I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE and More Set for Theatre Too's 2017-18 Season at Theatre Three

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Theatre Three Artistic Director Jeffrey Schmidt has announced the full production calendar for its downstairs Theatre Too studio space, including three new works from local playwrights and the final run of the annual musical comedy "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change."

Single tickets will be available for purchase at a later date, and subscribers get half off tickets to all Theatre Too shows. Theatre Three, uptown Dallas' 56-year-old theatre-in-the-round is located in the Quadrangle at 2800 Routh Street, Ste. #168, Dallas, TX 75201.

New works commissioned by Theatre Three for the more intimate downstairs space include "Cedar Springs or Big Scary Animals" by acclaimed local playwright Matt Lyle, a wordless production of "Lear," developed in cooperation with Prism Movement Theatre, and "Self Injurious Behavior," a semi-autobiographical play about raising a child with autism by local actress and playwright Jessica Cavanagh.

"The arts scene in Dallas has an obligation to local artists including writers, and every organization should play a role in fostering their development from readings and workshops to full productions with professional actors," says Schmidt. "I'm proud to include Theatre Three as part of the local resources writers have access to. In the coming years, patrons will have the opportunity to witness all phases of the creation process. It gets to heart of the meaning behind Theatre Three's name: actors, authors, audience. T3 is proud to claim some Pulitzer Prize winners amongst it alumni. It's time to discover the next one."


THEATRE TOO 2017-18 SEASON:

Cedar Springs or Big Scary Animals by Matt Lyle

Directed by Jeffrey Schmidt

September 7 - October 1, 2017

An older white couple from the country unknowingly moves to the gayborhood in Dallas to be closer to their granddaughter. What begins as polite dinner conversation with their gay, multi-ethnic neighbors careens out of control. A hilarious collision of race, sex, guns and sports, Lyle examines shifting generational beliefs and just how hard it is to raise a child regardless of who you are and where you live. The play has received multiple staged readings and is now ripe and ready for a premiere production.

Theatre Three presents Prism Movement Theatre

October 26 - November 19, 2017

Theatre Three is proud to welcome local company Prism for a fall co-production in Theatre Too. Join Prism as they adapt one of English language's greatest plays, all without uttering a single word. "Lear" is a beautiful and moving work of dance theater that focuses on the relationship between King Lear and his daughters. When King Lear is betrayed by his corrupted daughters Regan and Goneril, his sanity is sent into a tailspin, forcing his only faithful daughter Cordelia to take up the mantle and fight for her father's dignity and the fate of the kingdom.

Prism has filled an exciting niche in the Dallas theater scene with its original works. Here's what they have to say: "We believe in storytelling through movement. Whether that be through dance choreography, stage combat, mime, weight sharing, clowning or simple everyday actions, we believe each motion is a piece of text. With this philosophy, we believe we can reach even more beautiful heights of artistic expression and plunge even further into the complex depths of the human subconscious all without uttering a single word."

I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change Book and Lyrics by Joe DiPietro, Music by Jimmy Roberts

Directed by B.J. Cleveland

January 11, 2018 - March 4, 2018

For the 18th and final time "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change" by Joe DiPietro and Jimmy Roberts will delight audiences with the joys of falling in and out of love. Think of it this way: 18 years ago, T3 birthed this baby of a play. Well, now it's all grown up and ready to move out of the house! Stay tuned. Expect some surprises and special events as we say goodbye to this Theatre Too favorite.

Self Injurious Behavior by Jessica Cavanagh

Directed by Marianne Galloway

May 17, 2018 - June 10, 2018

For anyone who has cared for a child with ASD it can be all-consuming and exhausting. In this very personal account of a woman's struggle to raise her autistic son, we are reminded that life never turns out the way you plan it. Through every effort to do what is best for her son, she discovers that loss, sacrifice and little leaps of faith can lead to the life that maybe you didn't plan, but the life you love. Jessica will continue to develop her play at Theatre Three in preparation for a production next spring.


Theatre Too productions will run at Theatre Three Dallas, 2800 Routh Street, Ste #168, Dallas. Tickets range from $10-50 and are on sale: online at Theatre3Dallas.com, by phone at 214.871.3300, option #1, or in person at the Theatre Three Box Office. Discounts: $3 off seniors/military; $3 off each ticket for groups of 10 or more; $5 off tickets to KERA members; $15 student rush (valid ID required); Half price subscriber tickets for Theatre Too shows.

Pictured: Calvin Scott Roberts, Allison Bret, (bottom) Janelle lutz and Trey West in the 2016-17 production of I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change. Photo by Linda Harrison.



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