Sunday, September 18, 2011

Yarn Bombing





The AT&T Performing Arts Center today unveiled a massive“Yarn Bombing” public art installation in its Sammons Park to celebrate the upcoming arrival of the Tony Award Winning Musical HAIR: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical.

In collaboration withlocal knitting groups, much of Sammons Park, located around the Winspear Opera House, has been overtaken by knitted art. Trees have been wrapped,benches adorned, and parking balusters covered with colorful yarn – all in celebration of the “peace and love” era of the 1960’s depicted in the forthcoming HAI Rproduction.

In all, the installationis made up of more than 100 individual pieces of art produced by more than 70 artists from local knitting groups The Dallas Yarn Bombers, The Lakewood Library KnitWits, Sistersof the Wool – Fort Worth, and MAFIA of Mansfield.

The HAIRYarn Bombing was produced under the artistic direction of Sally Ackerman(A.K.A. K Witta). The projectcoordinator was Ronda Van Dyke (A.K.A. SheepNanny). The volunteer coordinator was Ann Gaspari(A.K.A. TejasMom). The project was sponsored by TheShabby Sheep Yarn Boutique & Knitting Workshop.

"The Center is thrilled to provide a home for Dallas'first yarn bombing of this scale, and by how perfectly it coincides with HAIR," said AT&T Performing ArtsCenter CEO Mark Weinstein. "The whole yarn bombing phenomenon is reminiscent of the creative turmoil and vibrancy of the 60's. I hope everyone in Dallas comes to the Center to see this free display of guerilla art they won't find anywhere else.'

HAIRappears at the Winspear Opera House for a limited engagement from Tuesday,September 20 through Sunday, October 2. HAIR kicks-off the exciting 2011-2012 Lexus Broadway Seriesseason. The “Yarn Bombing” will be on display through theentire HAIR engagement and is freeto the public.

Tickets for HAIR range from $30 to $150 and can bepurchased online at, by phone at 214.880.0202, or in personat the AT&T Performing Arts Center Box Office at the Winspear Opera House,2403 Flora Street (Monday through Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm; Sunday 11 am– 4 pm), or at the remote Box Office at Park Place Lexus Plano at 1025 PrestonRoad.

HAIR depicts the birth of a cultural movement in the 60’s and 70’s that changed America forever. The musical follows a group of hopeful, free-spirited young people who advocate a lifestyle of pacifism and free-love in a society riddled with intolerance and brutality during the Vietnam War. As they explore sexual identity, challenge racism, experiment with drugs and burn draftcards, the show resonates with an irresistible message of hope more than 40 years after it first opened on Broadway.

HAIR won the 2009 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival as well as the DramaDesk, Drama League, and Outer Critics Circle award for Outstanding Revival of a Musical. HAIR was also nominated for an additional seven Tony Awards including Best Direction, Best Choreography, Best Costume Design, Best Lighting Design and Best Sound Design. The cast recording was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album.

The New York Times says "Diane Paulus's THRILLING, EMOTIONALLY RICH production deliversINTENSE, UNADULTERATED JOY",Time Out New York says "HAIR SPEAKS TO A WHOLE NEWGENERATION!” and The Washington Postcalls it “IRRESISTIBLE…THE BEST VERSION YET!”.

Directed by Diane Paulus and choreographed by Karole Armitage, HAIR features a book and lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James Rado and music by Galt MacDermot.

The HAIR National Tour is produced by ThePublic Theater (Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director; Andrew D. Hamingson, ExecutiveDirector), Nederlander Productions, Inc., Carl Moellenberg/WenlarbarProductions, Rebecca Gold/MylaLerner, Rick Costello, Joy Newman & David Schumeister, Paul G. Rice/Paul Bartz, Debbie Bisno,Christopher Hart Productions, John Pinckard, Terry Schnuck, Joey Parnes and byspecial arrangement with Elizabeth Ireland McCann.

Additionalshow information can be found at

About the AT&T Performing Arts Center

Opens ince October 2009, the AT&T Performing Arts Center is a vibrantdestination for entertainment in the heart of the downtown Dallas ArtsDistrict. The Center presents a variety of programs, including its LexusBroadway Series, Brinker International Forum and, in association with TITAS,contemporary dance and music, and other performances. The Center also providesperformance space for The Dallas Opera, Dallas TheaterCenter, Dallas BlackDance Theatre and Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico, in unparalleled venuesset within a 10-acre urban park.

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