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"...the story itself is pure gold... " - Nancy Churnin

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"Grit, spit and a hard-won elegance propel George C. Wolfe's Spunk at WaterTower Theatre. " - Martha Heimberg

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 ClickCl"This is toe-tapping theater, full of energy and dark beauty...Just try not to have a good time." - Arnold Wayne JonesArnold W 

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"...creatively directed, upbeat and emotionally stirring...theatre that both teaches and inspires. " - Mary L. Clark

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Cast and Creative Team for SPUNK Announced!

WaterTower Theatre Producing Artistic Director Terry Martin today announced the cast for  Spunk running April 11 – May 4, 2014 on the Main Stage at the Addison Theatre Centre.  Directed by Akin Babatundé, the cast features Liz Mikel (Blues Speak Woman)and Joshua Bridgewater, Tiffany Denise Hobbs, Marcus Mauldin, and Calvin Roberts as The Folk.

 Spunk is sponsored, in part, by Rainmaker Advertising. 

Making their WaterTower Theatre debuts in this production areJoshua Bridgewater, andTiffany Denise Hobbs.  

The creative team for Spunk  includes Akin Babatundé as Director and Co-Choreographer, Kristen Bond as Co-Choreographer,  Set Designer Jeff Schmidt, Costume Designer Michael Robinson, Lighting Designer Jason Foster, Sound Designer Jordana Abrenica, Properties Designer Gillian Salerno-Rebic, Dramaturg Vicki  Caroline Cheatwood, Stage Manager Jayme Marrs, Assistant Stage Manager Kristin Van Sickle, and Assistant to the Director Ptosha Storey

Spunk previews Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12; Pay What You Can performance is Sunday, April 13; and opensMonday, April 14, running through May 4.  Press/Media night is Monday, April 14 at 7:30 pm.

 

Spunk

 

Written by George C. Wolfe

Adapted for the stage from three short stories by Zora Neale Hurston

Music by Chic Street Man

Director/Co-Choreographer: Akin Babatundé

Co-Choreographer: Kristen Bond
Assistant to the Director:  Ptosha Storey
Stage Manager:  Jayme Marrs
Assistant Stage Manager:  Kristin Van Sickle
Set Design:  Jeff Schmidt
Costume Design:  Michael Robinson
Lighting Design:  Jason Foster
Properties Design:  Gillian Salerno-Rebic
Dramaturg:  Vicki Caroline Cheatwood
Sponsored by Rainmaker Advertising

Performance Schedule:

 

Show Run Dates: Friday, April 11 – Sunday, May 4, 2014

Preview Dates: Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12 at 8pm

Pay What You Can: Sunday, April 13 at 7:30pm

Opening Night: Monday, April 14 at 7:30pm

 

Performances:
Wednesdays & Thursdays: 7:30pm
Fridays: 8pm
Saturdays: 2pm (April 26 and May 3 only) & 8pm
Sundays: 2pm

                               

Ticket Prices:
            Single Tickets: $20 – $40
            Preview Tickets: $20 (Note: Sunday, April 13 is “Pay What You Can”)

 

How/Where to Buy Tickets:
www.watertowertheatre.orgor 972-450-6232 or in person at
WaterTower Theatre Box Office (Tuesday – Friday, 12pm to 6pm) 
Addison Theatre Centre
15650 Addison Road
Addison, Texas 75001

About Akin Babatundé
Akin Babatundé is a busy theater actor and director, including Marley and Fezziwig in A Christmas Carol at the Dallas Theater Center, and creating an original musical, Blind Lemon, about the famous blues musician.

He spent eight years as an artist in residence at Brown University. Both he and his brother Obba Babatundé trained at the National Black Theatre in Harlem, and within a short time were invited to join its touring company. They both were also teachers at Harriet Tubman School for a time.  He has been acting since the mid-'70s and has worked extensively at such theatres as Providence, R.I.'s Trinity Repertory Company, the Alley Theatre in Houston, Florida Stage, the Dallas Theater Center, La MaMa E.T.C. in New York and WaterTower Theatre.

He is the star of several solo pieces which include Of Ebony Embers, based on the Harlem Renaissance, which he toured nationwide and in the Caribbean, and Before the Second Set: A Visit With Satchmo. His first one-man show, Zig-Zag, which played in Berlin in 1985, was a series of monologues from Shakespearean classics, including The Merchant of Venice and King Lear.

 

About Nora Zeale Hurston
Zora Neale Hurston—novelist, folklorist, and anthropologist—was known during the Harlem Renaissance for her wit, irreverence and folk writing style.  She won second prize in the 1925 literary contest of the Urban League’s journal, Opportunity, for her short story “Spunk,” which also appeared in The New Negro. Hurston published three novels, three books of folklore, short stories, an autobiography, a one-act play and several librettos; nonetheless, she died, largely forgotten and living in poverty.  Today, her depiction of the beauty and wholeness of black American culture is fully appreciated, and her writing and influence have been restored to their rightful place in American letters.

 

About Terry Martin (Producing Artistic Director)
Multi-award winning Director Terry Martin is in his 14th season as Producing Artistic Director of WaterTower Theatre where he has overseen more than 85 productions.

Some of his more than 60 directing credits at WTT include The Mystery of Irma Vep, Putting It Together, The Grapes of Wrath, Spring Awakening, Rockin’ Christmas Party, Our Town, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Black Pearl Sings!, The Full MontyAs You Like It, Almost, Maine, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Man of La Mancha, Humble Boy, The Crucible, Take Me Out, A Country Life (which he adapted from Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya and won the 2005 Rabin Award – Best New Play), Cabaret, It Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues, Company, An Inspector Calls, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, The Laramie Project, You Can't Take It With You, Book of Days, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (2002 Rabin Award – Director of a Play), Sweeney Todd (2002 Rabin Award Nomination – Director of a Musical), Desire Under the Elms, Ravenscroft, Rockin’ Christmas Party (2000, 2001), Enter the Guardsman (2001 Rabin Award Nomination – Director of a Musical), Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill andLittle Shop of Horrors (2000 Rabin Award Nomination – Director of a Musical) among others. For Plano Repertory Theatre, he has directed Journey’s End (2000 Rabin Award – Director of a Play), Dracula, La Bête, Little Shop of Horrors andPump Boys and Dinettes. Terry was named "Best Theater Director" in the Dallas Observer's "Best of Dallas 2002."

He has appeared on stage at WTT in Our Town,Blackbird (2008 Dallas Fort Worth Theatre Critics’ Forum Award),The Woman in Black, Dinner with Friends, The Guys, Bash: Latterday Plays (2002 Rabin Award Nomination - Actor in a Play) and at PRT in The Only Thing Worse You Could Have Told Me… (1998 Rabin Award – Actor in a Play, 1998 Dallas Theater Critics Forum Award), The Woman in Black (2000 Rabin Award Nomination – Actor in a Play), and Lonely Planet.

After growing up in south Alabama, Terry spent 12 years in New York City working in theatre, television and film. While there, he directed and acted at The Village Theatre Company, Carnegie Hall Studios and Theatre at St. Marks as well as television appearances on ABC’s One Life to Live and NBC’s To Serve and Protect. He holds a BFA from the University of Alabama and has trained professionally with Sanford Meisner, Fred Kareman, Wynn Handman, Sally Johnson and Lehmann Byck. Terry presently teaches on-going acting classes in the Sanford Meisner Technique at WTT, as well as having served as Adjunct Professor of Acting at the University of Texas at Dallas.

 

About WaterTower Theatre
Now in its 17th season, WaterTower Theatre began life in 1996 with 136 brave subscribers. Today, with over 2000 subscribers and a budget of $1.3 million, it consistently earns rave reviews in The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer, and other local publications. With 104 Dallas Theatre League Leon Rabin Award Nominations and 28 wins to its credit, as well as 17 Dallas Fort Worth Theatre Critics Forum Awards, WaterTower Theatre is home to the finest local talent.

WaterTower Theatre has produced 5 world premiere productions and 16 regional premiere productions to date. WaterTower Theatre's tradition of world premiere programming includes the musicals Song of Motherhood and Blind Lemon: Prince of Country Blues. Dramatic world premieres include Free Fall with Sandy Duncan, Baptized to the Bone by Dave Johnson (which is enjoying healthy post-WaterTower Theatre life) and A Country Life, Producing Artistic Director Terry Martin’s southern adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya. Both Blind Lemon and A Country Life earned WaterTower Theatre a Dallas Theatre League Leon Rabin Award for Best New Work.

WaterTower Theatre is committed to nurturing emerging talent and expanding audiences. The annual Out of the Loop Fringe Festival strives to present new work by local and national writers. A major part of WaterTower Theatre’s education program partners professional artists and technicians with students at our Summer Performing Arts Conservatory, where students ages 8 - 18 learn “life skills through theatre skills.” In addition, master classes and workshops for professional performers offer an opportunity for continued education at the local level.

WATERTOWER THEATRE LAUNCHES THE 2014 DISCOVER SERIES WITH TWO STUDIO THEATRE PRODUCTIONS: VENUS IN FUR AND FULL GALLOP

WaterTower Theatre Producing Artistic Director Terry Martin today announced two studio theatre productions that form part of the new “2014 Discover Series.”  WaterTower Theatre will present theCircle Theatre production of Venus in Fur, April 27 to May 18, 2014 in the Studio Theatre.  The next production in the series will be Full Gallop, produced by WaterTower Theatre, August 9-31, 2014.

 

The Circle Theatre production of Venus in Fur is directed by Krista Scott and features Allison Pistorius as Vanda and Chris Hury as Thomas.  The creative team includes Clare Floyd DeVries (Set Design), David H.M. Lambert (Sound Design), John Leach (Lighting Design), Sarah Tonemah (Costume Design), Kimberlee Cantrell and Kyle Montgomery (Props Design), and Caron Grant (Stage Manager). 

 

The WaterTower Theatre production of Full Gallop will be directed by Terry Martin and stars Diana Sheehan as Diana Vreeland.  The full creative team will be announced at a later date. The Studio Theatre Discover Series is made possible, in part, by The Town of Addison.

Performances of all Discover Series productions are in the Addison Theatre Centre’s Studio Theatre, which is located at 15650 Addison Road in Addison, Texas.  Performance times are Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 PM, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 PM, and Sundays at 2:00 PM.  Tickets are $20 to $27.50 and can be purchased by calling the WTT Box Office at 972.450.6232 or online at www.watertowertheatre.org.  Group rates are also available.  Tickets go on sale March 19 at 12 noon.

Venus in Fur

Circle Theatre production

Written by David Ives

Director:  Krista Scott

Stage Manager:  Caron Grant

Set Designer:  Clare Floyd DeVries

Costume Designers: Sarah Tonemah

Sound Designer:  David H.M. Lambert

Lighting Designer:  John Leach

Décor and Props Designer:  Kimberlee Cantrell and Kyle Montgomery

 

About the production

Circle Theatre’s production of Venus in Fur ran January 30 through March 8, 2014.  The critically acclaimed production comes to WaterTower Theatre with the same cast:  Allison Pistorius as Vanda and Chris Hury as Thomas.   When Vanda arrives several hours late to her audition for a play based on a nineteenth-century erotic novel, The Director, Thomas, is less than impressed. But Vanda’s masterful performance flips the script on Thomas’ expectations and turns the session into a tango for dominance between actress and director, woman and man. Hailed as “seriously smart and very funny” by The New York Times, Venus in Fur is an engaging study of the politics of sex and power that’s guaranteed to charm and mesmerize.  This play contains adult content and language.

Full Gallop

Produced by WaterTower Theatre

Written by:  Mary Louise Wilson and Mark Hampton

Director: Terry Martin

About the production

 

As editor of Harper's Bazaar and Vogue magazines, and as a member of the International Cafe Society, Diana Vreeland chronicled the extraordinary people and events of her time. Full Gallop is a portrait of this remarkable woman at a turning point in her life. The one-woman play, starring Diana Sheehan and directed by Terry Martin, is set in August 1971 at Diana Vreeland’s Park Avenue apartment. She has just returned home to New York after four months in Europe --- a trip she took after being fired from Vogue magazine. She throws an impromptu dinner party in the hope that a wealthy friend who is invited will bankroll her in starting a magazine of her own. Other friends, however, attempt to persuade her to take a job at the famed Metropolitan Museum of Art. In her distinctive style, once she decides in which direction her life will move, she goes at it "full gallop.”

 

Best of Loop 2014

And the Best Of Loop winners are...

MAIN STAGE

Sossy Mechanics presents Trick Boxing*

STUDIO THEATRE

Jenn Dodd in No Show: A One Woman Show*

STONE COTTAGE

Audacity Theatre Lab presents Roberts' Eternal Goldfish

In this solo show by Brad McEntire, the audience comes face to face with Mr. Charlemagne J. Roberts. Roberts has a huge problem with people. All people. One day he becomes the unlikely custodian of a magical goldfish and Mr. Roberts' misanthropic view of the world is seriously challenged.

Final performance of the Loop Favorite

Audacity Theatre Lab presents Roberts' Eternal Goldfish

Sunday, March 16 @ 7:30

Special Encore Performance to be given in the Studio Theatre to accommodate a bigger audience!

*There will be no encore performance in the Main Space or Stone Cottage due to artist unavailability*

Single Tickets are $10

Loop Passholders get in for FREE

Loop Passholders: please contact the Box Office to move any current reservations.

BUY TICKETS NOW!
Click here to buy ticketsor call the Box Office at 972-450-6232

 

Out of the Loop Fringe Festival 2014 Lineup Announced!

WaterTower Theatre Announces the Artists and Schedule

for the 2014 Out of the Loop Fringe Festival

 

Seven World Premieres Highlight the Festival

 

ADDISON, TX – WaterTower Theatre Producing Artistic Director and Loop Executive Producer Terry Martin today announced the line-up for the 2014 Out of the Loop Fringe Festival, March 6-16, 2014 at the Addison Theatre and Conference Centre.  Seven world premieres highlight this year’s festival as well as 12 new artists/companies making their Festival debut, plus several returning favorites.  The Festival will include dance, theatre, cabaret artists and visual arts, and a play produced by WaterTower Theatre.  The Festival is made possible, in part, through the generous support of The Town of Addison and the Texas Commission on the Arts and media sponsor, TheaterJones.com.

 

Eighteen artists and performing arts organizations will participate in this year’s Festival of which 12 are making their *Festival debut.  They are: *Actor’s Conservatory Theater, *Alex Tha Great, Audacity Theatre Lab, *Aztec Economy, *Brandon Simmons, Contemporary Ballet Dallas, *Cynthia Scott, *Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet, Diana Sheehan, Express Productions/David Parr, *Jenn Dodd, *Miniature Curiosa, *Jendi Tarde, Muscle Memory Dance Theatre, *Risk Theater Initiative, *SiHK Brothers, *Sossy Mechanics, Sundown Collaborative Theatre and WaterTower Theatre.  (*Festival debut.)

 

Seven world premieres will be presented at this year’s Festival:  Mozart’s Muse (Jendi Tarde), Beware of Plastics (Actor’s Conservatory Theater), Diana Sheehan in Searching for Gertrude Lawrence, David Parr’s (Express Productions) Express from 59th, Robert’s Eternal Goldfish (Audacity Theatre Lab), Sundown Collaborative Theatre’sSweet Chariot,andContemporary Ballet Dallas’ Sidewalk Stories.

 

A 10-day celebration of theatre, dance, music, and art, the Out of the Loop Fringe Festival features performances by arts organizations and artists from across the nation.  Performances are held at the Addison Theatre Centre, in four performance venues: the Main Stage, the Studio Theatre, the Stone Cottage, and the Main Lobby.

 

The Best of Loop will return this year.  On the final day of the Festival, WaterTower Theatre will invite back for a special performance the Best of the Main Stage, Studio Theatre andStone Cottage performers as chosen by our Loop passholders.  Passholders will have an opportunity to cast ballots for their “Best Of” choice on the final Saturday of the Festival.

 

The Out of the Loop Fringe Festival media sponsor is TheaterJones.com.  The Festival is produced by WaterTower Theatre – Terry Martin (Executive Producer) and Kelsey Leigh Ervi (Associate Producer).

 

The Dallas Observer named the Out of the Loop Fringe Festival “Best Theatre Festival” in its annual “Best of Dallas” issue.  Additionally, the 2004 Dallas-Fort Worth Theatre Critics Forum awarded the Festival a special citation for providing performance opportunities to new works and new production companies.

 

Single tickets to all events go on sale Feb. 18.  Festival Passes, now on sale, include one admission to each Festival event and are $65.  WaterTower Theatre subscribers receive $10 off each Festival pass.  Individual ticket prices for each event are $10 or $15.  Loop passholders may make reservations starting February 11, 2014.

 

 

2014 Spotlight Gala will feature Singer Liz Mikel

Spotlight Gala 2014 to Be Held Saturday, February 22, 2014

The Gala Chair is Barbara Daseke and the evening will feature Singer Liz Mikel in a

Tribute to Songwriter Burt Bacharach

Addison, TX - WaterTower Theatre’s 2014 Spotlight Gala will be held on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at7 pm.  The Gala is chaired by Barbara Daseke.  The committee chairs are April Bosworth, Live and Silent Auction Chair; Derek Blount, Underwriting Chair and Corky Pledger, Cuisine Chair.  The theme for this year’s Gala is “What the World Needs Now:  A Tribute to Burt Bacharach.”  Singer/Actress Liz Mikel will perform an evening of well-known Bacharach hits along with some very “special friends.”

The Gala Committee consists of Maureen Anderson, Barbara Bigham, Derek Blount, Doug Boster, April Bosworth, Shannon Brame, Ben Cunningham, Elizabeth Fratantuono, Stan Graner, Terry Martin, Robert Mayer, Jr., Katie Myatt, Karol Omlor, Jimmy Niemann, Suzann Oliver, Corky Pledger, Eileen Resnik and Debbie Staggs.

The fundraising event will be held at the Addison Conference Centre, 15650 Addison Road, Addison, Texas 75001. Tickets are $250/person or $2500 for a table of 10.

For more information on the 2014 Spotlight Gala, please contact Greg Patterson, Director of Development and Marketing, at 972.450.6227 or gpatterson@watertowertheatre.org.

Current underwriters include Barbara and Don Daseke (Platinum);  Michael and James Canterbury, Janiece and Jimmy Niemann (Gold); (Silver), Addison – the magazine, Rosalind and Mervyn Benjet, Barbara and Bob Bigham, Derek Blount/Sovereign Bank, April and Mike Bosworth, The Bowden Family Foundation, Ben Cunninham/Liberty Capital Bank, Elizabeth Fratantuono, Stan Graner and Jim McBride, Robert Mayer, Jr., Larry McCallum, Methodist Hospital for Surgery, Million Air Dallas, Karol Omlor, Rainmaker Advertising, Betty Reiter, Signature Floors/Mike Furney, Joyce Sanders and Bob Lebovitz, Slalom Consulting and The Town of Addison.  Other major underwriters are:  Goody Goody, Outback Steak House, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Dandelion Cheesecakes, Todd Events and Doug Boster Catering.
 

About the Chair

Barbara Daseke is President of Barbara Elliott Interiors, an award-winning design firm specializing in luxury hotels and high-end homes across the country. Her most recent interior design projects have included homes in Dallas and Colorado Springs, CO; condominiums in Dallas and new hotel projects in California and Colorado.  Community service and volunteering are very important to Barbara.  She currently serves on the Water Tower Theatre Board of Directors and has been Gala Chair for the past four years.  She also serves on the board of TACA and the Dallas Symphony.  Barbara works on many fundraising projects for Women of WaterTower Theatre (WOW), the Dallas Symphony, Executive Board of the SMU Meadows School of the Arts, the Dallas Museum of Art.  Barbara’s husband, Don, is the past President and Past Chairman of the Board of WaterTower Theatre.
 

About Liz Mikel

Liz Mikelmade her Broadway debut in the recent production of Lysistrata Jones. Liz can currently be seen in the feature film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, starring Ben Stiller, now playing in theatres.  She previously played the role of Hetaira in the world premiere of Give It Up! at the Dallas Theater Center, where she is a Resident Acting Company member. Ms. Mikel is well known to TV audiences for her role as Corinna Williams on the acclaimed TV series Friday Night Lights. She has been a staple in Dallas' theater and music scenes for the past 20 years. As a vocalist, she has opened for Erykah Badu, Branford Marsalis, Issac Hayes, Gennifer Flowers and Joan Rivers. Ms. Mikel also played Maggie, Ty's landlady, on LOGO's Sordid Lives: The Series. She was Ruthie Jenkins in the comedy, Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins, among many other film and television appearances.
 

About WaterTower Theatre

WaterTower Theatre is one of the leading regional theatres in North Texas.  It is consistently recognized for its artistic excellence by the Dallas Theatre League, Dallas/Fort Worth Theatre Critics Forum, The Dallas Morning News, The Dallas Observer, D Magazine and Star-Telegram, among others.  WaterTower Theatre has a subscription base of more than 2,100 subscribers and serves an audience of over 35,000 patrons annually.  Led by Producing Artistic Director Terry Martin, WaterTower Theatre is in its 17th season. 

Announcing Cast & Creative Team for THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER

WATERTOWER THEATRE ANNOUNCES CAST AND
CREATIVE TEAM FOR REGIONAL PREMIERE OF

THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER

This new adaptation of the Mark Twain classic runs January 24 – February 16, 2014

ADDISON, TX – WaterTower Theatre Producing Artistic Director Terry Martin today announced the cast for the regional premiere of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer running January 24 – February 16, 2014 on the Main Stage at the Addison Theatre Centre.  The cast features Andrews Cope (Tom Sawyer), Tabitha Ray (Becky Thatcher), Garret Storms (Huckleberry Finn/Ensemble), Jake Buchanan (Joe Harper/Ensemble), Jeff Wittekiend (Sid Sawyer/Ensemble), Van Quattro (Injun Joe/Ensemble), Nancy Sherrard (Aunt Polly/Widow Douglas) and Tom Lenaghen (Muff Potter/Ensemble).

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is sponsored, in part, by Atmos Energy and Barbara and Bob Bigham:  the Baylor Oral Health Foundation.  The Student matinee program is underwritten by Atmos Energy.

Making their WaterTower Theatre debuts in this production are Tabitha Ray and Jeff Wittekiend.

The creative team for The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is led by Director Emily Scott Banks. The Assistant Director is Kelsey Ervi. The Set Designer is Michael Sullivan, Robin Armstrong is the Costume Designer, Dan Schoedel is Lighting Designer and the Props Designer is Charles Wallace.  Caron Grant is the Stage Manager, Ash Willeby is Assistant Stage Manager and the Dramaturg is the Vicki Cheatwood.

Mini series and Design Your Own series subscriptions are currently on sale for the 2013-2014 season which can includeThe Adventures of Tom Sawyer.  Individual tickets do not go on sale for The Adventures of Tom Sawyer until December 15th.  Subscription packages start as low as $51 for a 3-play DYO series.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer previews Friday, January 24 and Saturday, January 25; Pay What You Can performance is Sunday, January 26; and opensMonday, January 27, running through Sunday, February 16.  Press/Media night is Monday, January 27 at 7:30 pm.

Mark Twain’s classic novel of Missouri boyhood comes to life in this high-spirited theatrical romp.  Mischievous Tom and his pal Huck witness a murder, then embark on a string of wild escapades.  Becky Thatcher, Aunt Polly, Injun Joe and the rest of the group join Tom in this timeless family tale.  Laura Eason’s brand new adaptation of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, brings out the child in all of us, as we explore the thrill of mischief-making, the fickleness of first love, the cold shivers of an adventure gone wrong, and the excitement of discovering real live buried treasure.  This is a story for anyone who celebrates all that is glorious about childhood.

 

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Adapted by Laura Eason from the Novel by Mark Twain
Sponsored by Atmos Energy and Barbara and Bob Bigham: The Baylor Oral Health Foundation 

Director: Emily Scott Banks
Assistant Director: Kelsey Ervi
Stage Manager: Caron Grant
Assistant Stage Manager: Ash Willeby
Set Design: Michael Sullivan
Costume Design: Robin Armstrong
Lighting Design: Dan Schoedel
Properties Design: Charles Wallace
Dramaturg:  Vicki Cheatwood

 

Performance Schedule:

Show Run Dates: Friday, January 24 – Sunday, February 16, 2014
Preview Dates: Friday, January 24 and Saturday, January 25 at 8pm
Pay What You Can: Sunday, January 26 at 7:30pm
Opening Night: Monday, January 27 at 7:30pm

Performances:

Wednesdays & Thursdays: 7:30pm
Fridays: 8pm
Saturdays: 2pm (February 8 and 15 only) & 8pm
Sundays: 2pm                               

Ticket Prices:

            Single Tickets: $20 – $40
            Preview Tickets: $20 (Note: Sunday, January 26 is “Pay What You Can”)

How/Where to Buy Tickets:
www.watertowertheatre.orgor 972-450-6232 or in person at
WaterTower Theatre Box Office (Tuesday – Friday, 12pm to 6pm) 
Addison Theatre Centre
15650 Addison Road
Addison, Texas 75001

About Emily Scott Banks

Emily Scott Banks returns to direct at WaterTower. An actress initially, Emily has won numerous awards for her work, including two Critics' Forum Awards; and Best Actress of the Year nods for Dallas ObserverD MagazineTheaterJones and others. Some of her favorite roles include work at WaterTower – A Country Life, Enchanted April, Our Town and Boeing-Boeing. Work at other area stages includes A Most Dangerous Woman, The Normal Heart, Ghost-Writer, and The Clean House among many others. In 2009 she directed A Feminine Ending for WaterTower, and this past Spring she directed a critically acclaimed production of W;t for Theatre Arlington. Emily trained at the University of Texas at Austin, extensively with Shakespeare & Co, MA, and has been a student of the Meisner Technique with Terry Martin for over a decade.

About Laura Eason

Laura Eason is the author of more than twenty full-length plays, both original work and adaptations. She is an Ensemble Member and the former Artistic Director of Lookingglass Theatre, Chicago.  She is also an Affiliated Artist of the Obie-winningNew Georges and an alumna of the Women’s Project Playwright’s Lab and America-in-Play in New York City.

About Mark Twain

Mark Twain was an American humorist, journalist, lecturer, and novelist who acquired international fame for his travel narratives, especially The Innocents Abroad(1869), Roughing It(1872), and Life on the Mississippi(1883), and for his adventure stories of boyhood, especially The Adventures of Tom Sawyer(1876) and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn(1885). A gifted raconteur, distinctive humorist, and irascible moralist, he transcended the apparent limitations of his origins to become a popular public figure and one of America’s best and most beloved writers.

About Terry Martin (Producing Artistic Director)

Multi-award winning Director Terry Martin is in his 14th season as Producing Artistic Director of WaterTower Theatre where he has overseen more than 85 productions.

Some of his more than 60 directing credits at WTT include The Mystery of Irma Vep, Putting It Together, The Grapes of Wrath, Spring Awakening, Rockin’ Christmas Party, Our Town, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Black Pearl Sings!, The Full MontyAs You Like It, Almost, Maine, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Man of La Mancha, Humble Boy, The Crucible, Take Me Out, A Country Life (which he adapted from Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya and won the 2005 Rabin Award – Best New Play), Cabaret, It Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues, Company, An Inspector Calls, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, The Laramie Project, You Can't Take It With You, Book of Days, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (2002 Rabin Award – Director of a Play), Sweeney Todd (2002 Rabin Award Nomination – Director of a Musical), Desire Under the Elms, Ravenscroft, Rockin’ Christmas Party (2000, 2001), Enter the Guardsman (2001 Rabin Award Nomination – Director of a Musical), Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill andLittle Shop of Horrors (2000 Rabin Award Nomination – Director of a Musical) among others. For Plano Repertory Theatre, he has directed Journey’s End (2000 Rabin Award – Director of a Play), Dracula, La Bête, Little Shop of Horrors andPump Boys and Dinettes. Terry was named "Best Theater Director" in the Dallas Observer's "Best of Dallas 2002."

He has appeared on stage at WTT in Our Town,Blackbird (2008 Dallas Fort Worth Theatre Critics’ Forum Award),The Woman in Black, Dinner with Friends, The Guys, Bash: Latterday Plays (2002 Rabin Award Nomination - Actor in a Play) and at PRT in The Only Thing Worse You Could Have Told Me… (1998 Rabin Award – Actor in a Play, 1998 Dallas Theater Critics Forum Award), The Woman in Black (2000 Rabin Award Nomination – Actor in a Play), and Lonely Planet.

After growing up in south Alabama, Terry spent 12 years in New York City working in theatre, television and film. While there, he directed and acted at The Village Theatre Company, Carnegie Hall Studios and Theatre at St. Marks as well as television appearances on ABC’s One Life to Live and NBC’s To Serve and Protect. He holds a BFA from the University of Alabama and has trained professionally with Sanford Meisner, Fred Kareman, Wynn Handman, Sally Johnson and Lehmann Byck. Terry presently teaches on-going acting classes in the Sanford Meisner Technique at WTT, as well as having served as Adjunct Professor of Acting at the University of Texas at Dallas.

About WaterTower Theatre

Now in its 17th season, WaterTower Theatre began life in 1996 with 136 brave subscribers. Today, with over 2000 subscribers and a budget of $1.3 million, it consistently earns rave reviews in The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer, and other local publications. With 104 Dallas Theatre League Leon Rabin Award Nominations and 28 wins to its credit, as well as 17 Dallas Fort Worth Theatre Critics Forum Awards, WaterTower Theatre is home to the finest local talent.

WaterTower Theatre has produced 5 world premiere productions and 16 regional premiere productions to date. WaterTower Theatre's tradition of world premiere programming includes the musicals Song of Motherhood and Blind Lemon: Prince of Country Blues. Dramatic world premieres include Free Fall with Sandy Duncan, Baptized to the Bone by Dave Johnson (which is enjoying healthy post-WaterTower Theatre life) and A Country Life, Producing Artistic Director Terry Martin’s southern adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya. Both Blind Lemon and A Country Life earned WaterTower Theatre a Dallas Theatre League Leon Rabin Award for Best New Work.

WaterTower Theatre is committed to nurturing emerging talent and expanding audiences. The annual Out of the Loop Fringe Festival strives to present new work by local and national writers. A major part of WaterTower Theatre’s education program partners professional artists and technicians with students at our Summer Performing Arts Conservatory, where students ages 8 - 18 learn “life skills through theatre skills.” In addition, master classes and workshops for professional performers offer an opportunity for continued education at the local level.

WTT is privileged to make its home at the Addison Theatre Centre, an award-winning flexible theatre space that can be reconfigured to accommodate each new production.

WaterTower Theatre gratefully acknowledges the support of:

The Town of Addison, TACA, Texas Commission on the Arts, and The Shubert Foundation.

WaterTower Theatre gratefully acknowledges the generosity of the following season sponsors:  

Ackley Financial Group/ARMOR Wealth Management, Frost Bank, Atmos Energy, Barbara and Bob Bigham: the Baylor Oral Health Foundation, Don and Barbara Daseke, Liberty Capital Bank, Robert Mayer, Jr., Pinnacle Family of Companies,  Wells Fargo Bank, Rainmaker Advertising, Women of WaterTower Theatre, and the WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors.

Media Sponsors:

Theatre Jones.com, The Dallas Voice, and Addison -- the Magazine of the North Dallas Corridor.

RAFFLE TICKETS NOW ONSALE!

RAFFLE TICKETS TO WATERTOWER THEATRE'S 2014 SPOTLIGHT GALA ARE NOW ONSALE

We offer the chance to win three great prizes for only $10 per ticket or 3 for $25. Plus, with every ticket you'll receive a $15 coupon to dine at one of Kenny's award-winning restaurants: Kenny's Wood Fired Grill or Kenny's Italian Kitchen.

It's easy to purchase a raffle ticket on our website.  First, go to the SUPPORT WTT PAGE and then go to the MAKE A DONATION page.

Then, click on the donate button below. Fill in the require information and donation amount (for example if you enter $10, we will know it's for one raffle ticket or $25 we will know it is for 3 raffle tickets). Once you complete the donation, we will mail you your dining coupon(s) and enter your name into the drawing (one entry per ticket purchased). The drawing takes place on Saturday, February 22, 2014. You need not be present to win! We will inform the lucky winners by email and/or phone.

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Thank you for your support, and, GOOD LUCK! (all proceeds support WaterTower Theatre's Artistic and Education programs. Raffle tickets are not tax-deductible per the IRS rules).

Now Accepting Applications for 2014 Out of the Loop Fringe Festival

(Addison, TX) - WaterTower Theatre Producing Artistic Director Terry Martin today announced that submissions for the 13th annual Out of the Loop Fringe Festival will be accepted starting October 14. Submissions must be received no later than November 15. Participants will be notified of their acceptance by January 3, 2014.

 

In this year's Out of the Loop Fringe Festival, producers are interested in exploring diversity. Therefore, applicants are encouraged to submit work or a diverse of multi-cultural nature. This year's festival starts March 6 running through March 16, 2014.

 

Applications can be found online at watertowertheatre.org/outofloop.

 

A ten day celebration of dance, music, theatre and visual arts, the Out of the Loop Fringe Festival features performances by artists and companies from around the country. Performances are held at the Addison Theatre and Conference Centre on the Main Stage, in the Studio Theatre and the Stone Cottage. The 2014 Festival is Produced by Terry Martin, Producing Artistic Director of WaterTower Theatre, and Co-Producer Kelsey Ervi.

 

For more information about the Festival, contact Kelsey Ervi, Assistant to the Producing Artistic Director, WaterTower Theatre at 972-450.6277 or kervi@watertowertheatre.org.

Words from our Producing Artistic Director

A new season.   

Our seventeenth to be exact.

However, our mission has remained consistent. At its very heart, WaterTower Theatre is committed to producing great theatrical works. Classic plays and musicals, as well as new works by today’s leading writers and composers. This commitment enables WTT to embody the best of American theatre and to provide the North Texas area with high-quality professional theatrical entertainment in an award-winning setting—the Addison Theatre Centre.  And best of all, we’re in a convenient North Dallas location.

Join us as a subscriber for our 2013-2014 Season. Not only will you get to enjoy some of the best theatre in town, you’ll also save up to 25% off the single ticket price!

For 2013-2014 season we selected an outstanding collection of works from some of the world’s foremost theatre authors:  

  • a musical biography of one of our most iconic singers Hank Williams: Lost Highway
  • a fresh new adaptation of the Mark Twain classic, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • three short stories by the great Harlem Renaissance author Zora Neale Hurston come together for a great blues infused evening in Spunk
  • Good People, a ferociously funny tale of a single mom making due in modern day Boston
  • the recent award-winning Dogfight, an intimate and heartfelt musical look at the power of compassion

In addition to our regular season, another iconic hero of sorts will bring a belly full of laughs to your holiday season. Sherlock Holmes visits us in a fun comedy and murder-mystery The Game’s Afoot (or Holmes for the Holidays). And once again, you can go “Loopy” with the 13th annual Out of the Loop Fringe Festival.

It all adds up to an unforgettable year of theatre that you won’t want to miss. Subscribe today for big savings and to guarantee yourself the best seats in the house!

Hit WTT shows frequently sell out with long standby lines at each performance, so now is the time to make sure you have the opportunity to see what the excitement is all about! Join us as a subscriber for our 2013-2014 Season.  Come be a part of the excitement!  

We look forward to seeing you at the theatre!

-Terry 

WTT Announces the Directors for its 2013-2014 Main Stage Season

WaterTower Theatre Announces the Directors for its 2013-2014 Main Stage Season 

Guest Directors are Michael Serrecchia, Robin Armstrong,

Emily Scott Banks, Akin Babatundé and René Moreno

 

Single Tickets go on sale for Hank Williams:  Lost Highway and The Game’s Afoot (or Holmes for the Holidays) on Wednesday, September 18 at 12 noon
 

(Addison, TX) WaterTower Theatre Producing Artistic Director Terry Martin today announced the directors for the Company’s 2013-2014 Main Stage season at the Addison Theatre Centre.   Directing the season opener, Hank Williams: Lost Highway (October 11-November 3, 2013) will be Michael Serrecchia.  The Game’s Afoot (or Holmes for the Holidays) (December 13- January 5, 2014) will be directed by Robin Armstrong.  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (January 24-February 16, 2014) will be directed by Emily Scott Banks.  Spunk (April 11-May 4, 2014) will be directed by Akin Babatunde. Good People (June 6-29, 2014) will be directed by René Moreno and Dogfight (July 25-August 17, 2014)will be directed by Terry Martin.  

Subscriptions to the 2013-2014 season are now onsale by calling the Box Office at 972.450.6232.  Single tickets to Hank Williams:  Lost Highway and The Game’s Afoot (or Holmes for the Holidays) go on sale September 18, 2013.

About Robin Armstrong

Robinreturns to WaterTower where she directed Boeing-Boeing.  Robin is a critically acclaimed director, violence designer and costume designer who has worked throughout the metroplex. Robin received her MFA from VCU in Richmond, VA, and a Bachelor of Science in Theatre from NSULA in Natchitoches, LA.

About Akin Babatundé

AkinBabatundé is an accomplished actor, director, and writer whose theatrical career spans Broadway, regional theatre, film and television. He has been a resident company member of prestigious theatrical institutions throughout the country: Trinity Rep (Providence, R.I.), Alley Theatre (Houston, TX), La Mama Theater (NY City) and the Dallas Theater Center. He is founder and artistic director of Vivid Theater Ensemble of Dallas and founder of Ebony Emeralds Classic Theater Company. Babatundé was the first African-American to direct for the Dallas Shakespeare Festival in the celebrated diverse production of Taming of the Shrew in 1993.

As a writer, Babatundé's work has been commissioned by Florida Stage, La Mama Theater, the Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, Brown University, the Black Academy of Arts and Core Ensemble. His most recent work Shakespeare – Midnight Echoes tours in Texas paying homage to black performing artists who performed Shakespeare from slavery to the present. He has toured extensively with Core Ensemble in Of Ebony Embers –Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance. His one-man show, Before the Second Set – A Visit with Satchmo has received critical acclaim at theaters across the country. Babatundé wrote and starred in Blind Lemon Blues, which toured in Europe (Paris, Geneva, Brussels, Amsterdam) and received rave notices in the New York Times at its 2004 New York premiere at Central Park's Summer Stage. Television appearances include Law and Order and Wishbone, the PBS literary show for children.

His work has been awarded a Dallas Observer Best Actor Award (the first African-American to receive this distinction), 1991 and 2004 Dallas Critics Forum Award, the 2004 Legacy of Success, and the Alvin Ailey Performing Arts Award. He received the prestigious Individual Artists Grant from the Palm Beach County Cultural Council to create a new work Harvest of Voices based on oral histories.

Babatundé is a renowned arts educator, having undertaken five long-term artist residencies in underserved communities in Florida, creating new music theatre works alongside at-risk teens and community members. Theater impresario Ellen Stewart of La Mama Theater describes him as "one of those rare geniuses who comes into our lives." Babatundé holds a Master of Arts degree in Arts and Humanities from the University of Texas at Dallas.

About Emily Scott Banks

Emily Scott Banks returns to direct at WaterTower. An actress initially, Emily has won numerous awards for her work, including two Critics' Forum Awards; and Best Actress of the Year nods for Dallas ObserverD MagazineTheaterJones and others. Some of her favorite roles include work at WaterTower – A Country Life, Enchanted April, Our Town and Boeing-Boeing. Work at other area stages includes A Most Dangerous Woman, The Normal Heart, Ghost-Writer, and The Clean House among many others. In 2009 she directed A Feminine Ending for WaterTower, and this past Spring she directed a critically acclaimed production of W;t for Theatre Arlington. Emily trained at the University of Texas at Austin, extensively with Shakespeare & Co, MA, and has been a student of the Meisner Technique with Terry Martin for over a decade.

About René Moreno

René Morenoreturns to WaterTower Theatre where he directed A. R. Gurney’s Black Tie last season. For WaterTower Theatre, he has also directed August: Osage County by Tracey Letts, Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Living Out by Lisa Loomer, and Scott McPherson’s Marvin’s Room. An accomplished actor and director, he studied music at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, and theatre and dance at Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University, where he holds an MFA in directing. As an actor, he has performed on Broadway and Off-, at prestigious regional theatres across the country, on radio, television and film. He has directed numerous plays regionally, including classics and those of modern and emerging writers, in productions that have garnered critical acclaim and award recognition. A Dallas native, he is a member of SDC (Stage Directors and Choreographers Society) and an Artistic Associate with Shakespeare Dallas, as well as an Affiliated Artist with the Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre. 

About Terry Martin

Multi-award winning Director Terry Martin is in his 14th season as Producing Artistic Director of WaterTower Theatre where he has overseen more than 100 productions.  His recent WaterTower Theatre directed productions include The Mystery of Irma Vep, Putting it Together, The Grapes of Wrath, Spring Awakening, The Diary of Anne Frank.  In his role as WaterTower Theatre’s Producing Artistic Director, Terry oversees both the administrative and artistic aspects of the Company.

Under his leadership WTT has grown from a small local theatre company to one of the leading regional theatres in Texas.  While consistently maintaining the artistic integrity of the work WTT produces and gaining much critical acclaim, he has - through keen business acumen - managed to keep the theatre in the black and maintain a large paid capacity for the past many seasons.

Some of his 60 directing credits at WTT include Our Town, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, As You Like It, Almost, Maine, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Man of La Mancha, Humble Boy, The Crucible, Take Me Out, A Country Life (which he adapted from Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya and won the 2005 Rabin Award – Best New Play), Cabaret, It Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues, Company, An Inspector Calls, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, The Laramie Project, You Can't Take It With You, Book of Days, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (2002 Rabin Award – Director of a Play), Sweeney Todd (2002 Rabin Award Nomination – Director of a Musical), Desire Under the Elms, Ravenscroft, Rockin’ Christmas Party (2000, 2001), Enter the Guardsman (2001 Rabin Award Nomination – Director of a Musical), Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill and Little Shop of Horrors (2000 Rabin Award Nomination – Director of a Musical) among others. For Plano Repertory Theatre, he has directed Journey’s End (2000 Rabin Award – Director of a Play), Dracula, La Bête, Little Shop of Horrors and Pump Boys and Dinettes. Terry was named "Best Theater Director" in the Dallas Observer's "Best of Dallas 2002."

He has appeared on stage most recently at the Dallas Theater Center in Next Fall, and at WTT inOur Town, and previously in Blackbird (2008 Dallas Fort Worth Theatre Critics’ Forum Award), The Woman in Black, Dinner with Friends, The Guys, Bash: Latter-day Plays (2002 Rabin Award Nomination - Actor in a Play) and at PRT in The Only Thing Worse You Could Have Told Me… (1998 Rabin Award – Actor in a Play, 1998 Dallas Theater Critics Forum Award), The Woman in Black (2000 Rabin Award Nomination – Actor in a Play), and Lonely Planet.

After growing up in south Alabama, Terry spent 12 years in New York City working in theatre, television and film. While there, he directed and acted at The Village Theatre Company, Carnegie Hall Studios and Theatre at St. Marks as well as television appearances on ABC’s One Life to Live and NBC’s To Serve and Protect. He holds a BFA from the University of Alabama and has trained professionally with Sanford Meisner, Fred Kareman, Wynn Handman, Sally Johnson and Lehmann Byck. Terry presently teaches on-going acting classes in the Sanford Meisner Technique at WTT, as well as having served as Adjunct Professor of Acting at the University of Texas at Dallas.

About Michael Serrecchia

Michael returns to WaterTower Theatre after a few years absence. Recent projects include the award winning productions of The Producers, Take Me Out for Uptown Players where he directed the regional premiere of Next to Normal. Other regional premieres include the award-winning productions of Pageant (Crossroads Theatre), A Class Act, The Full Monty, The Light in the Piazza and, The Drowsy Chaperone (Theatre Three). Michael’s direction and choreography of Nine, the musical (ICT Mainstage) earned 9 Column Awards. In addition other favorites include On Golden Pond, Brighton Beach Memoirs, The Sunshine Boys (CTD), Lobby Hero (Second Thought Theatre) Almost, Maine, Moonlight and Magnolias, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and The Full Monty (Theatre Arlington), and It’s a Wonderful Life and Oklahoma! (WaterTower Theatre). This past 2 season Michael was named one of the critics Top Directors in Dallas for The Drowsy Chaperone and in Fort Worth for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and The Producers and How to Succeed in Business... the same year he received the prestigious Natalie Skelton Award for Artistic Excellence. Michael, an original cast member of A Chorus Line and Seesaw, has appeared in the films Every Little Step, Broadway: the Golden Age and in the upcoming Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age.
 

THE SEASON:

Hank Williams:  Lost Highway
Oct. 11 - Nov. 3, 2013
By Randal Myler and Mark Harelik
Sponsored by Frost Bank
Sponsored by WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors
Directed by Michael Serrecchia 

More than 50 years after his death, Hank Williams still ranks among the most powerfully iconic figures in American music.  A musical biography of the rise and fall of the brash, forever young, always legendary singer-songwriter Hank Williams stands among the greatest innovators of American popular music.  Follow Williams on his often lonely journey from backwoods Alabama to super-stardom at the Grand Ole Opry. This unforgettable tribute highlights his unique magic as a performer and the simple spell of his yearning songs, and features over 20 hits, including “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” “Jambalaya” and “Hey, Good Lookin'."

Ken Ludwig’s
The Game’s Afoot (Holmes for the Holidays)
December 13 – January 5, 2014
Sponsored by Liberty Capital Bank
Regional Premiere
Directed by Robin Armstrong

It’s December 1936 and stage star William Gillette, an iconic actor admired all over the world for his role as Sherlock Holmes, is shot onstage during a show.  While he recuperates, he invites his fellow cast members to his Connecticut castle for a lively Christmas weekend of fun.  But, when one of his guests is found stabbed to death, the fun turns dangerous.  It’s up to Gillette, as he assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to find the killer before someone else is killed.  The hilarity is non-stop in what is a glittering whodunit set during the Christmas holidays!  Oh, did we mention it’s written by Tony Award winner Ken Ludwig (Lend me a Tenor, Moon Over Buffalo).

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Jan. 24 – Feb. 16, 2014
By Laura Eason
Adapted from the novel by Mark Twain
Regional Premiere
Sponsored by Atmos Energy
Sponsored by Barbara and Bob Bigham:  the Baylor Oral Health Foundation
Directed by Emily Scott Banks

Mark Twain’s classic novel of Missouri boyhood comes to life in this high-spirited theatrical romp.  Mischievous Tom and his pal Huck witness a murder and then embark on a string of wild escapades.  Becky Thatcher, Aunt Polly, Injun Joe and the rest of the group join Tom in this timeless family tale.  Laura Eason’s brand new adaptation of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, brings out the child in all of us, as we explore the thrill of mischief-making, the fickleness of first love, the cold shivers of an adventure gone wrong, and the excitement of discovering real live buried treasure.  This is a story for anyone who celebrates all that is glorious about childhood.

Spunk
Apr. 11 – May 4, 2014
By George C. Wolfe
Adapted for the stage from three short stories by Zora Neale Hurston
Music by Chic Street Man
Sponsored by Rainmaker Advertising
Directed by Akin Babatundé 

Spunk is a wild, bluesy wail—three stories by the great Harlem Renaissance writer Zora Neale Hurston, adapted into a staggeringly theatrical play by George C. Wolfe, who won an Obie for its 1989 off-Broadway premiere production. A trio of vignettes of African-American life in the first half of the 20th century, Spunk is a raucous, charming, blues-infused look at love, revenge, jealousy, and the fine art of the hustle.

Good People
June 6 – 29, 2014
By David Lindsay-Abaire
Regional Premiere
Sponsored by Women of WaterTower Theatre
Million Air Dallas
Directed by René Moreno

When Margie Walsh loses her job at a South Boston dollar store, she reaches out to her old friend and flame Mike, a Southie boy who made good when he became a successful doctor. What begins as an attempt to hit Mike up for a job takes on a threatening cast when Margie realizes the power that secrets from Mike's past life hold over his current one. Penned by Pulitzer Prize-winner David Lindsay-Abaire, Good People is an incisive and funny character study of old friends, old flames and the question of whether you can ever leave the old neighborhood behind.

Dogfight: A New Musical
July 25 – Aug. 17, 2014
Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
Book by Peter Duchan
Based on the Warner Bros. Film - Screenplay by Bob Comfort
Regional Premiere
Directed by Terry Martin

Winner of the prestigious 2013 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical! Set on the eve of the Kennedy assassination on November 21, 1963, Dogfight chronicles the story of newly inducted Marine, Eddie Birdlace. Before shipping out to Vietnam, Birdlace and his friends make a bet:  Each man contributes $50 to a pot, and whoever brings the ugliest date that night to a bar wins the prize. But when Eddie meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress as his date, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of compassion.  Dogfight is a musical adaptation of the 1991 indie film starring River Phoenix and Lilly Taylor.

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