The Next Act. / by Cory Basil

Photograph by Paul Moir

Photograph by Paul Moir

"All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players ... "

My latest creative venture has me returning to the realm of acting. I am honored to have been cast in a production titled Since I Suppose from Australia-based theatre company, One step at a time like this, under the direction of Suzanne Kersten. This piece is based on Shakespeare's Measure for Measure, a work which confronts morality and corruption within the city walls. 

I have leapt from a beautiful collaborative experience, creating on canvas with one of my favorite living artists Jimmy Abegg, into performing in this innovative theatre piece. My life is as much of a riddle to me as it is to you. Somewhere along the journey I learned to let go of the reigns and walk through every open door. Each day births something new, and for this I am indubitably grateful. 

For the next month you will find me writing my new book, usually at Frothy Monkey in Franklin, in the mornings, and performing on the streets of Nashville in Since I Suppose throughout the afternoon and well into the black of night. Odds are, I'll only be recognizable at Frothy Monkey. 
My gallery in Franklin, Imaginebox Emporium, will remain open during this time, maned by trustworthy cohorts. Fall hours are Friday and Saturday 11:00 - 4:00 PM. We will also be open tonight (Friday, October 7th) with wine, donuts, and my latest paintings for the Franklin Art Scene 6:00 - 9:00 PM.

What exactly is Since I Suppose? Well, it's a secret. It's an experience. It's Shakespeare without the twisted tongue. It's a journey throughout the city, literally. It will challenge your thinking, it will make you question your belief structure, it will make you uncomfortable ... and it may cause your skin to crawl. 
For one-hundred-and-forty minutes you are living inside of a movie, complete with soundtrack, ambiance, and plenty of suspense. It begins with an email instructing you to arrive at a specific location, upon arrival your world will change with a phone call.
Oh, and one more thing, it's one person at a time.

Without the love and passion of OZ Arts Nashville, our all-things-creative-and-cutting-edge spearhead, this production may have passed over Nashville – many thanks to the team over there. If you plan on attending, this show is 21+ due to adult themes. Dress for the weather and wear your walking shoes. Tickets start at $75.00 and can be purchased online by clicking HERE. Rumor has it there are just under 50 tickets remaining. 

Happy fall to you,