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The Cast of HIT THE WALL
The Cast of HIT THE WALL
Photo by Karen Almond
Announcing Cast and Creative Team for HIT THE WALL

WaterTower Theatre Artistic Director Joanie Schultz today announced casting and creative team details for the Regional Premiere of Hit the Wall by multi-award-winning playwright Ike Holter. Hit the Wall will be directed by Joanie Schultz, and marks her WTT directorial inauguration. Hit the Wall will run July 28th – August 20th, 2017, in the Canterbury Family Main Stage at the Addison Theatre Centre. The cast features Kelsey Leigh Ervi as Peg, Joshua Gonzales as Tano, Walter Lee as Carson, Gregory Lush as Cop, Camille Monae as Roberta, Stephen Rosenberger as Newbie, Rashaun Sibley as Mika, Garret Storms as Cliff, Jacie Hood Wenzel as Madeline, and Brandon Whitlock as A-Gay.

Making their WaterTower Theatre debuts in Hit the Wall will be Gregory Lush, Camille Monae, Stephen Rosenberger, Rashaun Sibley, Jacie Hood Wenzel, and Brandon Whitlock, and Director Joanie Schultz.

Hit the Wall will also feature the local alternative rock band, The Mystiks, which includes musicians Ivan Dillard (Composer, Guitar, Cello), Gerard Bendiks (Drums), and Lina Reyne (Bass).

Hit the Wall follows a diverse group of New Yorkers as a joyful evening at a gay nightclub, following the death of the iconic Judy Garland, is brutally interrupted by a police raid that touches off days of violent protests. Hit the Wall premiered in 2012 at Chicago's famed Steppenwolf Theatre. Hit the Wall transports audiences to the Stonewall Riots in New York's Greenwich Village on June 27-28, 1969, when a routine police raid on an underground gay hotspot became a foundational moment for the modern gay rights movement. Featuring a howling live rock band that evokes the era's proto-punk music and fast-paced, sharp dialogue, the vivid theatrical re-imagination focuses on ten unlikely revolutionaries, each claiming in turn "I was there."

Hit the Wall is recommended for mature audiences only due to adult content and language.

Individual tickets to Hit the Wall are on sale now, and are available by calling the WaterTower Theatre Box Office at 972.450.6232 or online at www.watertowertheatre.org/tickets.aspx

The creative team, in addition to Director Joanie Schultz, includes Jocelyn Girigorie (Set Designer), Ryan Matthieu Smith (Costume Designer), Jason Foster (Lighting Designer), Kellen Voss (Sound Designer), Bradley Gray (Properties Designer), Shawn Magill (Music Coordinator), Jeff Colangelo (Fight Choreographer), Kyle Eric Bradford (Dramaturg), Caron Gitelman Grant (Stage Manager), and Monika Zimmermann (Assistant Stage Manager).

Performance details:

In the Canterbury Family Main Stage at
The Addison Theatre Centre
Show Run Dates:  July 28 – August 20, 2017
Preview dates:  Friday, July 28 and Saturday, July 29 at 8pm &
Pay-What-You-Can, Sunday, July 30 at 2pm
Opening night:  Monday, July 31 at 7:30pm

Performances:
Wednesdays & Thursdays: 7:30 p.m.
Fridays: 8:00 p.m.
Saturdays: 8:00 p.m. (& 2:00 pm August 12 and 19)|
Sundays: 2:00 p.m.

Ticket Prices:
Single Tickets: $22 - $40 per show
Preview Tickets: $20

How/Where to Buy Tickets:
Online:  www.watertowertheatre.org
By Phone:  972.450.6232

Or In-person: WaterTower Theatre at the Addison Theatre Centre
15650  Addison Road, Addison, TX 75001

Fax: 972.450.6244
Email: boxoffice@watertowertheatre.org

Box Office Hours

Performance Weeks:
Tuesday-Saturday Noon-6 p.m.
Closed Sunday-Monday

Non-Performance Weeks:
Tuesday-Friday Noon-6 p.m.
Closed Saturday-Monday

Please note: The Box Office opens one hour before show time on performance days and remains open through intermission.

About the Director:

Joanie Schultz started as Artistic Director of WaterTower Theatre on January 1, 2017. Before joining WaterTower Theatre, Joanie served as Associate Artistic Producer at Victory Gardens Theater, as part of the Leadership U One-on-One Fellowship funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation administered through TCG, the national non-profit regional theatre service organization.  She is also a freelance director, with recent productions at Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Studio Theatre (Washington D.C.), The Cleveland Play House, Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, and Victory Gardens Theater. She was a Drama League Fellow, The Goodman Theatre Michael Maggio Director Fellow; the SDSF Denham Fellow; and Lincoln Center Theatre Directors Lab participant. She is an ensemble member at Steep Theatre, Artistic Associate at Victory Gardens Theater, and artistic cabinet member at Studio Theatre in Washington, DC.  Joanie has also served on faculty at Columbia College and University of Chicago.  She received her B.A. in Theatre/Directing at Columbia College and her M.F.A. in Theatre Directing from Northwestern University.

About the Playwright:

Ike Holter’s work has been produced at The Steppenwolf Garage, A Red Orchid, Barrow Street, Primary Stages, The Lily Tomlin Theater, Philadelphia Theater Company, The New Colony, Jackalope Theater, Nothing Without A Company and The Inconvenience, where he is a founding member. He's received fellowships and commissions from Goodman Theater, Studio Theater, The Kennedy Center, Writers Theater, Teatro Vista, and Playwrights Center.  Both his plays "Exit Strategy" and "Hit the Wall" premiered in Chicago and moved to Off Broadway productions in New York.  Last year his play "Sender" opened at A Red Orchid, "Prowess" opened at Jackalope, and his show "Stay Lit" played at Oracle Theater and Steppenwolf.  He was named "Chicagoan of the Year in Theater 2014" by Chris Jones of The Chicago Tribune, and his monologues have been published in The New Yorker and several editions of Applause Books. Holter was recently named one of Victory Gardens newest ensemble playwrights.

About the Cast:

KELSEY LEIGH ERVI, Peg
Kelsey is honored to be making her WaterTower Theatre main stage debut in a play as timely and powerful as Hit the Wall. Past DFW acting credits include: Bright Half Life (WaterTower Theatre); Mr. Burns, a post-electric play (Stage West, DFW Theatre Critics Form Award for Best Ensemble); Richard III, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare in the Bar); [sic] (Echo Theatre); The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told (Uptown Players); and The Winter's Tale (Shakespeare Dallas). Kelsey is also an accomplished emerging director. Selected directing credits include: Parade in ConcertSilent SkyLord of the Flies, The Spark (2015 "Best of Loop") The Santaland Diaries, The Tom Sawyer Project, Honky (WaterTower Theatre); Precious Little (Echo Theatre); Love Me, Tinder (FIT Festival, world premiere); Ask Questions Later (Rite of Passage Theatre, world premiere); and Dani Girl (Greyman Theatre Company). Kelsey is a co-founder and producer for Little Big Scene Podcast, a local bi-weekly podcast which serves to promote the past, present, and future of the DFW theatre community. A graduate of Baylor University with a B.F.A. in Theatre Performance, Kelsey currently serves as Associate Artistic Director for WaterTower Theatre.

JOSHUA GONZALES, Tano
Joshua is thrilled to come back home to WaterTower Theatre, where he started his professional career in Spring Awakening. National Tours: Skippyjon JonesTeacher...Black Lagoon (TheatreworksUSA). Regional Premieres: Whaddabloodclot!!! (Williamstown Theatre Festival); Dani Girl (Greyman Theatre Co.). NYC: Men of God, The Woman From Space, Afrodite's Adonis. TV: Guest Star and Co-Star roles on ABC, Lifetime, Travel Channel, CNN. Joshua is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association and lives in NYC.

WALTER LEE, Carson
Walter is over the moon to be back at WaterTower Theatre with Hit the Wall! Recent credits include Belize in Uptown Players' production of Angels in America. Other credits include Columbia in The Rocky Horror Show (Dallas Theater Center); Angel in Rent (Casa Mañana); Victor in Smokey Joe's Café (WaterTower Theatre), just to name a few. Walter has worked at Garland Civic Theater, Richardson Theater Company, Theatre Three, and Onstage Theater. Walter is blessed to be doing what he loves and hopes to continue living his dream.

GREGORY LUSH, Cop
Gregory Lush is thrilled to be making his WaterTower debut with new Artistic Director, Joanie Schultz and this talented team of artists! He has been seen on stages across the metroplex for over a decade. Notable shows include On the Eve, Assassins, A Dog's Life (Theatre Three); Tartuffe, King Lear (Shakespeare Dallas); Penelope, Tomorrow Come Today, The Birthday Party (Undermain); Mothers and Sons, The Temperamentals (Uptown Players); and Tommy (Dallas Theater Center). Film credits include The Colonel, I Become Gilgamesh, Earthrise, and the soon to be released mockumentary Hidden in the Heart of Texas. He teaches Voice and Musical Theatre at Richland College. Gregory is a proud member of Actors Equity and is represented by the Kim Dawson Agency.  

CAMILLE MONAE, Roberta
Camille Monae is proud to make her WaterTower Theatre debut in such a powerful role and important show. She has performed in the Dallas/Fort Worth area in productions at Theatre Arlington, OhLook!, Pocket Sandwich Theatre, and Mainstage Irving-Las Colinas. 

STEPHEN ROSENBERGER, Newbie
Stephen is a native of Houston, Texas. In Dallas/Fort Worth, he has appeared professionally in Orlando as Archduke, et al. (Stage West); A Midsummer Night’s Dream as Mustardseed and The Winter’s Tale as Captain (Trinity Shakespeare Festival). He has also done voiceover work for FUNimation Productions. Stephen is a member of the EMC Program and is a graduate of TCU.

RASHAUN SIBLEY, Mika
WaterTower Theatre debut! Rashaun has appeared on stage throughout the metroplex in The Rocky Horror Show (Dallas Theater Center); The Little MermaidJesus Christ Superstar, Schoolhouse Rock Live!, Side Show, Parade, The Wizard of Oz (Casa Mañana); The Boy From OzBroadway Our Way (Uptown Players); Memphis (Theatre Three); Fancy Nancy: The Musical (Dallas Children’s Theater); I Love You, Because (Our Productions); Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical  (National Tour; Wishing Star Productions); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Winter’s Tale, The Tempest, The Comedy of Errors, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Merchant of Venice (Trinity Shakespeare Festival); and In the Heights (Artes De la Rosa). Rashaun received his B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from TCU and is so excited to be a part of this show!

GARRET STORMS, Cliff
Acting credits include productions at Stage West, WaterTower Theatre, Stages Repertory Theatre, Uptown Players, Trinity Shakespeare Festival, Theatre Three, Amphibian Stage Productions, Shakespeare Dallas, and RADA among others. He has directed The Nether, Deer, Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol, Mr. Burns, a post-electric play, International Falls, and Orlando for Stage West and Bright Half Life for WaterTower Theatre. Garret has a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from Sam Houston State University.

JACIE HOOD WENZEL, Madeline
A proud graduate of Texas Tech University, Jacie is excited to be making her WaterTower Theatre debut as Madeline. Favorite DFW credits include Petra in A Little Night Music (Theatre Three); Chris in Dancing at Lughnasa (Contemporary Theatre of Dallas); Raffaela in Grand Hotel (Lyric Stage); Kathy in Company (ONSTAGE in Bedford); and Elizabeth in Laundry & Bourbon (Runway Theatre). When Jacie is not performing, you can find her at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History as the Manager of Public Programs and Innovation Studios.

BRANDON WHITLOCK, A-Gay
Brandon is making his first appearance at WaterTower Theatre. He has appeared in several productions in the Dallas area, including Medea Myth: Love's Beginning (PrismCo); The Merry Wives of Windsor (Shakespeare in the Bar); The Tempest (Shakespeare Dallas); and The Farnsworth Invention (Mainstage Irving-Las Colinas). Other favorite credits include Art, Romeo and Juliet, The Pirates of Penzance, and The Glass Menagerie.

About WaterTower Theatre
Founded in 1996, WaterTower Theatre (WTT) is one of Texas' leading professional theatre companies and one of the flagship arts institutions in North Texas, having played an important role as a leader in developing new talent and encouraging the growth of the DFW artistic community through its commitment to hiring local artists. Led by Artistic Director Joanie Schultz and Managing Director Gregory Patterson, it is consistently recognized for its artistic excellence by the Dallas Theatre League, DFW Theatre Critics Forum, The Dallas Morning News, The Dallas Observer, D Magazine, and The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, among others.  WaterTower Theatre has a subscription base of more than 2,000 subscribers and serves an audience of over 24,000 patrons annually.

WTT Alumni currently working on Broadway/Internationally  include Akron Watson (The Color Purple), Brian Gonzales (One Man, Two Guvnors and Disney’s Aladdin), Major Attaway (the new Genie in Disney’s Aladdin), Cedric Neal (West End, Motown), Anthony Fortino (First National Tour, Fun Home), John Campione (First National Tour, The Bridges of Madison County), Traci Lee (First National Tour, Beautiful), Clinton Greenspan and Jeremy Davis (First National Tour, Disney’s Aladdin), and in many regional theatres across the country.  Respected local actors such as Denise Lee, Liz Mikel, Gary Lynn Floyd, Zak Reynolds, Kyle Igneczi, Diana Sheehan, Pam Dougherty, and Emily Scott Banks credit WTT for nurturing their professional careers.

WaterTower Theatre is 501(c)(3) non-profit organization as designate by the IRS.  Like all arts organizations, WaterTower Theatre relies on both ticket income and donations from individuals, corporations, foundations, organization and government to produce world-class live professional theatre and offer community outreach and arts education programs. WaterTower Theatre gratefully acknowledges the support of The Town of Addison, TACA, Texas Commission on the Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, and the Shubert Foundation.  WaterTower Theatre is supported, in part, through the generosity of corporate, foundation and individual donors such as Atmos Energy, The Canterbury Family, Don and Barbara Daseke, Ben Fischer and Laree Hulshoff, FastSigns Carrollton, Paul and Norma Shultz, Frost Bank, Liberty Capital Bank, Mary Kay Inc., Janiece and Jimmy Niemann, The Nissan Foundation, Pinnacle, Slalom, Table 13, The Civic League, The President's Circle, the WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors, The Corporate Council, and Women of WaterTower Theatre. 

WaterTower Theatre Presents a FREE Screening of the Critically Lauded Documentary Raid of the Rainbow Lounge

Addison (TX) – WaterTower Theatre Artistic Director, Joanie Schultz, today announced that WTT will be hosting a FREE screening of Robert L. Camina’s powerful documentary, Raid of the Rainbow Lounge, on July 10th, at the Magnolia Theatre - Uptown. 

In February 2017, WaterTower Theatre announced its upcoming production of Ike Holter’s Hit the Wall. This groundbreaking play about the 1969 Stonewall uprising carries many similarities to the very tragic event that occurred a little closer to home as the Rainbow Lounge, a Fort Worth gay bar, was subject to a surprise raid in the early morning hours of June 28, 2009 (the 40th Anniversary of the raid on Stonewall).  The aftermath following the infamous raid of the Rainbow Lounge was artfully documented by film maker Robert L. Camina in his 2012 film Raid of the Rainbow Lounge

"There are so many parallels between the events of the Stonewall Riots, on which the play Hit the Wall is based, and the raid eight years ago on the Rainbow Lounge in Fort Worth,” said Schultz.  “When I learned about the film by local filmmaker Robert L. Camina, I wanted to screen the movie for free in advance of our play's opening.  These stories need to be told, and they need to be accessible to as many people as possible.  As we approach the anniversaries of both Stonewall and the Rainbow Lounge, I hope as many people as possible will join us for the screening as we remember these two events and the impact they both had on the LGBTQ community."

Immediately following the free screening there will be a talk back discussion and Q&A with filmmaker Robert L. Camina, Hit the Wall director Joanie Schultz, and members of the cast of Hit the Wall.

Screening details:

The Magnolia Theater - Uptown
3699 McKinney Ave,
Dallas, TX 75201
Monday, July 10th at 7:00pm

Tickets are FREE:

Seating is limited, and will be available on a first come, first served basis.

About RAID OF THE RAINBOW LOUNGE
RAID OF THE RAINBOW LOUNGE is a 103 minute documentary recounting the widely publicized and controversial 2009 police raid of a Fort Worth, Texas, gay bar that resulted in multiple arrests and serious injuries. Following sordid allegations and outrage, many changes would occur in the city, and Fort Worth would become a leader in LGBT equality. However, the changes did not happen overnight and without controversy. The audience will witness history unfold as this film documents that journey from the perspective of witnesses, activists, and politicians who helped changed the city.

Narrated by Meredith Baxter
Written, directed, and produced by Robert L. Camina

Winner –Audience Award (QCinema Fort Worth 2012)
Winner – Best GLBT Film (Breckenridge Festival of Film 2012)
Winner – Best LGBT Feature Film (Vegas Indie Film Fest 2013)
Winner – Best Documentary (FilmOut San Diego 2013)
And So Many More!

For more information on the critically lauded multi-award winning film, please see the digital press kit attached or visit www.raidoftherainbowlounge.com

About Robert L. Camina
ROBERT L. CAMINA (director) wrote, directed and produced several short films before premiering his first full length documentary, RAID OF THE RAINBOW LOUNGE (2012) to sold out audiences, rave reviews and a media frenzy.  The film also received Federal attention.  The Office of the White House and Department of Justice requested screeners of the film.  The film was screened at the 1st ever LGBT Pride Month Diversity Program for the Office of the U.S. Attorney (Northern District of Texas). The presentation was broadcast to their offices across North Texas, where staff learned about the raid and issues related to LGBT equality.  The film received warm praise from U.S. Attorney Sarah Saldana.  

At the invitation of the U.S. State Department, RAID OF THE RAINBOW LOUNGE also screened in October 2012 to a delegation of 16 visitors from all over Europe participating in the State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) focusing on “Advocating for Human and Civil Rights for the LGBT Community”.   In September 2014, the film was invited to screen at the Library of Congress.

In July 2015, following a screening of RAID OF THE RAINBOW LOUNGE in Fort Worth, Mayor pro-tem, Sal Espino delivered a City Proclamation to RAID OF THE RAINBOW LOUNGE on behalf of the city of Fort Worth, naming June 28, 2015: “Raid of the Rainbow Lounge Documentary Day”!

His current film, UPSTAIRS INFERNO, a documentary about the 1973 New Orleans gay mass murder, is currently playing on the film festival circuit.

About HIT THE WALL
The show follows a diverse group -- including an African-American drag queen, a butch lesbian, a fiercely funny gay duo, and a bigoted gay-bashing cop, among many others -- as a joyful evening at a gay nightclub, following the death of the iconic Judy Garland, is brutally interrupted by a police raid that touches off days of violent protests. Hit the Wall premiered in 2012 at Chicago's famed Steppenwolf Theatre. Hit the Wall transports audiences to the Stonewall Riots in New York's Greenwich Village on June 27-28, 1969, when a routine police raid on an underground gay hotspot became a foundational moment for the modern gay rights movement. Featuring a howling live rock band that evokes the era's proto-punk music and fast-paced, sharp dialogue, the vivid theatrical re-imagination focuses on ten unlikely revolutionaries, each claiming in turn "I was there."

Hit the Wall is recommended for mature audiences only due to adult content and language.

HIT THE WALL Performance details:

In the Canterbury Family Main Stage at
The Addison Theatre Centre
Show Run Dates:  July 28 – August 20, 2017
Preview dates:  Friday, July 28 and Saturday, July 29 at 8pm &
Pay-What-You-Can, Sunday, July 30 at 2pm

Opening night:  Monday, July 31 at 7:30pm

Performances:
Wednesdays & Thursdays: 7:30 p.m.
Fridays: 8:00 p.m.
Saturdays: 8:00 p.m. (& 2:00 pm August 12 and 19)
Sundays: 2:00 p.m.

Ticket Prices:

Single Tickets: $22 - $40 per show
Preview Tickets: $20

How/Where to Buy Tickets:

Online:  www.watertowertheatre.org
By Phone:  972.450.6232

Or In-person: WaterTower Theatre at the Addison Theatre Centre
15650  Addison Road, Addison, TX 75001

Fax: 972.450.6244
Email: boxoffice@watertowertheatre.org

Box Office Hours

Performance Weeks:
Tuesday-Saturday Noon-6 p.m.
Closed Sunday-Monday

Non-Performance Weeks:
Tuesday-Friday Noon-6 p.m.
Closed Saturday-Monday

Please note: The Box Office opens one hour before show time on performance days and remains open through intermission.

About WaterTower Theatre:

WaterTower Theatre, celebrating its 20th Anniversary Season, is one of the leading regional theatres in North Dallas and Texas.  It is consistently recognized for its artistic excellence by the Dallas Theatre League, DFW Theatre Critics Forum, The Dallas Morning News, The Dallas Observer, D Magazine, and The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, among others.  WaterTower Theatre has a subscription base of more than 2,000 subscribers and serves an audience of over 22,000 patrons annually.   WaterTower Theatre is led by Artistic Director Joanie Schultz and Managing Director Gregory Patterson.

WaterTower Theatre is 501(c)(3) non-profit organization as designate by the IRS.  Like all arts organizations, WaterTower Theatre relies on both ticket income and donations from individuals, corporations, foundations, organization and government to produce world-class live professional theatre and offer community outreach and arts education programs. WaterTower Theatre gratefully acknowledges the support of The Town of Addison, TACA, Texas Commission on the Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, and the Shubert Foundation.  WaterTower Theatre is supported, in part, through the generosity of corporate, foundation and individual donors such as Atmos Energy, The Canterbury Family, Don and Barbara Daseke, Ben Fischer and Laree Hulshoff, FastSigns Carrollton, Paul and Norma Shultz, Frost Bank, Liberty Capital Bank, Mary Kay Inc., Janiece and Jimmy Niemann, Nissan Foundation, Pinnacle, Rainmaker Advertising, Slalom Consulting, Table 13, The Civic League, The President's Circle, WTT 2.0:  Securing our Future, the WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors, The Corporate Council, and Women of WaterTower Theatre. 

Regina Taylor
Regina Taylor
Announcing Details for the 2017 Spotlight Gala

Addison… WaterTower Theatre’s Gala Chair Barbara Daseke today announced details of the 2017 Spotlight Gala.  The theme of the event is New York nightlife brought to our very own Spotlight Lounge.  WaterTower Theatre’s 2017 Spotlight Gala will be held on Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 at 7 pm, at the Marriott Quorum Hotel in Addison.  The 2017 Spotlight Gala is chaired by Barbara Daseke and will honor past Gala Chairs April Bosworth, Anita Braun, Nicholas Even, Laree Hulshoff, Corky Pledger, Deborah Staggs, Allie Theisen, and the WaterTower Theatre Main Stage Naming Donors Liese and Michael Canterbury, and Angie and James Canterbury.  

WaterTower Theatre is proud to welcome Regina Taylor as an Honored Guest and Speaker.  Ms. Taylor’s play Bread will received its World Premiere at WaterTower Theatre during the 2017-2018 Season.

Entertainment for the evening features the crooning melodies of Max Hartman with special appearances by Janelle Lutz and Sarah Elizabeth Price.

The fundraising event will be held at the Dallas/Addison Marriott Quorum Hotel, 14901 Dallas Pkwy, Addison, Texas 75001.

Underwriting levels are:  Executive Producer - $12,000; The Producer - $6,000; The Director - $3,000 and individual tickets sold at $250 per person.

For more information on the 2017 Spotlight Gala, please contact Gregory Patterson, Managing Director, at 972.450.6227 or gpatterson@watertowertheatre.org  or Garrett Reeves, Development and Media Relations Manager, at 972.450.6275 or greeves@watertowertheatre.org.

To-date, underwriters include:

Executive Producer:
Don and Barbara Daseke
Laree Hulshoff and Ben Fischer
Jimmy and Janiece Niemann
Norma and Paul Shultz

The Producer:
Rosalind and Mervyn Benjet
Liese and Michael Canterbury
Angie and James Canterbury
Larry McCallum

The Director:
The Town of Addison
Frost Bank
April Bosworth
Goody Goody Liquor, Inc.
Stan Graner and Jim McBride
Rodney Hand / Addison Magazine
Mary Kay, Inc.
Robert Mayer, Jr.
Kathleen A. Messina and Gary W. Goodwin
Karol Omlor
Oncor/Grace Daniels
Gregory Patterson
Eileen and Neil Resnik

Valet parking underwritten by Slalom.
Patron Gift underwritten by Mary Kay, Inc., and Addison Magazine
Cork Pull and Wine sponsored Goody Goody Liquor, Inc.
VIP Patron and Underwriter's party sponsored by the Marriott Quorum, Addison

About the Gala Chair, Barbara Daseke
Barbara Daseke is the owner of Barbara Elliott Interiors and, with her husband Don, has been a long-time resident of Addison.   She is a member of the WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors and has served as Chair of the Spotlight Gala on several occasions, most recently in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2016.  She also serves as Co-Chair of WaterTower Theatre's President Circle.  Barbara is one of the most dynamic non-profit fundraisers in North Texas, and has led fundraising events for organizations such as the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Museum of Art, Southern Methodist University, and TACA. Barbara currently serves on the Boards of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, TACA , SMU Meadows School of the Arts, and the Dallas Zoo. Barbara is a charter member of WOW! (Women of WaterTower Theatre).

About the Gala Honorary Chairs
In celebration of WaterTower Theatre’s 20 year history, WTT has chosen to honor past Spotlight Gala Chairs over the 10 year history of this dynamic fundraising event.  Former Chairs of the annual fundraiser are April Bosworth, Anita Braun, Barbara Daseke, Nicholas Even, Laree Hulshoff, Corky Pledger, Deborah Staggs, and Allie Theisen. 

About WaterTower Theatre
Founded in 1996, WaterTower Theatre (WTT) is one of Texas' leading professional theatre companies and one of the flagship arts institutions in North Texas, having played an important role as a leader in developing new talent and encouraging the growth of the DFW artistic community through its commitment to hiring local artists. Led by Artistic Director Joanie Schultz and Managing Director Gregory Patterson, it is consistently recognized for its artistic excellence by the Dallas Theatre League, DFW Theatre Critics Forum, The Dallas Morning News, The Dallas Observer, D Magazine, and The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, among others.  WaterTower Theatre has a subscription base of more than 2,000 subscribers and serves an audience of over 22,000 patrons annually.

WTT Alumni currently working on Broadway/Internationally  include Akron Watson (The Color Purple), Brian Gonzales (One Man, Two Guvnors and Disney’s Aladdin), Major Attaway (the new Genie in Disney’s Aladdin), Cedric Neal (West End, Motown), Anthony Fortino (First National Tour, Fun Home), John Campione (First National Tour, The Bridges of Madison County), Traci Lee (First National Tour, Beautiful), Clinton Greenspan and Jeremy Davis (First National Tour, Disney’s Aladdin), and in many regional theatres across the country.  Respected local actors such as Denise Lee, Liz Mikel, Gary Lynn Floyd, Zak Reynolds, Kyle Igneczi, Diana Sheehan, Pam Dougherty, and Emily Scott Banks credit WTT for nurturing their professional careers.

WaterTower Theatre is 501(c)(3) non-profit organization as designate by the IRS.  Like all arts organizations, WaterTower Theatre relies on both ticket income and donations from individuals, corporations, foundations, organization and government to produce world-class live professional theatre and offer community outreach and arts education programs. WaterTower Theatre gratefully acknowledges the support of The Town of Addison, TACA, Texas Commission on the Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, and the Shubert Foundation.  WaterTower Theatre is supported, in part, through the generosity of corporate, foundation and individual donors such as Atmos Energy, The Canterbury Family, Don and Barbara Daseke, Ben Fischer and Laree Hulshoff, FastSigns Carrollton, Paul and Norma Shultz, Frost Bank, Liberty Capital Bank, Mary Kay Inc., Janiece and Jimmy Niemann, The Nissan Foundation, Pinnacle, Slalom, Table 13, The Civic League, The President's Circle, the WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors, The Corporate Council, and Women of WaterTower Theatre

The cast of NATIVE GARDENS
The cast of NATIVE GARDENS
Photo by Karen Almond
Announcing the Cast and Creative Team of NATIVE GARDENS

(Addison)… WaterTower Theatre Artistic Director Joanie Schultz today announced casting and creative team details for the Regional Premiere of Karen Zacarías’ Native Gardens, directed by David LozanoNative Gardens will run June 2-25, 2017, in the Canterbury Family Main Stage at the Addison Theatre Centre. The cast features Stephanie Cleghorn Jasso as Tania Del Valle, Ivan Jasso as Pablo Del Valle, Lois Sonnier Hart as Virginia Butley, and John S. Davies as Frank Butley.

Making their WaterTower Theatre debuts in Native Gardens will be Ivan Jasso and Stephanie Cleghorn Jasso, and David Lozano as Director.

Gardens and cultures clash, turning friendly neighbors into feuding enemies in this funny Regional Premiere written by Karen Zacarías, one of the most prominent Latina playwrights working today.  Pablo, a high-powered lawyer, and doctoral candidate Tania, his very pregnant wife, are realizing the American dream when they purchase a house next door to community stalwarts Virginia and Frank. But a disagreement over a longstanding fence line soon spirals into an all-out war of taste, class, privilege, and entitlement. The hilarious results guarantee no one comes out smelling like a rose.

Individual tickets to Native Gardens are on sale now, and are available by calling the WaterTower Theatre Box Office at 972.450.6232 or online at www.watertowertheatre.org/tickets.aspx

The creative team, in addition to Director David Lozano, includes Clare Floyd DeVries (Set Designer), Dan Schoedel (Lighting Designer), Kellen Voss (Sound Designer), Bradley Gray (Properties Designer), Kyle Eric Bradford (Dramaturg), Caron Gitelman Grant (Stage Manager), and Hillary Collazo Abbott (Assistant Stage Manager).

Performance details:
In the Canterbury Family Main Stage at
The Addison Theatre Centre
Show Run Dates:  June 2 – 25, 2017
Preview dates:  Friday, June 2 and Saturday, June 3 at 8pm &
Pay-What-You-Can, Sunday, June 4 at 2pm
Opening night:  Monday, June 5 at 7:30pm

Performances:
Wednesdays & Thursdays: 7:30 p.m.
Fridays: 8:00 p.m.
Saturdays: 8:00 p.m. (& 2:00 pm June 17 and 24)
Sundays: 2:00 p.m.

Ticket Prices:
Single Tickets: $22 - $40 per show
Preview Tickets: $20

How/Where to Buy Tickets:
Online:  www.watertowertheatre.org
By Phone:  972.450.6232

Or In-person: WaterTower Theatre at the Addison Theatre Centre
15650  Addison Road, Addison, TX 75001

Fax: 972.450.6244
Email: boxoffice@watertowertheatre.org

Box Office Hours

Performance Weeks:
Tuesday-Saturday Noon-6 p.m.
Closed Sunday-Monday

Non-Performance Weeks:
Tuesday-Friday Noon-6 p.m.
Closed Saturday-Monday

Please note: The Box Office opens one hour before show time on performance days and remains open through intermission.

About the Director
DAVID LOZANO, Director
Lozano serves as the Executive Artistic Director of Cara Mía Theatre Co. and specializes in writing, directing, and producing original bilingual plays for the Latino community in North Texas. Notable main stage productions include To DIE:GO in Leaves, by Frida Kahlo (devised by Cara Mía’s artistic ensemble), Nuestra Pastorela (co-written with Jeffrey Farrell), and The Dreamers: A Bloodline (devised by Cara Mía). The Dreamers: A Bloodline, the first in a trilogy on immigration, was awarded the TACA Donna Wilhelm Family New Works Fund in the grant's inaugural year in 2012 and was named the “Best New Play of 2013 by Local Writers” by TheaterJones. David recently co-wrote and directed Deferred Action, the second installment of the trilogy with Lee Trull for a Cara Mía co-production with the Dallas Theater Center in April 2016. Deferred Action was also the recipient of the TACA Donna Wilhelm Family New Works Fund. In 2009, David co-wrote and directed the play Crystal City 1969 with Raul Treviño which was named the “Best New Play of 2009” by The Dallas Morning NewsTheaterJones and the Dallas-Fort Worth Theatre Critics’ Forum. Notable children’s and educational plays written by Lozano include Searching for the Six Flags of Texas and The Wisdom of Viejo Antonio which travel to North Texas schools, Texas museums, and area cultural centers. Lozano recently completed the inaugural artEquity Facilitator Training Program at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2015, and currently serves as advisory member of the national Latina/o Theatre Commons' Steering Committee. In March of 2013, Lozano accompanied a delegation of 20 US theatre artists to Cuba with the Theatre Communications Group. In 2014, he was recognized by The Dallas Observer as one of six “Masterminds of Arts & Culture”. Lozano was trained by Fred Curchack from the University of Texas at Dallas, Alicia Martínez Álvarez with the Laboratorio de la Máscara in Mexico City, Jeffry Farrell at Park Cities Yoga, Joan Schirle from Dell’Arte International in Blue Lake, California, and at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. Lozano has studied with various directors and master teachers from Argentina, Mexico, Costa Rica, Venezuela, France, Senegal, Spain, and the United States.

About the Cast
JOHN S. DAVIES, Frank Butley
John’s 30-year career as an actor, director, teacher, and occasional writer encompasses film: RoboCop, Magnolia; television: Prison Break, Friday Night Lights; and more than 60 appearances on local stages. Other WaterTower Theatre Credits include The Big Meal and Outside Mullingar. Most recently John has been seen in A Stain Upon the Silence (Kitchen Dog Theater) and the world premiere of Deer by Aaron Mark (Stage West). Before that, he played Sycamore Holes in the world premiere of Oil at Theatre Three and Gunner Concannon in The Outgoing Tide for One Thirty Productions, both directed by Marty Van Kleeck. His solo show Oh Jesus!, or An Actor, a Cynic, and a Savior Walk into a Bar premiered at the 2016 Out of the Loop Fringe Festival where it was selected as “Best of Loop.” Mr. Davies has directed for Circle Theatre, Shakespeare Dallas, and off-off-Broadway for the Storm Theater. He teaches acting and related arts at KD Conservatory and at STAGE.

LOIS SONNIER HART, Virginia Butley
Lois is honored to be back at WaterTower Theatre this summer, having appeared in last season's The Big Meal (DFW Critics Forum, Outstanding Ensemble) directed by Emily Scott Banks. Lois has been seen over the years on many stages across DFW including Uptown Players (as Ida Straus in Titanic), numerous shows at Lyric Stage, Circle Theatre, and Casa Mañana, as well as Theatre Three and Stage West. Following Native Gardens, Lois will play Abby Binder in Ripcord at Circle Theatre, directed by Robin Armstrong. Regional Theatre credits include Baby: 20th Anniversary Production (Paper Mill Playhouse), Theater of the Stars, and Dallas Summer Musicals. Off Broadway/NYC : The York Theatre, 37 Arts (NYMF), Abingdon Theatre (Midtown Festival), APAC. National Tours of The Sound of MusicMy Fair Lady, and Fiddler on the Roof. Film/Commercial: One Life To Live (ABC), Platinum Productions, J.C.Penney Corporation, and Plastic Love (by Eduard Getaz). As a professional Fine Arts Educator, Lois previously served twelve years as Assistant Professor at Texas Wesleyan University and is currently part of the Fine Arts Faculty at TCU.

IVAN JASSO, Pablo Del Valle
Mr. Jasso is an Artistic Ensemble Member of Cara Mia Theatre Co. and a teaching artist. Ivan is a graduate of KD Conservatory and has also worked with several other theatre companies in the DFW area including Shakespeare Dallas, Kitchen Dog Theater, Undermain Theatre, Contemporary Theatre of Dallas, Amphibian Stage Productions, Dallas Theater Center, and The Dallas Children's Theater. He is signed with the Mary Collins Agency and was featured as Ramon on the AMC series, The Son, this season.

STEPHANIE CLEGHORN JASSO, Tania Del Valle
Mrs. Cleghorn Jasso is delighted to be working with WaterTower Theatre for the first time. She was last seen as Kath in Northside Hollow at Amphibian Stage Productions in Ft. Worth. Other local theatre companies Stephanie has had the honor of working with include DGDG, Shakespeare Dallas, Dallas Theater Center, Cara Mía Theatre Co., Undermain Theatre, The Tribe, Shakespeare in the Bar, Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico, Dead White Zombies, Teatro Dallas, Hip Pocket Theatre, Artes de la Rosa, and Artisan Center Theater. In 2015 she received recognition for Outstanding Acting Performance by the DFW Theatre Critics’ Forum for her work in Lydia with Cara Mía and was named Best Actress by Mark Lowry of TheaterJones. For six years Stephanie has been a teaching artist with organizations such as Cara Mía Theatre, Junior Players, Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico, and Big Thought. Stephanie studied at Brigham Young University in Utah and continues her training as an actress under Blake Hackler.

About WaterTower Theatre
Founded in 1996, WaterTower Theatre (WTT) is one of Texas' leading professional theatre companies and one of the flagship arts institutions in North Texas, having played an important role as a leader in developing new talent and encouraging the growth of the DFW artistic community through its commitment to hiring local artists. Led by Artistic Director Joanie Schultz and Managing Director Gregory Patterson, it is consistently recognized for its artistic excellence by the Dallas Theatre League, DFW Theatre Critics Forum, The Dallas Morning NewsThe Dallas ObserverD Magazine, and The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, among others.  WaterTower Theatre has a subscription base of more than 2,000 subscribers and serves an audience of over 24,000 patrons annually.

WTT Alumni currently working on Broadway/Internationally  include Akron Watson (The Color Purple), Brian Gonzales (One Man, Two Guvnors and Disney’s Aladdin), Major Attaway (the new Genie in Disney’s Aladdin), Cedric Neal (West End, Motown), Anthony Fortino (First National Tour, Fun Home), John Campione (First National Tour, The Bridges of Madison County), Traci Lee (First National Tour, Beautiful), Clinton Greenspan and Jeremy Davis (First National Tour, Disney’s Aladdin), and in many regional theatres across the country.  Respected local actors such as Denise Lee, Liz Mikel, Gary Lynn Floyd, Zak Reynolds, Kyle Igneczi, Diana Sheehan, Pam Dougherty, and Emily Scott Banks credit WTT for nurturing their professional careers.

WaterTower Theatre is 501(c)(3) non-profit organization as designate by the IRS.  Like all arts organizations, WaterTower Theatre relies on both ticket income and donations from individuals, corporations, foundations, organization and government to produce world-class live professional theatre and offer community outreach and arts education programs. WaterTower Theatre gratefully acknowledges the support of The Town of Addison, TACA, Texas Commission on the Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, and the Shubert Foundation.  WaterTower Theatre is supported, in part, through the generosity of corporate, foundation and individual donors such as Atmos Energy, The Canterbury Family, Don and Barbara Daseke, Ben Fischer and Laree Hulshoff, FastSigns Carrollton, Paul and Norma Shultz, Frost Bank, Liberty Capital Bank, Mary Kay Inc., Janiece and Jimmy Niemann, The Nissan Foundation, Pinnacle, Slalom, Table 13, The Civic League, The President's Circle, the WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors, The Corporate Council, and Women of WaterTower Theatre. 

Announcing WaterTower Theatre's 2017-2018 Season

Addison (TX) – Joanie Schultz, Artistic Director, today announced details of the Company’s 2017-2018 Season. This season marks the first for newly appointed Artistic Director Joanie Schultz, and the 22nd for WaterTower Theatre. The 5-show subscription season includes a World Premiere by Emmy Award-Winner, and Dallas native, Regina Taylor, the Regional Premiere of Schultz’ critically-lauded production of Hand to God, and a new adaptation of Pride and Prejudice.

“I am thrilled to present my first season at WaterTower Theatre,” said Artistic Director Joanie Schultz.This season reflects and builds off two decades of tradition at WTT, presenting exciting contemporary plays, musicals, and new looks at classics. With my new vision at the helm, we are creatively stretching ourselves with innovative works that are each, in their own way, new to the DFW area. I’m confident that our community will be buzzing with excitement over these unique theatrical experiences that will each be so special and different at WTT.”

Schultz continued, “Moreover, each production has been carefully chosen to speak to each other, creating a dynamic conversation that unfolds throughout the year. Each play we are doing this season touches on family. Our families, both by birth and by choice, are so much a part of who we are: what we fight for and against, and who we will become. And what better way to consider our own family dynamics and inheritance than to laugh, cry, and contemplate these very different and vital family stories?”

The season opens with the Regional Premiere of Pride and Prejudice (October 13 – November 5, 2017), by Kate Hamill. Pride and Prejudice, directed by Artistic Director Joanie Schultz, is not your grandma’s Jane Austen as Hamill artfully pays tribute to the classic with a modern theatrical flair. The season continues with the Regional Premiere of Quiara Alegría Hudes first installment of the Water by the Spoonful trilogy, Elliot, a Soldier’s Fugue (January 26 – February 18, 2018). The Pulitzer Prize-winning dramatist’s play spans three generations of a Puerto Rican-American family and poetically weaves the common thread of war’s affect on an individual. The World Premiere of Regina Taylor’s Bread (April 13 – May 6, 2018) is next in the Canterbury Family Main Stage. Bread tells the story of an Oak Cliff family as they wade through the uncertainty of late 2016. But when the prodigal son returns home, tensions mount and we discover how thick blood really is. The season continues with The Last Five Years (June 8 – July 1, 2018) written and composed by Jason Robert Brown. Associate Artistic Director Kelsey Leigh Ervi helms Brown’s stunningly intimate song-scape about love, loss, and timing. The 2017-2018 Season concludes with the Regional Premiere of Hand to God (August 3 – August 26, 2018) by Robert Askins. Joanie Schultz will re-imagine her Helen Hayes-nominated production of Hand to God, first produced at Studio Theatre in Washington D.C. This immersive, irreverent, and irresistible comedy that follows Jason and his possibly demon-possessed sock puppet Tyrone will have you holding a mirror toward human nature, with tears of laughter in your eyes.

The 5-show subscription package can be enhanced with the addition of The Great Distance Home (December 1 - 17, 2017), a theatrical holiday event that encapsulates all the feelings of the journey home, created and conceived by Associate Artistic Director Kelsey Leigh Ervi. Additionally, WaterTower Theatre will renew its investment in new and emerging art with Detour: A Festival of New Work (March 1 – 4, 2018) a festival committed to promoting works-in-progress.

Directors for Elliot, a Soldier’s Fugue and Bread will be announced at a later date. All productions will be staged at the Addison Theatre Centre at 15650 Addison Road, Addison, Texas 75001. 

The five-play season subscriptions range in price from $100 (Previews) to $185 (Saturday evening). The renewal deadline for current subscribers to keep their same seats is July 21st. Subscribers who renew by May 26th will be entered to win a drawing for a $500 Visa Gift Card.  Subscriptions are available by calling the Box Office at 972-450-6232.  Individual ticket prices for the 2017-2018 Season range in price from $25 - $42.  Individual tickets go on sale in September for the first two shows of the season.  The Great Distance Home and Detour: A Festival of New Work are not part of the 5-play Main Stage subscription season but are sold separately.  Individual tickets to The Great Distance Home are $20. Individual ticket prices to The Detour Festival are $10.  Festival passes are $40 for subscribers, and $45 for the general public. 

WaterTower Theatre gratefully acknowledges the support of our Season Sponsors including The Town of Addison, TACA, the Texas Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, The Shubert Foundation, The Canterbury Family, Don and Barbara Daseke, Paul and Norma Shultz, and Janiece and Jimmy Niemann.  Production Sponsors for the 2017-2018 Season include Pinnacle, Mary Kay, Inc., Frost Bank, Slalom, Whole Foods Market, The Corporate Council, Women of WaterTower Theatre, and The WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors. 

THE 2017-2018 SEASON

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
October 13 – November 5, 2017
Regional Premiere
By Kate Hamill
Adapted from the novel by Jane Austen
Directed by Joanie Schultz
Sponsored, in part, by Veritex Community Bank, Pinnacle, and Mary Kay Inc.

Calling all Jane Austen fans – and everyone else who loves a sparkling comedy about the entanglements of family, love, marriage, and money. Following the runaway success of her adaptation of Sense and Sensibility, playwright Kate Hamill returns to the immortal English writer with a fresh take on Austen’s most famous novel. As the story of the Bennet daughters and their formidable social-ladder climbing mother unfolds, strong-willed Lizzie charts an independent course as she negotiates very mixed feelings about the aloof and seemingly snobbish Mr. Darcy. Hamill’s imaginative and irreverent version of this literary classic makes Austen’s deep insights into the foibles of human nature a theatrical treat you won’t forget.

“I feel this immense responsibility and honor as a female artist to help reclaim the classics for everyone.” - Kate Hamill

ELLIOT, A SOLDIER’S FUGUE
January 26 – February 18, 2018
Regional Premiere
By Quiara Alegría Hudes
Sponsored, in part, by Frost Bank

Pulitzer Prize-winning dramatist Quiara Alegría Hudes takes a poignant look at the way war permeates young men’s lives in a play spanning three generations of the same Puerto Rican-American family. Elliot is a Marine Corps hero back from Iraq with an injured leg and a Purple Heart. His Pop was wounded in Vietnam; his flute-playing Grandpop fought in Korea. In a fugue-like form, different wars and different tales are strung together as Ginny, his mother, seeks to reconcile the disparate parts and heal emotional wounds. Hudes’ spare, intense, and poetically resonant play speaks to the personal cost of war across the ages.

"ELLIOT, A SOLDIER'S FUGUE is that rare and rewarding thing: a theater work that succeeds on every level, while creating something new." - New York Times

BREAD
April 13 – May 6, 2018
World Premiere
By Regina Taylor
Sponsored, in part, by Whole Foods Market

Bread is nourishment. Bread is legacy. Bread is life itself. And bread is money. This world premiere by award-winning Dallas-born actress and playwright Regina Taylor weaves a compelling family drama of hopes, fears, thwarted dreams, and dark secrets against a turbulent backdrop of racial tension and social upheaval. It is late 2016; a time of change. James and Ruth are a middle class couple from Oak Cliff, a historic south Dallas neighborhood on the verge of gentrification. They plan a bright future for their teenage son and his soon-to-be-born brother. But when James’ brother Jeb returns home, buried family tensions resurface and the past casts a troubling shadow across an uncertain future. Taylor’s stirring, timely story of identity and family asks: How can we prepare the next generation for what’s to come?

"I’m very proud to be from Dallas, Texas. I think a place is what names you and you have to hold on to what first names you." - Regina Taylor

THE LAST FIVE YEARS
June 8 – July 1, 2018
Written and composed by Jason Robert Brown
Directed by Kelsey Leigh Ervi
Sponsored, in part, by Slalom, and Women of WaterTower Theatre

Think about where you were five years ago. Think about who you were with. Think about that idealized image you had of yourself in five years time. Now think about where you are today. Is this where you thought you’d be? The universality of this question resonates through Jason Robert Brown’s intimately observant and often funny, The Last Five Years. Through opposing intersecting chronologies, this award-winning musical follows the story of Jamie and Cathy, two 20-something artists in New York, as their relationship blossoms and sours. The beginning, the end, and everything in between is put into perspective in this touching and sympathetic tale of love, loss, and timing.

"...an emotionally powerful and intimate modern musical about two young New Yorkers who fall in and out of love."  -New York Times

HAND TO GOD
August 3 – 26, 2018
Regional Premiere
By Robert Askins
Directed by Joanie Schultz
Sponsored, in part, by WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors

Public piety and seething lust, family dysfunction and repressed anxiety interact with explosive results in Robert Askins’s darkly unsettling, foul-mouthed, and uproarious dissection of the troubled currents that roil a Christian puppet ministry in suburban Texas. With wildly imaginative flair, Askins thrusts us into an almost surreal world where hand puppets (meant to impart moral lessons) take on frightening lives of their own. As Jason grieves the loss of his father, his devilish, and possibly possessed puppet, Tyrone, is relentless in causing havoc, revealing secrets, and exposing the hypocrisy around him. With a theatrical magic that makes puppets seem as real and immediate as human actors, this immersive production will have audiences holding up a mirror to their deepest fears and imperfect natures, all with side-splitting laughter. Director Joanie Schultz's Studio Theatre production of Hand to God was nominated for six Helen Hayes Awards including Best Director.

“A maliciously delicious black comedy” The Washington Post (referring to Schultz’s production)

 “This show is completely immersive and will leave you insanely entertained.” –  DC Theatre Scene (referring to Schultz’s production)

ADDITIONAL PROGRAMMING

THE GREAT DISTANCE HOME
December 1 – 17, 2018
World Premiere
Created and Conceived by Kelsey Leigh Ervi

This winter, we invite audiences to come home to WaterTower Theatre. In a limited engagement, multidisciplinary theatrical event audiences will be immersed in a story of joy, love, and the warmth you feel upon returning home after a long absence. At WaterTower this holiday season, home really is where the heart is.

From the co-creator of WaterTower Theatre’s “Best of Loop” winner The Spark.

DETOUR: A FESTIVAL OF NEW WORK
March 1 – 4, 2018

DETOUR is WaterTower Theatre’s renewed investment in the creation and development of new work. A 4-day Festival which will focus on public performances and readings of devised work and new plays created by local and national artists, DETOUR is sure to inspire audiences while fostering opportunities for innovative, daring, and relevant new work.

SUBSCRIPTION SERIES

WaterTower Theatre offers a host of subscription options, in addition to the standard Five-play, full series subscription (Pride and Prejudice, Elliot, a Soldier’s Fugue, Bread, The Last Five Years, Hand to God) which offers the best seating and greatest discounts over individual tickets. Subscribers will be able to order tickets to the Holiday Extra, (The Great Distance Home) and festival passes for Detour when they renew their subscription or order a new subscription. Continuing again next season are the following series designed to enhance the theatre-goers experience: 

ENHANCED THEATRE EXPERIENCE SERIES:

Conversation with the Artists
A five-play series on all Wednesday nights and Sunday matinees that includes a post-show discussion with the actors, artists, or expert panelists.

The Flex Pass
A pack of three (3) or more tickets good for any show in our 2017-2018 Season.  The Flex Pass allows you to lock a lower ticket price— a savings of $3 off the regular price ticket —while still giving you the flexibility to see only the shows you want to see. Flex Passes go on sale September, 2017.

Design Your Own Series
This series provides flexibility to WaterTower Theatre subscribers. Patrons can choose their own plays and dates, creating a series specifically designed for their needs.  Design Your Own subscriptions go on sale September, 2017.

Senior/Student Subscription Series
A Senior/Student subscription series will be offered, including a special student Design Your Own Series.

Hero’s Subscription
Firefighters, police officers, EMTs, veterans and members of the armed forces and their immediate families will be offered a special subscription of 50% off any five-play subscription package (excluding DYO, special affinity programs, and special miniseries).

SEASON OVERVIEW

Pride and Prejudice
October 13 – November 5, 2017
Previews: Friday, October 13 and Saturday, October 14
Pay What You Can: Sunday, October 15
Opening Night: Monday, October 16

The Great Distance Home
December 1 - December 17, 2017
Previews: Friday, December 1, Saturday, December 2, and Sunday, December 3
Pay What You Can: Sunday, January 28
Opening Night:  Monday, December 4

Elliot, a Soldier’s Fugue
January 26 – February 18, 2018
Previews: Friday, January 26 and Saturday, January 27
Pay What You Can: Sunday, January 28
Opening Night: Monday, January 29

Detour: A Festival of New Work
March 1 - 4, 2018

Bread
April 13 – May 6, 2018
Previews: Friday, April 13 and Saturday, April 14
Pay What You Can: Sunday, April 15
Opening Night: Monday, April 16

The Last Five Years
June 8 – July 1, 2018
Previews: Friday, June 8 and Saturday, June 9
Pay What You Can: Sunday, June 10
Opening Night: Monday, June 11

Hand to God
August 3 –August 26 2018
Previews: Friday, August 3 and Saturday, August 4
Pay What You Can: Sunday, August 5
Opening Night: Monday, August 6

2017-2018 Season Ticket Prices
Five-play season subscriptions range in price from $100 (Previews) to $185 (Saturday evening). 

2017-2018 Season Performance Schedule

Performance Days

Times

Wednesday

7:30 PM

Thursday

7:30 PM

Friday

8:00 PM

Saturday

8:00 PM

Sunday

2:00 PM

   

Preview Friday

8:00 PM

Preview Saturday

8:00 PM

Saturday Matinee*

2:00 PM

*on the third and fourth Saturday of the run only

Opening Monday

7:30 PM

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ticket Information
Current subscribers are able to renew their season subscriptions by mail, fax (972.450.6244), or by calling the Box Office at 972.450.6232.  Online ordering for new subscriptions will be available in June.

New subscriptions are on sale now.  However, seating will not be assigned until late July.

About Joanie Schultz
Joanie Schultz was recently appointed as Artistic Director of WaterTower Theatre, and has been serving in the position since January 1st, 2017. Before joining WaterTower Theatre, Joanie served as Associate Artistic Producer at Victory Gardens Theater, as part of the Leadership U One-on-One Fellowship funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation administered through TCG, the national non-profit regional theatre service organization.  She is also a freelance director, with recent productions at Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Studio Theatre (Washington D.C.), The Cleveland Play House, Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, and Victory Gardens Theater. She was a Drama League Fellow, The Goodman Theatre Michael Maggio Director Fellow, the SDSF Denham Fellow, and Lincoln Center Theatre Directors Lab participant. She is an ensemble member at Steep Theatre, Artistic Associate at Victory Gardens Theater, and artistic cabinet member at Studio Theatre in Washington, DC.  Joanie has also served on faculty at Columbia College and University of Chicago.  She received her B.A. in Theatre/Directing at Columbia College and her M.F.A. in Theatre Directing from Northwestern University.

About WaterTower Theatre
Founded in 1996, WaterTower Theatre (WTT) is one of Texas' leading professional theatre companies and one of the flagship arts institutions in North Texas, having played an important role as a leader in developing new talent and encouraging the growth of the DFW artistic community through its commitment to hiring local artists. Led by Artistic Director Joanie Schultz and Managing Director Gregory Patterson, it is consistently recognized for its artistic excellence by the Dallas Theatre League, DFW Theatre Critics Forum, The Dallas Morning News, The Dallas Observer, D Magazine, and The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, among others.  WaterTower Theatre has a subscription base of more than 2,000 subscribers and serves an audience of over 22,000 patrons annually.

WTT Alumni currently working on Broadway/Internationally  include Akron Watson (The Color Purple), Brian Gonzales (One Man, Two Guvnors and Disney’s Aladdin), Major Attaway (the new Genie in Disney’s Aladdin), Cedric Neal (West End, Motown), Anthony Fortino (First National Tour, Fun Home), John Campione (First National Tour, The Bridges of Madison County), Traci Lee (First National Tour, Beautiful), Clinton Greenspan and Jeremy Davis (First National Tour, Disney’s Aladdin), and in many regional theatres across the country.  Respected local actors such as Denise Lee, Liz Mikel, Gary Lynn Floyd, Zak Reynolds, Kyle Igneczi, Diana Sheehan, Pam Dougherty, and Emily Scott Banks credit WTT for nurturing their professional careers.

WaterTower Theatre is 501(c)(3) non-profit organization as designate by the IRS.  Like all arts organizations, WaterTower Theatre relies on both ticket income and donations from individuals, corporations, foundations, organization and government to produce world-class live professional theatre and offer community outreach and arts education programs. WaterTower Theatre gratefully acknowledges the support of The Town of Addison, TACA, Texas Commission on the Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, and the Shubert Foundation.  WaterTower Theatre is supported, in part, through the generosity of corporate, foundation and individual donors such as Atmos Energy, The Canterbury Family, Don and Barbara Daseke, Ben Fischer and Laree Hulshoff, FastSigns Carrollton, Paul and Norma Shultz, Frost Bank, Liberty Capital Bank, Mary Kay Inc., Janiece and Jimmy Niemann, The Nissan Foundation, Pinnacle, Slalom, Table 13, The Civic League, The President's Circle, the WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors, The Corporate Council, and Women of WaterTower Theatre.

David Lozano
David Lozano
WaterTower Theatre Announces David Lozano to Direct Native Gardens

Addison (TX) – WaterTower Theatre Artistic Director Joanie Schultz today announced the appointment of David Lozano to direct Native Gardens by Karen Zacárias.  Mr. Lozano, Executive Artistic Director of Dallas’ Cara Mía Theatre Co., will be making his directorial debut at WTT with Native Gardens

René Moreno was previously scheduled to direct Native Gardens; however, he had to withdraw for personal reasons.  Mr. Moreno expressed his regret and said, "I was very much looking forward to returning to WaterTower this season to direct Native Gardens, but alas life and scheduling got in the way.  I am very happy for my friend and colleague David Lozano to be joining the team and I wish him and WTT the very best on this production. I look forward to seeing the show!"

Mr. Lozano’s extensive resume, and commitment to telling relevant and impactful stories from a Latino perspective, made him the perfect choice to take on this production.

David said, "I’m looking forward to directing at WaterTower, and am very appreciative of Joanie for inviting me. I’ve devoted the majority of my career to creating and producing theatre for the North Texas Latino community, and I think Native Gardens is a perfect play for diverse audiences to tackle challenging issues regarding race, class, what is means to be American, or a foreigner, or even feel like a foreigner in your land. To me, this production of Native Gardens is a perfect opportunity to bridge Latinos into the mainstream North Texas community for an intense discussion on equity and inclusion in our theatres and our communities as a whole."

About Native Gardens
Gardens and cultures clash, turning friendly neighbors into feuding enemies in this funny Regional Premiere, written by Karen Zacárias, one of the most prominent Latina playwrights working today.  Pablo, a high-powered lawyer, and doctoral candidate Tania, his very pregnant wife, are realizing the American dream when they purchase a house next door to community stalwarts Virginia and Frank. But a disagreement over a longstanding fence line soon spirals into an all-out war of taste, class, privilege and entitlement. The hilarious results guarantee no one comes out smelling like a rose.

Performance details
In the Canterbury Family Main Stage at
The Addison Theatre Centre
Show Run Dates:  June 2 – 25, 2017
Preview dates:  Friday, June 2 and Saturday, June 3 at 8pm &
Pay-What-You-Can, Sunday, June 4 at 2pm
Opening night:  Monday, June 5 at 7:30pm

Performances:
Wednesdays & Thursdays: 7:30 p.m.
Fridays: 8:00 p.m.
Saturdays: 8:00 p.m. (& 2:00 pm June 17 and 24)
Sundays: 2:00 p.m.

Ticket Prices
Single Tickets: $22 - $40 per show
Preview Tickets: $20

How/Where to Buy Tickets
Online:  www.watertowertheatre.org
By Phone:  972.450.6232
Or In-person: WaterTower Theatre at the Addison Theatre Centre
15650  Addison Road, Addison, TX 75001

Fax: 972.450.6244
Email: boxoffice@watertowertheatre.org

Box Office Hours

Performance Weeks:
Tuesday-Saturday Noon-6 p.m.
Closed Sunday-Monday

Non-Performance Weeks:
Tuesday-Friday Noon-6 p.m.
Closed Saturday-Monday

Please note: The Box Office opens one hour before show time on performance days and remains open through intermission.

About David Lozano
David Lozano serves as the Executive Artistic Director of Cara Mía Theatre Co. and specializes in writing, directing and producing original bilingual plays for the Latino community in North Texas. Notable mainstage productions include To DIE:GO in Leaves, by Frida Kahlo (devised by Cara Mía’s artistic ensemble), Nuestra Pastorela (co-written with Jeffry Farrell), and The Dreamers: A Bloodline (devised by Cara Mía). The Dreamers: A Bloodline, the first in a trilogy on immigration, was awarded the TACA Donna Wilhelm Family New Works Fund in the grant's inaugural year in 2012 and was named the “Best New Play of 2013 by Local Writers” by TheaterJones. David recently co-wrote and directed Deferred Action, the second installment of the trilogy with Lee Trull for a Cara Mía co-production with the Dallas Theater Center in April 2016. Deferred Action was also the recipient of the TACA Donna Wilhelm Family New Works Fund. In 2009, David co-wrote and directed the play Crystal City 1969 with Raul Treviño which was named the “Best New Play of 2009” by The Dallas Morning News, TheaterJones and the Dallas-Fort Worth Theater Critics Forum. Notable children’s and educational plays written by Lozano include Searching for the Six Flags of Texas and The Wisdom of Viejo Antonio which travel to North Texas schools, Texas museums and area cultural centers. Lozano recently completed the inaugural artEquity Facilitator Training Program at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2015, and currently serves as advisory member of the national Latina/o Theatre Commons' Steering Committee. In March of 2013, Lozano accompanied a delegation of 20 US theatre artists to Cuba with the Theatre Communications Group. In 2014, he was recognized by The Dallas Observer as one of six “Masterminds of Arts & Culture”. Lozano was trained by Fred Curchack from the University of Texas at Dallas, Alicia Martínez Álvarez with the Laboratorio de la Máscara in Mexico City, Jeffry Farrell at Park Cities Yoga, Joan Schirle from Dell’Arte International in Blue Lake, California, and at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. Lozano has studied with various directors and master teachers from Argentina, Mexico, Costa Rica, Venezuela, France, Senegal, Spain, and the United States.

About Joanie Schultz
Joanie Schultz was recently appointed as Artistic Director of WaterTower Theatre, and has been serving in the position since January 1st, 2017. Before joining WaterTower Theatre, Joanie served as Associate Artistic Producer at Victory Gardens Theater, as part of the Leadership U One-on-One Fellowship funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation administered through TCG, the national non-profit regional theatre service organization.  She is also a freelance director, with recent productions at Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Studio Theatre (Washington D.C.), The Cleveland Play House, Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, and Victory Gardens Theater. She was a Drama League Fellow, The Goodman Theatre Michael Maggio Director Fellow; the SDSF Denham Fellow; and Lincoln Center Theatre Directors Lab participant. She is an ensemble member at Steep Theatre, Artistic Associate at Victory Gardens Theater, and artistic cabinet member at Studio Theatre in Washington, DC.  Joanie has also served on faculty at Columbia College and University of Chicago.  She received her B.A. in Theatre/Directing at Columbia College and her M.F.A. in Theatre Directing from Northwestern University.

About WaterTower Theatre
WaterTower Theatre, celebrating its 20th Anniversary Season, is one of the leading regional theatres in North Dallas and Texas.  It is consistently recognized for its artistic excellence by the Dallas Theatre League, DFW Theatre Critics Forum, The Dallas Morning News, The Dallas Observer, D Magazine, and The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, among others.  WaterTower Theatre has a subscription base of more than 2,000 subscribers and serves an audience of over 22,000 patrons annually.   WaterTower Theatre is led by Artistic Director Joanie Schultz and Managing Director Gregory Patterson.

WaterTower Theatre is 501(c)(3) non-profit organization as designate by the IRS.  Like all arts organizations, WaterTower Theatre relies on both ticket income and donations from individuals, corporations, foundations, organization and government to produce world-class live professional theatre and offer community outreach and arts education programs. WaterTower Theatre gratefully acknowledges the support of The Town of Addison, TACA, Texas Commission on the Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, and the Shubert Foundation.  WaterTower Theatre is supported, in part, through the generosity of corporate, foundation and individual donors such as Atmos Energy, The Canterbury Family, Don and Barbara Daseke, Ben Fischer and Laree Hulshoff, FastSigns Carrollton, Paul and Norma Shultz, Frost Bank, Liberty Capital Bank, Mary Kay Inc., Janiece and Jimmy Niemann, Nissan Foundation, Pinnacle, Rainmaker Advertising, Slalom Consulting, Table 13, The Civic League, The President's Circle, WTT 2.0:  Securing our Future, the WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors, The Corporate Council, and Women of WaterTower Theatre.

Ian Ferguson, John-Michael Marrs, Jeremy Schwartz
Ian Ferguson, John-Michael Marrs, Jeremy Schwartz
Announcing the Cast and Creative Team for THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO THOMAS JEFFERSON, CHARLES DICKENS, AND COUNT LEO TOLSTOY: DISCORD

(Addison)… WaterTower Theatre Artistic Director Joanie Schultz today announced casting and creative team details for the Regional Premiere of Scott Carter’s The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens, and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord, directed by Emily Scott Banks. Discord will run April 14-May 7, 2017, in the Canterbury Family Main Stage at the Addison Theatre Centre. The cast features Ian Ferguson as Thomas Jefferson, John-Michael Marrs as Charles Dickens, and Jeremy Schwartz as Count Leo Tolstoy.

A Founding Father, a Victorian novelist, and a Russian revolutionary walk into a… stop if you’ve heard this one. Join us for a laugh-out-loud, whip-smart new comedy as Discord takes the third U.S. President, the author of A Christmas Carol, and the author of War and Peace, locks them in a room with ‘no exit,’ and has them hash out their views of scripture and the true meaning of existence.  A blistering battle of wits from Scott Carter, Executive Producer of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, this perceptive new comedy examines what happens when great men of history are forced to repeat it.

Individual tickets to Discord are on sale now, and are available by calling the WaterTower Theatre Box Office at 972.450.6232 or online at www.watertowertheatre.org. 

The creative team, in addition to Director Emily Scott Banks, includes Bradley Gray (Set Designer), Sylvia Fuhrken Marrs (Costume Designer), JoJo Percy (Lighting Designer), Kellen Voss (Sound Designer), Anne Schilling (Dialect Coach), Kyle Eric Bradford (Dramaturg), Caron Gitelman Grant (Stage Manager), and Joe Heike (Assistant Stage Manager).

Performance details
In the Canterbury Family Main Stage at
The Addison Theatre Centre
Show Run Dates:  April 14 – May 7, 2017
Preview dates:  Friday, April 14 and Saturday, April 15 at 8pm
Pay What You Can: April 16 at 2pm
Opening night:  Monday, April 17 at 7:30pm

Performances:

Wednesdays & Thursdays: 7:30 p.m.
Fridays: 8:00 p.m.
Saturdays: 8:00 p.m. (& 2:00 pm April 29, May 6)
Sundays: 2:00 p.m.

Ticket Prices
Single Tickets: $22 - $40 per show
Preview Tickets: $20

How/Where to Buy Tickets
Online:  www.watertowertheatre.org
By Phone:  972.450.6232
Or In-person: WaterTower Theatre at the Addison Theatre Centre
15650 Addison Road, Addison, TX 75001

Fax: 972.450.6244
Email: boxoffice@watertowertheatre.org

Box Office Hours
Performance Weeks:
Tuesday-Saturday Noon-6 p.m.
Closed Sunday-Monday

Non-Performance Weeks:
Tuesday-Friday Noon-6 p.m.
Closed Saturday-Monday

Please note: The Box Office opens one hour before show time on performance days and remains open through intermission.

About the Director
EMILY SCOTT BANKS, Director
Emily Scott Banks is an actor & director, and has had the pleasure to make numerous adventures at WaterTower Theatre, both onstage and off. Directing credits for WaterTower include the critically acclaimed The Big Meal, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and A Feminine Ending; acting includes roles in Our Town, Boeing-Boeing, The Diary of Anne Frank, Enchanted April, and A Country Life, among others. Emily has won awards for her work including multiple Critics' Forum Awards for acting and direction, Best Actress of the Year nods for Dallas Observer, D Magazine, and TheaterJones. Most recently she directed the Stupid F*cking Bird and An Iliad for Stage West, where she also performed the solo show Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol to sold out houses. This past fall, she played the role of the Angel in Angels In America: Millenium Approaches for Uptown Players, where she will reprise the role for Perestroika this coming fall. Emily received her B.F.A. in Acting from the University of Texas at Austin, studied extensively with Shakespeare & Co. in MA, and has been a student of the Meisner Technique with Terry Martin for over a decade. Emily is a proud member of Actors’ Equity.

About the Cast
IAN FERGUSON, Thomas Jefferson
Ian Ferguson is honored to be returning to work with WaterTower Theatre. Previous WaterTower credits include Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash, Honky, and The Lieutenant of Inishmore. Ian has appeared on professional stages across DFW, including: A Kid Like Jake, Bull, Booth (Second Thought Theatre); Mr. Burns, a post-electric play (Stage West); The Arsonists (Kitchen Dog Theater); On The Eve, Present Laughter, The Farnsworth Invention (Theatre Three); Romeo & Juliet, The Winter's Tale, Twelfth Night (Shakespeare Dallas); and more. In addition to theatre work, Ian is a musician playing in Dallas-based bands - Mur, and Veteran Children.

JOHN-MICHAEL MARRS, Charles Dickens
John-Michael Marrs is thrilled to return to WaterTower Theatre. Previous WaterTower credits include One Man, Two Guvnors (Stanley Stubbers) and The Explorers Club (Lucius Fretway), a co-production with Stage West in Fort Worth. Other Dallas/Fort Worth credits include Amphibian Stage Productions and Second Thought Theatre. Off-Broadway credits include the New York Classical Theatre and Ohio Theatre, as well as readings and workshops with the Public Theater, Cherry Lane Theatre, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, and New World Stages. Regional credits include Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra (Shakespeare Theatre Company); The Liar, The Taming of the Shrew (Denver Center for the Performing Arts); Dracula (Pioneer Theatre Company); and two seasons with the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Film and voiceover credits include The Mystery of Matter for PBS and the Kennedy Center’s Vital Voices' Fatema Akbari Tribute. Last summer, John-Michael trained and devised work with Anne Bogart and the SITI Company in upstate New York. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama/Alabama Shakespeare Festival and Baylor University, and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

JEREMY SCHWARTZ, Count Leo Tolstoy
Some of Jeremy’s credits include Outside Mullingar (Watertower Theatre); The Quixotic Days and Errant Nights of the Knight Errant Don Quixote (Amphibian Stage Productions); Se llama CristinaDetroitThinner Than Water (Kitchen Dog Theatre); SarajevoAll He FearsThe SeagullShiner, Jonah, Brecht's Galileo (Undermain); LootHow I Learned To DriveA Christmas Carol (DTC); BullIn a Forest Dark and Deep (Second Thought); KARLA (Culture Project NYC); At WarSpeakeasy (Fire Dept. NYC); Max and the Truffle Pig (NYMTF); The VIYSingle Bullet Theory (Lightning Strikes NYC); BeachDownwinders (Clubbed Thumb NYC); and Stomp and Shout an’ Work it all Out (Babel Theatre NYC).

Select Film Credits include Staten IslandThe Education fo Charlie BanksMontclairParting Words, and Radiant. Select TV/Web credits include Board with LifeGood MedicineThe Sopranos,  Law and Order: SVURescue MeStrangers with CandyFilmfakers, and The Agency. VO Narration credits include MoonshinersAmerican Weed, Hard RidersIron Men, and American Eats. Jeremy has also done promo VO work for Comedy Central, ESPN, MSNBC, HBO, A&E, Adult Swim, FOX Sports 1, and Destination America. Animation Credits include Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F, The Vision of Escaflowne, Drifters, 91 Days, Fairy TailOne Piece Film: Z, Ghost in the ShellSpace DandySealab 2021, T.V. FunhouseDimension WEscaflowneFairy TaleHeroic Legend ofArslan, and One Piece. Video Game Work includes Battleborne, Smite, Dragon Ball: Xenoverse, Grand Theft Auto 5Star Wars: The Old RepublicWorld of Warcraft: Mists of PandariaAerofighters AssaultLost Planet 3Warhammer OnlineNocturnDominionDaikatana, and Anachronox

About WaterTower Theatre
WaterTower Theatre, celebrating its 20th Anniversary Season, is one of the leading regional theatres in North Dallas and Texas.  It is consistently recognized for its artistic excellence by the Dallas Theatre League, DFW Theatre Critics Forum, The Dallas Morning News, The Dallas Observer, D Magazine, and The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, among others.  WaterTower Theatre has a subscription base of more than 2,000 subscribers and serves an audience of over 22,000 patrons annually.   WaterTower Theatre is led by Artistic Director Joanie Schultz and Managing Director Gregory Patterson.

WaterTower Theatre is 501(c)(3) non-profit organization as designate by the IRS.  Like all arts organizations, WaterTower Theatre relies on both ticket income and donations from individuals, corporations, foundations, organization and government to produce world-class live professional theatre and offer community outreach and arts education programs. WaterTower Theatre gratefully acknowledges the support of The Town of Addison, TACA, Texas Commission on the Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, and the Shubert Foundation.  WaterTower Theatre is supported, in part, through the generosity of corporate, foundation and individual donors such as Atmos Energy, The Canterbury Family, Don and Barbara Daseke, Ben Fischer and Laree Hulshoff, FastSigns Carrollton, Paul and Norma Shultz, Frost Bank, Liberty Capital Bank, Mary Kay Inc., Janiece and Jimmy Niemann, Nissan Foundation, Pinnacle, Rainmaker Advertising, Slalom Consulting, Table 13, The Civic League, The President's Circle, WTT 2.0:  Securing our Future, the WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors, The Corporate Council, and Women of WaterTower Theatre. 

Ike Holter
Ike Holter
WaterTower Theatre will Produce Ike Holter’s Groundbreaking Play Hit the Wall, Directed by Joanie Schultz

 Addison (TX) – WaterTower Theatre Artistic Director Joanie Schultz today announced the Company will produce Hit the Wall, the groundbreaking Ike Holter play about the 1969 Stonewall uprisingThis production, the first to be selected and directed by Schultz, will replace the previously scheduled Sunday in the Park with George.    

Hit the Wall will open Monday, July 31 with previews Friday, July 28 and Saturday, July 29 and a Pay-What-You-Can performance on Sunday, July 30.  The show closes Sunday, August 20.  Since Hit the Wall is a replacement for one of the regular Main Stage season subscription productions, WaterTower Theatre subscribers can simply use their current tickets for the new show on their usual night.

Single tickets to Hit the Wall, ranging in price from $20 to $40, are on sale now.  Tickets are available online at www.watertowertheatre.org/tickets.aspx, by phone at 972-450-6232 or by visiting the Box Office at the Addison Theatre Centre, 15650 Addison Road, Addison, Texas 75001.

A few weeks ago an artistic opportunity presented itself when the director of Sunday in the Park with George, Terry Martin, had to withdraw from the project.  Joanie Schultz felt this was a perfect opportunity to produce a new play which deals with very topical issues in an entertaining and theatrical way. 

Hit the Wall, a multi award-winning play, which premiered in 2012 at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre, is a riveting story that brings the audience back to the very flashpoint of the infamous 1969 riot that erupted at Greenwich Village's Stonewall Inn, considered the first major battle of the modern gay-rights movement.  A group of unlikely revolutionaries are thrust onto the frontline of history during the early morning hours of June 28, 1969 when a routine police raid on a gay bar known as The Stonewall erupts into a full-scale riot that ignited one of the most influential social and political movements of the 20th Century.  Hit the Wall focuses on the enigmatic first night of that uprising, vibrantly blending history and mythology with theatrical imagination to shine contemporary light on the legacy of Stonewall. 

Media sponsors are The Dallas Voice and The Dallas Observer.

"I’m so thrilled to be bringing Hit the Wall to the DFW community; it has had a lasting impact on me since seeing it in Chicago years ago,” explains Joanie Schultz. “And I’m proud to be directing this inspiring play as my first production at WaterTower Theatre, introducing my own artistic work to the DFW community. Ike Holter has written a play that contains everything I love about theatre: immediacy, ensemble work, diversity, and passion. Hit the Wall is a gritty, theatrical ensemble piece that captures the spirit of a movement, and has an energy that I think will inspire audiences to look not only at this event but also at what it means to be part of a movement in a different way. It asks us to look at a diverse group of people who are simply trying to fly under the radar and live their lives and see how they unintentionally become part of an event that changes history. The pride of ‘being there’ that the characters can claim also encourages us to engage and stand up for what we believe in. It’s a theatrical event that will take our audience on a journey into a world that isn’t very pretty or clean, but it’s full of a lot of passion and joy.”

About HIT THE WALL
The show follows a diverse group -- including an African-American drag queen, a butch lesbian, a fiercely funny gay duo, and a bigoted gay-bashing cop, among many others -- as a joyful evening at a gay nightclub, following the death of the iconic Judy Garland, is brutally interrupted by a police raid that touches off days of violent protests. Hit the Wall premiered in 2012 at Chicago's famed Steppenwolf Theatre. Hit the Wall transports audiences to the Stonewall Riots in New York's Greenwich Village on June 27-28, 1969, when a routine police raid on an underground gay hotspot became a foundational moment for the modern gay rights movement. Featuring a howling live rock band that evokes the era's proto-punk music and fast-paced, sharp dialogue, the vivid theatrical re-imagination focuses on ten unlikely revolutionaries, each claiming in turn "I was there."

Hit the Wall is recommended for mature audiences only due to adult content and language.

Performance details
In the Canterbury Family Main Stage at
The Addison Theatre Centre
Show Run Dates:  July 28 – August 20, 2017
Preview dates:  Friday, July 28 and Saturday, July 29 at 8pm &
Pay-What-You-Can, Sunday, July 30 at 2pm
Opening night:  Monday, July 31 at 7:30pm

Performances:
Wednesdays & Thursdays: 7:30 p.m.
Fridays: 8:00 p.m.
Saturdays: 8:00 p.m. (& 2:00 pm August 13 and 20)
Sundays: 2:00 p.m.

Ticket Prices
Single Tickets: $22 - $40 per show
Preview Tickets: $20

How/Where to Buy Tickets
Online:  www.watertowertheatre.org
By Phone:  972.450.6232

Or In-person: WaterTower Theatre at the Addison Theatre Centre
15650  Addison Road, Addison, TX 75001

Fax: 972.450.6244
Email: boxoffice@watertowertheatre.org

Box Office Hours

Performance Weeks:
Tuesday-Saturday Noon-6 p.m.
Closed Sunday-Monday

Non-Performance Weeks:
Tuesday-Friday Noon-6 p.m.
Closed Saturday-Monday

Please note: The Box Office opens one hour before show time on performance days and remains open through intermission.

About Ike Holter
Ike Holter’s work has been produced at The Steppenwolf Garage, A Red Orchid, Barrow Street, Primary Stages, The Lily Tomlin Theater, Philadelphia Theater Company, The New Colony, Jackalope Theater, Nothing Without A Company and The Inconvenience, where he is a founding member. He's received fellowships and commissions from Goodman Theater, Studio Theater, The Kennedy Center, Writers Theater, Teatro Vista, and Playwrights Center.  Both his plays "Exit Strategy" and "Hit The Wall" premiered in Chicago and moved to Off Broadway productions in New York.  Last year his play "Sender" opened at A Red Orchid, "Prowess" opened at Jackalope, and his show "Stay Lit" played at Oracle Theater and Steppenwolf.  He was named "Chicagoan of the Year in Theater 2014" by Chris Jones of The Chicago Tribune, and his monologues have been published in The New Yorker and several editions of Applause Books. Holter was recently named one of Victory Gardens newest ensemble playwrights.

About Joanie Schultz
Joanie Schultz was recently appointed as Artistic Director of WaterTower Theatre, and has been serving in the position since January 1st, 2017. Before joining WaterTower Theatre, Joanie served as Associate Artistic Producer at Victory Gardens Theater, as part of the Leadership U One-on-One Fellowship funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation administered through TCG, the national non-profit regional theatre service organization.  She is also a freelance director, with recent productions at Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Studio Theatre (Washington D.C.), The Cleveland Play House, Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, and Victory Gardens Theater. She was a Drama League Fellow, The Goodman Theatre Michael Maggio Director Fellow; the SDSF Denham Fellow; and Lincoln Center Theatre Directors Lab participant. She is an ensemble member at Steep Theatre, Artistic Associate at Victory Gardens Theater, and artistic cabinet member at Studio Theatre in Washington, DC.  Joanie has also served on faculty at Columbia College and University of Chicago.  She received her B.A. in Theatre/Directing at Columbia College and her M.F.A. in Theatre Directing from Northwestern University.

About WaterTower Theatre
WaterTower Theatre, celebrating its 20th Anniversary Season, is one of the leading regional theatres in North Dallas and Texas.  It is consistently recognized for its artistic excellence by the Dallas Theatre League, DFW Theatre Critics Forum, The Dallas Morning News, The Dallas Observer, D Magazine, and The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, among others.  WaterTower Theatre has a subscription base of more than 2,000 subscribers and serves an audience of over 22,000 patrons annually.   WaterTower Theatre is led by Artistic Director Joanie Schultz and Managing Director Gregory Patterson.

WaterTower Theatre is 501(c)(3) non-profit organization as designate by the IRS.  Like all arts organizations, WaterTower Theatre relies on both ticket income and donations from individuals, corporations, foundations, organization and government to produce world-class live professional theatre and offer community outreach and arts education programs. WaterTower Theatre gratefully acknowledges the support of The Town of Addison, TACA, Texas Commission on the Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, and the Shubert Foundation.  WaterTower Theatre is supported, in part, through the generosity of corporate, foundation and individual donors such as Atmos Energy, The Canterbury Family, Don and Barbara Daseke, Ben Fischer and Laree Hulshoff, FastSigns Carrollton, Paul and Norma Shultz, Frost Bank, Liberty Capital Bank, Mary Kay Inc., Janiece and Jimmy Niemann, Nissan Foundation, Pinnacle, Rainmaker Advertising, Slalom Consulting, Table 13, The Civic League, The President's Circle, WTT 2.0:  Securing our Future, the WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors, The Corporate Council, and Women of WaterTower Theatre.

ADDISON, TX – WaterTower Theatre Artistic Director Joanie Schultz, and Managing Director Greg Patterson today announced details of the 2017 Summer Performing Arts Conservatory.  In past years, the Conservatory for children and teens, held at the Addison Theatre Centre, was structured for students to present a fully-realized performance of a published play or musical at the end of the two-week program.  In the new restructured two-week Conservatory, students will be cultivating their skills in three intensive courses, each led by a different professional theatre artist. This training will offer a more well-rounded experience, and will provide the students with a strong artistic foundation that can be used in the classroom or on the professional stage. The students will also gain valuable interpersonal communication skills that will benefit their day-to-day lives. The Conservatory will culminate in a performance showcase for friends and family focused on utilizing the skills and crafts learned over the two-week program. 

Conservatory enrollment is now open.  The cost is $500 per student (tuition assistance and scholarships are available).  For more information or to enroll contact Kyle Eric Bradford, Patron Services & Community Engagement Manager, at 972.450.6228, kbradford@watertowertheatre.org or visit www.watertowertheatre.org/education_programs.aspx.

The 2017 Summer Performing Arts Conservatory introduces children 8-16 years old to others who share their love of acting, singing, and dancing! The two-week Conservatory offers a unique, non-competitive, nurturing program that caters to students who want to immerse themselves in all aspects of theatre arts.

Classes are held Monday-Friday (9am-5pm) and are taught by highly skilled, local professionals including M. Shane Hurst, Kyle Igneczi, Kelly McCain, and Jeff Swearingen. Concentrations include acting, dance, voice, and puppetry taught in an intimate classroom setting - guaranteeing that each student receives the individual attention necessary to learn theatre skills, as well as life skills: confidence, self-esteem, and a passion for creativity.

The Conservatory is made possible, in part, through the support of The Town of Addison, The Civic League and The Texas Commission on the Arts.

About the Teaching Artists

M. Shane Hurst (Music)
M. Shane holds four degrees in music from the Eastman School of Music, Southern Methodist University, and the University of North Texas and serves on the music faculties of Dallas Baptist University and Cedar Valley College. He has been active in DFW theatre for over two decades as an actor, director, and music director. Three of his projects from 2016—Onstage Bedford’s Jekyll & Hyde, Theatre Frisco’s The Last Five Years, and Greater Lewisville Community Theatre’s Master Class—were represented with various nominations in the recent Column Awards. Shane has worked with children throughout his career, teaching voice for the Dallas JCC and directing music at theatre camps, including NM Productions, Rover Dramawerks, Camp Broadway, and WaterTower’s Conservatory. He resides with his wife and two children in Oak Cliff, where he is also Music Minister at Chapel in the Woods Bible Church.

Kyle Igneczi (Puppetry)
Having toured the world with some of the biggest names in family entertainment (Sesame Street Live, The USO, Curious George Live) Kyle has garnered an assortment of skills and unique experiences that help him as a successful theatre artist. In addition to his work onstage as an actor he has puppetry and performance credits with the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center Puppetry Conference, John Tartaglia, Chuck E. Cheese, and Sesame Street Live. Locally, his puppetry skills have been seen in The Spark (WaterTower Theatre, “Best of Loop 2015” – Out of the Loop Fringe Festival), Hershel and the Hannukah Goblins (Amphibian Stage Productions, “Best Puppets 2015” – TheaterJones), and as an actor at WaterTower Theatre, Stage West, Casa Mañana, Dallas Children’s Theater, and Uptown Players.

Kelly McCain (Dance)
Kelly is excited to be back again for the summer working with this talented group of young actors. Favorite performances include Shirley in The Producers (Uptown Players); Tess in Crazy For You, The Drowsy Chaperone (Theatre Three); The Boy From Oz, Hair, Tommy, Victor/Victoria, Closer to Heaven (Uptown Players); Uncle Thomas in The King and I, Carousel (Lyric Stage); Carmen (Dallas Opera). Choreography credits:  Enron, Pippin, The Hot Mikado, Memphis, The Wedding Singer (Theatre Three); Chicago, Curtains (MainStage Irving); Bonnie & Clyde, Putting It Together, Creep (WaterTower Theatre); Peter Pan, Singin’ in the Rain, 9 to 5, How to Succeed in Business…, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Hello, Dolly (Garland Summer Musicals);  Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Wishing Star Productions); The Nance, Breathe (Uptown Players).

Jeff Swearingen (Acting)
Jeff has almost twenty years of experience teaching theatre and improvisation to children. He is the Creative Director and one of the founding partners of Fun House Theatre and Film, a local arts education and production company. He was recently named Best Theatre Teacher by Dallas Observer in the “Best of Dallas” Awards. His students have worked professionally from regional and Equity theaters to film and national sitcoms. He is represented by the Mary Collins Agency.

About WaterTower Theatre Education Programs
WaterTower Theatre’s education mission is to nurture the academic and emotional education of young people through theatre; and to make the rich benefits reaped from the experience available to all socio-economic levels and all traditionally underserved populations in Addison and Dallas.  WaterTower Theatre strives to further these three key elements:  Audiences, inspiring current and future audiences to discover theatre and its connection to their lives; Artists, investing in training, support and development of emerging young arts professionals; Arts Education, contributing to the community-wide efforts to improve the quality of life and the scope of arts education in North Texas. 

About WaterTower Theatre
WaterTower Theatre, celebrating its 20th Anniversary Season, is one of the leading regional theatres in North Dallas and Texas.  It is consistently recognized for its artistic excellence by the Dallas Theatre League, DFW Theatre Critics Forum, The Dallas Morning News, The Dallas Observer, D Magazine, and The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, among others.  WaterTower Theatre has a subscription base of more than 2,000 subscribers and serves an audience of over 28,000 patrons annually.

WaterTower Theatre gratefully acknowledges the support of The Town of Addison, TACA, Texas Commission on the Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, and the Shubert Foundation.  WaterTower Theatre is supported, in part, through the generosity of Atmos Energy, The Canterbury Family, Don and Barbara Daseke, Ben Fischer and Laree Hulshoff, FastSigns Carrollton, Frost Bank, Liberty Capital Bank, Mary Kay Inc., Janiece and Jimmy Niemann, Nissan Foundation, Pinnacle, Rainmaker Advertising, Slalom Consulting, Table 13, the WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors, and Women of WaterTower Theatre.

WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors names Joanie Schultz as new Artistic Director

(Addison)… Paul Shultz, President of the WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors, and Derek Blount, Chairman of the WaterTower Theatre Artistic Director Search Committee, today announced the appointment of Joanie Schultz as Artistic Director.  Ms. Schultz will assume her new position on January 1, 2017 and will immediately begin planning the Company's 2017-2018 Season with the intent to announce it in May 2017.

When WaterTower Theatre's longtime Producing Artistic Director Terry Martin resigned last May, the Board of Directors took the opportunity to evaluate the Company and make significant changes in organizational structure – specifically, creating a bifurcated management model with a Managing Director to head the Company’s business and operations, and a parallel Artistic Director to serve as WaterTower Theatre’s artistic visionary and manage the productions of the Company. Longtime Director of Development and Marketing Gregory Patterson was elevated into the position of Managing Director, and a Search Committee was formed to begin the process of identifying the future Artistic Director.

The Search Committee, chaired by Derek Blount, consisted of WaterTower Theatre Board members Rose Colarossi, Stan Graner, Paul Shultz, and Managing Director Gregory Patterson.  The executive search consulting firm of Genovese, Vanderhoof & Associates was engaged to lead the process.  Margaret Genovese acted as lead consultant in the national search that ultimately garnered more than one hundred candidates from across North America. Following an extensive interview process, Joanie Schultz was unanimously recommended by the Search Committee to the Board of Directors for this important leadership position.

Joanie Schultz is a director of theatre and opera based out of Chicago, IL, where she has lived for the last 20 years. Ms. Schultz’s work includes directing for The Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Victory Gardens Theater, The Cleveland Play House, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Studio Theatre in Washington DC, and 30 other theater and opera companies throughout Chicago. Joanie holds an MFA in directing from Northwestern University and a BA in directing from Columbia College Chicago. She was a Drama League Fellow, The Goodman Theatre's Michael Maggio Directing Fellow, the SDCF Denham Fellow, a Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab participant, and was 2013 Co-Artistic Curator for Theater on the Lake.

Joanie was co-Artistic Director of Estrogen Fest, Associate Artistic Director of The Building Stage and co-Founder/Artistic Director of Flush Puppy Productions. Most recently, Joanie served as Associate Artistic Producer at Victory Gardens Theater, as part of the Leadership U One-on-One Fellowship funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by TCG.  She is an ensemble member at Steep Theatre; associate artist with Victory Gardens; and an artistic cabinet member at Studio Theatre in Washington, DC. She has been on the theater faculty of Columbia College Chicago and University of Chicago, the opera faculty of Roosevelt University, and has taught for the School at Steppenwolf, the Audition Studio, and Italian Operatic Experience.

Her extensive directing credits include world premieres, regional premieres, and re-envisioning of classic work. Select credits include directing the smash hit and long-extended Hand to God (Studio Theatre); Venus in Fur (Goodman Theatre); the world premieres of Sarah Gubbins’ Cocked (Victory Gardens Theater), fml: how Carson McCullers saved my life (Steppenwolf Theatre), and The Kid Thing (About Face Theatre/Chicago Dramatists); the critically lauded The Whale and Rest by Samuel D. Hunter (Victory Gardens Theater); the Jeff Award winning productions of In Arabia We’d All be Kings and The Brief History of Helen of Troy (Steep Theatre), site-specific performances of the operas Acis and Galatea (Chicago Cultural Center) and Bluebeard’s Castle (New Millennium Orchestra), and co-creating and directing a 6-hour theatrical adaptation of Wagner’s Ring Cycle (The Building Stage).

"Joanie is a phenomenal choice to lead WaterTower Theatre's artistic vision into a new era," said WaterTower Theatre Board President Paul Shultz.  “She has the unique combination of being a successful director of both new works and classics in the worlds of theatre and opera.”

"We set out on a lengthy search to find the ideal candidate, someone who has both a passion for theatre as well as an understanding of the business side of arts management," said Derek Blount, Chairman of the Search Committee.  "We also sought a leader who would bring new vision, new focus, and new creative energy to WaterTower Theatre, someone with a track record of developing transformative theatre, and someone who is in sync with ideas and events that are shaping people's consciousness across the country.  Joanie meets and exceeds all these requirements and is the perfect choice to lead WaterTower Theatre into a new chapter in its history."

"Joanie is one of the most gifted young directors working in our business today and I very much look forward to partnering with her," said Managing Director Gregory Patterson.  "She will bring a daring new perspective to the work we produce on our stage while respecting the work we’ve done in the past and the incredible community which has supported us for 20 years.  She is passionate, creative, genuine, insightful, and intuitive, possessing an artistic maturity that will fuse beautifully with the culture here at WaterTower Theatre that makes us unique in our community."

"I am so excited by the opportunity to lead WaterTower Theatre's artistic contributions to a new level in an already dynamic cultural landscape in the DFW Metroplex," said Joanie Schultz, Artistic Director-designate.  "WaterTower Theatre has a rich history and deep roots in the community and I'm looking forward to building on the solid foundation established by former Producing Artistic Director Terry Martin.”

 "It is my belief that creating plays that express our contemporary moment is the greatest contribution we can give to the world as theatre artists," said Schultz. "By our attempt to articulate our unique experiences in this place now, we are fostering desperately needed conversation in the most needed human way, through the live experience of other people. The consciousness created in the empathy of the shared experience an audience has with the actors on stage is irreplaceable by anything on a screen. And it is my passion for this expression and what it fosters that drives my work as a director and producer of theatre." 

"I look forward to getting to know the Addison community and its leaders," said Schultz.  "The Town of Addison is so generous in its support of the arts, in particular WaterTower Theatre.  I look forward to partnering with them on our collective desire to produce an exceptional theatrical experience that is unique, innovative, and entertaining, opening doors to bring greater understanding to the many challenges that face our community."

About Joanie Schultz

Joanie Schultz has been serving as Associate Artistic Producer at Victory Gardens Theater, as part of the Leadership U One-on-One Fellowship funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation administered through TCG, the national non-profit regional theatre service organization.  She is also a freelance director, with recent productions at Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Studio Theatre, The Cleveland Play House, Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, and Victory Gardens Theater. 

She was a Drama League Fellow, The Goodman Theatre Michael Maggio Director Fellow; the SDSF Denham Fellow; and Lincoln Center Theatre Directors Lab participant.  She is an ensemble member at Steep Theatre, Artistic Associate at Victory Gardens Theater, and artistic cabinet member at Studio Theatre in Washington, DC.  She is currently on adjunct faculty in directing at Columbia College and University of Chicago.  She received her B.A. in Theatre/Directing at Columbia College and her M.F.A. in Theatre Directing from Northwestern University.

About WaterTower Theatre

WaterTower Theatre is one of the leading regional theatres in North Dallas and Texas.   The company celebrates its 20th anniversary during the 2016-2017 Season.   The Company has consistently been recognized for its artistic excellence by the Dallas Theatre League, Dallas-Fort Worth Theater Critics Forum, The Dallas Morning News, The Dallas Observer, D Magazine, and The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, among others. WaterTower Theatre has a subscription base of more than 2,000 subscribers and serves an audience of over 28,000 patrons annually.

WaterTower Theatre is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization as designated by the IRS.  Like all arts organizations, WaterTower Theatre relies on both ticket income and donations from individuals, corporations, foundations, organizations, and government to produce live professional theatre and offer community outreach and arts education programs. WaterTower Theatre is grateful for the support provided from The Town of Addison, TACA, The National Endowment for the Arts, the Texas Commission on the Arts, the Shubert Foundation, and the hundreds of individuals, corporations and foundations whose annual donations allow WaterTower Theatre to consistently produce world-class live professional theatre.

Announcing Details for the Second Annual 24-HR Play Festival

(Addison)… WaterTower Theatre Managing Director Gregory  Patterson and Associate Artistic Director Kelsey Leigh Ervi today announced details for the Second Annual 24-HR Play Festival. Performances will take place on WaterTower Theatre’s Canterbury Family Main Stage at the Addison Conference and Theatre Centre on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 8pm.

WaterTower Theatre will begin taking submissions from local playwrights between December 6, 2016 and January 13, 2017. Submissions can either be in the form of one ten minute play, or a ten page selection from a full-length play. Four playwrights will be chosen from the submissions, and will be notified of their selection by January 20, 2017. Submissions should be emailed to Kelsey Leigh Ervi, Associate Artistic Director, at kervi@watertowertheatre.org by Friday, January 13, 2017 with the subject line “NAME - 24-HR Play Fest – Playwright Submission.”

Open auditions for local actors interested in participating in the 24-Hour Play Festival will be held on Sunday, December 18 from 4pm-10pm. Actors are asked to bring a headshot and resume, and come prepared with a one-minute contemporary monologue.  Actors of all ages, genders, and ethnicities are encouraged to audition.  Please note that this is a non-paying performance opportunity.  Meals will be provided for all participants throughout the process. Interested actors can sign up for an audition slot at https://instant-scheduling.com/sch.php?kn=204069&typId=56947&step=2.

All participants selected for the 24-HR Play Festival must be available from February 24 at 7pm to February 25 at 9pm.

Playwrights, directors and actors will come together to create 4 brand new plays in just 24 hours. Four playwrights will be chosen via submission, after which they will be assigned a director and a group of actors who will then inspire them to write a 15-minute play. The 24-Hour Play Festival will culminate in a one-time only performance at 8pm on Saturday, February 25 in the Canterbury Family Main Stage where each of the new plays will be performed for the public! The 24-HR Play Festival serves to provide an opportunity for local artists to work collaboratively to create new works.

Individual tickets to the performance are $10 each and will go on sale at Noon on December 6, 2016. A post-show reception will be hosted in the lobby following the performance.

Performance details:
Saturday, February 25, 2017
In the Canterbury Family Main Stage at
The Addison Theatre Centre
Doors open at 7:45pm
Curtain is at 8:00pm

Ticket Prices:
Single Tickets: $10

How/Where to Buy Tickets:
Online:  www.watertowertheatre.org
By Phone:  972-450-6232
Or In-person: WaterTower Theatre at the Addison Theatre Centre
15650 Addison Road, Addison, TX 75001

Fax: 972.450.6244
Email: boxoffice@watertowertheatre.org

Box Office Hours

Performance Weeks:
Tuesday-Saturday Noon-6 p.m.
Closed Sunday-Monday

Non-Performance Weeks:
Tuesday-Friday Noon-6 p.m.
Closed Saturday-Monday

Please note: The Box Office opens one hour before show time on performance days and remains open through intermission.

About WaterTower Theatre:
WaterTower Theatre, celebrating its 20th Anniversary Season, is one of the leading regional theatres in North Dallas and Texas.  It is consistently recognized for its artistic excellence by the Dallas Theatre League, DFW Theatre Critics Forum, The Dallas Morning News, The Dallas Observer, D Magazine, and The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, among others.  WaterTower Theatre has a subscription base of more than 2,000 subscribers and serves an audience of over 28,000 patrons annually.

WaterTower Theatre gratefully acknowledges the support of The Town of Addison, TACA, Texas Commission on the Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, and the Shubert Foundation.  WaterTower Theatre is supported, in part, through the generosity of Atmos Energy, The Canterbury Family, Don and Barbara Daseke, Ben Fischer and Laree Hulshoff, FastSigns Carrollton, Frost Bank, Liberty Capital Bank, Mary Kay Inc., Janiece and Jimmy Niemann, Nissan Foundation, Pinnacle, Rainmaker Advertising, Relax the Back Addison, Slalom Consulting, Table 13, the WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors, and Women of WaterTower Theatre.

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