Pulp FRiction 2015!

Sorry that only Tennessee folks can come, but I wanted everyone to know...

Press Release – For immediate Release

The Pulp FRiction 10-minute Play Festival will run as part of the Proto Pulp Book Show on Saturday, September 26, 2015, at the Idea Hatchery (1108 Woodland Street) near Five Points in East Nashville. Last year’s inaugural production was so well received that we wanted to make it an annual event!

Once again we will produce four original short plays by Middle Tennessee playwrights in repertory from 1:00PM until 5:00PM on the small stage behind the Arts and Invention Gallery during Proto Pulp. Each play will be about 10 minutes long. We expect to start at the top of each hour and run the whole program (all four plays) four times during the afternoon.

This is open air bare stage theater---just actors, words, and action--- as Shakespeare did it!

Pulp Friction 2015 will again be produced by Hugh Moffatt, and this year we welcome Lane Wright as director/artistic director. Lane is well known to Nashville theater goers as both actor and director.

Lane Wright
The plays are:
“(Not) Who You Think I Am” by Hunter Moore
“Do Dead Boys Dream of Scarlett Johansson?” by Tom Angland
“A Love Story” by Katie McDougall
“Leaving Home” by Hugh Moffatt
Hunter and Hugh are returning playwrights from last year, and Tom was last year’s director—now a playwright! We welcome Katie to the fold. The four plays are varied in style and subject and each is highly entertaining, written for adults but suitable for children (think PG).
The actors who have agreed to grace our stage this year are:

Adele Akin

Dan Zeigler

Taylor Chew

Jake Abell

Many of you will remember that Taylor and Jake were part of Pulp Friction 2014 also. We are proud that they are returning and very excited about Adele and Dan joining them.  SEE YOU THERE!

Pulp Friction 2015 Bios
Lane Wright, Director and Artistic Director

Lane Wright has been acting professionally for 35 years, and has performed in over 30 states, as well as with many Nashville theatres, including Tennessee Repertory Theatre (now Nashville Rep), Nashville Children's Theatre, Tennessee Women's Theatre Project, Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre, Boiler Room Theatre, Studio Tenn, and Blackbird Theatre.  Favorite roles include H. C. Curry in "The Rainmaker," Freddy in "Picasso at the Lapin Agile," and Vanya in "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike."  He has also directed for Actor's Playhouse, Boiler Room Theatre, and ACT 1, most recently Lanford Wilson's "Fifth of July."

Hugh Moffatt, Producer and Playwright (“Leaving Home”)

The list of artists who have recorded Hugh’s songs includes Jerry Lee Lewis, Ronnie Milsap, Merle Haggard, Alabama, Dolly Parton, and Johnny Cash.  As a recording artist, he has released ten CD's and toured extensively around the world.  In collaboration with composer Michael Ching, Moffatt wrote the librettos for three operas, each with multiple professional productions.  His short play, “The Truth”, was produced by Pulp Friction in 2014. He is excitedly anticipating the production of “Leaving Home” this year!


Tom Angland (“Do Dead Boys Dream of Scarlett Johansson?”)

Tom Angland directed last year's Pulp Friction offerings.  He has been a fulltime theatre professional for twenty-some years.  A past winner of the Tennessee Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship for acting, Tom has performed in 50 plus professional plays on stages in Nashville, and across the Eastern and Southeastern US.  For five years, he was a member of the resident acting company at The Cumberland County Playhouse.  He more recently spent 3 years as part in the permanent company at the official state theatre of Virginia, Barter Theatre.  Tom has an MFA in Theatre from the University of South Carolina, and is currently the Director of Theatre at Nashville State Community College. 

Katie McDougall (“A Love Story”)

Katie McDougall is the cofounder of The Porch, Nashville’s nonprofit center for writing, and she is author of the novel, The Color Wheel. Her short fiction has appeared in BarcelonaReview.com, Storyglossia.com, and in Soundtrack Not Included.  She holds a BA in English from Colorado College and an MFA in Fiction Writing from Colorado State University. Prior to cofounding The Porch, Katie spent fifteen years as a high school English teacher in Colorado, Nashville, and The Bahamas.

Hunter Moore (“(Not) Who YOU Think I Am”)

(Not) Who You Think I Am is the second of Hunter's plays to be produced for the Pulp Friction Festival. A full-length musical play, Conversations, received a staged reading at the Centennial Black Box Theater in March, 2014. A staged reading of Missing Katie,  a full-length drama, was held in Nashville in 2013. Hunter has also written a novella, online music reviews, and songs recorded by Don Williams, Ricky Skaggs, and Kathy Mattea. He earned a master's degree (MLAS) at Vanderbilt University in 2014. Hunter is married to Bonnie and is the proud father of James and Rebecca.  

Adele Akin
“(Not) Who YOU Think I Am” and “A Love Story”

Adele is a New York actress and graduate of the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts. In Nashville she has performed for the Tennessee Womens Theatre Project, Circle Players, ACT 1, Mockingbird, Town Center Theatre, Street Theatre and Nashville Stages. Her favorite roles include Gooch in Mame, Sister Amnesia in Nuncrackers,  Ms. Hannigan in Annie, numerous Alices in A... My Name is Alice and Hortense Daigle in The Bad Seed.

Dan Zeigler
“A Love Story” and “Leaving Home”


Since moving to Tennessee over eight years ago, Dan has appeared in Spring Hill Arts Center Old School Theatre as Simeon in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and in Greater Tuna, where he played Thurston Wheelis and nine other men, women, and animals. He has had principal roles in many other regional productions including Beauty and the Beast, Our Town, My Fair Lady, Sunday in the Park with George, and The Fantastics. Most recently he appeared as Daddy in Act One’s production of Daddy’s Dyin’, Who’s Got the Will?

 Taylor Chew
“Do Dead Boys Dream of Scarlett Johansson?”and “Leaving Home”

This is Taylor's second year to be performing with Pulp Friction and she couldn't be happier. A resident of the east side, Taylor works as a performance artist and educator throughout the greater Nashville area. While most of her time is consumed by teaching infants, toddlers, and kids, she spends her free hours making music on a ukulele and collaborating on artsy stuff. Previous credits include Memphis with STC, Myth with Blackbird Theatre, and an annual trip to North Carolina producing and directing youth theatre camps. In October, she'll be working on the historically based "Ghosts of Nashville". Thanks to JM and GP for being her biggest fans. For more glamourous photos and trivia: www.taylorchew.com 

Jake Abell
“(Not) Who YOU Think I Am” and “Do Dead Boys Dream of Scarlett Johansson?”

Jake Abell received acting training from Baylor University, as well as the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York. He has appeared in the independent short films Watch the Skies and Avarice. In Nashville, Abell has performed in both French and English, participated in many staged readings, and was awarded Best Actor Award of the Season by the Actors Reading Room (2014). He has directed Tony-nominee Terry Kiser in staged readings of Murder in the Cathedral (2013) and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (2014) at the Wright Opera House in Colorado. In 2015, he directed the Tennessee Rep’s intern production, Downsizing.

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