Dallas Theater Center Announces ELECTRA A One-of-a-Kind Outdoor Theater Experience
Dallas Theater Center announced today complete details for Electra beginning on April 4 with a Pay-What-You-Can performance and running through May 21 in the outdoor venue of the Annette Strauss Square at the AT&T Performing Arts Center. Tickets to Electra are on sale now at www.DallasTheaterCenter.org and by phone at (214) 880-0202.
"Electra is a production that will be unlike any Dallas Theater Center has previously produced," said DTC's Artistic Director Kevin Moriarty. "The audience will gather outside at nighttime, under cover of darkness, and will move to several outdoor stage areas where they will experience scenes that crackle as a story of grief and vengeance unfolds. I'm pleased to welcome former Diane and Hal Brierley Resident Acting Company member Abbey Siegworth back to DTC to play the role of Electra and bring our audience a truly thrilling theatrical experience."
Written by Sophocles, and adapted and directed by Moriarty, Electra is a Greek tragedy blended with the unique outdoor theater experience of immersive theater. Electra's mother murdered her father, and Electra just can't let it go. With the return of her brother Orestes, the siblings seek justice in this tale of familial betrayal. Building on DTC's breathtaking approach to Greek tragedies (Oedipus el Rey, Medea), expect the unexpected in this one-of-a-kind production that will take the audience on a journey through the grounds of the Strauss Square. Observe intimate scenes between characters while hearing commentary from an unseen Greek chorus through individual headphones that will be provided for each audience member, creating an experience that is simultaneously both public and private.
Starring in the title role and returning to DTC is former Diane and Hal Brierley Resident Acting Company member Abbey Siegworth (Tigers Be Still, The Tempest, Arsenic and Old Lace). Joining her are current Diane and Hal Brierley Resident Acting Company Members Sally Nystuen Vahle (A Christmas Carol 2016, Medea, Clybourne Park) as Clytemnestra and Tiana Kaye Johnson (A Christmas Carol 2016, Dreamgirls, The Mountaintop) as Chrysothemis. Completing the cast is Tyrees Allen (The Christians) as Aegisthus, David Coffee (Fly by Night) as Paedagogus and Southern Methodist University student Yusef D. Seevers as Orestes.
The scenic design by Diggle will uniquely convert the Strauss Square grounds. In addition, lighting by Aaron Johansen, sound by Broken Chord, costumes by Claudia Stephens and wig design by Dave Bova will complete the production.
DTC's Come Early sponsored by Wells Fargo, a pre-show lecture about the play, will take place one hour before every performance and DTC's Stay Late, a post-show discussion led by a member of the cast, will take place after each performance. Moriarty will lead the Come Early lecture during the first week of the run.
ABOUT Dallas Theater Center:
One of the leading regional theaters in the country, Dallas Theater Center (DTC) performs to an audience of more than 100,000 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. DTC is one of only two theaters in Texas that is a member of the League of Resident Theatres, the largest and most prestigious non-profit professional theater association in the country. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Kevin Moriarty and Managing Director Jeffrey Woodward, 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, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and South Oak Cliff High School; and community collaboration efforts with the Sixth Floor Museum, the City of Dallas, North Texas Food Bank, the Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Public Library, Dallas Holocaust Museum, Dallas Opera, Dallas Black Dance Theater, and leading the DFW Foote Festival. 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 Deferred Action by Lee Trull and David Lozano, Clarkston by Samuel D. Hunter; Moonshine: That Hee Haw Musical by Robert Horn, BRandy Clark, and Shane McAnally; FLY by Rajiv Joseph, Bill Sherman and Kirsten 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 our season sponsors: Texas Instruments, American Airlines, Lexus, City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, Time Warner Cable and WFAA.