DTC to Present June Squibb in DRIVING MISS DAISY, STAGGER LEE World Premiere & More for 2014-15 Season
Dallas Theater Center Artistic Director Kevin Moriarty announced today the theater's 2014-2015 season, which will take place at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre at the AT&T Performing Arts Center and the Kalita Humphreys Theater on Turtle Creek. DTC's 2014-2015 season will expand to nine total productions from this year's seven, and will include the world premiere new musical Stagger Lee, a commissioned musical by DTC Playwright-in-Residence Will Power and Justin Ellington, a rolling world premiere production of Colossal, a new play about football by Andrew Hinderaker, and the return to the stage of June Squibb for the first time since her Academy Award-nomination.
"Our 2014-2015 season will make use of DTC's two incredible theatrical homes, both designed by award-winning architects -the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, designed by Rem Koolhaas and Joshua Prince-Ramus, and the Kalita Humphreys Theater, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. These spaces will be filled with our most expansive season yet," says Moriarty. "We are thrilled to share the work of so many local and national artists with our audience this season, including June Squibb in Driving Miss Daisy, a new musical by DTC's Playwright-in-Residence and SMU Meadows Prize recipient Will Power, and a boldly theatrical new play featuring the choreography of innovative choreographer Bruce Wood."
Dallas audiences will be the first to see the world premiere musical Stagger Lee, by DTC's Playwright-in-Residence Will Power and Justin Ellington, directed by Patricia McGregor, with music supervision by Daryl Waters. The story reboots the legendary tales of Stagger Lee, Frankie and Johnny, and Long Lost John with an original score that celebrates the history of African-American music throughout the 20th century. Stagger Lee was partially developed in workshops in collaboration with The Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas as a part of Will Power's Meadows Prize residency.
Colossal will put audiences on the fifty yard line in the Wyly in this new play by University of Texas graduate Andrew Hinderaker, directed by Kevin Moriarty. Colossal, an intimate and epic story about the nation's most popular sport, will feature a bold and never-before-seen new configuration in the Wyly Theatre's Potter Rose Performance Hall, a drum line and full-contact choreography by Bruce Wood. Colossal is being produced as a rolling world premiere by Olney Theatre Center (Maryland), Mixed Blood Theatre (Minneapolis), Dallas Theater Center (Texas) and Southern Rep (Louisiana) as part of the National New Play Network's Continued Life Program.
Recent Academy Award-nominee June Squibb returns to the DTC stage for the first time since her critically-acclaimed role in Dividing the Estate in Driving Miss Daisy, directed by Joel Ferrell. This Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Alfred Uhry follows the relationship of an elderly Southern Jewish woman and her African-American chauffer from one of suspicion and mistrust to friendship and respect.
Additional productions in next season include: the cult-classic rock musical The Rocky Horror Show, directed and choreographed by Joel Ferrell; the regional premiere of Karen Zacarías' The Book Club Play, directed by Meredith McDonough; Moliére's sublime comedy, The School for Wives, performed in rotating rep with Euripedes' ancient Greek tragedy, Medea, both directed by Kevin Moriarty; Jon Jory's adaptation of Jane Austen's romantic novel, Sense and Sensibility, directed by Sarah Rasmussen; and the revival of the theater's holiday favorite, A Christmas Carol, directed by Lee Trull and choreographed by Jeremy Dumont.
The full season will be presented as follows: in the Potter Rose Performance Hall at the Wyly Theatre The Rocky Horror Show (Sept. 11 - Oct. 19); at the Kalita Driving Miss Daisy (Oct. 16 - Nov. 16); at the Wyly A Christmas Carol (Nov. 25 - Dec. 27); at the Kalita The Book Club Play (Jan. 1 - Feb. 1); at the Wyly Stagger Lee (Jan. 21 - Feb. 15); at the Kalita The School for Wives (Feb. 20 - March 29) in rotating repertory with Medea (Feb. 19 - March 29) in Down Center Stage; at the Wyly Colossal (April 2 - May 3); and at the Kalita Sense and Sensibility (April 23 - May 24).
Full season subscriptions are on sale now for as little as $126. Subscriptions can be purchased online at DallasTheaterCenter.org or by calling the AT&T Performing Arts Center Box Office at (214) 880-0202. Single tickets to A Christmas Carol and Medea will be available later in the season.