Dallas Theater Center Announces A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, Runs 10/24-11/22

As a resident company of the AT&T Performing Arts Center, Dallas Theater Center is proud to announce Artistic Director Kevin Moriarty directs A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare, running Oct. 24-Nov. 22, as the inaugural production of the 2009-2010 season in DTC's new home, the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre.

The Wyly Theatre will be brought to life when Shakespeare's lovesick characters plunge into a fairy-filled forest and fall under the enchantments of the mischievous Puck. Filled with witty dialogue, colorful characters, contemporary pop music and colorful design, DTC's fresh interpretation of Shakespeare's most beloved romantic comedy is a vibrant and funny approach to the familiar story of the pursuit of love and the entanglements that follow.

"A Midsummer Night's Dream is one of the most beloved plays ever written in the English language," said Moriarty. "In this great play, Shakespeare portrays the youthful thrill of the pursuit of love, and the joy of finding that love." "A Midsummer Night's Dream is also a celebration of the power of theater and the perfect play to open DTC's new house, the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre. The performance itself will include a party in the play, to celebrate this momentous occasion of moving into our new home in the Arts District and the uniting of Dallas' major arts organizations!"

Featuring all actors from the Metroplex, the cast includes DTC Resident Acting Company members Cedric Neal (Puck); Liz Mikel (Titania); Lee Trull (Lysander) Chamblee Ferguson (Nick Bottom); and Sally Nystuen Vahle (Hippolyta). Also joining DTC for the opening production of the 2009-10 season are Robyn Baker Flatt (Egeus); Marcus M. Mauldin (Francis Flute); Joe Nemmers (Peter Quince); Bryan Pitts (Theseus); and Matthew Steven Tompkins (Oberon). Southern Methodist University Meadows School of the Arts students include Rukhmani K. Desai (Hermia); Dexter Hostetter (A Fairy); Cameron Leighton Kirkpatrick (Tom Snout); Abbey Siegworth (Helena); and Matt Tallman (Demetrius). Rounding out the cast are Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts students Mallory Brophy (Peaselblossom); Alexander Ferguson (Mustardseed); Josh Greenfield (Snug); Amber Pickens (Moth); and Sir Young (Cobweb).

"We want to share our new home in the Wyly theatre with all of Dallas. Our commitment to producing energetic, expansive, one-of-a-kind productions for audiences who represent a vibrant and diverse cross-section of Dallas is deeper than ever, as is our commitment to collaborating with artists and arts organizations throughout the Arts District and our entire community," Moriarty said. "This production celebrates the talents of our Resident Acting Company and so many other talented Dallas theater artists, as well as DTC's deep, ongoing partnerships with other SMU's Meadows School of the Arts and Booker T. Washington High School. We are proud to serve as a training ground and artistic incubator for young artists to provide them opportunities to gain experience alongside seasoned theater professionals."

The acclaimed design team for A Midsummer Night's Dream includes scenic design by Beowulf Boritt (Broadway: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; Rock of Ages. DTC's The Who's Tommy), Claudia Stephens (SMU faculty member and DTC's Back Back Back), lighting design by Tyler Micoleau (DTC's The Who's Tommy), and sound design by The Broken Chord Collective (DTC's The Good Negro).

All performances of A Midsummer Night's Dream will be held at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre at the AT&T Performing Arts Center, located at 2400 Flora St., where it runs Oct. 24 - Nov. 22. Preview performances Oct. 24-29. Opening night is Friday, Oct. 30 at 8 p.m. Performance times are Tuesday through Thursday evenings at 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.; and select Sunday evening at 7 p.m. Single ticket prices begin at $15 and are available by calling the box office at 214.522.8499 or by visiting www.dallastheatercenter.org.

ABOUT DALLAS THEATER CENTER

One of the leading regional theaters in the country, Dallas Theater Center (DTC) performs to an audience of more than 90,000 North Texas residents annually. DTC is a resident company of the AT&T Performing Arts Center and presents its mainstage season at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre. DTC also presents at its former residence, the Kalita Humphreys Theater, the only free standing theater designed and built by Frank Lloyd Wright. DTC engages, entertains and inspires a diverse community by creating experiences that stimulate new ways of thinking and living by consistently producing plays, educational programs and other initiatives that are of the highest quality and reach the broadest possible constituency.

DTC's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream is part of Shakespeare for a New Generation, a national initiative sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts in cooperation with Arts Midwest.

The Associate Producing Partner for this Production is Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher, LLP.

DTC gratefully acknowledges the support of our season sponsors: American Airlines, The Dallas Morning News, Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, National Endowment for the Arts, TACA, TCA and WFAA.

 

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