Backstage Past Productions

DCBS & Backstage at CPAC production timeline

DRAMA CENTER BACKSTAGE

1993-94 - season 1
Graceland & Asleep on the Wind, by Ellen Byron-directed by Steven W Gwilt
Special Occasions, by Bernard Slade-directed by Kathy Gilpatrick
Heidi Chronicles, by Wendy Wasserstein-directed by Kathy Gilpatrick
Love Letters, by A.R. Gurney-directed by Rick Woods

1994-95 - season 2
The Dining Room, by A.R. Gurney-directed by Steven W Gwilt
Patient A, by Lee Blessing-directed by Amy Carpenter
Strange Snow, by Steve Metcalfe-directed by Mark H. Creter
Tennessee & Sand Mountain Matchmaking, by Romulus Linney-directed by Michael Birdwell

1995-96 - season 3
Greater Tuna, by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears, Ed Howard-directed by Steven W Gwilt & Mark H. Creter
Down the Road, by Lee Blessing-directed by Michael Gilpatrick
Oleanna, by David Mamet-directed by Mark H. Creter
Mama Drama, by Rita Nachtmann, Leslie Avazian, et. al.-directed by Amy Carpenter

1996-97 - season 4
All in the Timing, by David Ives-directed by Michael Birdwell: entered in Tennessee Theatre Association/American Association of Community Theatre AACTFest, Cookeville, Tennessee (Steven W Gwilt awarded "Best Actor")
Snow Leopards, by Martin Jones-directed by Amy Carpenter
First Night, by Jack Neary-directed by Rick Woods
Belles, by Mark Dunn-directed by Amy Carpenter

1997-98 - season 5
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), by Jess Borgeson, Adam Long, Daniel Singer, J.M. Winfield-directed
by Steven W Gwilt, Mark H. Creter, and Eric Srtahan
Night Mother, by Marsha Norman-directed by Steven W Gwilt
Marvin's Room, by Scott McPherson-directed by Amy Carpenter
Picasso at the Lapin Agile, by Steve Martin-directed by Michael Birdwell

1998-99 - season 6
Sylvia, by A.R. Gurney-directed by Steven W Gwilt
Private Eyes, by Steven Dietz-directed by Cheryl Saylor
Three Viewings, by Jeffrey Hatcher-directed by Rick Woods
Patio Porch, by Jack Heifner-directed by Kathy Gilpatrick

1999-2000 - season 7
The Harry & Sam Dialogues, by Karen Ellison-directed by Steven W Gwilt: 1st place in Tennessee Theatre Association, Knoxville, TN October, 1999 ("Best Production", Scott Strahan awarded "Best Actor"), advanced to South Eastern Theatre Conference, Norfolk, Virginia, March 2000 (Steven W. Gwilt awarded "Best Director", Eric Strahan awarded "Best Actor")
Daddy’s Dyin’, Whose Got the Will?, by Del Shores-directed by Cindy Putman
Grace & Glory, by Tom Ziegler-directed by Steven W Gwilt
The Border Land, by Jim Grimsley-directed by Michael Birdwell

2000-01 - season 8
The Complete History of America (Abridged), by Adam Long, Reed Martin, Austin Tichenor-directed by Steven W Gwilt
Jack and Jill, by Jane Martin-directed by Kathy Gilpatrick
Queen of Bingo, by Jeanne Michels and Phyllis Murphy-directed by Charles Long
Private Wars, by James McClure-directed by Patrick Mannle

2001-02 - season 9
Headset, A View from the Light Booth, by William Missouri Downs-directed by Kirby Hamilton
Lonely Planet, by Steven Dietz-directed by Charles Long: entered in the Tennessee Theatre Association Conference, Jackson, Tennessee, October 2001
Cabin Fever, by Joan Schenkar-directed by Dave Johnson
Art, by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton-directed by Steven W Gwilt

2002-03 - season 10
Sordid Lives, by Del Shores-directed by Cindy Putman
Talk Radio, by Eric Bogosian-directed by Jerry Young
The Beauty Queen of Leenane, by Martin McDonagh-directed by Steven W Gwilt
The Odd Couple (female version), by Neil Simon-directed by Cameron West Martin

2003-04 - season 11
Catfish Moon, by Laddy Sartin-directed by Kirby Hamilton
Bartleby the Scrivener, by Herman Melville-adapted and directed by David R. Johnson **An original Drama Center Backstage production, original score for Cello composed and performed live by Brendan Townsend
Fuddy Meers, by David Lindsay-Abaire-directed by Steven W Gwilt
Parallel Lives, by Mo Gaffney and Kathy Najimy-directed by Kathleen Gilpatrick

2004-05 - season 12
Stones in His Pockets, by Marie Jones-directed by Michael Birdwell: 1st place in Tennessee Theatre Association/American Association of Community Theatre AACTFest, October 2004, Jackson, Tennessee ("Best Production", "Award for Technical Excellence", "Mass Congeniality Award", Patrick Mannle awarded "Best Actor"), advanced to South Eastern Theatre Conference/American Association of Community Theatre AACTFest, Greensboro, North Carolina, March 2005
Nights at the Round Table, by Lou Ann Wright and William Missouri Downs-directed by David R. Johnson
The Gin Game, by D.L. Coburn-directed by Marcia Reel
Cowgirls, music and lyrics by Mary Murfitt, book by Betsy Howe-directed by Steven W Gwilt

2005-06 - season 13 (shows played to SOLD OUT audiences)
The Underpants, by Carl Sternheim, adaptation by Steve Martin-directed by Michael Birdwell
ESCANABA IN DA MOONLIGHT, by Jeff Daniels-directed by David R. Johnson
Noises Off, by Michael Frayn-directed by Steven W Gwilt
The Memory of Water, by Shelagh Stephenson-directed by Kim Frick-Welker

2006-07 - season 14 (shows played to SOLD OUT audiences)
The Speed of Darkness, by Steven Tesich-directed by Michael Birdwell
ESCANABA IN DA MOONLIGHT, by Jeff Daniels-directed by David R. Johnson: 1st place in Tennessee Theatre Association/American Association of Community Theatre AACTFest, October 2006, Johnson City, Tennessee ("Best Production", David Johnson awarded "Best Director", Steve Gwilt awarded "Best Actor", "Award for Technical Excellence"), advanced to Southeastern Theatre Conference/American Association of Community Theatre AACTFest, Atlanta, Georgia, March 2007 ("Best Production", Steve Gwilt awarded “Best Actor”, William Haas awarded "Outstanding Actor", "Outstanding Set Design", "Outstanding Sound Design"), advanced to the National AACTFest in Charlotte, North Carolina in June 2007 ("Best Sound Design")
The Smell of the Kill, by Michele Lowe-directed by Steven W Gwilt
Foxfire, by Susan Cooper and Hume Cronyn-(a DCBS/Mainstage production)-directed by Kim Frick-Welker

2007-2008 - Season 15 (shows played to SOLD OUT audiences)
Greater Tuna, by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears, Ed Howard-directed by Chad McDonald
Zara Spook & Other Lures, by Joan Ackermann-directed by Elizabeth Ayres
Camping with Henry and Tom, by Mark St. Germain-directed by Brandon Walls
An Experiment with an Air Pump, by Shelagh Stephenson-directed by Kim Frick-Welker

2008-2009 - Season 16 (shows played to SOLD OUT audiences)
Escanaba in Love, by Jeff Daniels-directed by Marie Ferran; 1st place in Tennessee Theatre Association/American Association of Community Theatre AACTFest, October 2008, Dickson, Tennessee ("Best Production", Heather Frick awarded "Best Actress", "Award for Technical Excellence", "Mass Congeniality” Award,), advanced to Southeastern Theatre Conference/American Association of Community Theatre AACTFest, Birmingham, Alabama, March 2009
On the Verge, by Eric Overmyer-directed by Steven W Gwilt
8 X 10 (Eight-ten minute shows-directors: Kim Frick-Welker, Dave Johnson, Dave Davidson

BACKSTAGE AT CPAC

2009-2010 - Season 17  (shows played to SOLD OUT audiences)
Suicide in Bb, by Sam Shepard-directed by Dave Davidson: 1st place in Tennessee Theatre Association, October 2009, Cookeville, Tennessee ("Best Production", Dave Davidson awarded "Best Director", Lilian Crouse awarded "Best Actress") advanced to Southeastern Theatre Conference Lexington, Kentucky, March 2010.
Bat Boy: The Musical, by Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming, music and lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe - directed by Steven W Gwilt
The Good Doctor, by Neil Simon-directed by Kim Frick-Welker

2010-2011 – Season 18  (shows played to SOLD OUT audiences)
Dead Man’s Cell Phone, by Sarah Ruhl-directed by Dave Davidson: 1st place in Tennessee Theatre Association/American Association of Community Theatre AACTFest, October 2010  Cookeville, Tennessee (“Best Production”), advanced to Southeastern Theatre Conference/American Association of Community Theatre AACTFest, Atlanta, Georgia, March 2011
Doubt: A Parable, by John Patrick Shanley-directed by Kathy Gilpatrick
QED, by Peter Parnell-directed by Michael Birdwell

2011-2012 – Season 19
The Diviners, by Jim Leonard, Jr.-directed by Kim Frick-Welker
Falling in Like, by Neil Labute-directed by Andy Davis

2012-2013 – Season 20 (shows played to SOLD OUT audiences)
Life is Short, by Craig Pospisil-directed by Matthew Wilson
Why torture is Wrong and the People Who Love Them, by Christopher Durang-directed by Kim Frick-Welker
God of Carnage, by Yasmina Reza-directed by Steven W Gwilt

2013-2014 – Season 21 (shows played to SOLD OUT audiences)
Freud’s Last Session, by Mark St. Germain-directed by Matthew Wilson: 1st Place Tennessee Theatre Association, October 2013, Maryville, Tennessee (“Best Production”), advanced to Southeastern Theatre Conference, Mobile Alabama, March 2014
Love, Loss, and What I Wore, by Delia Ephron and Nora Ephron-directed by Kathy Gilpatrick
Duck Hunter Shoots Angel, by Mitch Albom-directed by Dave Johnson

2014-2015 – Season 22 (shows played to SOLD OUT audiences)
Other Desert Cities, by Jon Robin Baitz-directed by Dave Johnson: 1st Place Tennessee Theatre Association/American Association of Community Theatre AACTFest, October 2013, Maryville, TN, (“Best Production”), advanced Southeastern Theatre Conference/American Association of Community Theatre AACTFest, Chattanooga, Tennessee, March 2015
The 39 Steps, by Patrick Barlow based on the novel by John Buchan and the film by Alfred Hitchcock-directed by Steven W Gwilt

2015-2016 – Season 23 (shows played to SOLD OUT audiences)
ESCANABA IN DA MOONLIGHT, by Jeff Daniels-directed by Dave Johnson (the cast reunites after 10 years!)
Relatively Speaking, by Ethan Coen, Elaine May, and Woody Allen-directed by Patrick Mannle
Proof, by David Auburn-directed by Samantha Raper

2016-2017 – Season 24
The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord, by Scott Carter-directed by Steven W. Gwilt & Michael Birdwell: 1st Place Tennessee Theatre Association, October 2016, Dickson, TN (“Best Production”), advanced to Southeastern Theatre Conference, Lexington, Kentucky, March 2017
Wait Until Dark, by Frederick Knott, adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher-directed by Samantha Raper

2017-2018 – Season 25
Clybourne Park, by Bruce Norris-directed by Kathleen Gilpatrick
Noises Off, by Michael Frayn-directed by Steven W Gwilt
Edward Albee’s At Home at the Zoo, “Homelife” & “The Zoo Story” by Edward Albee-directed by Kimberly Frick-Welker

2018-2019 – Season 26
Scott & Hem, by Mark St. Germain-directed by Samantha Raper
Seven Interviews, by Mark Dunn
Tea for Three, by Eric H. Weinberger and Elaine Bromka