The Brown County Playhouse entertained its first audience on July 15, 1949, with a production of The Old Soakby Don Marquis. The next day, Corbin Patrick informed readers of the Indianapolis Star that "something new has been added to the inducements that Brown County, scenic heart of southern Indiana, offers visitors. "Nashville today is the only county seat town in the state that can boast of a dramatic stock company but no film emporium."
It has always been a featured attraction in Brown County; economically successful and critically acclaimed. The Playhouse has been a core economic contributor to the community, serving a local population of 15,500 that swells during tourist season to over two million. Throughout it's history, Brown County Playhouse has opened its doors to more than 30,000 theater-goers annually.
From a rustic open air barn, to the 426-seat performance space we have today, nestled in the heart of historic Nashville, Indiana. We showcase a diverse talent base including established, polished productions, community-based theater, comedy, drama and establish a permanent home for a broad range of musical traditions.