Right before the opening of her first in-person show since before the pandemic (Job), the Dallas Theater Center has announced its 2021-22 season.
Many titles may seem familiar, as they appeared in the Tony Award-winning company’s first and second attempts in the 2020-21 season.
The nine-event season begins in September and features two world premiere comedies, the regional premiere of a bestselling book adaptation, a refreshing take on an American classic, and a bold take on one of the most popular musicals. more appreciated.
The productions will take place at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theater at the AT&T Performing Arts Center and the Kalita Humphreys Theater, DTC’s historic home theater designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
In addition, DTC will launch a new community touring initiative to community centers across the city.
“We are delighted to welcome audiences back to the Wyly Theater and the Kalita Humphreys Theater with a season of inspirational comedies, music and stories,” Artistic Director Kevin Moriarty said in a statement. “We create productions that will make people laugh, strengthen community and inspire healing. After more than a year of mostly virtual production, we look forward to once again celebrating the special experience of actors and audiences having a shared in-person experience. . “
Also noteworthy is the announcement that DTC will expand its commitment to “providing full-time, year-round employment for professional theater artists” in addition to using its Diane and Hal Brierley Resident Acting Company. This support will include the appointment of a full-time playwright in residence, an associate artistic director, a resident music director and a resident designer.
“During the pandemic, it became clear how vulnerable artists are in our society,” Moriarty said. “So we’re expanding our support for artists by hiring a diverse company of full-time professional resident actors, writers, directors and designers to create unique productions that you can only see at DTC.
“In addition to creating exciting on-stage productions, our resident artists will engage with our community across Dallas, bringing theater to people and inviting everyone to experience the joy of theater, both as members of the audience. and as participants. “
For the first three shows of the season, DTC will offer a social distancing section. The company will continue to monitor the CDC, Dallas County and its own medical advisers on safety protocols throughout the season.
It all starts with Ladies Cake and Little beautiful things running in the repertoire from September in the Potter Rose performance hall.
Ladies Cake is the first global comedy by playwright in residence Jonathan Norton (penny candy), written specifically to greet the returning audience, and features members of the company creating roles created especially for them.
In Ladies Cake, the Scott County Community Playhouse is the pride of Cedar Oak, Texas, a small town recovering from a drug-induced HIV epidemic. With the launch of their very first “AIDSFest! It looks like the city is finally improving. When the COVID-19 pandemic stops production of the performance hall of Angels in America, best friends LeAnne (Sally Nystuen Vahle) and Tweedy-Bird (Liz Mikel) – affectionately known as “the cake ladies” – jump into the action to make angels fly away again to their hometown.
Based on New York Times bestselling book by Cheryl Strayed (author of Wild), Little beautiful things follows Sugar, an online advice columnist who uses her personal experiences to help real readers who give her their hearts out. Rich in humor, insight, compassion and absolute honesty, Little beautiful things It’s about reaching out when you’re stuck, healing when you’re broken, and finding the courage to answer unanswered questions.
Following, The supreme guide makes its world premiere at Kalita. While in boarding school in Switzerland, Kim Jong-Un learns he is next on the Supreme Leader list after his older brother’s career-ending trip to Tokyo Disneyland. But he has to prove himself. Under the watchful eye of his guardian, he puts his brush aside to spy on his pretty American friend Sophie. Will “Oony” get the girl? Will he be his father’s pride? Set in the snowball world of smelly cheese and rock climbing, this coming-of-age comedy imagines the last twists of Kim Jong-Un’s youth before his fateful return to North Korea. The supreme guide was written by Don X. Nguyen and will be directed by Moriarty.
Next in the Kalita is one of the most beloved American plays ever written: Our city by Thornton Wilder. It follows the Webb and Gibbs families as their children fall in love, get married, and ultimately – in one of American theater’s most famous stages – die. Narrated by a stage manager and performed with a minimum of props and sets, Our city depicts the fictional small town of Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire, through three acts: “Daily Life”, “Love and Marriage” and “Death and Eternity”. In the next step of a play Wilder designed to be a play on everyone, this version is in three languages: English, Spanish, and Creole. Filled with live music and imbued with layers of culture and community, this special production “celebrates Grover’s Corners as an international address and finds shared humanity in all of its inhabitants.”
For its first touring production, DTC presents Native gardens by Karen Zacarias. It will end with performances at the Wyly Theater Studio. In the suburbs of Washington, DC, Pablo, a high-profile lawyer, and Tania, his very pregnant doctoral candidate wife, have just bought their dream home. She’s a bit of a fix, but luckily Tania is a brilliant gardener and plans to turn her outdoor space into a beautiful native garden. Their new neighbor next door, Frank, is a gardener himself and spends most of his time tending his non-Native garden to win the neighborhood’s annual gardening competition. When Tania and Pablo get to work building a fence, they discover their property line is two feet away in Frank’s beloved garden. Friction between neighbors turns into all-out war, and it becomes increasingly difficult to know who will win in this hilarious and searing comedy.
A country under attack. A family paralyzed by loss. And a woman who is afraid to love. DTC boldly re-examines one of the most exhilarating musical theater classics ever written. Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, The sound of music was the last collaboration between Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. From its opening in 1959, it immediately became the world’s most beloved musical, both on stage and in cinema. The inspiring story follows a young postulancy who is sent to serve as a governess to the seven children of an imperious sea captain, bringing joy and music to the house. But as the forces of Nazism seize Austria, Maria and the entire von Trapp family must make a moral decision. The production will be presented in the Potter Rose Performance Hall and will be directed by Moriarty.
Finally, in the Kalita, is the revolutionary American dramatic comedy Problem in mind. Both written and set in the mid-1950s, it tells the story of Wiletta Mayer, an African-American actress chosen in an allegedly “progressive” play on racism written by a white author. Problem in mind opened off Broadway in 1955 and became the first play by a black playwright to be optioned for Broadway. But when Alice Childress, the real-life playwright, refused to change the ending at the behest of the white producers, the production was called off. Seven decades later, this nearly lost classic is making a comeback in theaters across the country – including on Broadway this fall – proving that this funny and moving play is a play for our time.
The nationally recognized Dallas Theater Center community engagement program will return with its annual pageant production in July 2022. The full-scale music production, to be titled in the fall, will feature featured 200 community members performing alongside professional DTC artists. It will be offered free to the community over two performance weekends, demonstrating DTC’s deep commitment to the idea that theater is everyone’s birthright.
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