Sunday, July 28, 2013

JASNA Member Caroline Davis Stars in Delightful British Comedy

 JASNA member Caroline Davis will be starring in
an English comedy written by A.A. Milne in early August.
See below for details.  This play looks like it would
be enjoyed by all JASNA members!

Carrick Productions presents the Nashville premiere of the comedy Mr. Pim Passes By, written by A. A. Milne, Friday and Saturday evenings, August 2-3 and 9-10, at 7:30 p.m., with Sunday matinee, August 4, at 2 p.m., in the Dead Poets’ Society Auditorium, Lowry Hall, on the Montgomery Bell Academy campus (Wilson Blvd. entrance). $10; $8, seniors/students. Free parking. Info: 615-957-5056.

A. A. Milne’s Mr. Pim Passes By
Makes Nashville Premiere August 2-10

‘Comedy of conversation’ from Winnie-the-Pooh creator
will play five performances

Mr. Pim Passes By, a 1919 comedy of manners and morals by British author A. A. Milne, will make its Nashville debut August 2-10, for five performances in the Dead Poet’s Society Auditorium on the campus of Montgomery Bell Academy. Presented by Carrick Productions, Mr. Pim will play two weekends: Friday and Saturday, August 2-3, and August 9-10, at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee on Sunday, August 4, at 2 p.m.

Written five years before Milne’s iconic Winnie-the-Pooh series, and staged to great acclaim in London (1920) and New York (1921) – where it was praised as “the most brilliant light comedy since Oscar Wilde”­ – Mr. Pim Passes By is set in the formal manor house of a Buckinghamshire country estate shortly after World War I (think Downton Abbey). During a visit to Marden House, out-of-towner Mr. Pim’s casual revelations about a chance meeting throw the ordered lives of his host and hostess into complete disarray.

Embraced for its witty dialogue and high-spirited – and often high-minded – characters (think Noel Coward), Mr. Pim Passes By also weaves a thread of social commentary throughout its comedic dilemma by prompting a question worthy of George Bernard Shaw: Do rules of convention outweigh matters of the heart?

The cast features Rick Seay as George Marden, J.P.; Caroline Davis as his wife, Olivia; Lizzie Boston as George’s niece and ward, Dinah; Aaron Ardisson as Dinah’s suitor, Brian Strange; Wesley Paine as Lady Marden, the family matriarch; Merredith Brittain as the housekeeper, Anne; and Gregg Colson as the title troublemaker, Mr. Carraway Pim.

Seay will direct and Jennifer Rybolt is producer. June Kingsbury will handle the 1920 costumes.
Tickets for Mr. Pim Passes By are $10, with $8 senior (55+)/student rate, and can be purchased at the door (cash or checks only).

The Dead Poets' Society Auditorium is on the ground floor of Lowry Hall on the MBA campus. Free parking is available in a garage located adjacent to Lowry and accessible via the Wilson Blvd. entrance (near West End). Visit for a campus map.

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