Theatre Bristol’s Comedy “Three Times Three” Features River’s Way

Organizations stage debut collaboration, an original comedy for two shows only on February 25

rivers-way-posterTheatre Bristol announces a new collaboration with River’s Way to present an original comedy “Three Times Three” February 25 at 10:30 am and 5:30 pm at the ARTspace, 506 State Street.

Three Times Three is a joyful compilation of fairy tales, jokes, and songs written by Dottie Havlik especially for the special needs teens and young adults with River’s Way and veteran Theatre Bristol actors.

Directing this original piece will be Theatre Bristol veteran Dottie Havlik, most recently Theatre Bristol director of The Adventures of Madeline and Charlotte’s Web at Theatre Bristol, and long-time actor in many shows including Steel Magnolias and most recently, The Music Man.

“These River’s Way kids are so creative, and they’re so excited to be acting in a real play in a real theatre,” said Havlik. “They’re learning true theatre lessons about taking directions, overcoming nervousness, and concentrating on a task. But mostly they’re learning that hard work can be fun and rewarding.”

River’s Way, lead by Executive Director Tom Hanlon, is an organization dedicated to the positive and productive involvement of young people with disabilities in our community.

“We are very grateful to Theater Bristol, and especially to Dottie Havlik, for providing us with an opportunity to participate in this community play,” said Hanlon, who will make his own debut with this production. “I cannot begin to describe the levels of excitement and anticipation that this play has generated for the students, graduates and staff of River’s Way. We have had a great deal of fun in our rehearsals and we hope that everyone enjoys the fruits of our efforts”

Theatre Bristol and River’s Way thank the community for its support of this production, people with disabilities, and the arts. Working together to create live performance, we develop stories and memories that entertain and foster connections in our community among people of all abilities.

“Three Times Three” will have two showings on Saturday, February 25 at 10:30 am and 5:30 pm. Tickets are $5 and will be available at the door 30 minutes prior to showtime. Seating is general admission and for any special accommodations, please call or email the Theatre. Show information is also available online at or by calling the message line at 423-212-3625.

Founded in 1965, Theatre Bristol is the oldest continually running children’s theatre in northeast Tennessee and now celebrating its 51st season. Its Main Stage season consists of up to five productions. Some of its performances take place in the ARTspace, a multi-purpose, black box theatre which seats up to 120. Theatre Bristol is entirely volunteer run and we invite you to get involved. Theatre Bristol’s work is made possible by generous donors, including season sponsors The United Company Foundation and the Tennessee Arts Commission.

For more information, visit the Theatre Bristol’s website or Facebook page, contact Theatre Bristol at 423-212-3625, or email