It was written by American playwright David Moberg who’s based in Florida, he also runs notech theatre, as to make it easier for companies to perform plays with little to no tech which is great idea especially for a company like ourselves who are just starting out and have limited funding and resources. I believe this is the first play that he has written and this will the first run of Teaching a dillo to cross the road, this side of the pond. The main elements that inspire the play are bereavement and how that effects the family unit, mental illness in the form alcoholism and delusions, physical illness with dementia being quite predominant in the plays action as well as human emotions such as guilt, regret, shame and hope.
Tell us more about Tennessee Theatre Company. What's the company's history and background?
Tennessee Theatre Company was founded by actress Rebecca Calienda in 2016 it was after a stint at the Edinburgh fringe festival, Rebecca decided she wanted to start creating her own theatre productions on returning to London and produce work that aims to effect an audience. She was also keen to collaborate with like minded individuals. Tennessee Theatre Company takes its name from Rebecca’s faverioute playwright Tennessee Williams. Teaching a dillo to cross the road will be Tennessee Theatre Companys first production, the play was picked as Rebecca liked the idea of taking a new writing piece which hasn’t been performed before as it felt like a fresh slate to start with for this new company.