Inspired by formats like The Moth and Mortified, Never Sent is a simple design. It calls to the people of Nashville, asking if they have something to get off their chests. Reads and performances range from heartfelt to heavy, all with a healthy dose of humor.
Hosted by its creator, Alie Stewart, and curated with 5 – 7 reads as well as 1- 3 special performances – this show promises to deliver something impactful. It’s home, The Barbershop Theater, is an intimate space seating 50 guests, the perfect size for a gathering of this nature.
Never Sent was created to build community through honoring individuality – forming a loophole for conversation and a stage where participants, sometimes unheard, can finally express themselves.
“This all started when I was sitting around during the pandemic and had some extra time. I was going through my drafts on my phone and was extremely entertained” laughs Alie Stewart, creator of Never Sent and founder of the company behind it, Ragana Creative. “I was in the middle of a tough period where I, like the rest of us during that time, had a moment to truly sit with myself ... I knew I had to change my career. Glaring at these truths hidden in my drafts folder ... was a bright lightbulb.”
Stewart is a part of the coastal wave that moved to Nashville. She has been in town for two years and has fallen in love with the city and its unique culture. Coming from a Documentary background, Stewart has produced multiple TV Shows and Films for networks like Netflix, Amazon and National Geographic.
“I wanted to bring that type of truth to the stage. Real people, real things to say... but without the Hollywood Ego. Nashville is so special; it can’t be Hollywood because it’s too good for it. Nashville is the Godfather of storytelling with its country music backbone, there is so much talent and soul here. I started Never Sent as a sort of research project, to see what buzzed in the hearts of humans that lived here, what was its soul? What are the happy and sad things? What do people need to release? The history Nashville comes from is so powerful, I also want to know where it’s going.”
The show will be an emergence to a series, Never Sent plans to continue production every quarter and no two nights will be the same. However, don’t miss this one. January’s show dates promise to be something unexpected; with reads from fierce individuals about what it’s like to grow up as a woman in the south, a musical guest flying in from New York to perform something he’s never done in front of a live audience before, and even some queer burlesque.
“If you’re squeamish for real talk, don’t come to this," Stewart suggests as her closing statement.
Thursday, Jan 20th Friday, Jan 21st
7pm – 8:15pm
The Barbershop Theater
4003 Indiana Ave, Nashville, TN 37209
$12 General Admission $25 Generous Admission
To purchase a seat visit Ticket Tailor To learn more, visit Ragana Creative
About Ragana Creative
Ragana Creative is a content creation and consulting company that launched in Brooklyn, New York, developed its sense of humor in Los Angeles, California and currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee. It thrives in the industry of Tech Media, Events, VR and Unscripted Film and TV. Clients range from boutique, independent production houses and creative agencies to large corporations like Verizon Wireless, The New York Post and Microsoft. It’s founder Alie Stewart, has over 15 years of experience working as a producer. She seeks to foster un-genre communities in urban cultures through projects that empower and motivate folks into positive action. She also loves Disco, her cat Boozy and a cute outfit.