Dallas Theater Center to Host Community Conversation About MILLER, MISSISSIPPI

Dallas Theater Center to Host Community Conversation About MILLER, MISSISSIPPIDallas Theater Center will host a curated conversation featuring insights into the world-premiere play Miller, Mississippi on Aug. 21 at the Beckley-Saner Recreation Center, located at 114 W Hobson Ave., Dallas, Texas 75224. In a moderated panel discussion, Diane and Hal Brierley Resident Acting Company members Alex Organ and Liz Mikel will discuss their experiences, and how they have informed their approach to the characters they portray in Miller, Mississippi. Moderated by Amber Sims, this conversation will address advantage and what happens "when tradition is sacred, and change is slow". A reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. with food donated by Babe's Chicken Dinner House, followed by the conversation at 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

Who: Hosted by Dallas Theater Center

What: A community conversation featuring insights into the play, Miller Mississippi, featuring the following panel:

Liz Mikel is a member of DTC's Diane and Hal Brierley Resident Acting Company, where her credits include Inherit the Wind; Public Works Dallas' The Tempest; Bella: An American Tall Tale; Romeo and Juliet and more. Broadway credits: Lysistrata Jones; Regional: American Repertory Theater, The MUNY, The Cape Playhouse, A Contemporary Theater, Arkansas Repertory Theater; and Local: Casa Mañana Theatre, Dallas Children's Theater, Jubilee Theater, Theatre Three and WaterTower Theatre. TV/Film: Get On Up; Dallas; The Secret Life of Walter Mitty; Straight A's; Past Life; Friday Night Lights; Sordid Lives: The Series; and Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins. Awards: Leon Rabin, DFW Theater Critics Forum, D Magazine, Dallas Observer, Dallas Voice, and multiple Column Awards. 2015 Lunt Fontanne Fellow.

Alex Organ is a member of DTC's Diane and Hal Brierley Resident Acting Company, where his credits include Inherit the Wind; Electra; Public Works Dallas' The Tempest; Constellations and more. Local/Regional: Second Thought Theatre, Undermain Theatre, Theatre Three, Alley Theatre, WaterTower Theatre, Trinity Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Dallas, Lyric Stage, Epic Theater Ensemble, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and Elm Shakespeare Festival. Film/TV: Law & Order: SVU and Second Guessing Grandma. Alex is the Artistic Director of Second Thought Theatre. Alex teaches the Skokos Learning Lab at Booker T Washington HSPVA, and he holds an MFA from the Yale School of Drama.

AMBER SIMS is a resident of Dallas and also lived in Mesquite, Texas and Birmingham, Alabama. In her personal, community and professional efforts, Amber works to create racial equity framework that can influence structural systems of inequity. Her experience includes work in public relations, community advocacy, partnerships, and program expansion. Amber is a board member and chair of the communications committee for the South Dallas Fair Park Trust Fund. She serves on the planning committee for Young Leaders Strong City, is a member of the District 9 Committee for the Dallas Independent School District, a creator of the Race to Equity conversation series, and has helped plan various voter registration rallies in Dallas. Amber has served as President of the Junior Mission Pilgrim Rest in Dallas where she has helped coordinate conversations around important social topics. Amber received her Bachelor of Arts in English, with a minor in Political Science, from Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia.

Where: Beckley-Saner Recreation Center

114 W Hobson Ave.

Dallas, TX 75224

When: Monday, August 21, 2017 from 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Why: This event is sparked by Dallas Theater Center's upcoming production of Miller, Mississippi running Aug. 30 through Oct. 1 at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre Studio Theatre.

ABOUT Dallas Theater Center:

One of the leading regional theaters in the country and the 2017 Regional Theatre Tony Award Recipient, 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 Theatre, and leading the DFW Foote Festival. In 2017, DTC launched Public Works Dallas, a groundbreaking community engagement and participatory theater project designed to deliberately blur the line between professional artists and community members, culminating in an annual production featuring over 200 Dallas citizens performing a Shakespeare play. 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 Bella: An American Tall Tale by Kirsten Childs; 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

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