SMOKE: A BALLAD OF THE NIGHT RIDERS
Sept. 26, 27, 28
& Oct. 3, 4, 5
This long-suppressed local story of the dark history of the Black Patch Capital of the World and its tobacco war of the early 1900s unfolds through the gut-wrenching emotional ride of the Hartley family. Witness the struggles that affected not only them, but all the families who farmed in this region of Western Kentucky and Middle Tennessee and grew dark-fired tobacco. You will see big business at its worst and the tobacco company's role in turning farmer against farmer, brother against brother and its backlash--giving birth to the masked vigilantes: The Night Riders. This superior production will thrill you with its lyrical, inspiring bluegrass music and top notch acting. Six outdoor performances open to the general public will be presented.
Please remember to check the weather and dress appropriately for the evening
No Alcoholic Beverages Allowed
David Alford (writer of Smoke and Spirit) is a native of Adams, Tennessee. He attended Austin Peay State University and the Juilliard School for Drama. He was awarded a Fox Fellowship for the foundation of Mockingbird Theatre in Nashville, where he served as Artistic Director from 1994-2004. From 2004-2007 he served as Executive Artistic Director of Tennessee Repertory Theatre (now Nashville Rep), and in 2008 became the Rep's first Artist-in-Residence.
One of David’s greatest passions is creating theatre pieces about the places he has called home. Besides Spirit and Smoke, he created the documentary theatre piece Boycott: Pulaski, Tennessee And The Legacy Of The Ku Klux Klan. His play Ghostlight was named Best Original Play by The Nashville Scene (2004). He edited a collection of his father Rev. Ben Alford’s writing, The Dance Of The Holy Nobodies for Martin Methodist College press. Most recently he co-authored The Morning After Drama School: A DIY Guide To The Acting Business for Kendall Hunt Publishing (with Brian Horner). Screenwriting credits include On Music Row (MTV Networks), and the independent releases Prisoner, Adrenaline, and Deadbox.
Best known for his acting work, David appeared as Bucky Dawes in the television series Nashville for the show’s six seasons. Other screen credits include The Blacklist (NBC), The Last Castle (Dreamworks), A Death in the Family (PBS/Masterpiece Theatre), Stoker (Warner Bros.), and the web series Local Air. Recent stage credits include Marshall in the Tony-nominated Broadway revival of Little Foxes, Billy in Long Lost (Illinois Theatre), and the title role in The Columnist (Nashville Rep). His one-man performance of Truman Capote’s A Christmas Memory was a holiday staple for Nashville audiences for over a decade.
Besides directing the original productions of Spirit and Smoke for CSI, he has directed for Tennessee Rep, The Arkansas Shakespeare Festival, The Nashville Shakespeare Festival, and others. Also a teacher, in 2011 he completed the design and implementation of a first-ever Dramatic Arts Major at Martin Methodist College. He and his wife Kahle now split their time living and working in Nashville and New York City.
Paul Carrol Binkley (original music director for Spirit and Smoke and producer/arranger for the original cast recording of Smoke) has been playing the guitar and composing his own music since he was nine years old. He trained at Berklee College of Music in Boston (Jim Hall Jazz Award), Austin Peay State University, and Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt. His music has been heard everywhere from the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, to the Lincoln Center in New York; from CMT to NPR; from Holland to Singapore. He has worked locally with Tennessee Repertory Theatre, Nashville Children’s Theatre, Nashville Shakespeare Festival and Community Spirit as Sound Designer, Music Director, and Composer. Other credits include Coterie Theatre (Missouri), Music from the Hearts of Space and All Things Considered(NPR). Paul has served as acoustic guitar specialist for a diverse group of artists including country music super-group Alabama. His solo recordings include Silent Serenade, Closer to Home, Passages for Acoustic Guitar, Flying Colors, and Do You Hear What I Hear? (www.pcbmusic.com) Current projects include serving as the Fred Coe Artist in-Residence at Vanderbilt’s Theatre Department, copyright infringement consulting, performing locally, most recently, with Nashville Symphony and Nashville Opera and in his original children’s musical, Jack’s Tale: A Mystic Mountain Musical, (co-authored with Scot Copeland of Nashville Children’s Theatre) in its national premiere at The Kennedy Center, Washington, D. C. before returning to Nashville Children’s Theatre. Paul lives in Adams, Tennessee.
“Binkley’s original music is almost subliminal, a nostalgic weave of old lace curtains, the faint scent of wood smoke…and remembered innocence.” -The Tennessean