Mary McCallum's SINGLEVILLE To Be Celebrated During Performance at The Next Level 8/24

August 17
2:48 PM 2012

Mary McCallum's SINGLEVILLE To Be Celebrated During Performance at The Next Level 8/24

American Negro Playwright Theatre and SistaStyle Productions invite theater-goers in Nashville to join them in a celebration-on Friday, August 24-of their D.C. Black Theatre Festival win with a special presentation of Mary McCallum's SingleVille, directed by 2010 First Night Honoree Barry Scott.

The celebration kicks off with a reception at 7 p.m. on August 24 at The Next Level, 1008 Charlotte Avenue, with curtain at 8 p.m. Tickets to SingleVille are $10.

SingleVille is described as "a comedic exploration of three women trying to navigate through the thicket of love, singlehood and survival." During its performance at the D.C. Black Theatre Festival, SingleVille was able to take home the "One Act Battle Championship," besting more than 20 other productions in the competition. 

"I never imagined that we could take home top honors at the D.C. Black Theatre Festival, especially without the advantage of a home-town audience," McCallum says. "I think this win is a testament to how well audiences relate to the show and the work of our cast members- Molly Breen and Tamiko Robinson, along with our director, Barry Scott.  We are proud to represent Nashville and bring home this top honor." 

SingleVille is written by 2011 First Night Star Award winner McCallum, who has also penned The 70% Club (New York International Fringe Festival selection and winner of "Best Feature" at the International Black Film Festival of Nashville), Fly, Girl!, Hunger In Paradise and Black Girl Lost (Best New Work Nominee, DC  Black Theatre Festival).   

SingleVille is under the direction of Barry Scott, who is widely known for his successes as an actor, writer, producer, director, motivational speaker and voice over artist. The cast features: Molly Breen, Tamiko Robinson and the playwright herself.

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Pictured (left to right): Tamiko Robinson, Molly Breen and Mary McCallum


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Jeffrey Ellis Jeffrey Ellis is a Nashville-based writer, editor and critic, who's been covering the performing arts in Tennessee for more than 25 years. He is the recipient of the Tennessee Theatre Association's Distinguished Service Award for his coverage of theatre in the Volunteer State and was the founding editor/publisher of Stages, the Tennessee Onstage Monthly. He is a past fellow of the National Critics Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center and is the founder/executive producer of The First Night Honors - the history of which can be traced to 1989 and the first presentation of The First Night Awards - which honor outstanding theater artisans from Tennessee in recognition of their lifetime achievements and also includes The First Night Star Awards and the Most Promising Actors recognition. Midwinter's First Night honors outstanding productions and performances throughout the state. An accomplished director, Ellis helmed productions of La Cage Aux Folles, The Last Night of Ballyhoo and An American Daughter, all in their Nashville premieres, as well as award-winning productions of Damn Yankees, Company, Gypsy and The Rocky Horror Show. Ellis was recognized by The Tennessean as best director of a musical for both Company and Rocky Horror. In 2015, he directed William Inge's Picnic for Circle Players and Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years for VWA Theatricals, with The Larry Keeton Theatre's production of Beth Henley's The Miss Firecracker Contest set for spring 2016.


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