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Parental Guidance Suggested: An article on WaterTower's After-School Drama Program

Addison, TX – A significant portion of work as a teaching artist involves mentoring and working with students, so much that the relationship between the teaching artist and parents of the child can be overlooked. The idea for this article emerged after speaking with Janeth Farnsworth, Education and Community Services Manager at WaterTower Theatre in Addison. Initially, I thought this column would just discuss their education programs, specifically elementary afterschool programs. However, an interesting conversation on the role of the parent emerged.

WaterTower has held a strong partnership with Anne Frank Elementary for more than a decade and in recent years added a couple of programs in other local schools including George Bush Elementary and Spring Creek Elementary. Farnsworth states: “We emphasize life skills and theatre skills. A lot of them, especially lower socio-economic, haven’t ever really heard of theatre, done theatre, seen theatre before. And (we are) also helping them do other things like following directions, (gaining) self-confidence, using our imagination, and working with others.”

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WaterTower Theatre to Produce the World Premiere of the New Musical CREEP…the Very, Very Sad and Unfortunately True and Completely Fabricated Tale of Jack the Ripper by Local Playwright/Composer Donald Fowler

(Addison)… WaterTower Theatre Producing Artistic Director Terry Martin today announced, at a special gathering held at the home of Lynn and Allan McBee, that the Company will produce the world premiere of Donald Fowler's musical Creep…the Very, Very Sad and Unfortunately True and Completely Fabricated Tale of Jack the Ripper. The musical will open WaterTower Theatre's 2015-2016 season on Monday, October 5, 2015.  There will be a Gala Preview performance on Sunday, October 4, 2015. Kate Galvin, Associate Producer at the 11th Hour Theatre Company in Philadelphia, will direct. 

A special fundraising campaign -- the WaterTower Theatre 2015 Producers' Circle -- has been established to raise funds in support of CreepNicholas Even is chairing the Campaign.  Barbara Daseke will chair the Producers' Circle Gala Preview on Sunday, October 4, 2015. The Producers' Circle Committee includes Heather and Scott Alexander, Derek Blount, Shannon Brame, Anita and Tom Braun, Stan Graner, Terry Martin, Karol Omlor and Lynn and Allan McBee.  Contribution opportunities range from $25,000 to $1,000.  Supporters will be invited to a special Gala Preview Performance prior to its opening night.  The Producer's Preview Gala will include dinner at Table 13 before the performance. 

Two corporate sponsors have stepped up with early support of the production:  Frost Bank and Pinnacle.  With these and other early underwriting commitments, the Producers’ Circle fundraising is well underway.

Donald Fowler's new musical Creep…the Very, Very Sad and Unfortunately True and Completely Fabricated Tale of Jack the Ripper had a workshop performance at the 2010 Out of the Loop Fringe Festival at WaterTower Theatre and later by Uptown Players in 2013. In February 2015, the musical was given a week-long workshop rehearsal with director Kate Galvin. 

Creep is an original musical with a cast of 16 actors and an orchestra of 8 told within the parameters of what we know about Jack the Ripper, the infamous Victorian serial killer.  No one knows who the Ripper was, or his motivations, but he was, in a macabre way, a product of his time.  Harsh and inhumane conditions of the period, an indifference towards children, and a savage lifestyle all conspired to create an environment conducive to violence and sexual deviance.  It is not surprising then that the psychological and social infrastructure of the 19th century produced the first modern serial killer.  Creep explores many of the dark truths surrounding the fabled Ripper and perhaps, more importantly, metaphorically examines how the individual, when dehumanized, will adapt, use, or hide from truth in order to survive.

WaterTower Theatre's complete 2015-2016 Season will be announced on May 26, 2015.

WaterTower Theatre presents

Creep…the Very, Very Sad and Unfortunately True and Completely Fabricated Tale of Jack the Ripper

Music and Lyrics by Donald Fowler
Book by Donald Fowler
Produced by Terry Martin
Directed by Kate Galvin

Performance date and schedule:  Producer's Circle Gala Preview, Sunday, October 4, 2015.
Opening night performance, Monday, October 5, 2015.

About Donald Fowler

Donald Fowler is one of Dallas’ most prolific actors and writers and has performed with virtually every major theatre company in North Texas His distinguished acting career is highlighted, in part, from his multiple appearances at WaterTower Theatre, including Man of La Mancha, Company, Rockin’ Christmas Party, Sweeney Todd, Enter the Guardsman, Working,and Parade.  In 2005, Mr. Fowler premiered his one man show, Jacket Required, during WaterTower Theatre’s Out of the Loop Festival.

Other notable appearances in the metroplex include Bells are Ringing at Irving Arts Center, Elegies and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change! at Theatre Three; The Collection at the Bath House Cultural Center; Uptown Player’s Wild Party, Kiss of the Spider Woman, A New Brain and Falsettos; Cloud 9 for Echo Theatre; and Plano Repertory Theatre’s Floyd Collins (for which he won a 2001 Leon Rabin Award). Donald was subsequently nominated in 2002 and 2003 for his performances in Cabaret, Cloud 9 and A New Brain.

He is the author of the plays The Politics of Up and Peggy Lee on the Midway.

About Kate Galvin

Kate Galvin is an Associate Producer at the 11th Hour Theatre Company in Philadelphia, PA.  Before that she was the Casting Director and Assistant to the Producing Artistic Director at the Walnut Street Theatre Company.  She is the co-creator of the musical, Austentatious, which was produced by 11th Hour in 2006 and has since been produced in New York, London and Calgary.  Kate is also a freelance director and audition coach.  She holds a Bachelor's of Music in Vocal Performance from NYU and a Master's of Arts in Musical Theatre (Producing) from Goldsmiths, University of London.

About Terry Martin

Terry Martin’s long and distinguished career in the theatre has established him as one of this country’s leading actors, directors and arts administrators.  As WaterTower Theatre’s Producing Artistic Director for the last 15 years, Terry has placed an indelible stamp on the professional theatre scene in Texas through his stewardship of one of the nation’s fastest growing theatres.   During his tenure at WaterTower Theatre, the company has received 129 Dallas Theatre League Leon Rabin Award nominations and 31 Dallas-Fort Worth Critics’ Forum awards.

Terry’s extraordinary body of work as a director at WaterTower Theatre includes a number of influential, award-winning productions such as Sexy Laundry, Full Gallop, Dogfight, The Grapes of Wrath, Putting it Together, Spring Awakening, The Diary of Anne Frank, Sweeney Todd, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, A Country Life, Take Me Out, Cabaret, Little Shop of Horrors, The Laramie Project and The Crucible.  Equally comfortable directing a large, Broadway-style musical such as The Music Man or an intimate play like Doubt, Terry is widely acknowledged as one of this country’s most influential directors working today.  He is a proud member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.

He attended the University of Alabama and has trained professionally with Sanford Meisner, Fred Kareman, Wynn Handman, Sally Johnson and Lehmann Byck.

He is a committed mentor and teacher and teaches on-going classes in the Sanford Meisner technique at WTT and has periodically served as an adjunct professor of acting at the University of Texas at Dallas.

About WaterTower Theatre:

WaterTower Theatre is one of the leading regional theatres in North Dallas and Texas.   The Company’s 2014-2015 season will be its 19th season.  It is consistently recognized for its artistic excellence by the Dallas Theatre League, Dallas/Fort Worth Theatre Critics Forum, The Dallas Morning News, The Dallas Observer, D Magazine and 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 32,000 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 American Bank of Commerce,  Atmos Energy, Don and Barbara Daseke Million Air Dallas, Women of WaterTower Theatre, WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors,  Bob and Barbara Bigham:  the Baylor Oral Health Foundation, Frost Bank, Liberty Capital Bank, Nissan Foundation, Target, Wells Fargo Bank, Pinnacle and Rainmaker Advertising.

Announcing Auditions for SWEET CHARITY

WHAT:        Sweet Charity
                   
Book by Neil Simon; Music by Cy Coleman; Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
                   
Based on an original screenplay by Federico Fellini, Tullio Pinelli and Ennio Plaiano
                   
Produced for the Broadway stage by Fryer, Carr and Harris
                   
Conceived, Staged and Choreographed by Bob Fosse

Charity Hope Valentine despite her job as a dancer at the seedy Fandango Ballroom, is an eternal optimist who loves too much. She just happens to be the unluckiest romantic in New York City! The musical Sweet Charity is a warm, touching and humorous look at her trials and tribulations, as she repeatedly gives her heart, and her savings, to the wrong man.

WHO:          Directed by Michael Serrecchia
                   
Music Directed by Mark Mullino

WHEN:        Saturday, March 21 –Singing Call      (10am-6pm)
                   Sunday, March 22 – Dance Call          (3pm-6pm)
                   Callbacks: Monday, March 23             (6pm-10pm)

WHERE:      Saturday, March 21:   Addison Theatre Centre
                                                   15650 Addison Road
                                                   
Addison, TX 75001

     March 22 & 23:          KD Studio
                                     2600 N. Stemmons Fwy #117
                                    
 Dallas, TX 75207

ROLES:  WaterTower Theatre is seeking a strong dancing and singing ensemble of 12 versatile actors for their upcoming musical Sweet Charity. Seeking the following:

Charity Hope Valentine - Female, late 20s-early 30s, mezzo. A true original, eternal optimist and an unlucky romantic. Must dance and sing.
Oscar Lindquist - Male, late 20s-early 30s, baritone. A shy, panicky, but sweet natured tax accountant who falls in love with Charity.
Vittorio Vidal - Male, late 30s-late 40s, baritone. A handsome Italian film star who befriends Charity.
Nikki - Female, late 20s-early 30s, mezzo. Charity's friend and dancer at the Fandango Ballroom. Will also play other Ensemble roles.
Helene - Female, late 20s-early 30s, mezzo. Charity's friend and dancer at the Fandango Ballroom. Will also play other Ensemble roles.
Ursula – Female, late 20s-late 30s. Vittorio’s beautiful mistress. Will also play other Ensemble roles.
Daddy Brubeck - Male, 30s-50s, baritone. Groovy and hip, starts the Rhythm of Life revival church. Will also play other Ensemble roles.
Male and Female Ensemble - 20s-30s. Must dance and sing. 

PERFORMANCE DATES:       July 24-August 16, 2015
REHEARSALS BEGIN:          July 6, 2014

OTHER:       Actors should prepare two songs (16-32 bar cuts), at least one of
                   which is in the style of the show. 
Music from the show is acceptable. 
                   
There will be no dancing on Saturday, March 21.
                   
Please bring sheet music in the appropriate key. NO ACAPELLA.
                   
Audition appointment, headshot and resume are required. 
                   
Equity and Non-Equity roles are available.
                   
Scripts available for perusal at WTT Box Office (open Tues-Fri 12-6) and S.T.A.G.E.
                   
These roles are local hire only. No housing or travel can be provided.

TO BOOK AN AUDITION APPOINTMENT: Copy and paste the following link into your web browser: https://instant-scheduling.com/sch.php?kn=204069&typId=51407&step=2 OR call 972.450.6277

Announcing Cast and Creative Team for ALL MY SONS

ADDISON, TX – WaterTower Theatre Producing Artistic Director Terry Martin today announced the cast and creative team for the Arthur Miller classic All My Sons, running April 17 — May 10, 2015 at the Addison Theatre Centre.  The cast stars Terry Martin as Joe Keller and Diana Sheehan as Kate Keller and features Christopher Cassarino as Chris Keller, Tabitha Ray as Ann Deever, Chris Hury as Dr. Jim Bayliss, Jessica Cavanagh as Sue Bayliss, Joey Folsom as George Deever, Thomas Ward as Frank Lubey, Katlin Moon-Jones as Lydia Lubey and Jude Baremore/Landon Flanagan as Bert. 

The creative team is led by Director David Denson and includes Clare DeVries as Set Designer, Cristee Cook Dickinson as Costume Designer, Jason Foster as Lighting Designer, Christopher Ham as Sound Designer, Hannah Law as Properties Designer.    Kyle Eric Bradford is the Dramaturg.

Many of the cast will be making their WaterTower Theatre debuts: Jude Baremore, Christopher Cassarino, Landon Flanagan and Katlin Moon-Jones.

All My Sons is made possible, in part, by the support of Atmos Energy and Frost Bank.   The student matinee performances are made possible by a grant from Atmos Energy.

Tickets for All My Sons are on sale now.  For tickets:  972-450-6232 or online at www.watertowertheatre.org or in person by visiting the box office at the Addison Theatre and Conference Centre at 15650 Addison Road, Addison, Texas 75001.  Tickets start at $22; preview prices start at $20.

Set in post-World War II, Arthur Miller’s landmark drama examines the relationships between fathers and sons and the price of living the American Dream. An explosive secret threatens to tear the family apart in this powerful play about the conflict between business ethics and taking responsibility for one’s actions.

Winner of the Tony Award and the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best New Play, All My Sons established Miller as a leading voice in the American theatre. 
 

All My Sons

Written by Arthur Miller
Director – David Denson
Set Designer – Clare DeVries
Costume Designer – Christina Cook
Lighting Designer – Jason Foster
Sound Designer – Christopher Ham
Props Design – Hannah Law
Dramaturg – Kyle Eric Bradford
 

Performance Schedule:

In the Main Space
Show Run Dates: April 17 – May 10, 2015
Preview dates:  Friday, April 17 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, April 18 at 8 p.m.
Pay What You Can: Sunday, April 19 at 2 p.m.
Opening Night:  Monday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m.


Performances:

Wednesdays & Thursdays: 7:30 p.m.
Fridays: 8:00 p.m.
Saturdays: 8:00 p.m. (May 2 and 9 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.)
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

Box Office Hours

Fax: 972.450.6244
Email: boxoffice@watertowertheatre.org

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 Author

Arthur Miller (1915-2005) was born in New York City and studied at the University of Michigan.  His plays include The Man Who Had All the Luck (1944), All My Sons (1947),Death of a Salesman (1949), The Crucible (1953), A View from the Bridge and A Memory of Two Mondays (1955), After the Fall (1964), Incident at Vichy (1964), The Price (1968), The Creation of the World and Other Business (1972), The Archbishop's Ceiling (1977), The American Clock (1980) and Playing for Time.   Later plays include The Ride Down Mt. Morgan (1991), The Last Yankee (1993), Broken Glass (1994), Mr. Peters’ Connections (1998), Resurrection Blues (2002), and Finishing the Picture(2004).   Other works include Focus, a novel (1945), The Misfits, a screenplay (1960), and the texts for In Russia (1969), In the Country (1977), and Chinese Encounters(1979), three books in collaboration with his wife, photographer Inge Morath. Memoirs include Salesman in Beijing (1984), and Timebends, an autobiography (1988). Short fiction includes the collection I Don’t Need You Anymore (1967), the novella, Homely Girl, a Life (1995) and Presence: Stories (2007).  He was awarded the Avery Hopwood Award for Playwriting at University of Michigan in 1936.  He twice won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, received two Emmy awards and three Tony Awards for his plays, as well as a Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement.  He received honorary degrees from Oxford University and Harvard University and was awarded the Prix Moliere of the French theatre, the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Lifetime Achievement Award and the Pulitzer Prize. 
 

About the Director

David Denson is the Artistic Director of Upstart Productions and the Programming Manager for the AT&T Performing Arts Center.   His recent New York directing credits include premiers of Urban Cowboy: The Musical, The Ressurectionist, Destination, A Private Conversation, Sleeping Dogs, and The Song of the Speechless Whore. Locally, he has worked with the Dallas Theater Center, Kitchen Dog Theater, Shakespeare Dallas, WaterTower Theatre, and Amphibian Stage Productions in Ft. Worth directing productions such as Year of the Rooster, The Aliens, Slaughter City, The Underpants, The Good Person of Setzuan, Hamlet, Hot Georgia Sunday and [sic]. David served as the Artistic Associate and resident Dramaturg for the Dallas Theater Center’s 2007-2008 season where he worked on numerous productions including Pride and Prejudice directed by Stan Wojewodski, Jr; Des Moines by National Book Award winner, Dennis Johnson; The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead directed by Mark Lamos; Glengarry Glen Ross; The Misanthrope and Hank Williams: Lost Highway.  Prior to working at ATTPAC he spent two years promoting the arts with the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs where he managed the City’s 2011 Free Night of Theatre initiative and led the campaign to bring the 2013 Theater Communications Group National Conference to North Texas. He received his BFA in performance from East Carolina University and his MFA in directing from Southern Methodist University.
 

About WaterTower Theatre

Now in its 18th season, WaterTower Theatre began life in 1996 with 136 brave subscribers. Today, with over 2000 subscribers and a budget of $1.5 million, it consistently earns rave reviews in The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer, and other local publications. With 104 Dallas Theatre League Leon Rabin Award Nominations and 28 wins to its credit, as well as 17 Dallas Fort Worth Theatre Critics Forum Awards, WaterTower Theatre is home to the finest local talent.

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

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

About the cast:

Terry Martin

Multi-award winning Director Terry Martin celebrates his 15th season as Producing Artistic Director of WaterTower Theatre where he has overseen more than 80 productions.  During the 2013-2014 season, he will direct the WaterTower Theatre production of Dogfight.  In his role as WaterTower Theatre’s Producing Artistic Director, Terry oversees both the administrative and artistic aspects of the Company’s nearly $1.5 million annual operating budget.

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

Some of his more than 60 directing credits at WTT include Dogfight, The Grapes of Wrath, Putting it Together, On the Town, Spring Awakening, The Diary of Anne Frank, Smokey Joe’s CaféAs You Like It, Almost, Maine, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Man of La Mancha, Humble Boy, The Crucible, Take Me Out, A Country Life (which he adapted from Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya and won the 2005 Rabin Award – Best New Play), Cabaret, It Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues, Company, An Inspector Calls, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, The Laramie Project, You Can't Take It With You, Book of Days, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (2002 Rabin Award – Director of a Play), Sweeney Todd (2002 Rabin Award Nomination – Director of a Musical), Desire Under the Elms, Ravenscroft,   Rockin’ Christmas Party (2000, 2001), Enter the Guardsman (2001 Rabin Award Nomination – Director of a Musical), Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill and Little Shop of Horrors (2000 Rabin Award Nomination – Director of a Musical) among others.

For Plano Repertory Theatre, he has directed Journey’s End (2000 Rabin Award – Director of a Play), Dracula, La Bête, Little Shop of Horrors and Pump Boys and Dinettes. Terry was named "Best Theater Director" in the Dallas Observer's "Best of Dallas 2002."

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

Diana Sheehan

Diana Sheehan is an award-winning actor and singer who relocated from New York to Dallas in the fall of 2008.

Diana has performed her cabaret shows at New York's Triad, San Francisco's Plush Room and Boston's Club Cafe championing the American Songbook and featuring such composers as Jerome Kern, Cole Porter and George Gershwin.

Diana's show, Nobody's Hart: the Lyrics of Lorenz Hart was the winner of BEST OF THE LOOP at the 2013 Out of the Loop Fringe Festival and enjoyed a sold-out run. Diana debuted Nobody's Hart: the Lyrics of Lorenz Hart at the Sammons Center for the Arts in the fall of 2012. Diana's cabaret show Midway was awarded BEST OF THE LOOP at the 2012 Out of the Loop Fringe Festival.

For the roles of Edith and Little Edie Beale in Grey Gardens at the WaterTower Theatre, she received the 2009 Dallas-Fort Worth Critics Forum Award and the 2009 COLUMN AWARD for Best Leading Actress in a Musical. Her Dallas-area debut in Irving Berlin's As Thousands Cheer at Lyric Stage also received the Dallas-Fort Worth Critics Forum Award.  She has also performed in Shooting Star at WaterTower Theatre.  Diana’s CD, Nobody’s Hart:  Lyrics by Lorenz Hart is available at www.cdbaby.com

About our sponsors:

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

WaterTower Theatre gratefully acknowledges the support of:


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

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

The Town of Addison, TACA, American Bank of Commerce, Atmos Energy, Barbara and Bob Bigham, Don and Barbara Daseke, Frost Bank, Liberty Capital Bank, The Shubert Foundation, Pinnacle, Mary Kay, Inc., Million Air Dallas, Rainmaker Advertising, The Nissan Foundation, Women of WaterTower Theatre and the WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors

David Denson will direct ALL MY SONS at WaterTower Theare

Addison, TX - WaterTower Theatre Producing Artistic Director Terry Martin today announced  that David Denson will direct the Main Stage production of Arthur Miller's All My Sons (April 17 - May 10, 2015).    Terry Martin will take to the stage as the tragic hero, Joe Keller.  General auditions for All My Sons will be held on December 14th. 

Single tickets to All My Sons go on sale December 9th at 12 noon.
 

About the Director

David Denson is the Artistic Director of Upstart Productions and the Programming Manager for the AT&T Performing Arts Center.   His recent New York directing credits include premiers of Urban Cowboy: The Musical, The Ressurectionist, Destination, A Private Conversation, Sleeping Dogs, and The Song of the Speechless Whore. Locally, he has worked with the Dallas Theater Center, Kitchen Dog Theater, Shakespeare Dallas, WaterTower Theatre, and Amphibian Stage Productions in Ft. Worth directing productions such as Year of the Rooster, The Aliens, Slaughter City, The Underpants, The Good Person of Setzuan, Hamlet, Hot Georgia Sunday and [sic]. David served as the Artistic Associate and resident Dramaturg for the Dallas Theater Center’s 2007-2008 season where he worked on numerous productions including Pride and Prejudice directed by Stan Wojewodski, Jr; Des Moines by National Book Award winner, Dennis Johnson; The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead directed by Mark Lamos; Glengarry Glen Ross; The Misanthrope and Hank Williams: Lost Highway.  Prior to working at ATTPAC he spent two years promoting the arts with the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs where he managed the City’s 2011 Free Night of Theatre initiative and led the campaign to bring the 2013 Theater Communications Group National Conference to North Texas. He received his BFA in performance from East Carolina University and his MFA in directing from Southern Methodist University.

About the Play

ALL MY SONS
By Arthur Miller
Sponsored by Atmos Energy and Frost Bank

Set in post-World War II, Arthur Miller’s landmark drama examines the relationships between fathers and sons and the price of living the American Dream. An explosive secret threatens to tear the family apart in this powerful play about the conflict between business ethics and taking responsibility for one’s actions.

Winner of the first Tony Award and the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best New Play, All My Sons established Miller as a leading voice in the American theatre.  Based on a true story.

About WaterTower Theatre

WaterTower Theatre 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, Dallas/Fort Worth 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 32,000 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 American Bank of Commerce,  Atmos Energy, Don and Barbara Daseke Million Air Dallas, Women of WaterTower Theatre, WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors, Barbara and Bob Bigham:  the Baylor Oral Health Foundation, Frost Bank, Liberty Capital Bank, Nissan Foundation, Target, Wells Fargo Bank, Pinnacle and Rainmaker Advertising.

Madmen, Music & Martinis is the theme for the 2015 Spotlight Gala

Addison, TX - Terry Martin, Producing Artistic Director, today announced details of the 2015 Spotlight Gala, Madmen, Music & Martinis.  WaterTower Theatre’s 2015 Spotlight Gala will be held later in the season on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 7 pm, and at a new venue, the Intercontinental Hotel in Addison in the 1960s style Malachite room.    The 2015 Spotlight Gala is chaired by April Bosworth.  The evening’s entertainment features Hunter Sullivan and his band.

The committee chairs are Barbara Daseke, Underwriting Chair; Derek Blount, Corporate Sponsors Chair; Barbara Bigham, Host Committee Chair; Debbie Staggs, Live and Silent Auction Chair; Corky Pledger, Cuisine Chair; Karol Omlor, Publicity Chair; Jeff Laceky, Marketing Chair; Suzanne Palmlund, Décor Chair; Elizabeth Fratantuono, Technology Chair; Kim Carter, Gala Secretary; Michelle Mew, Invitation Chair.     

The Gala Committee consists of Mary Ashmore, Maureen Anderson, Rosalind Benjet, Michael Canterbury, Blake W. Clemens, Rose Colarossi, Ben Cunningham, Collin Duwe, Stacey Griggs, Stan Graner, Rodney Hand, Terry Martin, Robert Mayer, Jr., Katie Myatt, Jimmy Niemann, Wade Owens, Pat Porter, Andrea Redmon, and Glynda Turner.

The fundraising event will be held at the Intercontinental Hotel, 15201 Dallas Pkwy, Addison, Texas 75001.

Underwriting levels are:  VIP Executive Producer, $10,000; The Producer, $5,000; The Director, $2500 and individual tickets at $250 per person.

For more information on the 2015 Spotlight Gala, please contact Greg Patterson, Director of Development and Marketing, at 972.450.6227 or gpatterson@watertowertheatre.org .

About the Gala Chair

April Bosworth joined the WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors in 2012.  She is also currently the Chair of Women of WaterTower Theatre (WOW!).  April has been actively involved with the Spotlight Gala for many years having served as Chair of the Live and Silent Auctions and Décor Committees on many occasions.  An influential business leader and fundraiser, April has led numerous fundraising events for many other non-profit organizations including the Dallas Summer Musicals, the Mother of the Year Luncheon, and Richardson Symphony League to name a few.

About Hunter Sullivan

Hunter Sullivan is a Dallas based singer/songwriter/bandleader. Hunter and his ensembles have built a solid reputation as the go-to source for authentic presentation of the best in Great American Songbook, classic pop, and romantic ballads. Most notably, Hunter has led the Hunter Sullivan Big Band, consisting of 14 members, a 10 horn lineup with rhythm section, and a killer collection of Big Band manuscript containing not only the best in hard hitting Big Band classics (Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, etc.) but also custom vocal renditions of material popularized by Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis Jr., and more. Hunter and his trio have been a long standing regular favorite at the legendary Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas, Texas, where they perform twice a month.

About WaterTower Theatre

WaterTower Theatre is a 501 ( c ) ( 3 ) non-profit professional theatre company.  It is considered to be one of the leading regional theatres in North Texas.  WaterTower Theatre is consistently recognized for its artistic excellence by the Dallas Theatre League, Dallas/Fort Worth Theatre Critics Forum, The Dallas Morning News, The Dallas Observer, D Magazine and Star-Telegram, among others.  WaterTower Theatre has a subscription base of more than 2,000 subscribers and serves an audience of over 35,000 patrons annually.  Led by Producing Artistic Director Terry Martin, WaterTower Theatre is in its 17th season.

WaterTower Theatre
at the Addison Theatre Centre
15650 Addison Road
Addison, Texas 75001
PH: 972.450.6230
FX: 972.450.6244
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