Dallas Theatre Center Launches 2014-2015 Season with THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, 9/11 - 10/19
Sweet alien transvestites will take over the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre stage on September 11, 2014 in Dallas Theater Center's all new production of the cult classic The Rocky Horror Show. DTC's Associate Artistic Director Joel Ferrell will direct and choreograph this gender-bending, rock 'n' roll spectacle. Ferrell's previous director and choreographer roles include the hit productions Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat and Cabaret. The Rocky Horror Show begins previews on Thursday, September 11 with a Pay-What-You-Can performance and runs through Sunday, October 19. Two special midnight performances are scheduled for Friday, September 29 and Friday, October 17. Tickets to The Rocky Horror Show are on sale now at www.DallasTheaterCenter.org and by phone at (214) 880-0202.
"The Rocky Horror Show is what happens when we start thinking of the 'Island of Misfit Toys' as the 'Island of Incredibly Fabulous Toys.' This insanely popular show celebrates the most unique, sexually daring, and wildly funny characters ever written and gives them 'license to thrill,'" said Ferrell. "The Rocky Horror Show is raucous fun with a killer rock 'n' roll score and more than a dash of social politics."
The Rocky Horror Show is an outrageous rock musical, complete with transvestites, mad scientists and monsters. In the show, which premiered on Broadway more than 40 years ago, the audience gets lost with newly engaged couple Brad and Janet on a dark and stormy night. They get found after stumbling into Dr. Frank-n-Furter's Annual Transsexual Convention. Pure pleasure, bizarre sexual creations, energetic rock music and, yes, audience participation ensue, coming to a head with everyone's favorite dance - The Time Warp.
Dan Domenech leads the cast as Dr. Frank-n-Furter, the sweet transvestite from Transylvania. Domenech made his Broadway debut in Rock of Ages and starred as the title character in the Asian premiere of Tarzan. Joining him are J. Brent Alford (DTC: The Tempest, Arsenic and Old Lace) as the Narrator; Jeremy Dumont (DTC: The Fortress of Solitude, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat) as a Phantom; Brierley Resident Acting Company member Chamblee Ferguson (DTC: FLY, A Christmas Carol) as Riff Raff; Julie Johnson (National Tour: Memphis the Musical; DTC: Cabaret) as Magenta; Justin Labosco as Rocky; Walter Lee (DTC: Cabaret) as Columbia; Morgan Mabry Mason (DTC: LES MISERABLES) as Janet; Ryan-Patrick McLaughlin as a Phantom; Brierley Resident Acting Company Member Liz Mikel (Broadway: Lysistrata Jones; DTC: A Raisin in the Sun, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat) as Eddie/Dr. Scott; Brierley Resident Acting Company Member Alex Organ (LES MISERABLES, The Fortress of Solitude) as Brad; Ian Patrick Stack as a Phantom; Ani Celisa Vera as a Phantom; and Shannon Walsh as a Phantom.
"A major part of creating the intensity and spirit of Rocky Horror on stage is to let the music drive the energy throughout. When imagining the production, I immediately thought of DTC's wonderful collaborators Foe Destroyer to be the 'house band' for Frank-N-Furter and his wild Transylvanians," said Ferrell. "Dallas' own Vonda Bowling will supervise the musical insanity and Jeremy Dumont is on board again to help make the choreography explode with joy. The next exciting task was to assemble a creative team that would take the show to new heights. All the designers are brilliant friends who have created many of DTC's most daring and imaginative productions."
Music for The Rocky Horror show is by Austin/Brooklyn rock band Foe Destroyer, comprised of Daniel Garcia, Chris McQueen, Cade Sadler (DTC: Fly By Night), along with Kwinton Gray and Ben Bohorquez. Members of the creative team are scenic designer Bob Lavallee (DTC:Clybourne Park, Red, Cabaret); costume designer Wade Laboissonniere (DTC: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat®, The Wiz); lighting designer Jaymi Lee Smith (DTC: The Wiz); sound designer Zach Williamson (DTC: Fly By Night); and wig designer Cookie Jordan (Broadway: After Midnight; DTC: The Wiz).
Tickets for The Rocky Horror Show are on sale now. Ticket prices start at $18 and are available online at www.DallasTheaterCenter.org or by phone at (214) 880-0202. All performances of The Rocky Horror Show will take place at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, located 2400 Flora Street where it runs Sept. 11 through Oct.19. The Rocky Horror Show opens with previews on Thursday, Sept. 11 at 7:30pm with a Pay-What-You-Can performance. Tickets to this performance will be available for purchase online at www.DallasTheaterCenter.org beginning Friday, Sept. 5. Press night will take place on Friday, Oct. 19 at 8:00pm. DTC's Come Early sponsored by Wells Fargo will take place one hour before every performance and will be led by Alex Organ. Patrons will have the opportunity to learn about the play prior to viewing the production. DTC's Dr. Pepper Snapple Stay Late will take place after each performance and will be led by Liz Mikel. Patrons will have the opportunity to engage with artists, learn about the production and share insights about the play in a lively discussion. Details for Come Early and Stay Late are available online. Tickets for The Rocky Horror Show are on sale now. Ticket prices start at $18 and are available online at www.DallasTheaterCenter.org or by phone at (214) 880-0202.
One of the leading regional theaters in the country, Dallas Theater Center (DTC) performs to an audience of more than 120,000 North Texas residents annually. Founded in 1959, DTC is now a resident company of the AT&T Performing Arts Center and presents its Mainstage season at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, designed by REX/OMA, Joshua Prince-Ramus and Rem Koolhaas and at its original home, the Kalita Humphreys Theater, the only freestanding theater designed and built by Frank Lloyd Wright. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Kevin Moriarty and Managing Director Heather M. Kitchen, DTC produces a seven-play subscription series of classics, musicals and new plays and an annual production of A Christmas Carol; extensive education programs, including the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award-winning Project Discovery, SummerStage and partnerships with Southern Methodist University's Meadows School of the Arts and Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts; and community outreach efforts including leading the DFW Foote Festival and recent collaborations with the Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Public Library, Dallas Holocaust Museum, North Texas Food Bank, Dallas Opera, and Dallas Black Dance Theater. Throughout its history, DTC has produced many new works, including The Texas Trilogy by Preston Jones in 1978, Robert Penn Warren's All the King's Men, adapted by Adrian Hall, in 1986, and recent premieres of FLY by Rajiv Joseph, Bill Sherman and Kirstin Childs; Fly by Night by Kim Rosenstock, Michael Mitnick and Will Connolly; Giant by Michael John LaChiusa and Sybille Pearson; The Trinity River Plays by Regina Taylor; the revised It's a Bird... It's a Plane... It's Superman by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Charles Strouse and Lee Adams; Give It Up! (now titled Lysistrata Jones and recently on Broadway) by Douglas Carter Beane and Lewis Flinn; Sarah, Plain and Tall by Julia Jordan, Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin; and The Good Negro by Tracey Scott Wilson.
Dallas Theater Center gratefully acknowledges the support of their season sponsors: Chase; The Dallas Morning News; Lexus and Texas Instruments.