Second Performances Added For 2018-19 Essential Series Engagements

Second Performances Added For 2018-19 Essential Series EngagementsDue to popular demand, second performances have been added for Private Peaceful, Songs of Freedom, and Teatro Línea de Sombra's Amarillo. Tickets and subscriptions for Essential Series performances are available at

To commemorate the 100- year anniversary of the conclusion of World War I, Private Peaceful (November 15 & 16, 2018 at McCullough Theatre) is a timely reminder of the heroic sacrifices that were made by those involved in the conflict. Following the worldwide success of Michael Morpurgo's best-selling book, film, and stage play, War Horse, Simon Reade adapted this stage version of Morpurgo's award-winning book, Private Peaceful. This riveting one-man play relives the life of Private Tommo Peaceful, a young soldier awaiting the firing squad at dawn. During the night, he looks back at his short but joyful past growing up in rural Devon.

Under the direction of Grammy Award-winning drummer, Ulysses Owens Jr., Songs of Freedom (February 8 & 9, 2019 at McCullough Theatre) explores the 1960s through the work of three prolific artists: Joni Mitchell, Abbey Lincoln, and Nina Simone-all of whom shaped the music and culture of the 1960s through their artistry. Owens leads a jazz ensemble and a trio of extraordinary featured vocalists including classically-trained jazz artist Alicia Olatuja, Grammy Award-nominated Theo Bleckmann, and vocalist/composer/theatrical performer René Marie, in a celebration of the impact and vast repertoire of three musical changemakers.

Amarillo (March 28 & 29, 2019 at McCullough Theatre) tells the story of a man who departs Mexico for a land of dreams: Amarillo, Texas-but vanishes before reaching his destination. Far away, a woman reconstructs his journey, imagining what might have transpired not only for him, but for the other thousands of faceless men and women who have taken the same path-and for those who were left behind. Combining stunning multimedia projections, visceral imagery, and poetic storytelling, Teatro Línea de Sombra creates a rich, poignant meditation on the harsh realities faced by immigrants and their families. Amarillo is performed in Spanish with projected English surtitles.

Single tickets to Essential Series performances are $40. Texas Performing Arts offers three, four, and five (or more) show packages, with substantial subscriber ticket discounts. Subscriber tickets start as low as $25. For information, single tickets, and subscriptions to the 2018-19 Essential Series, visit or call 512.471.4454.


Taylor Mac

A 24-Decade History of Popular Music (Abridged)

September 27 & 28, 2018 | McCullough Theatre

Yekwon Sunwoo, piano

October 5, 2018 | Bates Recital Hall

Ragamala Dance Company

Written in Water

October 18, 2018 | Bass Concert Hall


An Orchestral Tribute to David Bowie

November 1, 2018 | Bass Concert Hall

Jordi Savall

The Routes of Slavery

November 8, 2018 | Bass Concert Hall

Pavel Urkiza & Congri Ensemble

The Root of the Root

November 9, 2018 | McCullough Theatre



November 13, 2018 | Bass Concert Hall

Texas Theatre and Dance presents

The Merchant of Venice

By William Shakespeare

November 14 - December 2, 2018 | Oscar G. Brockett Theatre

Verdant Productions & Pemberley presents

Private Peaceful

By Michael Morpurgo

Directed and Adapted for the Stage by Simon Reade

November 15 & 16, 2018 | McCullough Theatre

Michelle Dorrance Dance

ETM: Double Down

January 30, 2019 | Bass Concert Hall

Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet

February 5, 2019 | McCullough Theatre

Songs of Freedom

Ulysseu Owens, Jr, Music Director

Featuring Theo Bleckmann, René Marie,

and Alicia Olatuja

February 8 & 9, 2019 | McCullough Theatre

A Thousand Thoughts

A Live Documentary with Kronos Quartet

Written and Directed by Sam Green and Joe Bini

March 27, 2019 | Bass Concert Hall

Teatro Línea de Sombra


March 28 & 29, 2019 | McCullough Theatre

Terence Blanchard E-Collective

Rennie Harris Puremovement Dance Company

Caravan: A Revolution on the Road

Andrew Scott, projections & installations

April 11, 2019 | Bass Concert Hall

The University of Texas

Jazz Orchestra with

Joe Lovano

April 13 2019 | Bates Recital Hall

Trey McLaughlin

& The Sounds of Zamar

April 11, 2019 | Bass Concert Hall

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