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Humanities Tennessee Partners with Studio Tenn

“The Glass Menagerie” Production Named “Best Revival of an American Classic” by Nashville Scene

As part of its yearlong exploration of the Pulitzer Prize-winning works by Tennessee authors, Humanities Tennessee is pleased to partner on public programming for Studio Tenn’s upcoming production of The Glass Menagerie

Performances will be held February 18-28 in Jamison Hall at The Factory at Franklin. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling the Box Office at (615) 541-8200.

On February 26, Humanities Tennessee presents a post-show conversation with Artistic Director Matt Logan and Set Co-Designer Mitch White, along with Composer Quinn Redmond, who created an original score for the production. The conversation will be moderated by Joe Pagetta.

“Studio Tenn has produced a unique and compelling experience, combining original music and innovative set design with a classic American play,” said Serenity Gerbman, director of literature and language programs at Humanities Tennessee. “This conversation will explore how music and stage design illuminate Tennessee Williams’ classic story.”

An instant classic upon its 1944 premiere, The Glass Menagerie is a memory play with strong autobiographical elements that launched the career of iconic Southern playwright Tennessee Williams. Studio Tenn’s rendition has been lauded as “a rich and beautifully modulated production” by the Nashville Scene.

The show stars Nan Gurley as Amanda, Eric D. Pasto-Crosby as Tom, Elliott Sikes as Laura and Brent Maddox as Jim and was named “Best Revival of an American Classic” in the Scene’s 2011 "Best of Nashville" issue. Artistic Director Matt Logan said “we are delighted to reunite this stellar cast and bring Tennessee Williams’ moving masterpiece to life once more."

Since its original mounting in 2011, Studio Tenn’s audience and programming schedule have grown tremendously; the company now serves more than 15,000 patrons annually with a five-show season plus other special programs. Managing Director Jake Speck said, “It is a thrill to be able to present this true American classic to our expanded audience of subscribers, patrons and students.”

In addition to 10 public performances, Studio Tenn is once again partnering with Humanities Outreach Tennessee to bring more than 1,700 Middle Tennessee high school students to Jamison Hall on a field trip to see the production as part of their school curriculum.

TPAC President and CEO Kathleen O’Brien said, “The Glass Menagerie is a mainstay of humanities curricula everywhere and is a beautiful fit for our curriculum-based educational programs. Studio Tenn’s production is first-rate, and we are delighted to be working with them to bring this Tennessee Williams masterpiece to life for school groups throughout our area.”

The production marks the halfway point in Studio Tenn’s Season of Mid-Century Masters, celebrating the work of time-honored playwrights, composers, musicians and filmmakers whose pinnacle works emerged in the 1940s-’60s. For more information or to purchase tickets visit

Studio Tenn Theatre Company is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) professional theatre and production company based in Franklin, Tennessee, founded and led by critically acclaimed Broadway professionals Matt Logan and Jake Speck. Their vision for programming centers around innovative, custom-designed presentations of classic plays and musicals as well as an original “Legacy” series of theatrical concerts celebrating the work of time-honored musicians. Currently in its sixth season, this company on the rise is quickly becoming one of the most celebrated theatre companies in the southeast region. Performances are held in Jamison Hall at The Factory at Franklin and at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in downtown Nashville. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit