The Real Life Players are a phenomenon: For 15 years this teen-owned and -operated theater group has provided its adolescent performers with a training ground for learning the nuts and bolts of dramatic craft. At the same time, the young thespians use their annual podium for presenting original works that reflect their unique concerns and experiences. The company's latest--featuring 12 players ages 14-19 from seven Nashville schools--offers a comedic but sincerely searching take on gender distinctions, self-image and the struggle to be accepted for oneself. The creators have rated their show "PG-14." Proceeds are headed to Oasis Center's Medical Services Program for Homeless Youth.
Thu., April 23, 7 p.m.; Fri., April 24, 7 p.m.; Sat., April 25, 7 p.m., 2009