Cast Announced for WaterTower Theatre's HONKY, Part of 'Out of the Loop' Festival

WaterTower Theatre Producing Artistic Director and Loop Executive Producer Terry Martin today announced casting for Honky, WaterTower Theatre's entry for the 2014 Out of the Loop Fringe Festival, March 6-16, 2014 at the Addison Theatre and Conference Centre.

Directed by Kelsey Leigh Ervi, the cast will feature Calvin Roberts as Thomas Hodge, Alan Pollard as Davis Tallison, Ian Ferguson as Peter Trammel, Rebecca McDonald as Emilia Hodge, Whitney Holotik as Andie Chastain, Jeff Burleson as Dr. Driscoll/Others, Adam A. Anderson as Kid 1/Frederick Douglass and Lord Alfred Brown as Kid 2.

Honky, written by Greg Kalleres, is a dark comedy about a commercial that glorifies black gang violence in an effort to sell basketball shoes to white teens. But when a black teenager is shot for his "Sky Max" shoes, sales triple among white teens and the black shoe designer promises revenge. Are ghetto-glorifying commercials to blame or the CEO that only sees dollar signs? Either way, a new cure for racism promises to solve everything and advertises, "If you don't think you need it, you're probably a racist!"

Kalleres received his BFA from Tisch's Dramatic Writing Program at NYU. His plays have been produced in numerous cities including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Berkeley CA, Bloomington, IN and Beirut, Lebanon. He received the Certificate of Excellence from the Kennedy Center and the Emerging Playwright Award for Honky. His one-act plays have won top honors at the Samuel French Festival, Turnip Festival and Fusion Theatre one act play festival. His work has been published in the New York Times, TDF Stages Magazine, Cracked.com and United Stages' "Best of EATFest" Volumes 3 and 4.

A 10?day celebration of theatre, dance, music, and art, the Out of the Loop Fringe Festival features performances by arts organizations and artists from across the nation. Performances are held at the Addison Theatre Centre, in four performance venues: the Main Stage, the Studio Theatre, the Stone Cottage, and the Main Lobby. The Festival is made possible, in part, through the generous support of The Town of Addison and the Texas Commission on the Arts and media sponsor, TheaterJones.com and the Dallas Observer.

Eighteen artists and performing arts organizations will participate in this year's Festival of which 12 are making their *Festival debut. They are: *Actors Conservatory Theatre, *Alex Tha Great, Audacity Theatre Lab, *Aztec Economy, *Brandon Simmons, Contemporary Ballet Dallas, *Cynthia Scott, *Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet, Diana Sheehan, Express Productions/David Parr, *Jenn Dodd, *Miniature Curiosa, *Jendi Tarde, Muscle Memory Dance Theatre, *Risk Theater Initiative, *SiHK Brothers, *Sossy Mechanics, Sundown Collaborative Theatre and WaterTower Theatre. (*Festival debut.)

The Best of Loop will return this year. On the final day of the Festival, WaterTower Theatre will invite back for a special performance the Best of the Main Stage, Studio Theatre and Stone Cottage performers as chosen by our Loop passholders. Passholders will have an opportunity to cast ballots for their "Best Of" choice on the final Saturday of the Festival.

Single tickets to all events go on sale Feb. 18. Festival Passes, now on sale, include one admission to each Festival event and are $65. WaterTower Theatre subscribers receive $10 off each Festival pass. Individual ticket prices for each event are $10 or $15. Loop pass holders may make reservations starting February 11, 2014.

WaterTower Theatre's Honky

Written by Greg Kalleres

Directed by Kelsey Leigh Ervi

Assistant Director, DR Hanson

Stage Manager, Kristin Van Sickle

Lighting Designer, Ryan Flores

Sound/Projections Designer, Kellen Voss

When: Studio Theatre 3/6 - 8:00 pm; 3/8 - 5:00pm; 3/9 - 2:00 pm; 3/12 - 7:30 pm; 3/14 - 9:00 pm; 3/15 - 5:00 pm

Tickets: Festival Pass: $65 / $55 for WaterTower Theatre Subscribers (Pass includes one admission to each event.) Festival passes on sale now. Individual Event Tickets: $10 to $15 each. Tickets for all Loop shows will go on sale Feb. 18 at noon. Visit www.watertowertheatre.org/outofloop.aspx for more information.




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