Return to Sender – World Premiere at the Nashville Children’s Theatre

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RETURN TO SENDER, a world premiere play generated from NCT’s Hatchery program debuted on October 10, 2019 and will be running through the month. Adapted from the book by Julia Alverez, the play focuses on the difficult subjects of Family, Deportation, and Patriotism.

The play is co-commissioned by Nashville Children’s Theatre and Vanderbilt’s Center for Latin American Studies.

Synopsis of Return To Sender

Eleven-year-old Mari Cruz is the Mexican born daughter of undocumented migrant workers. For generations, eleven-year-old Tyler Paquette’s family has owned the farm where Mari’s family is suddenly working.

Tyler wonders how he can be a patriot while his family breaks the law. Mari worries about her mother who vanished during a dangerous border crossing. She also lives in fear that she will be separated from her American-born sisters – especially after her uncle is taken by government officials.

It isn’t long before the local community makes their opinions about the new residents known. Can Tyler and Mari find a way to be friends despite their differences?

Return to Sender is written by Marisela Treviño Orta, based on the novel Return to Sender by Julia Alvarez.

The cast includes Amanda Rodriguez, Lane Williamson, Lilliana Gomez,Erica Lee Haines, Denice Hicks, Cheryl White, Christopher Strand, Matthew Martinez Hannon, Claudia Quesada, Matthew Benenson Cruz, DéYonté Jenkins, and Galen Fott.

Scenic and lighting design is by Scott Leathers with costume design by Patricia Taber and sound design by David Weinstein. The production is directed by Crystal Manich and stage managed by Teresa Driver.

Our Experience

We were thrilled to have the opportunity to see this show on opening night! We brought our 14 year old son and our 7 year old daughter. We were a bit hesitant to bring our 7 year old after reading the parental info regarding scenes of violence and intense dialogue. In the end we decided to give it a go, as our daughter has handled things like this pretty well in the past.

All of that to say, I am so glad that we made the decision to bring her along! The show, while definitely dealing with some very adult matters, does an exceptional job of explaining these things on a level that children will understand.

The acting was phenomenal, the set was creative and interesting and the story was truly inspiring! Go see it!


  • Saturday October 12 @ 2PM
  • Friday October 18 @ 7PM
  • Saturday October 19 @ 2PM
  • Sunday October 20 @ 2PM
  • Saturday October 26 @ 2PM
  • Sunday October 27 @ 2PM

Cost: $23/Adults, $17/Children. Buy tickets online HERE or call the box office at (615) 252-4675.

Save $5 off the ticket price for both adult and youth seats (up to 4 tickets per order) with discount code: telescope. This code can be used online, phone orders, or in person. The code is valid for any Saturday or Sunday performance of Return to Sender until October 27. It is also good for the one Friday evening performance – Friday, Oct 18 at 7 pm.

Crystal Bowron

Crystal was born and raised, and now raising a family of her own in Middle Tennessee. She currently lives in Murfreesboro with her husband Glenn, and their three children; Hunter, Grayson, and Hailey. They are an unschooling family, meaning they spend lots and lots of time out and about exploring all that this area has to offer!

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