Women in Theatre: The Directors
Posted on January 15, 2015 by Kelsey Ervi
(Addison, TX) WaterTower Theatre Producing Artistic Director Terry Martin today announced a new initiative called WOMEN IN THEATRE . The event will be presented under the auspices of Women of WaterTower Theatre and it is co-chaired by Karol Omlor, Suzanne Palmlund and Andrea Redmon . The first lecture, which
now playing - main stage
The Explorers Club
January 16 - February 8, 2015
By Nell Benjamin
Co-production with Stage West
Sponsored by Liberty Capital Bank, Million Air Dallas, Barbara and Bob Bigham: the Baylor Oral Health Foundation
It’s London, 1879, and The Explorers Club is in crisis: a woman is campaigning for admittance; a savage has slapped Her Majesty, inciting a war; the Irish are probably Jewish and a beloved pet snake has swallowed a guinea pig. When an angry English Guard surrounds the club, what’s a gentleman explorer to do? Sit back and enjoy a brandy and cigar, naturally. This is the preposterous premise of Nell Benjamin’s madcap comedy that will have you bending over with laughter!
coming soon - studio theatre
January 31 - February 22, 2015
by Michelle Riml
Directed by Terry Martin
Sponsored, in part, by The Town of Addison
After 25 years of “bliss” Alice and Henry are having marital problems. Alice has decided to re-kindle the flame of their dormant love life with a weekend in an upscale swanky hotel room. “The L is the hottest new hotel in the city. It’s a synthesis of Eastern design and western sensibility,” she informs Henry. And to boost the odds, she has brought along a copy of ‘Sex for Dummies’ and a willingness to try things. Henry’s brought only his bad attitude, announcing that “nothing’s as good as it could be—that’s life!” He gazes at the book with suspicion and dread. Alice and Henry snipe at and harangue each other through a rehash of marital ruts and potholes that have left them both spiritually spent. They share their erotic fantasies, exchange recriminations, and take turns confessing the details of their personal mid-life crises as the play moves from comic, to serious, and back again. In Sexy Laundry , Henry and Alice’s touching and hilarious rediscovery of themselves and the strength of their marriage resonates with audiences of all ages.
Announcing Cast and Creative Team for SEXY LAUNDRY
ADDISON, TX – WaterTower Theatre Producing Artistic Director Terry Martin today announced the cast and creative team for the Michele Riml comedy Sexy Laundry, which will be presented in the Studio Theatre Jan. 31 – Feb. 22, 2015. Veteran actors Wendy Welch and Bob Hess will co-star as Alice and Henry.
Sexy Laundry is directed by Terry Martin. The Assistant Director is Diana Sheehan. The creative team includes Set Designer Jason Harris, Lighting Designer Bryant Yeager, Sound Designer Kelsey Leigh Ervi and Stage Manager Caron Grant.
Sexy Laundry is part of the new Discover Series in the Studio Theatre. The Studio Theatre Discover Series is made possible, in part, by The Town of Addison.
After 25 years of “bliss” Alice and Henry are having marital problems. Alice has decided to re-kindle the flame of their dormant love life with a weekend in an upscale, swanky hotel room. “The L is the hottest new hotel in the city. It’s a synthesis of Eastern design and western sensibility,” she informs Henry. And to boost the odds, she has brought along a copy of ‘Sex for Dummies’ and a willingness to try things. Henry’s brought only his bad attitude, announcing that “nothing’s as good as it could be—that’s life!” He gazes at the book with suspicion and dread. Alice and Henry snipe at and harangue each other through a rehash of marital ruts and potholes that have left them both spiritually spent. They share their erotic fantasies, exchange recriminations, and take turns confessing the details of their personal mid-life crises as the play moves from comic, to serious, and back again. In Sexy Laundry, Henry and Alice’s touching and hilarious rediscovery of themselves and the strength of their marriage resonates with audiences of all ages.
Performances of all Discover Series productions are in the Addison Theatre Centre’s Studio Theatre, which is located at 15650 Addison Road in Addison, Texas. Performance times are Thursdays at 7:30 PM, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 PM, and Sundays at 2:00 PM. Tickets are $22 to $27.50 with Preview Performances at $20, and can be purchased by calling the WTT Box Office at 972.450.6232 or online at www.watertowertheatre.org. Group rates are also available. Tickets are on sale now.
Feb. 2, 5, 12, 19 at 7:30 pm; Feb. 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21 at 8 pm; Feb. 8, 14, 15, 22 at 2 pm.
Ticket Prices and Box Office Information:
Single Tickets: Thursday and Saturday Matinees at $22.00; Friday, Saturday Evenings and Sunday at $27.50, Preview performance tickets at $20.00
How/Where to Buy Tickets:
www.watertowertheatre.org or 972-450-6232 or in person at
WaterTower Theatre Box Office (Tuesday – Friday, 12pm to 6pm)
About The Playwright
Michele Riml is a critically acclaimed playwright from Vancouver, British Columbia. Her plays have been produced across Canada and in the U.S. including the Globe Theatre, The Grand, the Arts Club Theatre and the Belfry. Other plays include Miss Teen, Under The Influence, RAGE (winner of the 2005 Sydney Risk prize for Outstanding Original Play), and the acclaimed Poster Boys, which premiered at the Arts Club Theatre in 2008. Her plays for young audiences, commissioned by Green Thumb Theatre for Young People, include Cool, Invisible Girl, The Skinny Lie and Tree Boy. Michele was nominated for the 2008 Siminovitch Prize.
About the Director
Multi-award winning Director Terry Martin celebrates his 15th season as Producing Artistic Director of WaterTower Theatre where he has overseen more than 79 productions. During the 2013-2014 Season, he directed 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 The Grapes of Wrath, Putting it Together, On the Town, Spring Awakening, The Diary of Anne Frank, Smokey Joe’s Café, As 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 most recently at the Dallas Theater Center in Next Fall, 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.
After growing up in south Alabama, Terry spent 12 years in New York City working in theatre, television and film. While there, he directed and acted at The Village Theatre Company, Carnegie Hall Studios and Theatre at St. Marks as well as television appearances on ABC’s One Life to Live and NBC’s To Serve and Protect. He holds a BA from the University of Alabama and has trained professionally with Sanford Meisner, Fred Kareman, Wynn Handman, Sally Johnson and Lehmann Byck. Terry presently teaches on-going acting classes in the Sanford Meisner Technique at WTT, as well as having served as Adjunct Professor of Acting at the University of Texas at Dallas.
About Wendy Welch
Wendy Welch last appeared at WaterTower Theatre in Violet. She recently played Sonia in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at Uptown Players and at CityRep in OKC. Other favorite roles include Linda Loman in Death of a Salesman, Dolly Levi in The Matchmaker- USI/New Harmony, Indiana, Margaret Johnson in The Light in the Piazza, The Storyteller in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Sarah Jane Moore in Assassins, Rose Stopnik in Caroline, or Change at Theatre Three, Sally Durant Plummer in Follies, Emily Cory in Richard Cory at Lyric Stage, Dorothy Lintott in The History Boys, Carol Channing in Best of Forbidden B’way at Uptown Players, Meg in Damn Yankees at Casa Manana and Nancy in The Unmentionables at Stage West.
She has been the recipient of a Leon Rabin Award, three Critics Choice Awards, and she and Bob Hess were just named together as the Best Actor of 2014 by the Dallas Voice. Wendy is active in the commercial industry and has recently been seen in two national JC Penney spots, a Baylor Hospital spot and a spot for Blackmon Mooring. Her film roles include Shane Carruth’s Upstream Color, and the soon to be released Occupy, Dallas with Janine Turner, Peri Gilpin and Lorelei Linklater.
About Bob Hess
Bob Hess past WaterTower Theatre performances have included Putting It Together, Company, The Exonerated and Baptized to the Bone. Last May, Bob had the pleasure of working opposite Sandy Duncan in North Carolina Theatre’s production of Driving Miss Daisy. Here in Texas, he has appeared on nearly every stage in the Metroplex, most recently in Vanya, Sonia, Masha And Spike, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Uptown Players); Miracle on 34th Street (Dallas Children’s Theater); The Interrogation of Lee Harvey Oswald, Big River (Casa Manana); The True History…of Julia Pastrana (Amphibian Productions); To Kill a Mockingbird (Dallas Theater Center); The Odd Couple, Vieux Carre (Theatre Three); and The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?(Kitchen Dog Theatre). A recipient of numerous Leon Rabin and Dallas Critics’ Forum Awards, Bob currently serves as an adjunct faculty member at University of North Texas. He will be appearing in a recurring role in the upcoming ABC television drama American Crime (created by the Oscar-winning writer of 12 Years a Slave, John Ridley), premiering in March 2015.
About WaterTower Theatre
Now in its 19th 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. This year, WaterTower Theatre won six Dallas Fort-Worth Critics Association awards.
WaterTower Theatre has produced 5 world premiere productions and 20 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.
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 gratefully acknowledges the generosity of the following season sponsors:
American Bank of Commerce, Atmos Energy, Barbara and Bob Bigham: the Baylor Oral Health Foundation, Don and Barbara Daseke, Frost Bank, Liberty Capital Bank, Pinnacle, Wells Fargo Bank, Mary Kay, Million Air Dallas, The Nissan Foundation, Rainmaker Advertising, Slalom Consulting, Target, Whole Foods Market, Women of WaterTower Theatre and the WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors.
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15650 Addison Road
Addison, Texas 75001