Local playwright takes 'Stand' on homelessness

September 10, 2012

Some plays were written simply to entertain. Others were designed to inform or educate an audience. Jim Reyland’s remarkable new play, “Stand,” manages to do both on a level that is rarely seen.

Inspired by Reyland’s own experiences as a volunteer for Nashville’s Room In The Inn, “Stand” tells the true story of Johnny “JJ” Ellis — a man who spent three decades on the streets of Nashville, battling addiction and homelessness.