Wes Driver and Greg Greene are a couple of creative, theatrically inclined types, both working day jobs in IT. Both are also Lipscomb University grads, and they are launching their new enterprise, Blackbird Theater, with their own original script. It’s a comedy/thriller that brings together in one place such historical figures as Edgar Allan Poe, Rasputin, Florence Nightingale, Annie Oakley, H. G. Wells and Friedrich Nietzsche. In a mansion somewhere in America, the dream for a modern utopia turns into a gothic nightmare, and the battle of ideologies becomes a battle for survival as iconic personages start dropping off like flies. It probably wouldn’t hurt to bring your cultural literacy along for this experience. If Driver and Greene can be typed as intellectually ambitious, they have also received the imprimatur of Lipscomb’s theater department, which has invited them in as the university’s resident theater company with plans to follow up this debut show with a production of Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia early in 2011. A diverse and talented cast of 13 has been assembled here, including veteran Nashville players such as Caroline Davis, Wesley Paine and Patrick Kramer, plus Kentucky’s own Don Maley, who plays Mark Twain and is the uncanny spittin’ image of the great writer, dead one century this year. There’s more about the company and the production at blackbirdnashville.com.