now playing - main stage
The Big Meal
April 15 - May 8, 2016
By Dan LeFranc
Sponsored by Table 13 and Whole Foods Addison
Somewhere in America in a suburban chain restaurant on an average night, a young couple Sam and Nicole meet for a drink. Sparks fly, setting in motion the extraordinary tale of five generations of an ordinary family. In this theatrically inventive and beautiful play about the love, trials, and resilience of families, we experience – over the course of many mealtimes - the moments, both mundane and milestone, that make up a full life. The Big Meal is big-hearted, stunningly ambitious and richly satisfying. Reservations recommended!
coming soon - studio theatre
Bright Half Life
May 21 - June 12, 2016
By Tanya Barfield
Sponsored, in part, by The Town of Addison
Tanya Barfield's funny new play tells the story of Erica and Vicky, and their relationship which spans decades. Moments of the past collide with fragments of the present in this kaleidoscopic telling of the loves and losses of coupledom. A contemporary play with a theme as timeless as the ages. Tanya Barfield is an African-American playwright whose works have been produced around the world.
Announcing the Cast and Creative Team for ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS
(Addison)… WaterTower Theatre Producing Artistic Director Terry Martin today announced casting and creative team details for the regional premiere of One Man, Two Guvnors, directed by Terry Martin. Written by Richard Bean, One Man, Two Guvnors will run August 5-28, 2016. Brian Gonzales, currently performing on Broadway as Babkak in Disney's Aladdin, will star as Francis Henshall. Gonzales, who last performed on the WaterTower Theatre stage in Laughter on the 23rd Floor (2010), will reprise the role he understudied in the Broadway production of One Man, Two Guvnors.
The cast also features John-Michael Marrs as Stanley Stubbers, Alexandra Lawrence as Rachel Crabbe, Bradley Campbell as Harry Dangle, Sonny Franks as Charlie "The Duck" Clench, Erik Jenkins as Lloyd Boateng, Allison Bret as Pauline Clench, Mitchell Stephens as Alan Dangle, Ashley Puckett Gonzales as Dolly, Jeff Colangelo as Alfie and the Ensemble includes Jake Bullock, Jerry Downey, Janae Hatchett, Alex Heika, Christa Schmidt, Seth Womack and Isaac Young.
Making their WaterTower Theatre debuts in One Man, Two Guvnors will be Allison Bret, Jake Bullock, Jeff Colangelo, Jerry Downey, Janae Hatchett, Erik Jenkins, Alexandra Lawrence, Christa Schmidt and Isaac Young.
Individual tickets to One Man, Two Guvnors will go on sale April 26 at 12 noon and will be available by calling 972-450-6232 or online at www.watertowertheatre.org/tickets.aspx. One Man, Two Guvnors is sponsored by Rainmaker Advertising, Million Air Dallas and Barbara and Bob Bigham: the Baylor Oral Health Foundation.
Brian Gonzales' appearance is made possible, in part, by Laree Hulshoff and Ben Fischer, Liese and Michael Canterbury and Norma and Paul Shultz.
The creative team, in addition to Director Terry Martin, includes Diana Sheehan (Assistant Director), Sonny Franks (Musical Director), Chris Pickart (Set Designer), Sylvia Fuhrken (Costume Designer), Leann Burns (Lighting Designer), Scott Guenther (Sound Designer), Jeremy Dumont (Choreographer), Jeff Colangelo (Physical Comedy Consultant), Sara Lovett (Dialect Coach), Kyle Eric Bradford (Dramaturg), Caron Grant (Stage Manager) and Bonnie Hanvey (Assistant Stage Manager).
In the Main Space at the Addison Theatre Centre
Wednesdays & Thursdays: 7:30 p.m.
Single Tickets: $22 - $40 per show
How/Where to Buy Tickets:
By Phone: 972-450-6232
Or In-person: WaterTower Theatre at the Addison Theatre Centre
About the principal cast members:
Brian Gonzales (Francis Henshall):
Broadway: Babkak in Disney’s Aladdin; Francis u/s in One Man, Two Guvnors; Broadway/Tour: Ensemble, Shrek/Farquaad u/s in Shrek; Barfee/Panch/Coneybear u/s in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; Regional: Productions across the country including Fly at Dallas Theater Center, and Babkak in Aladdin at the 5th Ave Seattle. TV: Law & Order
Alexandra Lawrence (Rachel Crabbe):
Alexandra is thrilled to be making her WaterTower Theatre debut. Originally from the New England area, she has found her artistic home here in Dallas. In the Fort Worth area, her credits include Under the Skin at Circle Theatre, Bad Jews at Stage West, and Bank Job and The Nosemaker’s Apprentice at Amphibian Stage Productions, respectively. In Dallas, she has been seen in The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls at Undermain Theatre. Other credits include Steel Magnolias (Trinity Rep) in RI and The Tenant (Theater for the New City) in NYC. She teaches Voice and Acting at the University of North Texas; she also works as a Teaching Artist at the Dallas Theater Center. She holds her B.A. from Trinity College (International Relations and Hispanic Studies) and her M.F.A. from the Brown University/Trinity Rep M.F.A. Acting Program.
John-Michael Marrs (Stanley Stubbers):
John-Michael has lived and worked as a professional actor in New York and various regional markets. Off-Broadway, he has performed with the New York Classical Theatre (Richard III) and the Ohio Theatre (Hater, with Merritt Wever). Regional credits include Shakespeare Theatre Company (Julius Caesar; Antony and Cleopatra, director Michael Kahn), Denver Center (The Liar, The Taming of the Shrew), and two seasons with Alabama Shakespeare Company. Television and voiceover credits include Mystery of Matter (PBS) and Vital Voices' 2011 Fatema Akbari Tribute at the Kennedy Center. John-Michael has appeared with Stage West in Ft. Worth and WaterTower Theatre in the regional premiere of Nell Benjamin's The Explorers Club.
Ashley Puckett Gonzales (Dolly):
Regional Roles include Lily St. Regis in Annie (Broadway, National Tour and Madison Square Gardens); Vicki Nichols in The Full Monty (Maltz Jupiter Theater); Rona in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Florida Studio Theater); Faye Medwick in Neil Simon's Chapter 2 (Mountain Playhouse); The Emcee in Cabaret (WaterTower Theatre); as well as a roles at The Kennedy Center, Dallas Theater Center, Dallas Children's Theater, Plano Repertory Theater, Uptown Players and Gulfshore Playhouse
About the Director:
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 16 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 2015-2016 Season is its 20th 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 Atmos Energy, Barbara and Bob Bigham: Baylor Oral Health Foundation, Don and Barbara Daseke, Frost Bank, Liberty Capital Bank, Million Air Dallas, Women of WaterTower Theatre, WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors, Slalom Consulting, Nissan Foundation, Pinnacle, Rainmaker Advertising, Slalom Consulting, Table 13, Target, the WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors, Women of WaterTower and the Young Professionals for WaterTower Theatre.
at the Addison Theatre Centre
15650 Addison Road
Addison, Texas 75001