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BroadAxe Theatre 

BroadAxe Theatre has announced itself with impressive conviction. These are serious and talented people. Attention must be paid.

Kevin Nance, The Tennessean, 2001


Co-founded by Sara Sharpe LaMance and singer-songwriter Steve Earle, and brought to life under the direction of Gaye Jeffers and award-winning actor Jeff Atkins,  BroadAxe Theatre was, in its hey day, Nashville's most political theatre, and one which sought to unravel social and political ills. 

OCTOBER 9, 2002

Earle Goes to the Theater

HIS LATEST ALBUM, Jerusalem, arrived in record stores just two weeks ago, but Steve Earle has other release on the docket: His first play, Karla will open in Nashville on October 25th.

An outspoken opponent of the death penalty, Earle’s play focuses on the life and death of Karla Faye Tucker, the first woman executed in Texas since the 1860s...

The play will open at the Belcourt Theater in Nashville as a BroadAxe Theater production, running from October 25th through November 2nd, over the span of seven shows. Sara Sharpe, the Artistic Director of BroadAxe, will star in the title role, along with W. Earl Brown (There’s Something About Mary), Holly Allen, Brandon Boyd (not of Incubus) and Julie Rowe.

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"The actors are terrific and terrifically committed."
The Tennessean

Sara Sharpe: Tennie award, Best Actress

Karla is a major achievement in Nashville theater, and one exits the play with the feeling that it may likely resurface in other cities, which it most certainly deserves. It’s unmitigatedly strong stuff, but it demands a wide audience. 

The Nashville Scene

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