Tender Mercies

May 11 - 13, 2017

Created and performed by Kevin Kling and Minton Sparks. Performed with guitarist John Jackson.

Two soulful minds join forces for an evening of raucous storytelling. Inspired by the Oscar-winning film Tender Mercies, written by the great American storyteller Horton Foote and starring Robert Duvall and Ellen Barkin, the show features artists who celebrate colorful American stories and songs about people on the margins, often seeking a second chance.

Kevin and Minton met at the International Storytelling Festival five years ago and knew immediately that they wanted to collaborate.  

A poet, playwright, author, speaker-songwriter, and above all else a storyteller, Nashville's Minton Sparks dazzles audiences with her spoken word/honky-tonk hybrid performances. More about Minton.

"Akin to such great American muso-wordsmiths as Tom Waits, Mos Def, Gil Scott-Heron, and Henry Rollins to cite a simpatico few, Ms. Sparks holds a curved mirror to society." - Huffington Post

Kevin Kling is known for his hilarious recounts of true events on NPR's All Things Considered. Kling's autobiographical tales are as enchanting as they are true to life: hopping freight trains, getting hit by lightning, performing his banned play in Czechoslovakia, growing up in Minnesota, and eating things before knowing what they are. More about Kevin

$22 — General Admission
$18 — Senior (65+)
$15 — Students

Performance Schedule

May 11th, 7:30pm (Sold out)
May 12th, 7:30pm (Sold out)
May 13th, 2:00pm - Newly added show!
May 13th, 7:30pm (Sold out)

Recommended for ages 16 and up. Pay-as-able option always available. Reservations or pre-purchase strongly recommended.


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