TeCo Theatrical Productions Welcomes Broadway's Eugene Lee Tonight
Tonight, August 22, 2013, TeCo Theatrical Productions will close its 2013 speakers series with an intimate conversation with acclaimed actor, playwright, and Broadway legend Eugene Lee. Now in its second year, the series was designed to support the creative community and educate a larger constituency in appreciating the arts through quarterly events at the Bishop Arts Theatre.
Mr. Lee has an enjoyed an over thirty year career in the entertainment industry. As an actor, his television credits include Good Times, The White Shadow, The Guiding Light, The District, and acting with Oprah Winfrey in The Women of Brewster Place. His film credits include Blacklisted and Coach Carter. Highlights of his long stage career include working with Denzel Washington and Samuel L. Jackson in the Pulitzer Prize winning A Soldier's Play by Charles Fuller at the Negro Ensemble Company, a Broadway appearance in August Wilson's Gem of the Ocean, and being a company member for the Kennedy Center's 10-play cycle tribute to August Wilson. Eugene has also enjoyed success as a playwright with works such as East Texas Hot Links, Fear Itself, Somebody Called: A Tale of Two Preachers, Killingsworth, The Rest of Me, the musical Twist and his most recent work, Lyin' Ass, a look at one of the first Black female Texas Rangers as she is about to retire. He has also penned episodes for television series including Homicide: Life On the Streets, Walker Texas Ranger, and The Journey of Allen Strange.
Mr. Lee serves as Artist in Residence and Artistic Director of the Texas State University Black and Latino Playwright's Conference. Recently at Texas State, he played Jaques in Shakespeare's As You Like It and in Austin, Texas' Zachary Scott Theatre productions of The Book of Grace written and directed by Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan Lori-Parks and God of Carnage. He also plays the lead role in the Independent Feature Wolf, which was a standout at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival in Austin and took the prestigious Grand Jury Award in the Texas Competition for Best Film at the 2012 Dallas International Film Festival.
The event will be held at 6PM at the Bishop Arts Theatre, 215 South Tyler Street, Dallas, TX 75208. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, general admission seating. To purchase tickets online, visit www.tecotheater.org/speakers.php or call (214) 948-0716. The series in sponsored in part by Big Thought and Humanities Texas.
TeCo Theatrical Productions, Inc. is multicultural theatre company whose mission is to cultivate a diverse and vibrant arts community while creating sustainable opportunities for local and emerging artists through performances and education. Founded in September of 1993, TeCo was chartered in Atlanta and moved to Dallas in January 2000. In 2005, TeCo began renovations on a 10,000 square ft. dilapidated building near the Bishop Arts District that was donated to our non-profit. Today the newly refurbished facility includes a 170-seat proscenium theatre with dressing rooms, executive offices, art gallery, learning laboratory and an arts business incubator center. We offer a full season of theater performances, jazz concerts, and speaker series events at the Bishop Arts Theatre Center impacting approximately 15,000 children, adults and aspiring thespians each year. The theater also offers year round student outreach programs.