Backdoor Playhouse back in business

PLAYHOUSE – Mark Creter, artistic director of the Back Door Playhouse, in the newly remodeled theatre       Photo Courtesy of TN Tech Website


The theater had a great crowd, but the people involved all want to bring back the golden days of this hidden treasure. Stories were told of a line for Open Mic Night so long that it stretched out of theater.

Among those who want to see the playhouse return to its glory days is James Gribble Jr.

James is a long-time participant in Backdoor Playhouse events as a spoken word poet. He is a former Tech student and has been reading original works at the event for the past seven years. He delivered an original piece titled “Dead on Arrival” at last Thursday’s event.

Afterwards, he emphasized that people need to feel comfortable to come to Open Mic Night and share their works with the audience. “Open Mic is family,” James said. He also described the environment as “welcoming and encouraging.”

The Grand Re-Opening of the Backdoor Playhouse is on Nov. 9 for their production of “Chicago: A Musical Vaudeville.” There is also another Open Mic Night planned for dead week at the end of the semester.