Meet Sloppy Bonnie

Sloppy Bonnie Announce New Streaming Dates: June 21-July 15

Nashville, TN: No Puppet Co. (funded by a grant from Vanderbilt University and the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise & Public Policy)announces new performance dates for their streaming World Premiere of Sloppy Bonnie, a roadkill musical for the modern chick created by playwright Krista Knight and composer Barry Brinegar and directed by Leah Lowe. The online experience, pre-recorded from live performances May 20-June 5 at OZ Arts Nashville, will be streamed live for a national audience at www.SloppyBonnie.comJune 21-July 15 (previously announced performances were scheduled for June 11-27) with performances on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday at 5pm PST/8pm EST and Wednesday at 12pm PST/ 3pm EST. Tickets ($10) are available for advance purchase at www.SloppyBonnie.comThe performance will run approximately 90 minutes, with no intermission. 

Sloppy Bonnie is a country western musical comedy about a rambunctious bride-to-be named Bonnie (aka Sloppy Bonnie when she’s drunk). With the best of intentions, Bonnie sets off on what she hopes will be an inspirational roadtrip to be with her fiancé, Jedidiah, who has ghosted her ever since he left for a revival retreat in the mountains. But along the way, her cookie-cutter femininity causes havoc, turning her into an accidental serial killer.

Irresistible and deliciously irreverent songs and story coalesce in this collaboration by incisive playwright Krista Knight (Vanderbilt Writer in Residence), composer Barry Brinegar, and prominent Nashville director Leah Lowe. Featuring 3 talented actors/singers who portray more than a dozen roles, this fable on the dangers of female subordination offers an unhinged, delightful evening that will have you begging for seconds and maybe even doing the chicken dance.

Virtual media studio No Puppet Co. (Crush) in collaboration with Griffin Dunn is filming this once-in-pandemic production in order to bring Sloppy Bonnie to even the most distanced of audiences. For the price of an eight-piece box, streaming audiences can enjoy a taste of Nashville theatre along with some special digital fixin’s. 

The cast for Sloppy Bonnie features Nashville-based actors Amanda Disney, Curtis Reed, and James Rudolph II with Filming Assistant Carter Beardmore, Dramaturg Joy Brooke Fairfield, Illuminator Phillip Frank, Choreographer Gabrielle Saliba, Production Assistant Katia Sievert, and Stage Manager Sara Bolek.

Krista Knight (Playwright) is a Juilliard School Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program Fellow (2016-2018), Page 73 Playwriting Fellow (2007), MacDowell Fellow (2008), Shank Playwriting Fellow at the Vineyard Theatre (2011-2012), Vanderbilt Writer-in-Residence (2020), Chance Theater Resident Playwright (2020), winner of the Heideman Award at Actors Theatre of Louisville (2016), and winner of the Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival (2020). Her work includes Crush (NY Times Recommended; Time Out New York Best Theater to Stream Online; Nashville Scene Critics Pick, featured in American Theatre Magazine), Lipstick Lobotomy (Kilroys List; Trap Door Theatre), Don’t Stop Me (musical with Dave Malloy), Kirk at the San Francisco Airport Hyatt (NYTW’s Summer Residency; Vineyard Theatre reading series; Playwrights Foundation Rough Reading; Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse/ MacDowell Benefit), Primal Play (New Georges; Playwrights Center of MN), Hissfit (Cradle Theatre; Berkeley Rep School of Theatre; McCoy Theatre at Rhodes College; seven Ostrander Awards), Salamander Leviathan (Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater; Ars Nova Ant Fest; Fingerlakes Musical Theatre Festival; Inkwell; KCACTF Musical Theatre Award from the Kennedy Center for best book), Doomsurfing (Parkside Lounge; UCSD), Selkie (Williamstown Workshop; Dutch Kills), and 17 plays and musicals for young audiences. Commissions include the script for a ride at Tokyo Disney, The Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, The Assembly, Live Girls!, Crystal Springs Uplands School, The Steinmetz Lab, and an EST/Sloan Commission (2020). Krista has been in residence at La Napoule Art Foundation, Tofte Lake, The Orchard Project, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Page 73’s Summer Residency at Yale, Santa Fe Art Institute, UCROSS, Yaddo, and MacDowell. Alum of EST’s Youngblood, terraNOVA Collective’s Groundbreakers, Page 73’s Interstate 73, Civilians R&D Lab, New Georges JAM, Fresh Ground Pepper Playgroup, and The Orchard Project Professional Lab collaborating with singer/songwriter Jill Sobule. BA: Brown University. MA: Performance Studies from NYU. MFA Playwriting: UC San Diego.

Barry Brinegar (Composer) is a composer, performer, and multi-media artist originally from Siloam Springs, Arkansas. His minimalist approach to production yields short, simple, infectious pop hooks that are both familiar as references/allusions and original in execution and context. Brinegar fronts the band David’s Pegasus in NYC while continuing development of various multimedia and theatrical IPs with Krista Knight including the VR Puppet play Crush, the bit-pop grand guignol Salamander Leviathan, the apocalyptic surf-rock musical DoomsurfingThe Nanoman, a multimedia outreach program that interfaces STEM disciplines with the performing arts via an original video game, stage show, and animated shorts, the Icarus adaptation Light Embrace, coliseum-rock Julius’ Super Sunday Bloodsporting GamesForlandia, the Orwellian Hee-Haw allegory of capitalism Corn Cobbers, and the short holiday plays Blood Elves: Polar Justice and The Snowman

Leah Lowe (Director) is a native Tennessean who began her directing career in the Twin Cities and has made theatre in Los Angeles, Miami, Connecticut, Ohio, and Nashville, where she currently teaches at Vanderbilt University. 

Published by malinism

Malini is a native New Yorker who has been involved in the arts for her entire life. She's served the theatre in many aspects of which she's very proud – actress, director, producer, stage manager, costume designer, prop designer, theatre reviewer, publicist and most recently writer/monologist. She received her BA in Theatre Arts and English Literature from Baruch College and her MFA in Directing from the Actors Studio Drama School. In 2003, Malini and her husband, Ian, created Black Henna Productions with a handful of innovative artists. Every member of the company collaborates on every piece, either writing, acting, directing, designing, or filling any other role that fit their own personal skills with a commitment to bring new, exciting, and challenging theatre to the world. She is an associate member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and a member of the League of Professional Theatre Women. Malini received the Woman of Distinction Award for her contribution to Media, Arts and Culture from the City of New York in 2008. She is also a Person of Godspell which ran at Circle in the Square on Broadway from 2011-2012.

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