Monday, April 09, 2012

A Penny for your Seat

You can see wonderful theatre in Dallas for as little as a penny PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN and see Next Fall Pay-What-You-Can allows patrons to purchase ANY seat in the house for ANY amount they choose.For as little as a penny, theatergoers can see world-class live theater at Dallas Theater Center. "… the funniest heartbreaker in town." -The NewYork Times How do you profoundly love someone you profoundly disagree with? Next Fall is the story of Adam andLuke, a most unlikely couple. Luke’s a devout Christian; Adam’s a ferventatheist. When an accident changes everything, Adam must turn to Luke’s conservative family and friends for support... and a search for answers. The New York Times says this 2010 Broadway hit and Tony Award-nominee for Best Play, “embodies something theatergoers have been sorely missing, perhapswithout knowing it, for years. A smart, sensitive, immensely appealing and utterly contemporary comedy. Contains adult themes and language. WHO: Dallas Theater Center WHAT: PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN Next Fall By Geoffrey Nauffts Directed by Kevin Moriarty WHEN: Pay-What-You-Can Friday,April 13 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets will be available online beginning Monday morning at Dallas 100 tickets will also be available for purchase at the Kalita Humphreys box office beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 13. All Performances: April 13 – May 6 WHERE: KalitaHumphreys Theater 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd Dallas,TX 75204 Dallas Theater Center Presents Next Fall Written by Geoffrey Nauffts • Directed by KevinMoriarty Previews Begin Next Friday, April 13 Tickets On Sale Now Kalita Humphreys Theater • 3636Turtle Creek Blvd. Previews: April 13 – April 19, 2012 • Full Run: April 13 – May 6, 2012 Opening Night: Fri., April 20, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets: (214) 880-0202 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (214) 880-0202 end_of_the_skype_highlighting or Dallas Theater Center presents Next Fall at the Kalita Humphreys Theater, April 13 – May 6,directed by Kevin Moriarty. Next Fall marks the return of former DTCActing Company member Candy Buckley to the Kalita stage, Terry Martin’s DTCMainstage debut and four area artistic directors working on one project – KevinMoriarty (DTC), Tre Garrett (Jubilee Theatre), Terry Martin (WaterTowerTheatre) and Steven Michael Walters (Second Thought Theatre). “DTC’sgoal is to continue to spark a dialogue with our community - people from allbackgrounds, age groups and personal experiences - about ideas that matter inour lives,” says DTC ArtisticDirector Kevin Moriarty. “Next Fall will inspire a conversationabout the intersection of faith and sexuality. Throughout the play, which is quite funny as well as deeply moving, thecharacters reflect multiple points of view about these issues, with eachviewpoint and experience portrayed sensitively and compassionately; theresulting conversation has the potential to be powerful and impactful.” Next Fallis the story of Adam, a fervent atheist, and Luke, a devout Christian. Despite their differences, the two make their relationship work and are able to weather life’s ups and downs for five years. And then an accident changes everything. Adam finds himself turningto Luke’s conservative family and friends for support and answers. The New York Times says this 2010 Broadway hit and Tony Award®-nomineefor Best Play, “embodies something theatergoers have been sorely missing,perhaps without knowing it for years. A smart,sensitive, immensely appealing and utterly contemporary comedy” The cast of Next Fall is comprised of veteran actors whose work is well-lovedby Dallas theater audiences. Terry Martin and DTC Brierley Resident Acting Company member Steven Michael Walters will lead the cast as Adam (Martin) and Luke (Walters). Martin is Producing Artistic Director at WaterTower Theatre and is making his DTC Mainstage debut. He has previously been seen in DTC’s reading of The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later. Walters is Co-Artistic Director of Second Thought Theatre and appeared in this season’s productions of The Tempest and A Christmas Carol. Former DTC Acting Company member Candy Buckley is back at DTC for the first time in 18 years to play the role of Arlene. Buckley was part of the acting company from 1978 - 1990 and audiences will remember her from All the King’s Men (86-87) and The Cherry Orchard (93-94). Buckley joins Randy Moore as only actors to have worked with each of DTC’s artistic directors. Southern Methodist University Associate Professor, Head of Acting Kieran Connolly will play Butch. DTC audiences will remember him from lastseason’s Dividing the Estate. Rounding out the cast are Lynn Blackburn (Dividing the Estate) as Holly; and DTC Brierley Resident Acting Company member Lee Trull (The Tempest, Cabaret, Arsenic and Old Lace) as Brandon. DTC Artistic Director Kevin Moriarty will direct the critically acclaimed Next Fall,written by Geoffrey Nauffts. Returning to DTC are Tony Award®-winning scenic designer John Arnone (Dividing the Estate); costume designer Thomas Charles LeGalley (Give It Up!and Broadway’s Lysistrata Jones); and sound designer Bruce Richardson (Dividingthe Estate). Making her DTC debut is lighting designer Natalie Robin. Tre Garrett, Jubilee Theatre Artistic Director, will serve as the production'sassistant director. Tickets for Next Fall are on sale now. Ticket prices start at $15 for all performances and are available online at or by phoneat (214) 880-0202 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (214) 880-0202 end_of_the_skype_highlighting. All performances of Next Fall will be held at the Kalita Humphreys Theater, where it runs April 13 – May 6. Preview performances are April 13 – April 19. Opening night is Friday, April 20 at 8:00 p.m. Performance times are Tuesday through Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 p.m.;Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m.; and Sunday evenings at 7:30 p.m.(except Sunday, May 6). The Pay-What-You-Can (PWYC) performance of Next Fall will be Friday, April 13 at 8:00 p.m. PWYC tickets will be available online beginning Monday, April 9 and at the Kalita Humphreys box office thenight of the performance beginning at 5:30 p.m. Pay-What-You-Can allows patrons to purchase ANY seat in the house for ANY amount they choose. For as little as a penny, theater goers can see world-class live theater created by Dallas Theater Center for North Texas residents. DTC thanks the following sponsors for their generous support of Next Fall: Executive Producing Partner e-Rewards, Inc. and Associate Producing Partner Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. DTC also thanks benefactors Missy and David Boone and Anna and Don Carty for their support of this production. LYNN BLACKBURN (Holly) DTC: Dividing theEstate; A Christmas Carol.Regional credits include, among others, work at Circle Theater, Classical Acting Company, Stage West, WaterTower Theatre, Uptown Players, Kentucky Repertory Theatre and The Kennedy Center. Represented by The Mary Collins Agency, Lynn has numerous commercial, film and television credits, including a recurring role on the acclaimed series Friday Night Lights. Education: University of Mississippi. Proud member of Actors Equity Association since 2001. CANDY BUCKLEY (Arlene) Broadway: Cabaret; Thoroughly Modern Millie; After the Fall; Ring Round The Moon. Off-Broadway: Petrified Prince (Drama Desk nom.); Shockheaded Peter; Valhalla; Defying Gravity; Communicating Doors; Make Me; Urban Dictionary Plays; Bernarda Alba; Wise Guys among others. Princess Grace Award for Theater. DTCcompany member: All the King’s Men among others. ART company member: Hedda Gabler among others. Regional: The Guthrie (A Delicate Balance); Yale Rep (Autumn Sonata); TheaterWorks (Little DogLaughed); Williamstown; Seattle Repertory; South Coast Repertory; Trinity Repertory. TV: Treme; Gossip Girl; Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Upcoming film: Bachelorette. KIERAN CONNOLLY (Butch) National credits: The Utah Shakespeare Festival; PlayMaker’s Repertory; Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival; Centre Stage; Boston Repertory; the Camden Shakespeare Festival. Dallas credits: DTC: Dividing the Estate; Laramie Project Revisited; The Seagull; A Christmas Carol. Kitchen Dog Theatre: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf; King Lear. The Dallas Opera: Bluebeard. Dallas Shakespeare Festival: Much Ado About Nothing. TERRY MARTIN (Adam) is privileged to be the Producing Artistic Director of WaterTower Theatre (WTT) in Addison, Texas where he has directed over 45productions. DTC: The Laramie Project:Ten Years Later. WTT: Bash: Latter Day Plays; Dinner with Friends; The Guys; Woman in Black; Blackbird and Our Town. He has also worked locally at Stage West and Plano Rep. Off-Broadway: The Normal Heart; The Rivers and Ravines;and Anima Mundi. TV: ABC’s One Life to Live and NBC’s To Serve and Protect. LEE TRULL (Brandon)is a member of the Brierley Resident Acting Company and an Associate Artist at DTC where his credits include: The Tempest; Cabaret; Arsenic and OldLace; The Beauty Plays; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; In the Beginning; A Christmas Carol and 365 Days/365 Plays. Work atother theaters includes: Classical Acting Company; Theatre Three; Water Tower Theatre; Stage West; Dallas Children’s Theater; and Shakespeare Dallas.Playwright: Huck Finn; Gift of the Magi (CAC); Puppet Boy (StageWest). Mr. Trull is an Artistic Company member at Kitchen Dog Theater, an artistic consultant for Second Thought Theater, and he serves on the NationalNew Play Network’s Ambassador’s Council. STEVEN MICHAEL WALTERS (Luke) is a member of the Brierley Resident Acting Company and co-founder of Second Thought Theatre. DTC: A Christmas Carol; The Tempest; Henry IV; The Beauty Plays and The Good Negro (aco-production with The Public Theatre in New York). Theatrical credits: Love’s Labour’s Lost; The Cherry Orchard (Peterborough Players); Proof; Arcadia (Lost Nation Theatre); Jesus Hates Me (Kitchen Dog Theater); Thom Pain (based on nothing); King Ubu; The Glory of Living; Humpty Dumpty (Second Thought Theatre); Romeo and Juliet;As You Like It; A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare Dallas).Television: Chase; My Generation; Friday Night Lights; Trauma; Prison Break. GEOFFREY NAUFFTS (Playwright) has worked as an actor both on and off Broadway,regionally and extensively in film and television. He’s directed short plays by Kenneth Lonergan, Frank Pugliese, David Marshall Grant, Theresa Rebeck and Suzan-Lori Parks, as well as the critically acclaimed production of Steven Belber’s Tape in New York, Los Angeles and London. He wrote, directed and co-starred in the award-winning short film Baby Steps with Kathy Bates and co-wrote Jenifer, a movie of the week for CBS with David Marshall Grant. He and Anthony Barrle are currently collaborating with Elton John on a score for Showstopper, a screenplay they wrote for Ben Stiller’s company, Red Hour. His Tony Award-nominated play, Next Fall, is currently playing to packed houses around the country. In addition to his roleas a writer on ABC’s hit series, Brothers and Sisters, Geoffrey has beena proud member of Naked Angels for over twenty-four years. KEVIN MORIARTY (Director, Artistic Director, DTC ) joined DallasTheater Center in 2007 as the theater’s sixth artistic director, where he has directed productions of The Tempest, The Wiz, Henry IV, It’s aBird... It’s a Plane...It’s Superman, Fat Pig, A MidsummerNight’s Dream, In the Beginning, and The Who’s Tommy. Before joining DTC, Kevin served as the artistic director of the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, NY for seven years, where he directed world premieres of plays by Itamar Moses, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Kenny Finkle and Kathryn Walat, as well as a variety of classics and musicals. From 2002-2007 Kevin was the Head of Directing for the Brown University MFA program in Providence, RI, and he was an associate artist at Trinity Rep Company, where his productions included The Merry Wives of Windsor (Elliot Norton Award: Best Director), Richard II,Richard III, A Delicate Balance and Nickel and Dimed. Kevin has also directed plays off-Broadway and at regional theaters nation-wide, including the Lamb’s Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Virginia Stage Company, Queens Theatre in the Park, the Flea Theatre, HERE, Theatre works/USA,and the national tour of Jesus Christ Superstar starring Sebastian Bachand Carl Anderson. He is a recipient of a Drama League directing fellowship and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin. JOHN ARNONE (SetDesigner) Tony Award, Dora Mavor Moore, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circleand two-time Obie Award winner, celebrating a 40-year theater career. DTC: In the Beginning; Dividing the Estate; Tigers Be Still; Next Fall and God of Carnage. Undermain Theater: The Black Monk; Endgame; Easter; The Dog Problem; Port Twilight; Ages of the Moon; Time in Kafka; The Birthday Party. Selected Broadway: The Who’s Tommy (Tony Award); How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying; Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992; Sacrilege; Tommy Tune’s The Best Little Whore House Goes Public and Grease; Sex and Longing; The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?; Fortune’s Fool; The Full Monty; Marlene; The Deep Blue Sea; Lone Star/Pvt. Wars; Minnellion Minnelli; The Best Man; The Ride Down Mt. Morgan and Lennon. THOMAS CHARLES LEGALLY (Costume Designer) Broadway: Lysistrata Jones. Regional:Frida Libre, La Jolla Playhouse. Boeing, Boeing and The 39 Steps, Hartford Stage Co. Upcoming: God of Carnage, Dallas Theater Center. Off-Broadway Assistant: The Orphans’ Home Cycle; The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore; Restoration. National Tour: West Side Story (assistant). Education: MFA Stage Design, Southern Methodist University. NATALIE ROBIN (Lighting Designer) is a NYC-based lighting designer; associate producer of American Realness, a festival of contemporary performance; a company member of Polybe+Seats; Associate Artist of Target Margin; and adjunct faculty at NYU/Tisch. Natalie was the Apollo Lighting 2011 Standing O recipientand a 2008 Live Design Young Designer to Watch. Natalie is a contributing writer for Live Design and Stage Directions. She tours internationally with artists including Miguel Gutierrez. This season,Natalie is also designing at BAM, the New School for Drama and Williams College. BA: Columbia. MFA: NYU/Tisch. BRUCE RICHARDSON (Sound Designer) DTC: Dividing the Estate; Death of a Salesman; The Beauty Plays; Skin; The Sternheim Project; The Mystery of Irma Vep; A Christmas Carol; The Real Thing;Quake; Krapp’s Last Tape; The Importance of Being Earnest; The Violet Hour; Crowns. Shakespeare Dallas: Hamlet; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; The Tempest; Julius Caesar; Henry IV, Parts I & II; Timon of Athens. Project X: One in 3; Boy; Psychos Never Dream. Kitchen Dog: Heaven; Kiss of the SpiderWoman; Some Explicit Polaroids; In the Belly of the Beast.Undermain: The Seagull; Tiny Dimes; The Deatherians; The Hyacinth Macaw; Macbeth. TRE GARRETT (AssistantDirector) is an award-winning director and Artistic Director for JubileeTheatre in Fort Worth, Texas. He is a former show director for Walt Disney Entertainment where he directed over 200 live entertainment projects. He began his career as a Director in Residence at the Kennedy Center, which lead to assistant directing the pre-Broadway run of On Golden Pond (starring James Earl Jones) and the Broadway run of Julius Caesar (starring Denzel Washington). Since then, Tre has directed theater, opera, concerts, short films and live performances all over the country. JEFF GIFFORD (Production Manager) is in his fourth season with DTC. Jeff and family moved to Dallas from Southern California where he worked for eleven years at South Coast Repertory. While at SCR he helped guide more than twenty-five world premiere plays to their first Opening Night. He holds an MFA from California Institute of the Arts and has been an AEA Stage Manager formore than twenty years. LARA MAERZ (StageManager) is making her DTC debut with Next Fall. Off-Broadway: Sessions. Regional: Things Being What They Are and Orange Flower Water at Steppenwolf, The Fantasticks and Measure for Measure at Colorado Shakespeare Festival as well as many others throughout the country. Multiple seasons as resident stage manager at Next Theatre in Chicago and Circle Theatrein Fort Worth. BFA: Texas Christian University. MFA: University OfMissouri-Kansas City. 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. 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, JoshuaPrince-Ramus and Rem Koolhaas and at its original home, the Kalita Humphreys Theater, the only freestanding theater designed and built by Frank Lloyd Wright. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Kevin Moriarty and Managing Director Heather M. Kitchen, 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 Project Discovery, SummerStage and partnerships with Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts and Booker T. Washington High School for thePerforming and Visual Arts; and community outreach efforts including leading the DFW Foote Festival and recent collaborations with the Dallas Public Library, Dallas Holocaust Museum, North Texas Food Bank, Dallas Opera, and Dallas Black Dance Theater. 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 (directed by Adrian Hall) in 1986, and recent premieres of Gian tby 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 Supermanby 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: American Airlines, The Dallas Morning News, Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, Lexus, National Endowment for the Arts, TACA, TCA, Texas Instruments and WFAA.

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