KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – “The Story Story,” a new original play from local duo Sara Gaddis and JP Schuffman, is a twist on the classic hero’s tale, runs March 8-10, 15-16 and 23-24 at Modern Studio.
This world premiere production combines reverence for traditional storytelling with puppetry, humor, mythology, and up-close stagecraft. In the tradition of the fantasy universes such as The Dark Crystal and Alice in Wonderland, a group of travelling performers weave the tapestry of Uri of the Sash, a village healer turned hero when a cave-dwelling creature called Lescau the Dusk Walker curses her village and sends her on a quest to find the origin of all human stories. On her journey she encounters a host of creatures and characters, faces danger, and must rely on her willpower, wits, and a bit of magic to save her friends from a terrible fate.
The Knoxville Theatre Club ensemble consists of six local performers, portraying every role from tinkers and dogs to monsters and a three-headed librarian.
The show’s co-creators Gaddis and Schuffman have produced original work together in NYC, Nashville, and Knoxville since 2010. In 2017, they founded Knoxville Theatre Club (www.knoxvilletheatreclub.org) which has hosted workshops and local community events such as The Pop-Up Theatre Project, Drama & Drinks, The Crow Flies Scriptworks, and the Knoxville Theatre Slam.
The show is suitable for all ages, and tickets are available at the door or in advance at www.knoxvilletheatreclub.org/tickets.