
    7:30
    BARKING LEGS THEATRE, 1307 DODDS AVE, CHATTANOOGA, TN 37404
  7. Saturday, May 26
    THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME
    2:30
    BARKING LEGS THEATRE, 1307 DODDS AVE, CHATTANOOGA, TN 37404
  8. Saturday, May 26
    THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME
    7:30
    BARKING LEGS THEATRE, 1307 DODDS AVE, CHATTANOOGA, TN 37404

Previously at ETC. . .

  
ETC WELCOMES SAINT PATRICK'S DAY WITH AN IRISH TALE OF FAMILY
 
The beautiful, rolling hills of Ireland hold many stories and many secrets. Playwright Brian Friel manages to perfectly combine the whimsical nature of the country with the easy relatability of family dysfunction in DANCING AT LUGHNASA. With it’s premiere in 1990, DANCING AT LUGHNASA dazzled audiences with it’s quick wit and charming portrayal of a family on the brink of crisis. Whether from circumstances outside of their control, or circumstances of their own making, each member of the family begins to question their life choices as well as their relationships with those around them.
 
The story is told from the perspective of Michael Evans, who weaves the story between the present and the past he knew. Growing up in a house full of women might be a challenge for any young man, but the fierce love of his four aunts and mother gave Michael a stable footing in life, despite his wayward father. With a playful voice, Friel tells of the hardships and everyday struggles that the family faces and the realistic nature of the story makes it easy for audiences to connect with.
 
With the 2018 season focused on family, Friel’s offering was an obvious choice for the ETC production team.
 
Newcomer to ETC, Anna L Blair plays the eldest sister, Kate, a staunchly catholic woman who has always felt the burden of providing for her family. Blair states, “We all live the scripts that we have written for ourselves. We all play the role we think is expected of us. When something alters that script we can either adapt or give up.”
 
Michael, the narrator of the story will be portrayed by local actor, Zachery Green. “I feel like this show is important for families, or any close net group of people. Things can change fast without us realizing what’s happening. Those moments of togetherness should be held the highest in recollection, and I think this show highlights that rather well.” This will also be Green’s first time performing with ETC.
 
After the rousing success of their season opener, NEXT TO NORMAL, ETC is excited to bring this subtle story of loyalty and familial bonds to the Chattanooga area!
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