April 22-24, 2010

"Who Wants of Be God"

Presented by Real Life Player

Directed by Vali Baldwin

Performances Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 6pm

Issues related productions written and staged by Nashville teens.

For reservations call 352-0312




Gender Bender

proceeds benefitted Oasis Center Medical Services


“The Illusion of They”

Proceeds benefittedOasis Center's Youth Leadership and Crisis Intervention programs


4610 Charlotte Ave., Nashville, TN 37209

Real Life Players - issues related productions written and staged by Nashville teens. 300-3592 contact: Valli Baldwin

        E-mail: rlplayer@bellsouth.net

Made on a Mac

Past Productions

Ghostlight 2013


Real Life Players 2012

“Getting Even”

Performances Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 6:30pm

Another Original Play by Nashville Teens

All proceeds will be donated to charity


Proceeds benefitted Evan Bohn Physical Rehabilitation Expenses


Wicked Games

proceeds benefitted the Oasis Center


proceeds benefitted the youth & family programs at the Oasis Center



Three Charities to Receive Proceeds from Real Life Players Play, STRANDED.

Nashville’s teen-owned and operated Real Life Players (RLP) will perform their original production, Stranded, Thursday, April 28th thru  Saturday, April 30th. Performances will be at 7pm at the Darkhorse Theater, 4610 Charlotte Ave. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students. All proceeds will be donated to three charities to be chosen from organizations recommended to the Real Life Players Facebook page. For reservations call 364-6856.

Since the Real Life Players raise money to cover all production costs in advance, they are able to donate all of the proceeds from the door directly to charity. This year, the Real Life Players  have chosen three charities from public recommendations. In the continuing spirit of  audience participation, each audience member will be able to select Walden’s Puddle,  CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) or Thistle Farms of Magdalene to receive the money from their ticket. The more people that attend, the more money goes to charity. 

Thirteen teens ages 14-19 from six different Nashville schools form the non-profit RLP company. Stranded, is their comedic and dramatic exploration of how people can become lost on  life's journey through their past missteps or negative emotions and how those people can achieve their goals by pursuing their passions, hopes and dreams. The play is (self) rated “PG-13.”

Over 80 youths have participated in RLP  over the past 16 years. These teens have dedicated months of Sunday afternoons to create their original productions and will donate all of their proceeds to charity. While several alumni are now working actors or studying theater at college, many former RLP members have gone on to work in business, teaching, ministry, and medicine. “Being a member of Real Life Players gives me the chance to expand my talents, work with a diverse group of individuals and use my abilities to not just entertain but give back to my community and world.  Basically, it is too much fun for words!” said a six year member of company.  In the past, plays have included topics such as confronting personal fears (Crazy With Fear), violence in society (Violence on Trial), searching for love (Love Beach), the struggles for acceptance by homeless youth (Wicked Games), and the differences and similarities of the genders ( Gender Bender).


Real Life Players 2014 

April 24-26, 2014 “Back in the Day”

    This is the 20th year of the Real Life Players, the only teen owned and operated theater company in the country. For 20 consecutive years, we have written and produced plays to entertain and engage our audiences as well as raise money for deserving organizations. As of this year, we have donated to 16 different charities and are only $3000 away from hitting the $45,000 mark.

    The RLP operates with no grants or funding from local, state, or federal sources. There is no business or religious organization that provides support and funding to, or direction of, the Real Life Players. The teens fully own and operate this company.

     We are a company that has passed on from year to year the mission of creativity for community service, from one group of teens to another. We feel that this has been a truly remarkable accomplishment, deserving of our Nashville community's acknowledgement and continued patronage as they support the following 2014 community services programs:

    The Oasis Crisis Service and Street Outreach Program – serving Nashville’s homeless teen population and providing opportunities and important resources such as hot meals, access to washers and dryers, hot showers, counseling assistance for jobs, safe housing facilities, and much more.

    The Salama Institute – serving Nashville’s inner city youth, grades K-12, in extended learning programs including academics, life skills, the arts, and leadership skills.

    The Jason Foundation – an organization dedicated to the prevention of youth suicide through educational and awareness programs for young people, educators, youth workers, and parents.  The proceeds donated to the Jason Foundation will be donated in memorial to Spencer Tate, a freshman at Father Ryan High School who passed away this March.

     To all of those who submitted nominations, thank you so much. It was an incredible group and each and every one worthy of the funds. The final charities selected have a personal connection to the Real Life Players or a youth they knew.

     Save the date on your schedules now to come to the show and vote for the organization you wish to receive your ticket dollars. Encourage others to come too, through your contact list, social media, and the ever interesting but increasingly rare face-to-face conversation. It is through word of mouth that we bring our productions to the Nashville community and the dollars to these deserving organizations.

     Check out Real Life Players on our Facebook page and please contact Valli at (615) 300-3592 with any questions, comments, etc.