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Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash

Regional Premiere
October 7 - 30, 2016
Created by Richard Maltby Jr., Conceived by William Meade, Orchestrations by Steven Bishop and Jeff Lisenby
Directed by B.J. Cleveland
Musical Directed by Sonny Franks

Sponsored by FastSigns Carrollton and Relax the Back Addison

This unique musical explores love, faith, success, and struggle, using the iconic songbook of Johnny Cash.  Featuring his most memorable songs, a company of five actor/musicians celebrate the life of “the Man in Black” with his trademark strength, humor, and honesty.  Perennial hits such as “A Boy Named Sue,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Ring of Fire,” and “I Walk The Line" combine to show the journey of every man and woman’s walk between hope and despair. Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash is an experience sure to lift your heart and stir your soul.  

Cast:
Eddie - Spencer Baker
Mark - Ian Ferguson*
David - Sonny Franks*
Trenna - Katrina Kratzer
Jason - Brian Mathis*

Creative Team:
Director - B.J. Cleveland
Musical Director - Sonny Franks

Stage Manager – Caron Grant*
Assistant Stage Manager - Alissa Tiffin

Set Designer – Bradley Gray
Costume Designer – Amanda Capshaw
Lighting Designer – Leann Burns
Sound Designer – Scott Guenther
Properties Designer – Kyle Montgomery
Dramaturg – Kyle Eric Bradford

*denotes member of AEA

Silent Sky

Regional Premiere
January 20 - February 12, 2017
A new play by Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Kelsey Leigh Ervi

Sponsored by Atmos Energy and Slalom Consulting

This new play by Lauren Gunderson blends humor and romance in a riveting exploration of the life and career of celebrated astronomer Henrietta Swan Leavitt (1868-1921), who fearlessly asserted herself in the male-driven, turn-of-the-century world of science and academia. A true story of discovery, Silent Sky invites us to join Leavitt and the real women "computers" working at the dawn of modern astronomy as they explore the magic of the universe in what is an historic journey of love, science and determination. 

Cast:
Henrietta Leavitt - Anastasia Munoz*
Margaret Leavitt - Sarah Elizabeth Price
Peter Shaw - Mitchell Stephens
Annie Cannon - Marianna Galloway
Williamina Fleming - Shannon J. McGrann*

Creative Team:
Director - Kelsey Leigh Ervi
Stage Manager - Caron Gitelman Grant*
Assistant Stage Manager - Connor John
Set Designer - Clare DeVries
Costume Designer - Sylvia Fuhrken
Lighting Designer - Leann Burns
Sound Designer - Ryan Joyner
Assistant Sound Designer - Stephen Hersack
Properties Designer - Matthew Duvall
Dialect Coach - Anne Schilling
Dramaturg - Kyle Eric Bradford

*denotes member of AEA

Parade in Concert

March 25, 2017
Book by Alfred Uhry
Music & Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
Directed by Kelsey Leigh Ervi
Musical Directed by Scott A. Eckert

Sponsored by Kathleen A. Messina and Gary W. Goodwin
Sponsored by Mesero

Inspired by the true events surrounding the 1913 murder trial of Leo Frank, a Brooklyn-raised Jew living in Georgia who is wrongly convicted of the murder of 13-year old Mary Phagan, Parade is filled with soaring music and a heart-wrenching story, offering a moral lesson about the dangers of prejudice and ignorance that should not be forgotten.  Amid religious intolerance, political injustice and racial tension, the stirring Tony Award-winning Parade explores the endurance of love and hope. 

Cast:
Leo Frank – Seth Womack
Lucille Frank – Sarah Elizabeth Price
Hugh Dorsey – Greg Hullett
Governor Slaton – Alex Ross*
Old Confederate Soldier/Judge Roan – Brian Mathis*
Jim Conley – Calvin Scott Roberts*
Mary Phagan – Mary McElree*
Frankie Epps – Kyle Montgomery*
Britt Craig – Kyle Igneczi*
Tom Watson/Others – Luke Longacre*
Mrs. Phagan/Others – Sara Shelby-Martin
Newt Lee/Others – Jeremy Davis
Mrs. Slaton/Others – Victoria Teague
Iola Stover/Others – Molly Welch
Monteen/Others – Jad Saxton
Young Soldier/Others – Alex Heika
Minnie/Others – Whitney Coulter
Ensemble – Justin Duncan, Aubrey Ferguson, Ian Mead Moore

Creative Team:
Director – Kelsey Leigh Ervi
Musical Director – Scott A. Eckert
Stage Manager - Maggie Soch Hayden*
Assistant Stage Manager - Connor John*
Set Designer – Bradley Gray
Lighting Designer – Dan Schoedel
Sound Designer – Kellen Voss

*denotes member of AEA

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The Gospel According to Charles Dickens, Thomas Jefferson and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord

Regional Premiere
April 14 - May 7, 2017
By Scott Carter
Directed by Emily Scott Banks

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. 

 

Native Gardens

Regional Premiere
June 2 - 25, 2017
A new comedy by Karen Zacarías
Directed by Rene Moreno

Gardens and cultures clash, turning friendly neighbors into feuding enemies in this funny Regional Premiere, written by Karen Zacharias, 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.

 

 

Sunday in the Park with George

July 28 - August 20, 2017
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by James Lapine 
Directed by Terry Martin
Musical Directed by Jeff Lankov

Sponsored, in part, by Women of WaterTower Theatre (WOW!), Liberty Capital Bank, Rainmaker Advertising, Pinnacle and Million Air Dallas

Inspired by the painting A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte” by French Impressionist Georges Seurat, Sunday in the Park with George, the dazzling musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, two of the greatest musical theatre artists of our time, brings art to vibrant life. George is an obsessive painter who risks it all, including his relationship with his lover Dot, to complete his latest masterpiece. A century later, George’s great-grandson is working as an artist in New York City. In search of inspiration, he soon discovers that the answer to his future is painted clearly in his past.

 

 

Holiday Extra!
Sister's Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi's Gold

December 2 - 23, 2016
by Maripat Donovan with Marc Silvia and Jane Morris
Musical Directed by Mark Mullino

Sponsored by Frost Bank

It’s “CSI: Bethlehem” in this holiday mystery extravaganza, from the author of Late Nite Catechism, as Sister takes on the mystery that has intrigued historians throughout the ages – whatever happened to the Magi’s gold?   With gifts galore and bundles of laughs, Sister’s Christmas Catechism is sure to become the newest addition to your holiday traditions.

Cast:
Sister - Nonie Newton Riley 
Vocalist - Sarah Elizabeth Price

Creative Team:
Musical Director - Mark Mullino
Production Manager - Caron Gitelman Grant
Backstage Crew - Monika Zimmerman
Lighting Designer - Clay Van Winkle
Technical Supervisor - Bradley Gray
 

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