Valerie S Hart’s thought-provoking new play “Rising & Falling…” to debut at Darkhorse Theater one month before 10th anniversary of 9/11

By Dave Carew

The world premiere of Valerie S Hart’s 9/11-related play “Rising & Falling…” will be presented by Nashville’s Rhubarb Theatre Company at The Darkhorse Theater on Friday, August 12.  (See below for other performance dates.)

Valerie S Hart describes “Rising & Falling…” as “a play about art set against one of the largest tragedies of our time.”

The story is inspired by a real-life, public arts controversy that flared in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, where public arts funding was spent on a statue that many in the public rejected and which was removed after just eight days on display. That story and the feelings around it are told by fictitious characters exploring the questions of who gets to decide what public art is, how much is spent on it, how a city mourns or celebrates a major event, what is acceptable art and good art, and what is the proper timeframe to acknowledge tragic events through art.

A panel discussion around these topics featuring experts and artists will follow the performance on Saturday, August 13.

All tickets are $12.  For reservation or additional information, please call (615) 397-7820 or send e-mail to rhubarbnashville@gmail.com.

All performances are at The Darkhorse Theater, 4610 Charlotte Avenue in Nashville, opening Friday August 12 and running through Saturday August 20. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday shows at 7:30pm, Sunday matinee on August 14 at 2:30pm. No performance Monday or Tuesday.

Editor’s note: An interview with Valerie S Hart will be posted on ‘Underground Nashville’ on Wednesday, July 27.

David M. (Dave) Carew is writer/editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter.” He also is a freelance book editor, publicist, and advertising/marketing/public relations writer.

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