Cori Anne Laemmel, Rebekah Durham & Laura Crockarell to Lead Playhouse Nashville's ULTRASOUND

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Cori Anne Laemmel, Rebekah Durham & Laura Crockarell to Lead Playhouse Nashville's ULTRASOUNDNashville audiences that embraced Playhouse Nashville's inaugural season of fully produced original plays by local writers will have even more to experience this year beginning in April with Garret Schneider's ULTRASOUND starring Cori Anne Laemmel, Rebekah Durham, and Laura Crockarell.

"In addition to finding the freshest and best new plays by Middle Tennessee writers to bring to the stage, we strive to give actors a place to utilize their skills in ways audiences will find not only authentic and compelling, but also surprising," said Christopher Bosen, Playhouse Nashville Co-Artistic Director and director of the production playing April 5-13. "With Cori, Rebekah, and Laura we've put together an ensemble capable of inhabiting roles anyone who has seen them perform before will find unexpected. We're proud to be a theatre where actors are invited to utilize the full range of their artistic voices."

Laemmel, Durham, and Crockarell are veterans in the development of new plays for the stage originating roles in the Tennessee Repertory Theatre's Ingram New Works Lab readings the past few years.

Laemmel's work in numerous roles at Nashville Children's Theatre and Tennessee Repertory Theatre (YANKEE TAVERN) make her a familiar performer to area theatre patrons. She is also founder of The Theatre Bug where she writes and directs critically acclaimed original plays for families performed by student actors. In addition, she's a co-founder of MAS Nashville - a popular quintet of vocalists who perform cabaret-style shows like FIVE and MAS AMOR POR FAVOR with a signature blend of humor.

Durham performed the role of Saralee in the original workshop staging of Nate Eppler's Steinberg/ATCA Award semi-finalist LONG WAY DOWN in 2011. She has performed with several area theatres including Tennessee Women's Theatre Project (DISTRACTED) and Chaffin's Barn (DIXIE SWIM CLUB) during her almost three decades working in Nashville. Her play, LIKE YOU TAUGHT ME, was included in the October 2013 Ten Minute Haunted Playhouse.

Crockarell most recently starred as the ill-fated Desdemona opposite Eddie George in Nashville Shakespeare Festival's OTHELLO. In addition to performing at Boiler Room Theatre, Street Theatre Company, and Chaffin's Barn, several of her original plays have been included in Ten Minute Playhouse staged readings.

"ULTRASOUND was born out of Tennessee Rep's Ingram New Works' Lab in 2013," said Schneider of last May's staged reading. "The Tennessee Rep was there for its conception, birth, and formative years. Playhouse Nashville is giving ULTRASOUND a place to come into its own."

ULTRASOUND officially opens April 5 and continues through April 13 with performances in residence at Street Theatre Company located at 1933 Elm Hill Pike. Curtain time is 7:30. Reserved seat tickets are $20 and are available online with no additional service fees at PlayhouseNashville.com & at 669.5792.

As of 2014, Playhouse Nashville, Inc. is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of Playhouse Nashville, Inc., must be made payable to "Fractured Atlas" only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. For more information, visit PlayhouseNashville.com.

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