Take a world renowned Norwegian playwright, Henrik Ibsen, near the end of his career, and force him into a room with Norway’s favorite sculptor, Gustav Vigeland at the peak of his, whose ambitions require him to persuade a reluctant Ibsen to sit for him. Their battle begins. Debating what a person’s true legacy is – the work achieved during our life or how our loved ones remember us – unexpectedly teaches them something fundamental.
Nashville Repertory Theatre’s production of Posterity, by Doug Wright. Live onstage at Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s (TPAC) Johnson Theater, February 11th through 25th, 2017 with previews February 9th and 10th.
This is the regional premiere of the play by Pulitzer and Tony winner Doug Wright.
Chip Arnold as Ibsen and Patrick as Vigeland
“Chip Arnold brought all of Ibsen’s bluster, insecurity, and depth of feeling to his portrayal of the “great man,” making him irrevocably, painfully human.”
Pulitzer and Tony winning playwright, Doug Wright
“Arnold masterfully plays this emotional trauma pulling the audience into the painful depths of Ibsen’s past. From vanity to insecurity to the freedom that comes from honesty, Arnold gives it his all. The result is one of Nashville Rep’s finest dramatic offerings”
“Chip Arnold is especially masterful as Ibsen — whether thundering away at his critics or quietly sharing moments of personal sorrow and regret. He carefully finesses his character’s physical deterioration, while maintaining a firm grasp on the formidable spirit within.”
“Nashville stage veteran Chip Arnold has brought many powerful performances to roles with several companies. Known for his unforgettable roles, this current one is perhaps his most notable achievement of talent to date. His delivery of Willy Loman is emotionally gripping and believable to the point that audience members feel the torment happening inside Loman’s mind.”
Rona Carter as Linda Loman and Chip Arnold as Willy Loman
“Arnold, stoop-shouldered and forlorn, is in the very depths of the human condition at one moment and then will soar in a way that will take your breath away. His Willy Loman is so believable, so on-the-mark that you might find yourself blanching at times, but make no mistake about it, he is as real as any man who ever walked this earth.”
“Arnold and [Barry] Scott are justly admired actors who’ve both put four decades of their lives into their artistic work. Here they play with each other using vivid expression without visible artifice. Putting [playwright] Reyland’s marvelous words into the mouths of two such masterful performers provides entertainment that enlightens and enthralls.”
“Arnold offers a sincere portrayal of Mark, a good Samaritan who steps in to help JJ even as he struggles with his own insecurities and disappointments. He carefully walks the line between devotion and frustration, allowing each of JJ’s setbacks to register fully on his face.”
“…Arnold has become something of a definitive Scrooge. But it’s more than mere skinflintery and ‘bah humbugs.’ Arnold has a wonderful way of revealing character, choosing just the right moments to remind us that Scrooge was once a man of nobler aspirations. Arnold delivers Dickens’ rich dialogue with zeal, but needs no words to communicate the anguish of a ruined man.”
“Chip is back as Ebenezer Scrooge. I might as well use the word commands again because that’s what he does to the stage when he’s on it. The bitterness, pain and tragedy of a man whose love of money has poisoned every aspect of his life is there to see when we meet Arnold’s Scrooge; his transformation into a man of charity and joy becomes all the more wonderful because Arnold etches out the details like a fine craftsman.”
Benjamin Reed as Ken and Chip Arnold as Mark Rothko
“Arnold brings that prominent artist to pulsating life, and…absorbs us with the ideas and emotions that pour out of intense interactions…Arnold knows how to fill non-verbal beats with revealing significance.”
“With a freshly shaved head and a pair of round, chunky glasses, Arnold loses himself in Rothko. Beyond this physical transformation, however, he offers a marvelous blend of intelligence, rage and reflection. He is necessarily ferocious at times, and yet Arnold also reveals the character’s tortured heart and the need to be understood as an artist.”
Cori Anne Laemmel and Jammie Farmer as Corps L ‘Esprit and Chip Arnold as Marchand
“Chip Arnold is warm and endearing as Belle’s father, Marchand…”
Amy Stumpfl The Tennessean
“Chip Arnold plays Belle’s devoted father, whose loss of his fortune at the hands of an unscrupulous lawyer sets the plot into its circuitous motion, with the appropriate paternal feelings that are made even more convincing by his anger and unease as his undoing is revealed in the play’s early going.”
Marin Miller as Mayella Ewell and Chip Arnold as Atticus Finch
“As Atticus, Chip Arnold leads the cast with a finely nuanced and wise performance. In his hands the feel of the play is exactly right, and Arnold has a way of somehow bringing Americana to his role: he’s the right balance of authoritative we want in our fathers, the understanding uncle we love and a lifelong friend all rolled into one.”