Photo by Eric Ventress

Photo by Eric Ventress


by Jacob York

David has cancer. It's aggressive. And terrifying.

He looks at his life and all he sees are holes; the moments he won't be able to have, if this cancer is successful in its malign task. He sees one way out: Dungeons and Dragons.

Dave has a circle of friends that still play, and as he thinks back on the moments they've experienced in game, he doesn't remember sitting around a table, rolling dice. He remembers every spell cast, every enemy vanquished, and every cataloged item.

So, the new quest: to play through potential “memories” Dave might miss. His three friends, Tyrone, Benny, and Sky, sit down with Dave's girlfriend, Meg (a gaming newbie) and chart out a path to victory. If all goes well, Dave will experience events as important as the birth of his child and as personal as seeing the ocean for the first time.

But. That's if everything goes well. For, in the game, The Shade lurks...

Initiative is a New Play that was included in The Loom last season.

Directed by Sam Lowry


Jonah Jackson as Dave

Sarah Zanotti as Meg

JR Robles as Tyrone

Alyssa Borg as Sky

Diego Gomez as Benny


Initiative will be held at The Barbershop Theatre, a smaller black box theatre in Nashville, TN. Woven is part of The Barbershop Collective, an artists’ collective dedicated to creating innovative and insightful theatre and performance art. More information about The Barbershop can be found at


There is limited street parking available around The Barbershop. You can also park around the corner at at 40th Avenue Church of Christ located at 616 40th Ave N.

Photo by Sarah Johnson

Photo by Sarah Johnson