Equus plays at the Darkhorse Theatre

The award-winning Equus by Peter Shaffer opens at the Darkhorse Theatre in Nashville on August 15.
Shaffer was inspired to write Equus when he heard of a crime involving a 17-year-old who had blinded several horses in a small town near London. Without knowing any of the details of the crime, he set out to construct a fictional account of what might have caused the incident.

Directed by Clay Hillwig, the impressive Equus cast features Michael Roark, Daniel DeVault, Anthony Just, Trish Puryear Crist, Jennifer Whitcomb-Oliva, Hilary Morris, Andrew Strong, Jill Suzanne Braddock-Watson and Matthew Robert C Laird.

The show is presented by KB Productions, headed by producer Donald Powell and actor/director L.T. Kirk. L.T. Kirk, Justin Burgess, and Donald Powell initially founded KB as Kirk-Burgess Productions.

Equus opens August 15, with continuing performances August 16 and 17 and August 21, 22 and 23. All shows begin at 7:30 pm, except Sunday, August 17, which begins at 5 pm. The play will be presented at the Darkhorse Theatre, 4610 Charlotte Ave., Nashville, Tenn. 37209.

Tickets may be purchased at or at .

Tickets on sale for Sweeney Todd

The Tennessee Rep will be presenting Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street October 4–25 at the Johnson Theatre, TPAC—and tickets are already on sale. Back by popular demand, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is a musical thriller. It’s a chilling, suspenseful, heart-pounding masterpiece of murderous ‘barber-ism’ and ‘culinary crime.’

It tells the infamous tale of the unjustly exiled Benjamin Barker (a.k.a. Sweeney Todd). He returns to 19th century London seeking revenge against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. Music and lyrics are by Stephen Sondheim, with book by Hugh Wheller.

The enterprising (and unforgettable) pie-maker Mrs. Lovett helps Sweeney Todd exact his revenge in the most ‘delicious’ of ways. Sophisticated, macabre, visceral and uncompromising, Sweeney Todd mixes intense drama with howlingly funny moments of dark humor.

The cast of Sweeney Todd features Matthew Carlton, Galen Fott, Nathan Meyer, Whitney Meyer, Megan Murphy-Chambers, Patrick Waller, Jennifer Whitcomb-Oliva, Samuel Whited, Martha Wilkinson, and Bobby Wyckoff.

Matthew Carlton plays the title role of Sweeney Todd in this multiple Tony Award-winning musical.

“I came to Nashville after more than a decade in New York City, and, luckily, was brought into Tennessee Rep’s family by Mac Pirkle in the company’s 5th season,” said Carlton. “That first show was My Fair Lady, and about three dozen Tennessee Rep shows later, Sweeney Todd marks my 25th anniversary working with the company that has been my theatrical home-base, so the silver razors that Sweeney wields are the perfect gift.

“The part of Sweeney Todd is a gift to any actor but it is also a tremendously challenging role. The emotional range and the complexity of the music make it exciting to tackle and demands a full commitment to the piece. Stephen Sondheim created a bold, brilliant, melodramatic musical that is, somehow, surprisingly funny and deeply touching as well. A great challenge for me is to find a way to bring out the humanity of Sweeney beneath all the theatrical murder and mayhem.

“There are no words to express how grateful I am to have someone as gifted as my dear friend, Martha Wilkinson playing Mrs. Lovett. So many of my best pals are in this cast and the history, love and respect that we share is irreplaceable. This feeling of genuine community is what keeps me in Nashville and sets our theatrical tribe apart. I am so grateful to our director, René Copeland, for including me in such a talented cast. What a joy it will be to kill them!”

To purchase tickets to Sweeney Todd, visit . Season subscriptions are available by . Mail the completed order form to Tennessee Performing Arts Center, Tennessee Repertory Theatre, P.O. Box 190660, Nashville, Tenn. 37219. Or Fax the completed order form to 615-782-6566. For questions, call Tennessee Rep at 615-0782-6560 or TPAC’s Box Office at 800-410-4216.