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Backstage productions are selected especially for presentation in the intimacy of the backstage theatre setting…playgoers are seated on stage where the action is…near enough to hear every word, every sigh…to see every comical expression and gesture…to feel part of every scene. The staging and seating arrangements change with every BACKSTAGE show.

The 2016-2017 Backstage season

The  Backstage at CPAC seats are general admission, $12/adults, $10/seniors, $5/students

The Backstage at CPAC production of
will represent Tennessee at the Southeastern Theatre conference in March 2017!

Already this season:

August 19, 20, 23, 25, 26, 27,
7:30 pm

The Cast
Thomas Jefferson…Dave Johnson
Charles Dickens…Matthew Wilson
Count Leo Tolstoy…Patrick Mannle

THE STORY: A Founding Father, a Victorian novelist and a Russian revolutionary walk into a…stop me if you’ve heard this one.
Thomas Jefferson (yes that one), Charles Dickens (the very same) and Count Leo Tolstoy (who else?) are brought together in a blistering battle of wits.
From Scott Carter (executive producer of Real Time with Bill Maher), this whip-smart comedy examines what happens when great men of history are forced to repeat it.


THE STORY: Forty-seven years after WAIT UNTIL DARK premiered on Broadway, Jeffrey Hatcher has adapted Frederick Knott’s 1966 original, giving it a new setting. In 1944 Greenwich Village, Susan Hendrix, a blind yet capable woman, is imperiled by a trio of men in her own apartment. As the climax builds, Susan discovers that her blindness just might be the key to her escape, but she and her tormentors must wait until dark to play out this classic thriller’s chilling conclusion.


SUSAN: Emily Woods

MIKE: Matt Beal

SAM: Harrison Young

CARLINO: Evan Cole

ROAT: Travis L Flatt

GLORIA: Kat Fincher

LISA: Betsy Moon

WAIT UNTIL DARK is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

“…a vulnerable woman discovering unexpected resources that allow her to turn the tables on her assailants is still the main draw…goosepimply climax…a gripping finish.” —The Los Angeles Times.

“[Hatcher is] unafraid to recognize that the plot machinations can be baldly apparent, so [his] take is not unlike those repurposed urban spaces that retain the visible industrial pipes and paraphernalia as a design statement. While the audience may well see some of the twists coming, that anticipation becomes a part of the thriller mechanism, adding a meta-tinge that lends some ersatz contemporary fizz…satisfyingly tense, evergreen clever, with gratifying thematic undercurrents.”
—The Hollywood Reporter.

“…reminds CGI-infected audiences that a few shadows, a shiny knife, and compelling characters can still go a long way to create suspense…WAIT UNTIL DARK earns its climax through enthralling, layered characters.”
—Entertainment Weekly.

The 2015-2016 Backstage season



by Jeff Daniels

Directed by Dave Johnson

Liv Sinclair-Stage Manager
Marrie Ferran-Stage Manager
Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

The Cast
Steven W Gwilt…Albert Soady
Patrick Mannle…Reuben Soady
Randy Randle…Remnar Soady
Bill Haas…Jimmer Negamanee
Brandon Walls…Ranger Tom T. Treado
Katie Mannle…Wolf Moon Dance



by Ethan Coen, Elaine May, Woody Allen

Directed by Patrick Mannle

Liv Sinclair-Stage Manager
Marrie Ferran-Stage Manager
Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

The Cast
Matt Wilson….Larry
Dave Johnson….Doctor/Jerry
Prudence van Aalten….Wife
Jacob Roberts….Husband/Funeral Director
Sandy Dunavan-Johnson….Carla
Beth Thompson….Doreen
Brian Thompson….Michael/Sam Roth
Charlene Dickinson….Nany
Katie Mannle….Nina
Matt Beal….Eddie
Holly Mills….Judy Spector
Kim Frick-Welker….Fay Roth
Steven W Gwilt….Rabbi Baumel
Houston Fehrman….Sal Buonacotti
Evan Cole….Dr. Brill
Josh Rapp….Paul Jessup

Proof Poster 1
image design by Matt Wilson
Sandy Dunavan-Johnson-Stage Manager
Holly Mills-Stage Manager
Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

The Cast
Evan Cole…Robert
Kate Breidert…Catherine
Simone O’Dell…Claire
Michael Arrington