Mary Christa Jaramillo-Bolin and Bernadette Carter preform at Casting the Canvas at the Hunter Museum. Image credit: Staff photo/Scenic Stage

  Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga  and the Hunter Museum of American Art partnered to present Casting the Canvas, original plays that were inspired by pieces of the Hunter’s art collection written by local authors and preformed by actors of  ETC . “The first year we hosted the event we held it in the lobby. For the second Casting the Canvas we decided to have the performances take place near the art pieces they were inspired by.” said Rachel White, assistant curator of education at the Hunter Museum. The roving show presented a unique theatrical experience. Beginning in the older mansion section of the museum and winding through the more contemporary works of art, the theatrical pieces showcased a wide variety of themes and time periods. Some of the themes included acceptance and equality, honoring heritage, emotional honesty and healing, as well as the whimsy and childlike wonder of stories.

Kashun Parks captivates the crowd in “She Never Saw the Midwife.” Photo credit: Staff Photo/ Scenic Stage.

“Theatre is so subjective and open to interpretation. It’s been really exciting being part of this, seeing how the authors were inspired by the pieces as the plays take shape.” said cast member Kendra Gross. Pieces of the event included “Veiled” inspired by Francisco Bernard’s “Jeanette Rachelle De Sarchet Talbot Bartlette,” “Hunters Old and New” inspired by a work of the same name by Lawrence Carmichael Earle, “Freak Show” inspired by The Circus is in Town by Edith Varian Cockcroft, “Wings” inspired by Phenomena Royal Violet Visitation by Paul Jenkins, “She Never Saw the Midwife” inspired by Alicia Henry’s Untitled, and “The Legend of the Glass Dress” inspired by Reclining Dress Impression with Drapery by Karen LaMonte.

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The authors of the plays included Leigh Anne Battersby, Sarah Brehm, Dakota Brown, Jason Cavallone Casey Keelen, and Garry Lee Pose, and were preformed by Mary Christa, Jaramillo-Bolin, Bernadette Carter, Jason Cavallone, Jay Clark, Kendra Gross, Casey Keelen,, David Martinez, Kashun Parks and Marcia Parks.