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THE CAST OF NASHVILLE NIGHTS

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BRYAN BARBARIN National: Folgers Theatre: A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Regional: The Old Globe: Comedy of Errors, On This Spot; Cygnet Theatre: Water by the Spoonful, Parade, Man of La Mancha; Lambs Players Theatre: Cotton Patch Gospel, Christmas Carol, Oz, Music Man, Harvey, The Glory Man, Around the World in 80 Days; New Village Arts: Big River; Intrepid Shakespeare Company: Hamlet; San Diego Rep: The Three Penny Opera.

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ASH EASTON Not your average San Diego, CA artist, Ash came to disrupt the music scene. Returning to her roots, and her name, she’s ready to light the music scene on fire. Ash has spent much of her life perfecting her craft. From vocal training of various styles and genres, to national and international shows, she is well rounded in the art of music. She pulls creativity from artists like Aretha Franklin, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Whitney Houston, Brandi Carlile, and Chris Stapleton. As a Puerto Rican, Ash also finds inspiration from the latin community. Her writing isn’t for the faint of heart: she serves it raw and real, but pulls you in with authentic connection, believing that is the point of music. Easton is the kind of musician to light your fire: “Her voice is like a shot of whiskey in a snow storm…” one fan says. And with her highly acclaimed band, referred to as “The Proper,” they’re bringing heat like you’ve never had before. From ballads to straight rock and roll, Ash Easton & The Proper  perfectly embodies southern rock, and brings new flavor to the genre. Find out for yourself. Ash is 2023 San Diego Music Award Winning Best New Artist, & 2024 San Diego Music Award Nominated Best Rock Artist.

CHARLES EVANS JR is thrilled to be here at CCAE! He is an Associate Artist at Lamb's Players Theatre where recent work includes Million Dollar Quartet (Craig Noel Award winner), Once, Chaps!, The Explorers Club, Twelfth Night, and Fiddler on the Roof. Other San Diego credits include work with La Jolla Playhouse, Cygnet Theatre, ion Theatre, New Village Arts, and San Diego Repertory Theatre. Charles and his wife Caitie recently premiered their new show entitled Because You're Mine: The Music of June Carter and Johnny Cash. More information can be found at becauseyouremine.com. All of his love to Cait and Jo.

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CATIE GRADY is a company member at Lamb's Players Theatre, where she has performed in over 40 productions since 2010. Favorites there include Once (2018 Craig Noel Award - Lead Performance in a Musical), R•E•S•P•E•C•T, Fiddler on the Roof, Twelfth Night, Equivocation, Silent Sky, Chaps, Les Miserables, and Quilters. Caitie has also been seen at Cygnet Theatre (Dogfight - Craig Noel Nomination), The San Diego Symphony (To Life: Bock and Harnick on Broadway with Danny Burstein and Susan Egan), and the La Jolla Playhouse WOW Festival (Ancient). BFA: The Boston Conservatory. Caitie and her husband Charles recently premiered their new tribute show, Because You're Mine: The Music of June Carter and Johnny Cash at the new Epstein Family Amphitheater at UCSD. More info at www.becauseyouremine.com

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NATHAN MADDEN is thrilled to be returning to CCAE Theatricals after a great run with their production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. He is a well rounded singer, actor, and choreographer who is producing concerts around the country with his new company “Nathan&Brenna Productions”. He can currently be seen on “Welcome to Chippendales” as Dr. Hunkenstein, Amazon's  "Hunters" as Ernst, as well as roles on both "Perfect Harmony" and "General Hospital". A graduate of the Juilliard School, he has performed with BJM DANSE, Twyla Tharp's national tour of Come Fly Away, made his Broadway debut with the cast of Chicago, and is an original cast member of An American In Paris. After bringing the latest revival of Hello, Dolly! with Bette Midler to Broadway, he took a break from performing to pursue leadership development while supporting youth organizations through ministry, and design. He spent the last year working for Water Entertainment Technologies bringing movement to water features around the world. So thrilled to be a part of this production and grateful to be continuing to grow from Glory to Glory. 

LEIANNA WEAVER is a BFA Acting graduate from Cal State Fullerton. Recent credits include "No. 40/Punk Girl/Others" in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (CCAE Theatricals), "Dorothy Gale" in The Wizard of Oz (Musical Theatre West), "Anna" in Spring Awakening (East West Players), "Qing" in the staged concert of Noble Family (McCoy Rigby Entertainment), and "Xue Lan" in the staged concert of Broken Ground (Musical Theatre West). She would like to thank her loved ones and the team at ATB Talent for their support. For M. 

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OPENING ACT SUNDAY 4/21

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ANNA VAUS is a singer/songwriter born and raised in the sun-soaked canyons of Southern California. From a young age, she was drawn to the female voices of Joni Mitchell, Stevie Nicks, and Taylor Swift. Though her heart still beats to the hum of the California breeze, Anna found a home in Nashville, Tennessee by way of Belmont University - where she became the first recipient of the Miranda Lambert Women Creators Fund and signed a publishing deal with Black River Entertainment at the end of her junior year. Since graduating in 2018, Anna released and co-produced two EPs with GRAMMY winning producer Luke Laird, found a new publishing home with Big Machine Music, and toured alongside acts like Willie Nelson, Girl Named Tom, Trousdale, and more with stops at The Grand Ole Opry and The Bluebird Cafe along the way. When COVID hit, Anna dreamed up the ‘Girl in a Backyard Tour’, a sixty date tour that stopped in fans’ backyards across the United States. As both an artist and a songwriter, Anna’s voice can’t help but shine. Anna has had songs recorded by Keith Urban, Maddie & Tae, Carly Pearce, and more. While blossoming as a writer in country music, her own artistry has garnered well-deserved recognition from respected outlets like Rolling Stone, American Songwriter, and Billboard. Her cover of “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” was recognized by national radio show host Bobby Bones, who after hearing the song, invited Anna to join him for his Comedically Inspirational tour stop in Nashville. With over 11 million streams and counting, Anna continues to release music. She is currently in the studio with her producer and guitarist, Kevin Monahan, recording her next project - a return to her California roots.

THE DIRECTOR OF NASHVILLE NIGHTS

CHAD KIMBALL (Director) is a Tony Nominee, nominated for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for creating the role of Huey Calhoun in the Tony winning Broadway Musical Memphis. For Memphis, Mr. Kimball was also nominated for the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Actor in a Musical. He was most recently on Broadway in Come From Away as part of the original, creating cast. He was Milky-White the Cow in the 2002 Broadway revival of Into the Woods with Vanessa Williams. Other Broadway credits include The Civil War and Good Vibrations and Lennon. Off-Broadway: Finian's Rainbow (Irish Repertory Theatre), My Life With Albertine (Playwright's Horizons) Godspell (York Theatre) and Murder in the First (The Director's Company). Mr. Kimball won a Bistro Award for his solo concert, which he reprised at Joe's Pub. He is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory.

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