2016 Out of the Loop Fringe Festival
February 25-March 6, 2016
An 11-day celebration of theatre, dance, music, and art, the Out of the Loop Fringe Festival features performances by arts organizations and artists from across the nation. Performances are held at the Addison Theatre Centre, in four performance venues: the Main Stage, the Studio Theatre, the Stone Cottage and the Main Lobby.
Single tickets to all events go on sale Feb. 9. Festival Passes, now on sale, include one admission to each Festival event and are $65. WaterTower Theatre subscribers receive $10 off each Festival pass. Individual ticket prices for each event are $10. Lobby performances are free. Loop passholders may make reservations starting February 2, 2016.
2016 Festival Lineup
Angie Bolling, Visual Artist
Inspired by the colors & textures of Mexico, Mardi Gras, and folk-art from many cultures, Angie creates original mixed-media pieces. Strongly influenced by her Deep South roots and love of family & friends, her drive to create and share continues to open endless channels of expression in the various studio arts, needlework, decorating and design, art directing, writing, and teaching. For more details, please contact http://www.angiebolling.com.
Avant Chamber Ballet
Main Stage: 2/26 - 8 pm; 2/28 - 2 pm
Innovation Through Tradition is an evening of live music and innovative dance. The program features repertoire by Katie Cooper including a new one-act version of the classic ballet Raymonda, as well as Caracole and Memories of Change. The performance will be accompanied by a live orchestra which includes music by composers Glazunov, Prokofiev and Bach.
Stone Cottage: 2/26 - 8 pm; 3/2 – 7.30 pm; 3/5 - 2 pm
A one-man show written and performed by John S. Davies and directed by Gene Ray Price, Oh Jesus or An Actor, A Cynic and A Savior Walk into a Bar is a dark comedy that explores the battle between our angels and our demons. Jesus (or, at least a guy who thinks he's Jesus...) has come back to try to make things right with his Dad (i.e. God). Dad is disappointed because Man (i.e. us) keeps screwing up. But this time, the resurrection will be live streamed via Go Pros so everyone can see and, finally, believe. The problem is Jesus needs to attract followers to handle the arrangements. The problem also is what if he's not Jesus? Plus, God keeps trying to control him and some cynic keeps interrupting him.
Main Stage: 2/25 - 8 pm; 2/27 - 2 pm
Le Train Bleu originally premiered on June 20, 1924 at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées. It was choreographed by Bronislava Nijinska for Serge Diaghilev's Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. The libretto was by Jean Cocteau, music by Darius Milhaud, set designs were by Henri Laurens, curtain by Pablo Picasso, and costumes were designed by Coco Chanel. The title was taken from the night train called Le Train Bleu that transported wealthy passengers from Calais to the Mediterranean Sea; the ballet itself was set at the fashionable resort of Deauville. The ballet has a sporting theme, with swimmers, tennis players, and weight lifters and is a study on the wealthy youth of the time. Laurens supplied a Cubist beach scene, and Chanel outfitted the cast in sportswear. DNCB restaged this delightful ballet for the Dallas Museum of Art last June while collaborating with Zachary Broadhurst and Danny Skinner on set design and Kennetha Woods on costume design.
Main Stage: 2/25 - 7.30 pm; 2/27 - 2 pm
Dance Linkages is a project created by Andee Scott designed to build a contemporary network of artists connecting across disciplines to develop new work. SOLA: WOMEN DANCING WOMEN is an evening of solo dances created by and for women, featuring performances and choreography by Amy Chavasse, Tzveta Kassabova, Bliss Kohlmyer, Pamela Pietro, Andee Scott, and Mary Williford-Shade (performing choreography by Ursula Payne).
Studio Theatre: 2/26 - 8 pm; 2/27 - 2 pm; 3/5 - 5 pm
Two-time “Best of Loop” Winner Diana Sheehan returns to the Festival this year with a world premiere cabaret show celebrating the legendary American composer Jerome Kern. Considered by many to be the father of the American Musical, Kern collaborated with the greatest lyricists of his day leaving us a treasure trove of some of the most gorgeous melodies ever written. Songs include: “All the Things You Are,” “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes,” “A Fine Romance,” “The Way You Look Tonight” and many others. Musical direction is by James McQuillen.
Studio Theatre: 2/27 - 8 pm; 2/28 - 2 pm
Ebony Stewart is a performance artist and spoken word poet. She has been active in Texas slam poetry and the theatre arts community for over 10 years. Ebony is the only adult female three-time Slam Champion in Austin, Texas. She is a published author and her work has been featured in the Texas Observer, For Harriet and The Agenda: working for LGBT economic equality. In 2015, Ebony debuted her first one woman show, Hunger, at The Vortex Theatre. The show was nominated for a B. Iden Payne Award for Outstanding Original Script and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama. Hunger is an emotionally challenging performance piece – disturbing, moving, yet filled with wit, laughter and joy.
Front Line Cabaret
Stone Cottage: 2/27 - 8 pm; 3/4 – 8 pm; 3/6 - 2 pm
Whether it’s the 4th runner up to Miss America, the pop singer with limited vocal skills, or the Walmart shopper who finds more than she was looking for in the frozen food section, Down That Road features songs about everyday people with big opinions, living life south of the Mason Dixon Line. Dallas-area favorite Catherine Johnson and music director James McQuillen celebrate the brilliant lyrics and music of Dallas native Suzanne Buhrer, who wrote for such luminaries as Kaye Ballard, Milton Berle and Joan Rivers. And who knows? There may be a special appearance by country and western star Tammy Spraynet! See y’all there!
Stone Cottage: 2/25 - 7.30 pm; 2/27 - 5 pm; 2/28 - 2 pm
The Missionary Position: Pleasure Journeys for the Intrepid Lady Explorer is a comedic faux lecture series packed with physical comedy. Amelia Weatherbeaten (Caroline Reck) and Eleanor Dangerbottom (Cami Alys) are Victorian-era Lady Explorers and Spokeswomen for Hartmann’s Hygenic Towellettes for Ladies, the first commercially available menstrual products for women. They travel around the world at the turn of the 19th century, hocking their products and lecturing hilariously on topics of interest to the Society of Learned Ladies, Where Ladies Share Knowledge with Ladies. (That’s you.) They have arrived with their collection of travel curios to set you straight on what you thought you didn't think you needed to know. Part P.T. Barnum sideshow, part Victorian Geographical Salon, these ladies will offer a seat at their table but you won’t stay in it for long. Anticipate a raucous, interactive, inventive evening that kicks the stuffing out of stuffy “period” theater.
Goat Song Collective
Studio Theatre: 2/28 - 5 pm; 3/1 – 7.30 pm; 3/5 - 8 pm
Two people – who’ve been found to be on the autism spectrum – find themselves stuck in clown school to learn social skills. Naomi, a dance prodigy in her twenties, feels in colors and refuses to wear a clown nose. Cole, a percussion virtuoso, can recite a complete history of the xylophone, but won’t meet your eyes. Measured against scales of social competence, they’ll push the boundaries of compliance to find connection in an isolating world and shatter the complacency of the nameless faces and disembodied voices running the show. Goat Song Collective is a new theatre company of early-career and multidisciplinary theatre artists based in the Dallas area.
Main Stage: 2/27 - 8pm; 2/28 - 5 pm
Conceived by Daniel Robert Sullivan (Tommy DeVito in Jersey Boys, Author of Places Please!) and co-written by a team of New York City teenagers, the play focuses on four intelligent, highly charged students and one seriously apathetic teacher. Prospect High: Brooklyn was created with the intent of offering a new collection of serious, true-to-life material for teenage actors. The play addresses themes of apathy, revenge, deep friendship, trans acceptance, casual racism, self-harm, and the power of both good and bad advice from teachers, all against the backdrop of an enormous Brooklyn high school. Prospect High: Brooklyn was developed in partnership with Roundabout Theatre and the Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowships. Prospect High: Brooklyn received a workshop presentation at Roundabout Theatre Company in April 2014.
Ian Ferguson, Guitarist
Lobby: 2/27 - 7 pm; 3/6 - 4pm
Ian Ferguson is a local actor and musician, originally from Amarillo, TX. He plays guitar, keys, and vocals for the Dallas band, Mur, as well as his band Veteran Children with his wife Aubrey - another local actor. Recent Dallas area theatre appearances from Ian include: Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play at Stage West, Bull at Second Thought Theatre and On The Eve at Theatre Three.
Lobby: 2/28 - 4pm; 3/5 - 7pm
Ian Mead Moore is a local DFW actor, singer, and musician. He currently plays bass and provides backing vocals for local band Pool Lights, and lead vocals/rhythm guitar for Angry Goblin. He dabbles in composition for the theatre, and arranges/accompanies on guitar for singers, along with teaching beginning/intermediate guitar. He has been seen onstage with Uptown Players, Shakespeare Dallas, Lyric Stage, Theatre Three, and in the recording booth at FUNmation.
It Ain't Shakespeare
Studio Theatre: 3/4 - 8 pm; 3/6 - 2 pm
Pun: A Play on Words is an energetic, meta-theatrical comedy following the desperate final rehearsal of a new play's staged reading in the minutes before its only public performance. As the clock ticks down, the Director's sanity shatters in a maelstrom of hilarious despair and the actors find themselves caught in an epic battle of wills between two unstoppable theatrical forces.
Main Stage: 2/27 - 5 pm; 3/3 - 7.30 pm
This new interdisciplinary concert-theatre piece by pianist Jeff Lankov highlights some of the imperative and provocative social challenges facing our society today, including homelessness, body image, AIDS, gun rights, and patriotism. Weaving together a musical narrative of cutting-edge compositions by today’s most innovative composers, The Theatrical Piano combines live music with theatre, dance, spoken word, and computer-generated sounds. Featured guest performers include actor/director Anne Healy, dancer/choreographer Amanda Jackson and Big Rig Dance Collective, singer/actor Neil Mowles and actor Sara Shelby-Martin.
Main Stage: 3/4 - 8 pm; 3/6 - 5.00 pm
The Transformation Project provides a glimpse of what challenges exist within our teen communities and family ecosystems. The Transformation Project pairs these light-hearted and life-altering struggles to music, stage combat, and choreography for a thought provoking production performed entirely by a cast of teen dancers. The issues are real, the teens are real, and the experience is life changing.
Stone Cottage: 2/28 - 5 pm; 3/4 - 8 pm; 3/6 - 5 pm
Vampires! Demons! Sex! Billy Idol! And seriously, what is up with the husband in Paranormal Activity? He sucks and gets what’s coming to him. Kris has an issue with dreams. Well, nightmares. Well, really, if we’re getting technical, it's somewhere in the middle. Oh, and all the existential dread. So, in a series of anecdotes, Kris takes on these dreams - both his and America’s - because he’s also super patriotic. It’s really quite selfless; especially considering how personally embarrassing it tends to get for him. The dude just wants a good night’s sleep for the love of Cthulhu!
Lone Star Circus
Main Stage: 3/2 - 7.30 pm; 3/6 - 2 pm
Whether you dream of contorting, climbing, flying, flipping, balancing, bending, rolling on the circus stage or you want front row seats to the amazing feats of physical prowess, acrobatic agility, and capativating contortion, Lone Star Circus has your ticket. Under the creative direction of 8th generation circus artist Fanny Kerwich, Lone Star Circus puts a unique Texas twist on traditional European circus arts.
Main Stage: 3/1 - 7.30 pm
With book, music and lyrics by Kelly Marie Schaaf and directed by Marianne Galloway, this new musical will be brought to life in a one-night only staged reading. The story centers on a fugitive who is on the run and ignites an uprising in those who have been held in a government-established internment camp for two decades. One of the captives, Evelyn, risks her life to send a note to the other side that reads “hello.” Evelyn's note is found by a young reluctant soldier, Riley. Motivated by Evelyn's letter, Riley chooses his allegiance when the fugitive, Moyra, arrives in their city to fan the flames of revolution. A play reading.
Rite of Passage Theatre Company
Studio Theatre: 2/25 – 7:30 pm; 3/2 – 7:30 pm; 3/5 - 2 pm
If you can afford couples therapy, then that doesn't automatically assume you can have a "date night" once a week or go on a long weekend each quarter. But if your marriage is important enough then you've got to make some sacrifices. Terry and Marion are determined to fall in love with each other again so they discover some questionable common interests. Starring Thomas and Sherry Ward, I Love You Hunny Bunny is directed by Nic McMinn.
Studio Theatre: 2/27 - 5 pm; 3/3 - 7.30 pm; 3/6 - 5 pm
The King’s Face is loosely based on the true story of a wounded warrior. It is 1403, a time of war and terrorism. At the battle of Shrewsbury, King Henry IV finally secures his crown. Late in the battle his son, and heir to the throne, Prince Harry of Monmouth is struck down by an arrow to the face. The impact of the arrow is no glancing blow. The wound festers and the life of the future monarch is in jeopardy. The story reflects the universal ordeal of all wounded warriors.
Stone Cottage: 2/27 - 2 pm; 3/3 - 7.30 pm; 3/5 - 5 pm
Jane and Mabel, written by Pamela Cuming, is a play about two homeless women and the funny, deep and interdependent nature of their friendship. It uses humor and a mystery to examine the life of two women who have nothing but each other. Without homes, family, healthcare, employment, Jane and Mabel examines the cost of living in a world that isolates them and makes them invisible, resulting in an almost mandatory redirection of each woman's moral compass to ensure their survival. Directed by Angela Wilson and starring Nancy Sherrard and Allyn Carrell, Vox Productions is a new company dedicated to work that gives voice to women "of a certain age."
Main Stage: 3/5 - 8 pm
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, March 5 in the Main Stage where each of the new plays will be performed for the public! The 24-HR Play Festival serves to provide a creative opportunity for local artists to work collaboratively.
Main Stage: 2/29 - 7:30 pm
In the mid-1950s, the House of Un-American Activities Committee began investigating the communist influence in the entertainment industry. This searing docudrama from actual transcripts of the hearings reveals how decent people were persuaded to name names, and the steep price paid by those who refused. Written by Obie Award winning playwright Eric Bentley, this reading will feature an all-star cast of local talent and is directed by WaterTower Theatre's Terry Martin.
2016 Festival Schedule
Thursday, February 25
6.30 pm (L) FREE Art Show Preview (Angie Bolling)
Friday, February 26
8.00 pm (MS) $10 Innovation Through Tradition (Avant Chamber Ballet)
Saturday, February 27
2.00 pm (MS) $10 SOLA: Women Dancing Women (Dance Linkages)/
Sunday, February 28
2.00 pm (MS) $10 Innovation Through Tradition (Avant Chamber Ballet)
Monday, February 29
7.30 pm (MS) FREE Are You Now or Have You Ever Been? Play Reading
Tuesday, March 1
7.30 pm (MS) FREE One Word Revolution Reading (One Word)
Wednesday, March 2
7.30 pm (MS) $10 Le Petit Lone Star Circus (Lone Star Circus)
Thursday, March 3
7.30 pm (MS) $10 The Theatrical Piano (Jeff Lankov)
Friday, March 4
8.00 pm (MS) $10 The Transformation Project (Junior Players)
Saturday, March 5
2.00 pm (ST) $10 I Love You Honey Bunny (Rite of Passage)
Sunday, March 6
2.00 pm (MS) $10 Le Petit Lone Star Circus (Lone Star Circus)
Performances are held at the Addison Theatre Centre, 15650 Addison Road, Addison, Texas 75001.
Some productions contain adult language, sexual situations and/or violence. Please consult the box office for specific content information regarding a particular performance. There are no refunds or exchanges on individual Loop tickets.
The Out of the Loop Fringe Festival began in 2002 as a way for WaterTower Theatre to produce new and challenging works with a contemporary edge, and was designed to provide opportunities for other existing and emerging theatre, dance, and music companies and artists in the region to present work that may vary in form and presentation from their typical content. In addition, WaterTower wanted to provide a forum that supported artistic risk, which may not always be possible in a typical subscription-based scenario. WaterTower hoped that appearing together in a festival atmosphere, these companies could provide the North Dallas and surrounding area with a diverse range of artistic endeavors.
Since 2002, when the Festival drew just over 1,000 patrons over the course of 10 days, Out of the Loop has become a regional theatrical event. The Festival typically hosts around 20 organizations presenting over 50 individual performances and drawing between 3,000 and 5,000 arts lovers each year. The Out of the Loop Fringe Festival has also received a Special Citation from the Dallas-Fort Worth Theatre Critics Forum for providing opportunities to new and emerging companies and playwrights.
The Festival has begun to bring in headliners of various disciplines who are nationally renown. These artists partner with regional and Dallas-based artists in theatre, dance, music, comedy, puppetry and poetry, and are presented side-by-side throughout the Festival's 10-day run.
The Festival continues to present a wide-range of artistic disciplines that explore varied themes and cultural expression. It is WaterTower's goal to provide the community an opportunity to explore multiple performance mediums at accessible prices. The Out of the Loop Fringe Festival is one of the most accessible arts events in North Texas both in terms of admission prices and programming. As always, it is WaterTower Theatre's mission to provide access to and participation in cultural arts events to the widest possible segment of our community.
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