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Announcing WaterTower Theatre's 2016-2017 Season

Addison (TX) – Terry Martin, WaterTower Theatre Producing Artistic Director, today announced details of the Company’s 2016-2017 20th Anniversary Main Stage SeasonThe 5-show subscription season, planned by Martin, includes four Regional Premieres. Highlights of the season include a Stephen Sondheim classic, a musical tribute to American music legend Johnny Cash, two plays by leading female playwrights Lauren Gunderson and Karen Zacarías, plus a holiday extra.   

"I have had the privilege and honor to call this theatre my artistic home for 17 glorious years," said Martin. "My heart is full of pride with all that we have accomplished.  I am thrilled to leave the community with a 20th Anniversary season that I feel is a wonderful representation of what WaterTower Theatre has always been about -- true celebration of the art of theatre."  

"Over the past 17 years, I've had the enormous pleasure of producing more than 150 plays (and directing over 60 myself) casting hundreds of some of the most talented actors, designers, directors and  working with the hardest working production crew and administrative staff one person could ever be blessed with," continued Martin.  

"I'm proud of our 2016-2017 Season," continued Martin.  "It exemplifies everything that I've tried to create here at WaterTower Theatre:  plays that tell all sorts of different stories and celebrate who we are as a human race."  

The season opens with the Regional Premiere of Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash (October 7 - 30, 2016), created by Richard Maltby Jr., conceived by William Meade, with orchestrations by Steven Bishop and Jeff Lisenby. Ring of Fire pays tribute to the legendary Johnny Cash, and his iconic music. The season continues with the Regional Premiere of Silent Sky (January 20 – February 12, 2017), a new play by Lauren Gunderson, which tells the story of Henrietta Leavitt, a brilliant and headstrong pioneer at the dawn of modern astronomy. Following, is the Regional Premiere of The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens, and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord (April 14 – May 7, 2017) by Scott Carter (Executive Producer of Real Time with Bill Maher). This whip-smart comedy examines what happens when great men of history are forced to repeat it. Up next is the Regional Premiere of Native Gardens (June 2 - 25, 2017) a new comedy by Karen Zacarías, one of the country's leading Latina playwrights. The final production will be the iconic Stephen Sondheim musical, Sunday in the Park with George (July 28 – August 20, 2017).  The 5-show subscription package can be enhanced with the addition of the hilarious 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.  

Directors for each production will be announced at a later date.  All productions will be staged at the Addison Theatre Centre at 15650 Addison Road, Addison, Texas 75001.  

In general, there will be no price increase in single tickets for the 2016-2017 five Canterbury Family Main Stage productions; however, some price adjustments have been made to better align the consistency of ticket prices: the Sunday matinee price has been lowered and the Saturday matinee price has been raised to match the weekday (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday) price of $30. The five-play season subscriptions range in price from $75 (Previews) to $150 (Saturday evening). The renewal deadline for current subscribers to keep their same seats is July 22nd. Subscribers who renew by June 26th will have a chance to win a $50 Gift Card to nearby restaurant and local favorite Antonio Ristorante.    

WaterTower Theatre gratefully acknowledges the support of our Season Sponsors including The Town of Addison, TACA, the Texas Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Shubert Foundation, The Canterbury Family, Don and Barbara Daseke, Janice and Jimmy Niemann. Production Sponsors for the 2016-2017 Season include, Barbara and Bob Bigham: Baylor Oral Health Foundation, Pinnacle, Relax The Back, Million Air Dallas, FastSigns Carrollton, The Corporate Council, Women of WaterTower Theatre, and The WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors.   

THE 2016-2017 SEASON:  

Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash
October 7 - 30, 2016
Created by Richard Maltby Jr., Conceived by William Meade, Orchestrations by Steven Bishop and Jeff Lisenby
Sponsored, in part, by FastSigns Carrollton, Pinnacle, 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.   

“It shines a light on the simple beginnings that gave [Cash] an indelible authenticity.” - Los Angeles Times  


Silent Sky
January 20 - February 12, 2017
A new play by Lauren Gunderson
Sponsored, in part, by Atmos Energy  

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.   

“A luminously beautiful play… a lovingly crafted period piece that imagines Leavitt’s inner world against the backdrop of World War I, Einstein’s discoveries and the suffragette movement... Bottom line: Heavenly.” - Atlanta Journal-Constitution   


The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens, and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord
April 14 - May 7, 2017
By Scott Carter  

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.   

“…an entertaining and intellectually stimulating 90 minutes…” Chicago Tribune  


Native Gardens
June 2 - 25, 2017
A new comedy by Karen Zacarías 

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.

"With all the ugly rhetoric surrounding the immigration debate... Native Gardens offers a message of hope and common ground."  Cincinnati Journal News  


Sunday in the Park with George
July 28 - August 20, 2017
Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by James Lapine 
Sponsored, in part, by Women of WaterTower Theatre 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.  

"Sondheim's best musical..." - Times of London    


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  

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.  

SUBSCRIPTION SERIES: WaterTower Theatre offers a host of subscription options, in addition to the standard Five-play, full series subscription (Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash, Silent Sky, The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens, and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord, Native Gardens, Sunday in the Park with George) which offers the best seating and greatest discounts over individual tickets. Subscribers will be able to order tickets to the Holiday Extra, (Sister’s Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi’s Gold) when they renew their subscription or order a new subscription. Continuing again next season are the following series designed to enhance the theatre-goers experience:    

SEASON OVERVIEW:

Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash
October 7 – 30, 2016
Previews:  Friday, Oct. 7 and Saturday, Oct. 8
Pay What You Can:  Sunday, Oct. 9
Opening Night: Monday, Oct. 10  

Sister’s Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi’s Gold
December 2 - December 23, 2016
Opening Night:  Friday, Dec. 2  

Silent Sky
January 20 – February 12, 2017
Previews: Friday, Jan. 20 and Saturday, Jan. 21
Pay What You Can: Sunday, Jan. 22
Opening Night: Monday, Jan. 23  

The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens, and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord
April 14 – May 7, 2017
Previews: Friday, April 14 and Saturday, April 15
Pay What You Can: Sunday, April 16
Opening Night: Monday, April 17  

Native Gardens
June 2 – 25, 2017
Previews: Friday, June 2 and Saturday, June 3
Pay What You Can: Sunday, June 4
Opening Night: Monday, June 5  

Sunday in the Park with George
July 28 –August 20 2017
Previews:  Friday, July 28 and Saturday, July 29
Pay What You Can: Sunday, July 30
Opening Night: Monday, July 31  

2016-2017 Season Ticket Prices: Five-play season subscriptions range in price from $75 (Previews) to $150 (Saturday evening).                                        

Ticket Information: Current subscribers are able to renew their season subscriptions by mail, fax (972.450.6244) or by calling the Box Office at 972.450.6232. Online ordering for new subscriptions will be available in June. New subscriptions are on sale now. However, seating will not be assigned until late July.  

About Terry Martin
Multi-award winning Director Terry Martin has served as Producing Artistic Director of WaterTower Theatre for 17 seasons. In May 2016, Terry announced his resignation from WaterTower Theatre and plans to head the Fine Arts department of the Greenhill School in Addison.

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 65 directing credits at WTT include the upcoming production of One Man, Two Guvnors, Sexy Laundry, Dogfight, Full Gallop, The Grapes of Wrath, Putting it Together, Our 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. 

During the 2014-2015 Season, he directed the WaterTower Theatre production of Dogfight for which he received a Dallas Fort Worth Critics Award for Best Director of a Musical. He has appeared on stage recently at WTT in All My Sons and previously in Our Town. In 2008, Terry won a Dallas Fort Worth Theatre Critics’ Forum Award as Best Actor for Blackbird. His other WTT acting credits include The Woman in Black, Dinner with Friends, The Guys, Bash: Latter-day Plays (2002 Rabin Award Nomination - Actor in a Play) and at Plano Repertory Theatre 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 BFA 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 WaterTower Theatre
WaterTower Theatre is one of the leading regional theaters in North Dallas and Texas.  The Company’s 2016-2017 Season will be its 20th Anniversary 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 2,120 subscribers and serves an audience of over 28,000 patrons annually.   

WaterTower Theatre is 501(c)(3) non-profit organization as designate by the IRS. Like all arts organizations, WaterTower Theatre relies on both ticket income and donations from individuals, corporations, foundations, organization and government to produce world-class live professional theatre and offer community outreach and arts education programs. WaterTower Theatre is grateful for the support provided from The Town of Addison, TACA, The National Endowment for the Arts, the Texas Commission on the Arts, the Schubert Foundation and the hundreds of individuals, corporations and foundations whose annual donations make live professional theatre possible in the Town of Addison to be enjoyed by all in North Texas.  

WaterTower Theatre Names Kelsey Leigh Ervi as Associate Artistic Director

(Addison) Gregory Patterson, WaterTower Theatre’s Managing Director, today announced the appointment of Kelsey Leigh Ervi as Associate Artistic Director.  Ervi, the Company's Artistic & Marketing Associate since 2014, will assume her new position effective immediately.  The newly created position reports to the Managing Director.  In her new position, Ervi will have overall responsibility for artistic and production related matters.     

"There is no one better qualified and prepared to help lead the Company through this transition than Kelsey," said Greg Patterson, WaterTower Theatre's Managing Director.  "Kelsey has established herself as one of the most dynamic and forward-thinking young artists working today.  Having worked directly with Terry Martin for several seasons at WaterTower, Kelsey understands the legacy we all inherit as well as the importance of ensuring our high artistic standards continue and are enhanced going forward.  I can think of no better person for this new Associate Artistic Director role than Kelsey."   

“I am humbled by the confidence that Greg and WaterTower Theatre’s Board of Directors have shown in me to continue my career at WaterTower Theatre,” said Ervi. “This organization has become an artistic home for me and I am excited to see what opportunities will arise for the Company in the coming years. I’m thrilled to continue to be a part of the artistic vision of WaterTower and look forward to leading next season’s exciting lineup of engaging, intimate and universal stories.”   

About Kelsey Leigh Ervi:  

Kelsey joined WaterTower Theatre as Assistant to the Producing Artistic Director in January 2013. In 2014, she was promoted to Artistic & Marketing Associate, as well as Co-Producer of the Out of the Loop Fringe Festival.   

For the last four years, Kelsey has cultivated a highly respected and dedicated career as a multidisciplinary theatre artist. She is considered one of Dallas’ top young directors. Her work has been seen on many Dallas stages including WaterTower Theatre, Echo Theatre, Rite of Passage Theatre Company, Shakespeare Dallas, Festival of Independent Theaters and Greyman Theatre Company. Most recently, she directed the regional premiere of Lord of the Flies for WaterTower Theatre, as well as the critically acclaimed production of Precious Little for Echo Theatre.   

As an actor, Kelsey was most recently seen in Shakespeare in the Bar’s production of Richard III and Mr. Burns, a post-electric play at Stage West (Dallas-Fort Worth Theater Critics Forum Award - Best Ensemble). Other favorites include The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told (Uptown Players), [sic] (Echo Theatre) and The Winter’s Tale (Shakespeare Dallas). Next up, Kelsey can be seen in Bright Half Life in the Studio at WaterTower Theatre. 

Kelsey's play The Spark received its world premiere production in the 2015 Out of the Loop Fringe Festival, where it was named "Best of Loop." Another of her plays, Waking Up, was produced by Greyman Theatre Company in 2012.   

When she’s not working in theatre, Kelsey can be heard talking about it. In November of 2015, Kelsey joined forces with two other Dallas artists and launched the Little Big Scene Podcast, a bi-weekly podcast which serves to promote the past, present and future of the Dallas-Fort Worth theatre community.  

 About WaterTower Theatre:  

WaterTower Theatre is one of the leading regional theatres in North Dallas and Texas. The upcoming 2016-2017 Season will be the Company’s 20th.  The Company is consistently recognized for its artistic excellence by the Dallas Theatre League, Dallas-Fort Worth Theater 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 28,000 patrons annually.   

WaterTower Theatre is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization as designated by the IRS.  Like all arts organizations, WaterTower Theatre relies on both ticket income and donations from individuals, corporations, foundations, organizations, and government to produce world-class live professional theatre and offer community outreach and arts education programs. WaterTower Theatre is grateful for the support provided from The Town of Addison, TACA, The National Endowment for the Arts, the Texas Commission on the Arts, the Schubert Foundation, and the hundreds of individuals, corporations and foundations whose annual donations make live professional theatre possible in The Town of Addison to be enjoyed by all in North Texas.

WaterTower Theatre is set to announce its 2016-2017 season in late May or early June.

WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors Names Gregory Patterson as Managing Director

(Addison) Derek Blount, Chairman of the WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors, today announced the appointment of Gregory Patterson as Managing Director.  Patterson, the Company's Director of Development and Marketing for the past nine years, will assume his new position effective immediately.  The newly created position reports to the Board of Directors.

A Search Committee, chaired by Derek Blount, has been formed to fill the position of Artistic Director.  The Search Committee is made up of WaterTower Board members Rose Colarossi, Stan Graner, Paul Shultz, and Managing Director Gregory Patterson.  An executive search consulting firm will be engaged to help lead the process. 

"When longtime Producing Artistic Director Terry Martin gave his resignation to the Board of Directors, we took the opportunity to explore a number of key issues important to the long-term stability of WaterTower Theatre, including the Company's prior organizational structure," said Board Chair Derek Blount.  "The outcome of our deliberations was the approval of a bifurcated senior management structure with a Managing Director handling the operational/financial aspects of the Company and an Artistic Director responsible for the artistic side."

"It was clear from the beginning that Gregory Patterson, a highly accomplished arts executive, was the natural candidate to assume this important leadership role.  His extensive industry knowledge, his acumen in both fundraising and marketing plus his entrepreneurial experience have been on full display during his nine-year tenure with WaterTower Theatre. The Board loves Greg's combination of passion and enthusiasm and we have full confidence in his ability to lead WaterTower Theatre to new and exciting heights," continued Blount.  "In addition, the Board has formed a Search Committee to begin exploring candidates to fill the position of Artistic Director." 

"I am deeply honored to be able to continue my work with this remarkable institution," said Patterson. "WaterTower Theatre remains devoted to its mission of producing compelling, adventurous work, and to providing extraordinary theatre for our community. I look forward to working alongside our committed Board of Directors, our incredibly talented staff, and the new Artistic Director to help continue Terry Martin's legacy, and to build on WaterTower Theatre's already well-established reputation."

Greg joined WaterTower Theatre as Director of Development in June 2008. In 2010, he was promoted to Director of Development and Marketing, overseeing a combined development, marketing and communications department.  During his long and distinguished career in non-profit arts management, Greg has held a variety of senior development, marketing and communications positions with The National Ballet of Canada (Director of Marketing), American Ballet Theatre (Director of Marketing and Communications), English National Ballet (Director of Development, Marketing and Education), Los Angeles Opera (Director of Marketing and Communications), The Atlanta Opera (Senior Director, Development and Public Affairs), the Laguna Playhouse (Director of Development and Marketing), the Orange County Performing Arts Center (Vice President, Marketing and Communications), among others.  During his tenure at WaterTower Theatre, he has overseen major growth in contributed revenue as a result of a strategic development effort that now raises more than $1.2 million annually.  This growth has been supported by increased levels of corporate sponsorship plus the establishment of several key donor affinity groups such as Women of WaterTower Theatre ("WOW!") and The Corporate Council.  Greg has also overseen the establishment of several programs designed to secure WaterTower Theatre's long-term future including The President's Circle (a major giving program) and an Endowment. Together with Terry Martin, Greg has played a key role in the significant growth of WaterTower Theatre to its current $1.8 million operational budget.  Greg serves on the Board of the Addison Business Association and was recently appointed to the Board of the Aging Mind Foundation. His work in marketing and communications has been acknowledged by several Telly Awards, the premier national advertising award honoring outstanding achievement. Toronto-born, Greg is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario with an Honors Bachelor of Arts degree and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

About WaterTower Theatre:

WaterTower Theatre is one of the leading regional theatres in North Dallas and Texas.   The upcoming 2016-2017 Season will be the Company’s 20th.  The Company is consistently recognized for its artistic excellence by the Dallas Theatre League, Dallas-Fort Worth Theater 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 28,000 patrons annually.

WaterTower Theatre is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization as designated by the IRS.  Like all arts organizations, WaterTower Theatre relies on both ticket income and donations from individuals, corporations, foundations, organizations, and government to produce world-class live professional theatre and offer community outreach and arts education programs. WaterTower Theatre is grateful for the support provided from The Town of Addison, TACA, The National Endowment for the Arts, the Texas Commission on the Arts, the Schubert Foundation, and the hundreds of individuals, corporations and foundations whose annual donations make live professional theatre possible in The Town of Addison to be enjoyed by all in North Texas. 

WaterTower Theatre is set to announce its 2016-2017 season in late May or early June.

WaterTower Theatre Producing Artistic Director Terry Martin Appointed Head of Fine Arts at Greenhill School

(Addison)...Derek Blount, Chairman, WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors today announced the departure of Producing Artistic Director Terry Martin who has accepted a position as Head of Fine Arts with Greenhill School in Addison.  Terry will begin his new position at Greenhill on July 1, 2016.  

"I am extremely proud of WaterTower Theatre," said Terry Martin.  "We have created a special place that serves the community so well and we've collectively created an arts organization that is the envy of so many in North Texas.  It is with mixed emotions that I have accepted the position of Head of Fine Arts at Greenhill School and it has not been an easy decision for me; however, my heart tells me that this is a great match for the next leg of my journey and the right step for me and my family."

"We are so proud of Terry Martin and all that he has accomplished for WaterTower Theatre during his 17-year tenure as Producing Artistic Director," said Derek Blount, Chairman of the Board, WaterTower Theatre.  "On behalf of the theater's Board of Directors, we would like to offer our heartfelt gratitude to Terry for the immense contributions he's made to WaterTower Theatre over that time. His artistic vision has helped fashion WaterTower into one of the jewels of the North Texas arts community. Though we hate to lose him as Producing Artistic Director, we're very excited for Terry's new opportunity to shape young minds at Greenhill School and impress upon them the importance of the arts."

"WaterTower Theatre is a financially sound organization with strong ties to the community," continued Derek Blount. "The Executive Committee of the Board is currently crafting the parameters of a search process for this position that will almost certainly garner interest from candidates across the nation. We look forward to shaping the next evolution of this great organization."

About Terry Martin

Multi-award winning Director Terry Martin is entering his 16th season as Producing Artistic Director of WaterTower Theatre where he has overseen more than 150 productions. In his role as WaterTower Theatre’s Producing Artistic Director, Terry oversees both the administrative and artistic aspects of the Company’s nearly $1.8 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 65 directing credits at WTT include Dogfight, Full Gallop, Sexy Laundry, 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.  During the 2014-2015 season, he directed the WaterTower Theatre production of Dogfight for which he received a Dallas Fort Worth Critics Award for Best Director of a Musical.

He has appeared on stage recently at WTT in All My Sons and previously in Our Town.  In 2008, Terry won a Dallas Fort Worth Theatre Critics’ Forum Award as Best Actor for Blackbird.  His other WTT acting credits include The Woman in Black, Dinner with Friends, The Guys, Bash: Latter-day Plays (2002 Rabin Award Nomination - Actor in a Play) and at Plano Repertory Theatre 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 BFA 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 WaterTower Theatre:

WaterTower Theatre is one of the leading regional theatres in North Dallas and Texas.   The Company’s 2015-2016 Season will be 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 2,120 subscribers and serves an audience of over 28,000 patrons annually.

WaterTower Theatre is 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization as designate by the IRS.  Like all arts organizations, WaterTower Theatre relies on both ticket income and donations from individuals, corporations, foundations, organization and government to produce world-class live professional theatre and offer community outreach and arts education programs. WaterTower Theatre is grateful for the support provided from The Town of Addison, TACA, The National Endowment for the Arts, the Texas Commission on the Arts, the Schubert Foundation and the hundreds of individuals, corporations and foundations whose annual donations make live professional theatre possible in the Town of Addison to be enjoyed by all in North Texas.  

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.aspxOne 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).

Performance details:

In the Main Space at the Addison Theatre Centre
Show Run Dates:  August 5 - 28, 2016
Preview dates:  Friday, August 5 and Saturday, August 6 at 8pm & Sunday, August 7 at 2pm
Opening night:  Monday, August 8 at 7.30 pm

Performances:

Wednesdays & Thursdays: 7:30 p.m.
Fridays: 8:00 p.m.
Saturdays: 8:00 p.m. (& 2:00 pm August 20 and 27)
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

Fax: 972.450.6244
Email: boxoffice@watertowertheatre.org

Box Office Hours

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 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.

Announcing the Cast and Creative Team for OUTSIDE MULLINGAR

(Addison)… WaterTower Theatre Producing Artistic Director Terry Martin today announced casting and creative team details for the regional premiere of Outside Mullingar, directed by René Moreno. Written by John Patrick Shanley, Outside Mullingar will run June 3 - 26, 2016. The cast features Jeremy Schwartz as Anthony Reilly, Jessica Cavanagh as Rosemary Muldoon, John S. Davies as Tony Reilly and Gail Cronauer as Aoife Muldoon.

Individual tickets to Outside Mullingar will go on sale April 26 at 12 noon and will be available by calling 972-450-6232 or online at www.watertowertheatre.orgOutside Mullingar is sponsored by Liberty Capital Bank and the Women of WaterTower Theatre Production Fund.

Making their WaterTower Theatre debuts in Outside Mullingar will be Gail Cronauer and Jeremy Schwartz.

The creative team, in addition to Director René Moreno, includes Michael Sullivan (Set Designer), Barbara Cox(Costume Designer), Jason Foster (Lighting Designer), Ryan Joyner (Sound Designer), Bradley Gray (Properties Designer), Anne Schilling (Dialect Coach), Kyle Eric Bradford (Dramaturg), Hillary Abbott (Stage Manager) and Seth Monhollon (Assistant Stage Manager).

Performance details:

In the Main Space at the Addison Theatre Centre
Show Run Dates:  June 3 -26, 2016
Preview dates:  Friday, June 3 and Saturday, June 4 at 8pm & Sunday, June 5 at 2pm
Opening night:  Monday, June 6 at 7.30pm

Performances:

Wednesdays & Thursdays: 7:30 p.m.
Fridays: 8:00 p.m.
Saturdays: 8:00 p.m. (& 2:00 pm June 18 and June 25)
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

Fax: 972.450.6244
Email: boxoffice@watertowertheatre.org

Box Office Hours

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 principal cast members:

Jeremy Schwartz (Anthony Reilly) Selected Stage: Jonah, Sarajevo, All He Fears, The Seagull, Shiner (Undermain); The Quixotic Days and Errant Nights of the Knight Errant Don Quixote (Amphibian Stage Productions); Se Llama Cristina, Detroit, Thinner Than Water (Kitchen Dog Theater); Loot, How I Learned to Drive, A Christmas Carol (Dallas Theater Center); Bull, In a Forest Dark and Deep (Second Thought); Karla (Culture Project NYC); At War, Speakeasy (Fire Dept. NYC). Max and the Truffle Pig (NYMTF); The Viy, Single Bullet Theory (Lightning Strikes NYC). Beach, Downwinders (Clubbed Thumb NYC); Stomp and Shout an’ Work It All Out (Babel Theatre NYC).

Selected Film: Staten Island; The Education of Charlie Banks; Montclair; Parting Words; Radiant

Selected TV/Web: Board With Life; Good Medicine; The Sopranos; Law & Order: SVU; Rescue Me; Strangers With Ccandy; Filmfakers; The Agency VO Narration- Moonshiners; American Weed; Hard Riders; Iron Men; American Eats; Promo VO- Comedy Central; ESPN; MSNBC; HBO; A&E; Adult Swim; Fox Sports 1; Destination America

Animation: Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F; One Piece: Film Zz; Ghost In the Shell; Space Dandy; Sealab: 2021; T.V. Funhouse; Space Dandy; Dimension W; Escaflowne; Fairy Tale; Heroic Legend of Arslan; One Piece

Games: Battleborne; Grand Theft Auto 5; Star Wars: The Old Republic; World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria; Aerofighters Assault; Lost Planet 3; Warhammer Online; Nocturne; Dominion; Daikatana; Anachronox

Jessica Cavanagh (Rosemary Muldoon) always loves coming "home" to Watertower Theatre, having previously appeared in All My Sons, Good People, It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, August: Osage County, The Full Monty, Is He Dead?, My First Time, Indoor/Outdoor, The Glass Menagerie, A Feminine Ending, and Doubt. Most recently, you may have seen her in Light Up the Sky at Theatre Three or the regional premiere of Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play at Stage West. Other acting credits include productions at Undermain, Echo Theatre, Trinity Shakespeare Festival, Risk Theatre Initiative, Second Thought, Dallas Shakespeare Festival, and others. Jessica's grateful to have been recognized for her work by the DFW Critics Forum as well as The Column Awards. In the daytime hours, she's a writer and voice actor at Funimation Entertainment. 

John S. Davies' (Tony Reilly) 30-year career as an actor, director, teacher and occasional writer encompasses film: RoboCop, Magnolia; television: Prison Break, Friday Night Lights; and more than 60 appearances on local stages. Most recently he was seen in The Big Meal at WaterTower Theatre. Before that, he played Sycamore Holes in the world premiere of Oil at Theatre Three and Gunner Concannon in The Outgoing Tide for One Thirty Productions, both directed by Marty Van Kleeck. He also recently premiered his solo show Oh Jesus!, or An Actor, a Cynic and a Savior Walk into a Bar at the 2016 Out of the Loop Fringe Festival where it was selected as “Best of Loop.” Mr. Davies has directed for Circle Theater, Shakespeare Dallas and off-off-Broadway for the Storm Theater.  He teaches acting and related arts at KD Conservatory and at STAGE.

Gail Cronauer (Aoife Muldoon) has received numerous awards and nominations for her work with local theatres including Undermain (The Fairy Tale Lives of Russian Girls), Kitchen Dog Theater (Ruth), Dallas Theater Center (Dividing the Estate), Lyric Stage (Master Class) and Shakespeare Dallas, where she played Emelia to Morgan Freeman’s Othello.  Gail starred (as Richard!) in the Judith Shakespeare Company’s off-Broadway production of Richard III.

Gail was honored by the USA Film Fest for her work on screen.  Her credits include JFK, Flesh and Bone, Carried Away, The Newton Boys, Infamous, Boys Don’t Cry, Dr. T and the Women, Steps of Faith and the soon to be released Te Ata.  She appeared in the acclaimed mini-series Murder in the Heartland  and the TV movies The Substitute Wife, A Mother’s Gift, The Unspoken Truth  and WARNING: Parental Advisory! Her indie film credits include: Beyond the Farthest Star, Odd Man Out, Spilt Milk, In the Land of Fireworks, Learning Curve, Finding North, It’s in the Water and Occupy, Texas, which premiered at the 2016 Dallas International Film Festival.

Gail is currently on the faculty of Collin College where she teaches acting and directs. She is passionate about guiding and supporting emerging artists and the promoting the power and importance of language. She is a certified Michael Chekhov Technique instructor.  She’s a member of AEA (Actors Equity Association) and currently serves on the SAG –AFTRA board.

About the Director:

René Moreno is delighted to return to WaterTower Theatre where he directed the Frank Wildhorn musical Bonnie & Clyde last season. For WaterTower Theatre, he has also directed Good People by David Lindsay-Abaire, A. R. Gurney’s Black Tie, August: Osage County by Tracey Letts, Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Living Out by Lisa Loomer, and Scott McPherson’s Marvin’s Room. Most recently, he directed Freud’s Last Session by Mark St. Germain for Amphibian Stage Productions. This fall, he will direct The Tempest for Shakespeare Dallas. An accomplished actor and director, he studied music at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, and theatre and dance at Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University, where he holds an MFA in directing. As an actor, he has performed on Broadway and Off-Broadway, at prestigious regional theatres across the country, on radio, television and film. He has directed numerous plays, including classics and those of contemporary and emerging writers, in productions that have garnered critical acclaim and award recognition. A Dallas native, he is a member of SDC (Stage Directors and Choreographers Society) and an Artistic Associate with Shakespeare Dallas, as well as an Affiliated Artist with the Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre (CITYREP).

About Producing Artistic Director 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 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.

Announcing the Cast and Creative Team for THE BIG MEAL

(Addison)… WaterTower Theatre Producing Artistic Director Terry Martin today announced casting and creative team details for the regional premiere of Dan LeFranc's The Big Meal, directed by Emily Scott Banks.   The ensemble cast features John S. Davies, Lois Sonnier Hart, Jakie Cabe, Sherry Hopkins, Garret Storms, Kia Boyer, Alex Duva and Kennedy Waterman.  Making their WaterTower Theatre debuts will be Jakie Cabe, Alex Duva, Lois Sonnier Hart and Kennedy Waterman.

The Big Meal will run April 15 - May 8, 2016.  Individual tickets are on sale now and are available by calling 972-450-6232 or online at www.watertowertheatre.orgThe Big Meal is sponsored by Table 13 and Whole Foods Addison

The creative team, in addition to director Emily Scott Banks, includes Darren Diggle (Set Designer), Sylvia Fuhrken (Costume Designer), Dan Schoedel (Lighting Designer), Kellen Voss (Sound Designer), Bradley Gray (Properties Designer), Nate Davis (Projections Designer), Kyle Eric Bradford (Dramaturg), Caron Grant (Stage Manager) and Hillary Abbott (Assistant Stage Manager).

Somewhere in America, in a typical suburban restaurant on a typical night, Sam and Nicole meet.  And sparks fly, setting in motion an expansive tale that traverses five generations of a modern family, from first kiss to final goodbye.  A stunning, big-hearted play that spans nearly eighty years in a single sitting, The Big Meal tells the extraordinary story of an ordinary family.

Dan LeFranc is the playwright-in-residence of Playwrights Horizons. His latest play Troublemaker was commissioned by and produced at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. The Big Meal premiered at American Theatre Company in Chicago, received an extended off-Broadway run at Playwrights Horizons, and has since been produced in theaters across the US – as well as in countries like England, Singapore, Sweden, and China

Performance details:

In the Main Space at the Addison Theatre Centre

Show Run Dates:  April 15 - May 8, 2016

Preview dates:  Friday, April 15, Saturday, April 16 at 8pm and Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 2pm

Opening night:  Monday, April 18, 2016 at 7.30 pm

Pay What You Can Performance:  Sunday, April 17 at 2 pm

Performances:

                Wednesdays & Thursdays: 7:30 p.m.

                Fridays: 8:00 p.m.

                Saturdays: 8:00 p.m. (& 2:00 pm April 30 and May 7)

                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 Playwright

Dan LeFranc received the 2010 New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award for Sixty Miles to Silver Lake, premiered by Page 73 Productions and Soho Rep. His play The Big Meal received its world premiere at American Theatre Company in Chicago, where it was declared the “#1 Play of 2011” by Time Out Chicago and garnered five Joseph Jefferson Award nominations. The Big Meal received its off-Broadway premiere at Playwrights Horizons, where it picked up a Drama Desk nomination and four Lucille Lortel nominations, including for Outstanding Play. His play Troublemaker or The Freakin Kick-A Adventures of Bradley Boatright premiered at Berkeley Repertory Theatre in 2013. Dan’s other plays include BackyardBruise EasyCatgutThe Fishbone FablesIn the LabyrinthKill the KeepersNight Surf, and Origin Story.

He is currently working on commissions for Yale Repertory Theatre, South Coast Rep, and Playwrights Horizons, where he is the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Playwright in Residence. He has been recognized with the Helen Merrill Award and the Whitfield Cook Award, plus a Djerassi Resident Artists Program Fellowship, a John C. Russell Fellowship, and two MacDowell Colony/Alpert Foundation Residencies. He is a member of the MCC Playwrights Coalition and New Dramatists, and a former member of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab. A graduate of the MFA playwriting program at Brown University, Dan served as head playwriting instructor for the Brown/Trinity Rep Consortium and visiting faculty at Brown, SUNY Purchase, and Yale University, among others.

About the Director:

Emily Scott Banks returns to direct at WaterTower. An actress initially, Emily has won numerous awards for her work, including two Critics' Forum Awards; and Best Actress of the Year nods for Dallas ObserverD MagazineTheaterJones and others. Some of her favorite roles include work at WaterTower – A Country Life, Enchanted April, Our Town and Boeing-Boeing. Work at other area stages includes A Most Dangerous Woman, The Normal Heart, Ghost-Writer, and The Clean House among many others. In 2009 she directed A Feminine Ending for WaterTower, and this past Spring she directed a critically acclaimed production of WIT for Theatre Arlington. Emily trained at the University of Texas at Austin, extensively with Shakespeare & Co, MA, and has been a student of the Meisner Technique with Terry Martin for over a decade.

About Producing Artistic Director 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 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.

Announcing the Cast and Creative Team for BRIGHT HALF LIFE

ADDISON, TX – WaterTower Theatre Producing Artistic Director Terry Martin today announced casting and creative team details for Bright Half Life (May 21 - June 12, 2016) which will be produced as part of the Discover Series in The Studio Theatre.  Bright Half Life, a romantic drama by Pulitzer Prize nominee Tanya Barfield, will be directed by Garret Storms and will co-star Kelsey Leigh Ervi and Kenneisha Thompson who will both make their WaterTower Theatre debuts.  The production previews May 21 and 22 and opens May 23 running for 16 performances through June 12, 2016.   

The creative team includes Bradley Gray and Garret Storms (Co-Set Designers), Ryan Schaap (Costume Designer), Luke Atkison (Lighting Designer) and Kellen Voss (Sound Designer).

Individual Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by contacting the WaterTower Theatre Box Office at 972.450.6232. 

The Studio Theatre Discover Series is made possible, in part, by The Town of Addison.

Bright Half Life
Produced by WaterTower Theatre
Written by Tanya Barfield
Directed by Garret Storms
Co-starring Kelsey Leigh Ervi and Kenneisha Thompson

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.  Bright Half Life is 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.  Her plays include The Call, The Houdini Act, Medallion, and The Quick.  She also authored a children's musical entitled Civil War:  The First Black Regiment.  


Performance Schedule:  Bright Half Life

Show Run Dates: Saturday, May 21 - Sunday, June 12, 2016
Preview Dates: Saturday, May 21 at 8 pm and Sunday, May 22 at 2:00 pm
Opening Night: Monday, May 23 at 7:30pm

Performance dates:

May 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, June 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11 (mat), 12.

Performance times:

Thursdays: 7:30pm
Fridays & Saturdays: 8pm
Sundays: 2pm
Saturday matinee June 11: 2pm
 

Ticket Prices and Box Office Information for all Discover Series shows:

Single Tickets: Thursday at $22.00; Friday, Saturday and Sunday at $28, 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) 
Addison Theatre Centre
15650 Addison Road
Addison, Texas 75001

About the Playwright

Tanya Barfield’s plays include Of Equal Measure (Center Theatre Group), Blue Door (Playwrights Horizons, South Coast Repertory, Seattle Repertory, Berkeley Repertory and additional theaters), and Dent, The Quick, The Houdini Act and 121 º West. She wrote the book for the Theatreworks/USA children’s musical Civil War: The First Black Regiment.  Tanya was a recipient of the 2003 Helen Merrill Award for Emerging Playwrights, 2005 Honorable Mention for the Kesselring Prize for Drama, a 2006 Lark Play Development/NYSCA grant, and she has twice been a Finalist for the Princess Grace Award. She has been commissioned by Playwrights Horizons, Center Theatre Group, South Coast Repertory, Primary Stages and Geva Theatre Center. She is a member of New Dramatists and the Dramatists Guild Council.


About the Artists

Garret Storms (Director) Directing credits include The Nether, Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol, Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play, International Falls, and Orlando for Stage West. As an actor, his credits include productions at WaterTower Theatre, Stages Repertory Theatre, Second Thought Theatre, Trinity Shakespeare Festival, Stage West, Theatre Three, Amphibian Stage Productions, Shakespeare Dallas, and RADA among others. He is also a voice actor with FUNimation. Garret currently serves as the Production and Marketing Associate at Stage West, and is a graduate of Sam Houston State University with a BFA in Musical Theatre.

Kelsey Leigh Ervi (Erica) is thrilled to be making her WaterTower Theatre acting debut in Bright Half Life. She was most recently seen in Mr. Burns, a post-electric play at Stage West (DFW Theatre Critics Forum Award – Best Ensemble). Other favorites include: Richard III, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare in the Bar), [sic] (Echo Theatre), The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told (Uptown Players) and The Winter’s Tale (Shakespeare Dallas). Aside from performing, Kelsey is considered one of Dallas’ top young directors. Selected credits include: Lord of the Flies, The Spark, The Santaland Diaries, The Tom Sawyer Project, Honky (WaterTower Theatre), Precious Little (Echo Theatre), Love Me, Tinder (FIT Festival, world premiere), Ask Questions Later (Rite of Passage Theatre, world premiere) and Dani Girl (Greyman Theatre Company). When she’s not directing or performing onstage, Kelsey can be heard on the Little Big Scene Podcast, a bi-weekly podcast which serves to promote the past, present and future of the DFW theatre community. A graduate of Baylor University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance, Kelsey currently serves as Artistic & Marketing Associate for WaterTower Theatre as well as Co-Producer of the Out of the Loop Fringe Festival.

Kenneisha Thompson (Vicky) is elated to be making her WaterTower Theatre debut!!  Her career began as a radio personality for Hampton University’s WHOV 88.1 FM.  After earning a BA in Journalism & Communications, she continued as a gospel DJ for Dallas’s Heaven 97 KHVN.  Previous stage credits include Two Trains Running, Company, Steel Magnolias, and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom – where she earned BroadwayWorld.com’s 2014 Best Supporting Actress Award for her role as “Dussie Mae.”  Kenneisha was last seen on stage in the inaugural production of Meridith Friedman’s The Firestorm at Kitchen Dog Theater, part of The National New Play Network’s Rolling World Premiere series.  She has been seen on TV for Taco Bueno, Texas Lottery, JC Penney, T-Mobile, MaryKay, and on TNT’s Dallas.  She co-stars as “Angela” in the award winning Indie film Steps of Faith, starring Chrystee Pharris, Charles Malik Whitfield, and Irma P. Hall, and is currently the national spokesperson for Long John Silver’s.  She’s also voiced several video games, including “Lady Hammerlock” in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel and “Reyna” in Gearbox’s 2016 release, Battleborn.  In addition to performing, Kenneisha is an arts educator for Junior Players and has served as Drama Ministry Leader for Friendship-West Baptist Church.  She is represented by The Horne Agency.
 

About WaterTower Theatre

Now in its 20th season, WaterTower Theatre began life in 1996 with 136 brave subscribers. Today, with over 2000 subscribers and a budget of $1.7 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 6 world premiere productions and 25 regional premiere productions to date. WaterTower Theatre's tradition of world premiere programming includes the musicals Creep, 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:  

Atmos Energy, Barbara and Bob Bigham: the Baylor Oral Health Foundation, Don and Barbara Daseke, Frost Bank, Liberty Capital Bank, Pinnacle, Mary Kay, Million Air Dallas, The Nissan Foundation, Rainmaker Advertising,  Slalom Consulting, Whole Foods Market, Women of WaterTower Theatre,  the WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors, The Corporate Council of WaterTower Theatre, Young Professionals for WaterTower Theatre. 

Details Announced for the 24-HR Play Festival

ADDISON, TX – WaterTower Theatre Producing Artistic Director and Loop Executive Producer Terry Martin today announced details for the WaterTower Theatre produced 24-HR Play Festival.  The event, to be held on Saturday, March 5 at 8 pm in the Main Stage, will include playwrights Devin Berg, Ruth Cantrell, Daniel Garcia and Brandi L. McDowellDirectors for the 24-HR Play Festival are Ariana Cook, Jeremy Dumont, Shelby Hibbs and Jeff Swearingen.  The participating actors will be Colleen Ahern, Hannah Brake, Robin Clayton, Alexander Ferguson, Abel Flores Jr., Clinton Greenspan, Brad Hennigan, Chris Humphrey, Sherry Hurnes, Stephanie Cleghorn Jasso, Kim Lyle, Katlin Moon-Jones, Becca Shivers, Rashaun Sibley, Drew Wall, Brad Weatherford and Jeremy Whiteker.  The 24-HR Play Festival is produced by Kyle Eric Bradford, Kelsey Leigh Ervi and Janeth Farnsworth.

Playwrights, directors and actors come together to create four brand new plays in just 24-hours. The four playwrights -- Devin Berg, Ruth Cantrell, Daniel Gracia and Brandi L. McDowell -- will be given a theme on Friday, March 4 which will inspire them to write a 15-minute play. The playwrights will also be assigned a director (Ariana Cook, Jeremy Dumont, Shelby Hibbs or Jeff Swearingen) and a group of actors (Colleen Ahern, Hannah Brake, Robin Clayton, Alexander Ferguson, Abel Flores Jr., Clinton Greenspan, Brad Hennigan, Chris Humphrey, Sherry Hurnes, Stephanie Cleghorn Jasso, Kim Lyle, Katlin Moon-Jones, Becca Shivers, Rashaun Sibley, Drew Wall, Brad Weatherford and Jeremy Whiteker) who will further inspire their original 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.

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. The Festival is produced by Terry Martin and Kelsey Leigh Ervi.

The Festival is made possible, in part, through the generous support of The Town of Addison and the Texas Commission on the Arts as well as media sponsors, TheaterJones.com and the Dallas Observer. 

Single tickets to all events are on sale now.  Individual ticket prices for each event are $10.  Lobby performances and play readings are free.  Tickets are on sale now and are available online at www.watertowertheatre.org/outofloop.aspx, by phone at 972.450.6232, or in-person at the WaterTower Theatre Box Office located at the Addison Theatre Centre, 15650 Addison Road, Addison, Texas 75001.

Out of the Loop Fringe Festival 2016 Performance Schedule (subject to change)

Thursday, February 25
6.30 pm (L) FREE               Art Show Preview (Angie Bolling)
7.30 pm (MS) $10             SOLA: Women Dancing Women (Dance Linkages)/Le Train Bleu (DNCB)
7.30 pm (ST) $10               I Love You Honey Bunny (Rite of Passage)
7.30 pm (SC) $10               Missionary Position (Glass Half Full Theatre)

Friday, February 26
8.00 pm (MS) $10             Innovation Through Tradition (Avant Chamber Ballet)
8.00 pm (ST) $10               Diana Sheehan Sings (Diana Sheehan)
8.00 pm (SC) $10               Oh Jesus… (Cattle Prod)
10.00 pm (ST) $10             Diana Sheehan Sings (Diana Sheehan)

Saturday, February 27
2.00 pm (MS) $10             SOLA: Women Dancing Women (Dance Linkages)/Le Train Bleu (DNCB)
2.00 pm (ST) $10               Diana Sheehan Sings (Diana Sheehan)
2.00 pm (SC) $10               Jane and Mabel (Vox Productions)
5.00 pm (MS) $10             The Theatrical Piano (Jeff Lankov)
5.00 pm (ST) $10               The King’s Face (Shakespeare Dallas)
5.00 pm (SC) $10               Missionary Position (Glass Half Full Theatre)
7.00 pm (L) Free               Ian Ferguson, Guitarist
8.00 pm (ST) $10               Hunger (Ebony Stewart)
8.00 pm (SC) $10               Down That Road (Front Line Cabaret)

Sunday, February 28
2.00 pm (MS) $10             Innovation Through Tradition (Avant Chamber Ballet)
2.00 pm (ST) $10               Hunger (Ebony Stewart)
2.00 pm (SC) $10               Missionary Position (Glass Half Full Theatre)
4.00 pm (L) FREE               Ian Mead Moore, Guitarist
5.00 pm (MS) $10             Prospect High:  Brooklyn (Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy)
5.00 pm (ST) $10               With My Eyes Shut (Goat Song Collective)
5.00 pm (SC) $10               And Then I Woke Up (Kris Noteboom)

Monday, February 29
7.30 pm (MS) FREE          Are You Now or Have You Ever Been? Play Reading (WaterTower Theatre)

Tuesday, March 1
7.30 pm (MS) FREE          One Word Revolution Reading (One Word)
7.30 pm (ST) $10               With My Eyes Shut (Goat Song Collective)

Wednesday, March 2
7.30 pm (MS) $10             Le Petit Lone Star Circus (Lone Star Circus)
7.30 pm (ST) $10               I Love You Honey Bunny (Rite of Passage)
7.30 pm (SC) $10               Oh Jesus… (Cattle Prod)

Thursday, March 3
7.30 pm (MS) $10             The Theatrical Piano (Jeff Lankov)
7.30 pm (ST) $10               The King's Face (Shakespeare Dallas)
7.30 pm (SC) $10               Jane and Mabel (Vox Productions)

Friday, March 4
8.00 pm (MS) $10             The Transformation Project (Junior Players)
8.00 pm (ST) $10               Pun: A Play on Words (It Ain’t Shakespeare)
8.00 pm (SC) $10               Down That Road (Front Line Cabaret)

Saturday, March 5
2.00 pm (ST) $10               I Love You Honey Bunny (Rite of Passage)
2.00 pm (SC) $10               Oh Jesus… (Cattle Prod)
5.00 pm (ST) $10               Diana Sheehan Sings (Diana Sheehan)
5.00 pm (SC) $10               Jane and Mabel (Vox Productions)
7.00 pm (L) FREE               Ian Mead Moore, Guitarist
8.00 pm (MS) $10             24-Hour Play Festival
8.00 pm (ST) $10               With My Eyes Shut (Goat Song Collective)
8.00 pm (SC) $10               And Then I Woke Up (Kris Noteboom)

Sunday, March 6
2.00 pm (MS) $10             Le Petit Lone Star Circus (Lone Star Circus)
2.00 pm (ST) $10               Pun: A Play on Words (It Ain’t Shakespeare)
2.00 pm (SC) $10               Down That Road (Front Line Cabaret)
4.00 pm (L) FREE               Ian Ferguson, Guitarist
5.00 pm (MS) $10             The Transformation Project (Junior Players)\
5.00 pm (ST) $10               The King’s Face (Shakespeare Dallas)
5.00 pm (SC) $10               And Then I Woke Up (Kris Noteboom)

Performances are held at the Addison Theatre Centre, 15650 Addison Road, Addison, Texas 75001.

L=Main Lobby
MS=Main Stage
ST=Studio Theatre
SC=Stone Cottage

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.

About WaterTower Theatre
WaterTower Theatre is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2016.  The Company 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 2,100 subscribers and serves an audience of over 28,000 patrons annually.   The Out of the Loop Fringe Festival is in its 15th year.

WaterTower Theatre gratefully acknowledges the support of The Town of Addison, TACA, Texas Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.  WaterTower Theatre is supported, in part, through the generosity of the following season sponsors:  American Bank of Commerce, Atmos Energy, Liberty Capital Bank, Bob and Barbara Bigham: The Baylor Oral Health Foundation, Barbara and Don Daseke, Frost Bank, Pinnacle, Rainmaker Advertising, The Nissan Foundation, Mary Kay, Inc., Women of WaterTower Theatre, The Corporate Council, the WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors, The Shubert Foundation, Slalom Consulting and Media Sponsors TheaterJones.com, the Dallas Observer and Addison – the Magazine of the North Dallas Corridor.

Casting Announced for WaterTower Theatre's ARE YOU NOW, OR HAVE YOU EVER BEEN Reading

ADDISON, TX – WaterTower Theatre Producing Artistic Director and Loop Executive Producer Terry Martin today announced the casting for the play reading of Are You Now, Or Have You Ever Been? to be performed on Monday, February 29 at 7.30 pm on the Main Stage as part of the 2016 Out of the Loop Fringe Festival.  Directed by Martin, the all-star cast includes Sean Hennigan, Matthew Thompkins, Justin Locklear, Alex Organ, Cameron Cobb, Stan Graner, Joe Nemmers, Sally Nysten Vahle, Calvin Scott Roberts, Seth Magill and René Moreno.

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.

The reading of Are You Now, Or Have You Ever Been? will be free admission. 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, unless otherwise noted.  Lobby performances are free.  Loop passholders may make reservations starting February 2, 2016.

Tickets will be available online at www.watertowertheatre.org/outofloop.aspx, by phone at 972.450.6232, or in-person at the WaterTower Theatre Box Office located at the Addison Theatre Centre, 15650 Addison Road, Addison, Texas 75001.

About the cast:

Sally Nystuen Vahle
Sally was born in Minnesota and grew up in Menomonie, Wisconsin.  She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting at the University of Minessota-Duluth and received her Master of Fine Arts in Performance at Southern Methodist University.  She is the co-founder of Dallas' Kitchen Dog Theater.  Sally has worked in regional theater's across the United States and is a member of the Brierley Resident Acting Company at the Dallas Theater Center.  She serves the University of North Texas Department of Dance and Theater as Associate Professor of Acting and Voice. 

Justin Locklear
Justin is a multi-disciplinary creator very much in love with theatre. With varied pursuits in performance, Justin is the current Artist-in-Residence of the Ochre House Theater and the Co-Producer/Conceptual Artist of DGDG: the Danielle Georgiou Dance Group. Recent regional credits include: Ochre House Theater - The Egg Salesman, Perro Y Sangre, The Passing Show; DGDG - The Show About Men, NICEUndermain Theatre - The Droll. Next up, Justin will be seen in The Realistic Joneses in the Studio Theatre at WaterTower.

Stan Graner 
Stan returns to the WaterTower stage having previously been seen in Hank Williams: Lost Highway, Black Tie, The Grapes of Wrath, August: Osage County, The Diary of Anne Frank, Our Town, Parade, and The Crucible. He was also seen in last year’s Out of the Loop Fringe Festival as music director for New York cabaret artist Tori Scott. He’s performed regionally at Amphibian Stage Productions, Casa Mañana, Circle Theatre, Contemporary Theatre of Dallas, Garland Summer Musicals, Kitchen Dog Theatre, Lyric Stage, One Thirty Productions, Plano Repertory Theatre, Stage West, Theatre Three, and Uptown Players. Stan won a DFW Theater Critics Forum ensemble award for his work in August: Osage County at WaterTower, and is a multi-time Column Award winner, including for WaterTower’s The Diary of Anne Frank. Critic Alexandra Bonifield (Critical Rant & Rave, Arts+Culture Magazine, TheaterJones.com) named Stan one of the Outstanding Male Performers of 2010. Stan is featured on all three Holidazzle recordings put out by DFW Actors Give Back, and was honored to be invited back to his alma mater Texas Wesleyan University in 2008 to perform an evening of Broadway songs. Stan serves on WaterTower’s Board of Directors as Secretary and Chair of Development. 

Calvin Scott Roberts
Calvin is beyond excited to return to the Out of the Loop Fringe Festival at WaterTower Theatre. Calvin was last seen at WaterTower Theatre in Creep. Regional credits include: Benny in Rent (Casa Mañana); Miracle on 34th Street (Dallas Children’s Theater); Mister in The Color Purple (Jubilee Theatre); CC White in Dreamgirls (Portland Center Stage); Leroy/Herb in By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, Crazy for You, The Drowsy Chaperone (Theatre Three);  Spunk, Smokey Joe’s Café, Honky (WaterTower Theatre); The Producers (Uptown Players); Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters (Dallas Children’s Theater, National Tour); A Christmas Carol, The Wiz (Dallas Theater Center); Flora, the Red Menace (Lyric Stage). Other theatrical credits include The Merchant of Venice and Julius Caesar (Shakespeare Dallas).

Alex Organ
Alex Organ has previously appeared at Watertower in Little Shop of Horrors and Putting it Together. He is a member of DTC's Brierley Resident Acting Company, where his credits include All the Way; A Christmas Carol; Sense and Sensibility; The Rocky Horror Show; Les Miserables; Fortress of Solitude; Fly By Night. Regional: Cincinnati Playhouse; Repertory Theatre of St. Louis; Epic Theatre Ensemble; Elm Shakespeare Festival; Houston Shakespeare Festival. DFW: Second Thought Theatre; Undermain Theater; Theatre Three; Trinity Shakespeare Festival; Shakespeare Dallas; Lyric Stage. Film/TV: Law & Order: SVUSecond Guessing Grandma. Alex is the Artistic Director of Second Thought Theatre in Dallas where he recently directed A Behanding in Spokane and Cock and will appear this Spring in The Great God Pan. MFA Yale Drama.

Cameron Cobb
Cameron is one of the most versatile actors and works often both theatrically and commercially. He is trained in improv comedy, guitar, clowning, dialects, and stage combat. Cameron appeared as a series regular on CBS’ Walker Texas Ranger, as well as a featured player in Robert Altman’s Dr. T and the Women with Richard Gere and Helen Hunt. Beginning in 1998, he hosted a cross-country series of travelogue-style industrials for Blockbuster Entertainment, ultimately ending up in Los Angeles where Cameron worked the red carpet with Drew Barrymore, Justin Timberlake, and Tim McGraw at the 3rd Annual Blockbuster Awards. No stranger to the stage, he has worked extensively in Dallas with Dallas Theater Center, Kitchen Dog Theater and the Undermain. 

René Moreno
Actor and director, René Moreno was born in Dallas, Texas. He studied music at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, and theatre and dance at Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University, where he holds an MFA in Directing. As an actor, he has appeared on Broadway, Off-Broadway, in plays by Shakespeare, Lorca, Brecht, Shaw and Chekov at prestigious regionals theatres across the country, on radio, television, and in film. He has directed numerous plays including classic works and those of modern and emerging writers in productions that have garnered critical acclaim and award recognition. He is a member of Actor’s Equity, SAG-AFTRA, and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. He is Artistic Associate at Shakespeare Dallas and is an Affiliated Artist with Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre.

Seth Magill
Seth is a co-founder of indie-rock band Home By Hovercraft, whose debut LP Are We Chameleons? features music from the musical On The Eve. On The Eve was recently featured in the 2015 National Alliance of Musical Theatre's Festival of New Musicals. He is currently co-writing a new musical, Psyche, being commissioned and developed by Theatre C.  A member of the Actor’s Equity Association, Seth was last seen as Fred in The Dallas Theater Center’s production of A Christmas Carol, as Chase Spacegrove in On The Eve at Theatre Three, and many memorable roles with Dallas Children’s Theatre, Kitchen Dog Theater and Shakespeare Dallas. He has his B.F.A. in Acting from Southern Methodist University.

Mathew Steven Tompkins
Matthew's 20-year career includes starring roles in more than 80 television productions, 40 feature films, 60 national commericals and 100 theatre plays.  Among his extensive acting credits, he starred in the movies Killing Down, The Fragility of Seconds, Radiant and Odd Man Out.  In theatre, he has won the Dallas Theatre Critics Forum Award for Best Actor seven times. Recent stage work includes Nelson Algren in the New York Times-lauded, Off-Broadway run of Transatlantic Liaison and Oberon in the Dallas Theater Center production.

 

About WaterTower Theatre
WaterTower Theatre is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2016.  The Company 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 2,100 subscribers and serves an audience of over 28,000 patrons annually. The Out of the Loop Fringe Festival is in its 15th year.

WaterTower Theatre gratefully acknowledges the support of The Town of Addison, TACA, Texas Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.  WaterTower Theatre is supported, in part, through the generosity of the following season sponsors:  American Bank of Commerce, Atmos Energy, Liberty Capital Bank, Bob and Barbara Bigham: The Baylor Oral Health Foundation, Barbara and Don Daseke, Frost Bank, Pinnacle, Rainmaker Advertising, The Nissan Foundation, Mary Kay, Inc., Women of WaterTower Theatre, The Corporate Council, the WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors, The Shubert Foundation, Slalom Consulting and Media Sponsors TheaterJones.com, the Dallas Observer and Addison – the Magazine of the North Dallas Corridor.

About Terry Martin, Producing Artistic Director, Director of Are You Now Or Have You Ever Been? and “Loop” Producer
Terry Martin is WaterTower Theatre’s Producing Artistic Director, a position he has held for 16 years.  Terry has overseen more than 130 productions at WaterTower Theatre, including the recent world premiere of the musical Creep.  Some of his directing credits at WaterTower Theatre include Sexy Laundry, Dogfight, Full Gallop, The Grapes of Wrath, Putting it Together, Spring Awakening, Rockin’ Christmas Party, The Diary of Anne Frank, Little Shop of Horrors, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Man of La Mancha, Humble Boy, The Crucible, Take Me Out, A Country Life (which he adapted from Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya and which 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, Desire Under the Elms, Ravenscroft, Rockin’ Christmas Party (2000, 2001), Enter the Guardsman, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill and Little Shop of Horrors, among others.

About Kelsey Leigh Ervi ( “Loop” Co-Producer)
Kelsey Leigh Ervi is considered one of Dallas’ top young directors. A graduate of Baylor University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance, Kelsey currently serves as Artistic & Marketing Associate for WaterTower Theatre as well as Co-Producer for the Out of the Loop Fringe Festival. For WaterTower, she most recently directed the regional premiere of Lord of the Flies. Kelsey’s original play The Spark, which she also directed, received its world premiere in the 2015 Out of the Loop Fringe Festival (Best of Loop). She has also directed the studio theatre productions of The Santaland Diaries (2013 & 2014) and Honky. Kelsey has served as Assistant Director on numerous main stage productions including Bonnie & Clyde, Dogfight, Good People, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Grapes of Wrath, The Ugly One and August: Osage County. She has worked closely with other regional theaters in the area, including Echo Theatre where she directed the critically acclaimed production of Precious Little. Other credits include: Love Me, Tinder (FIT Festival, world premiere), Ask Questions Later (Rite of Passage Theatre, world premiere), Dani Girl (Greyman Theatre Company), Twelfth Night (Shakespeare Dallas). In 2014, Kelsey was recognized in the Dallas Observer’s list of 100 Dallas Creatives. When she isn’t directing, Kelsey has been seen onstage at various DFW theaters including Stage West, Shakespeare in the Bar, Uptown Players, Shakespeare Dallas and Echo Theatre.

 

Announcing Auditions for BRIGHT HALF LIFE

WHAT:          Bright Half Life
                     
By Tanya Barfield

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.

WHO:            Directed by Garret Storms
WHEN:          Monday, February 8   (6pm-10pm)
WHERE:        Addison Theatre Centre Boardroom
                     
15650 Addison Road
                     
Addison, TX 75001

ROLESPlease note the role of Erica has been pre-cast.

Vicky - Female, African-American, 20s-30s. She meets, falls in love, and marries Erica over the course of the play; was Erica's supervisor at work--steadier, more reliable than Erica; grounded and warm; sensible, but not risk-averse; a good sport. Please note that actor must be available for day-time rehearsals May 2-6, 2016.

PERFORMANCE DATES:            May 21 - June 12, 2016
REHEARSALS BEGIN:               May 2, 2016

OTHER:         Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.
                     
Audition appointment, headshot and resume are required.
                     
Equity and Non-Equity roles are available.
                     
Scripts are 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: Call 972.450.6277 or email kervi@watertowertheatre.org

Now Accepting Playwright Submissions for the 24-HR Play Festival

ADDISON, TX – WaterTower Theatre Producing Artistic Director Terry Martin today announced that submissions for WaterTower’s 24-HR Play Festival, which will take place in the 2016 Out of the Loop Fringe Festival, will be accepted starting January 11, 2016.  Submissions from local playwrights must be received no later than January 24, 2016.  Playwrights will be notified of their status by February 1, 2016.

Local playwrights are invited to submit either a short play or excerpt from a full-length play for consideration. All submissions will be reviewed and four playwrights will be chosen for participation in the 24-HR Play Festival. Playwrights must be available from Friday, March 4 at 8pm through Saturday, March 5 at 8pm.

Submissions should be emailed to Kelsey Leigh Ervi, Artistic & Marketing Associate for WaterTower Theatre, at kervi@watertowertheatre.org by Sunday, January 24, 2016.

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.

About WaterTower Theatre’s Out of the Loop Fringe Festival

An 11-day celebration of dance, music, theatre, and visual arts, the Out of the Loop Fringe Festival features performances by artists and companies from around the country.  Performances are held at the Addison Theatre and Conference Centre on the Main Stage, in the Studio Theatre and the Stone Cottage.  The 2016 Festival is produced by Terry Martin, Producing Artistic Director of WaterTower Theatre, and Co-Producer Kelsey Leigh Ervi. The Festival is sponsored, in part, by The Town of Addison and the Texas Commission on the Arts. 

About WaterTower Theatre

WaterTower Theatre is celebrating its 20th anniversary with its 2015-2016 Season.  The company 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 2,100 subscribers and serves an audience of over 29,000 patrons annually.

WaterTower Theatre gratefully acknowledges the support of The Town of Addison, TACA, Texas Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.  WaterTower Theatre is supported, in part, through the generosity of Atmos Energy, Barbara and Bob Bigham:  the Baylor Oral Health Foundation, Don and Barbara Daseke, Frost Bank, Liberty Capital Bank, The Shubert Foundation, Mary Kay, Inc., Million Air Dallas, Pinnacle, Rainmaker Advertising, Slalom Consulting, The Nissan Foundation, The President’s Circle, Slalom Consulting, Target Corporation, Women of WaterTower Theatre, and WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors.

Announcing the 2016 Out of the Loop Fringe Festival Lineup

ADDISON, TX – WaterTower Theatre Producing Artistic Director and Loop Executive Producer Terry Martin today announced the line-up for the 2016 Out of the Loop Fringe Festival, February 25 - March 6, 2016, at the Addison Theatre Centre.  Six world premieres highlight this year’s diverse Festival as well as 2 one-woman cabarets, 4 dance works, 1 circus act, 3 solo shows, 1 musical reading, 2 play readings, 9 theatre productions, 1 interdisciplinary piece, 1 spoken word performance, a 24-hour play festival, and many returning favorites.  The Festival is made possible, in part, through the generous support of The Town of Addison and the Texas Commission on the Arts as well as media sponsors, TheaterJones.com and the Dallas Observer.  The Festival is produced by Terry Martin and Kelsey Leigh Ervi.

"WaterTower Theatre will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2016, and, the Out of the Loop Fringe Festival celebrates its 15th year too," said WaterTower Theatre Producing Artistic Director Terry Martin. "The Festival has grown to become an integral part of our artistic vision and is a key artistic component that helps us fulfill our mission to offer diverse opportunities that inspire people to experience and embrace live theatre and the arts.

"The Festival has been host to more than 200 artists or organizations over its 15 year history," Martin continued.   "Loop has a proud history of presenting new works and, a conservative estimate, shows that over the past 15 years, our festival has been home to approximately 75 world premieres.  That's a pretty significant number and one of which our community can be very proud."

Twenty-three artists and/or performing arts organizations will participate in this year’s Festival: Angie Bolling, Avant Chamber Ballet, Cattle Prod, Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet, Dance Linkages, Diana Sheehan, Ebony Stewart, Front Line Cabaret, Glass Half Full Theatre, Ian Ferguson, Ian Mead Moore, Goat Song Collective, Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy, It Ain't Shakespeare, Jeff Lankov, Junior Players, Kris Noteboom, Lone Star Circus, One Word Revolution, Rite of Passage Theatre Company, Shakespeare Dallas, Vox Productions, and WaterTower Theatre.

Six world premieres will be presented at this year’s Festival:  Innovation Through Tradition; The Theatrical Piano; Diana Sheehan Sings: The Jerome Kern Songbook; With My Eyes Shut; I Love You Honey Bunny; Prospect High: Brooklyn.

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.

Tickets will be available online at www.watertowertheatre.org/outofloop.aspx, by phone at 972.450.6232, or in-person at the WaterTower Theatre Box Office located at the Addison Theatre Centre, 15650 Addison Road, Addison, Texas 75001.

Festival Passes are available at $65 ($55 for WaterTower Theatre Subscribers).

A pass includes one admission to each event.  Loop pass holders may start making reservations on February 2 at 12 noon.

All individual event tickets are $10 per person, unless otherwise noted.

2016 Out of the Loop Fringe Festival Production Notes:

Angie Bolling, Visual Artist
Lobby: 2/25-3/6

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
INNOVATION THROUGH TRADITION

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. 
 

Cattle Prod
OH JESUS or AN ACTOR, A CYNIC AND A SAVIOR WALK INTO A BAR

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.
 

Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet
LE TRAIN BLEU

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.

Dance Linkages
SOLA:  WOMEN DANCING WOMEN

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).
 

Diana Sheehan
DIANA SHEEHAN SINGS:  THE JEROME KERN SONGBOOK

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.

Ebony Stewart
HUNGER

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
DOWN THAT ROAD

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!
 

Glass Half Full Theatre
MISSIONARY POSITION:  PLEASURE JOURNEYS FOR THE INTREPID LADY EXPLORER

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
WITH MY EYES SHUT

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.
 

Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy
PROSPECT HIGH:  BROOKLYN

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.


Ian Mead Moore, Guitarist

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
PUN:  A PLAY ON WORDS, A Staged Reading

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.
 

Jeff Lankov
THE THEATRICAL PIANO: Songs, Sirens and Social Issues

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, and singer/actor Neil Mowles.
 

Junior Players
THE TRANSFORMATION PROJECT

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.
 

Kris Noteboom
AND THEN I WOKE UP

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
LE PETIT 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. 
 

One Word Revolution
ONE WORD REVOLUTION:  A NEW MUSICAL

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
I LOVE YOU HONEY BUNNY

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
 

Shakespeare Dallas
THE KING'S FACE

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. 
 

Vox Productions
JANE AND MABEL

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."
 

WaterTower Theatre
24-HOUR PLAY FESTIVAL

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.


WaterTower Theatre
ARE YOU NOW OR HAVE YOU EVER BEEN? Play Reading

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.
 

Out of the Loop Fringe Festival 2016 Performance Schedule

Thursday, February 25

6.30 pm (L) FREE               Art Show Preview (Angie Bolling)
7.30 pm (MS) $10             SOLA: Women Dancing Women (Dance Linkages)/Le Train Bleu (DNCB)
7.30 pm (ST) $10               I Love You Honey Bunny (Rite of Passage)
7.30 pm (SC) $10               Missionary Position (Glass Half Full Theatre)

Friday, February 26

8.00 pm (MS) $10             Innovation Through Tradition (Avant Chamber Ballet)
8.00 pm (ST) $10               Diana Sheehan Sings (Diana Sheehan)
8.00 pm (SC) $10               Oh Jesus… (Cattle Prod)

Saturday, February 27

2.00 pm (MS) $10             SOLA: Women Dancing Women (Dance Linkages)/Le Train Bleu (DNCB)
2.00 pm (ST) $10               Diana Sheehan Sings (Diana Sheehan)
2.00 pm (SC) $10               Jane and Mabel (Vox Productions)
5.00 pm (MS) $10             The Theatrical Piano (Jeff Lankov)
5.00 pm (ST) $10               The King’s Face (Shakespeare Dallas)
5.00 pm (SC) $10               Missionary Position (Glass Half Full Theatre)
7.00 pm (L) Free               Ian Ferguson, Guitarist
8.00 pm (MS) $10              Prospect High:  Brooklyn (Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy)
8.00 pm (ST) $10               Hunger (Ebony Stewart)
8.00 pm (SC) $10               Down That Road (Front Line Cabaret)

Sunday, February 28

2.00 pm (MS) $10             Innovation Through Tradition (Avant Chamber Ballet)
2.00 pm (ST) $10               Hunger (Ebony Stewart)
2.00 pm (SC) $10               Missionary Position (Glass Half Full Theatre)
4.00 pm (L) FREE               Ian Mead Moore, Guitarist
5.00 pm (MS) $10             Prospect High:  Brooklyn (Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy)
5.00 pm (ST) $10               With My Eyes Shut (Goat Song Collective)
5.00 pm (SC) $10               And Then I Woke Up (Kris Noteboom)

Monday, February 29

7.30 pm (MS) FREE          Are You Now or Have You Ever Been? Play Reading (WaterTower Theatre)

Tuesday, March 1

7.30 pm (MS) FREE          One Word Revolution Reading (One Word)
7.30 pm (ST) $10               With My Eyes Shut (Goat Song Collective)

Wednesday, March 2

7.30 pm (MS) $10             Le Petit Lone Star Circus (Lone Star Circus)
7.30 pm (ST) $10               I Love You Honey Bunny (Rite of Passage)
7.30 pm (SC) $10               Oh Jesus… (Cattle Prod)

Thursday, March 3

7.30 pm (MS) $10             The Theatrical Piano (Jeff Lankov)
7.30 pm (ST) $10               The King's Face (Shakespeare Dallas)
7.30 pm (SC) $10               Jane and Mabel (Vox Productions)

Friday, March 4

8.00 pm (MS) $10             The Transformation Project (Junior Players)
8.00 pm (ST) $10               Pun: A Play on Words (It Ain’t Shakespeare)
8.00 pm (SC) $10               Down That Road (Front Line Cabaret)

Saturday, March 5

2.00 pm (ST) $10               I Love You Honey Bunny (Rite of Passage)
2.00 pm (SC) $10               Oh Jesus… (Cattle Prod)
5.00 pm (ST) $10               Diana Sheehan Sings (Diana Sheehan)
5.00 pm (SC) $10               Jane and Mabel (Vox Productions)
7.00 pm (L) FREE               Ian Mead Moore, Guitarist
8.00 pm (MS) $10             24-Hour Play Festival
8.00 pm (ST) $10               With My Eyes Shut (Goat Song Collective)
8.00 pm (SC) $10               And Then I Woke Up (Kris Noteboom)

Sunday, March 6

2.00 pm (MS) $10             Le Petit Lone Star Circus (Lone Star Circus)
2.00 pm (ST) $10               Pun: A Play on Words (It Ain’t Shakespeare)
2.00 pm (SC) $10               Down That Road (Front Line Cabaret)
4.00 pm (L) FREE               Ian Ferguson, Guitarist
5.00 pm (MS) $10             The Transformation Project (Junior Players)
5.00 pm (ST) $10               The King’s Face (Shakespeare Dallas)
5.00 pm (SC) $10               And Then I Woke Up (Kris Noteboom)

Performances are held at the Addison Theatre Centre, 15650 Addison Road, Addison, Texas 75001.

L=Main Lobby
MS=Main Stage
ST=Studio Theatre
SC=Stone Cottage

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.

About WaterTower Theatre

WaterTower Theatre is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2016.  The Company 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 2,100 subscribers and serves an audience of over 28,000 patrons annually.   The Out of the Loop Fringe Festival is in its 15th year.

WaterTower Theatre gratefully acknowledges the support of The Town of Addison, TACA, Texas Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.  WaterTower Theatre is supported, in part, through the generosity of the following season sponsors:  American Bank of Commerce, Atmos Energy, Liberty Capital Bank, Bob and Barbara Bigham: The Baylor Oral Health Foundation, Barbara and Don Daseke, Frost Bank, Pinnacle, Rainmaker Advertising, The Nissan Foundation, Mary Kay, Inc., Women of WaterTower Theatre, The Corporate Council, the WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors, The Shubert Foundation, Slalom Consulting and Media Sponsors TheaterJones.com, the Dallas Observer and Addison – the Magazine of the North Dallas Corridor.

About Terry Martin, Producing Artistic Director and “Loop” Producer

Terry Martin is WaterTower Theatre’s Producing Artistic Director, a position he has held for 16 years.  Terry has overseen more than 130 productions at WaterTower Theatre, including the recent world premiere of the musical Creep.  Some of his directing credits at WaterTower Theatre include Sexy Laundry, Dogfight, Full Gallop, The Grapes of Wrath, Putting it Together, Spring Awakening, Rockin’ Christmas Party, The Diary of Anne Frank, Little Shop of Horrors, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Man of La Mancha, Humble Boy, The Crucible, Take Me Out, A Country Life (which he adapted from Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya and which 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, Desire Under the Elms, Ravenscroft, Rockin’ Christmas Party (2000, 2001), Enter the Guardsman, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill and Little Shop of Horrors, among others.

About Kelsey Leigh Ervi ( “Loop” Co-Producer)

Kelsey Leigh Ervi is considered one of Dallas’ top young directors.  A graduate of Baylor University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance, Kelsey currently serves as Artistic & Marketing Associate for WaterTower Theatre as well as Co-Producer for the Out of the Loop Fringe Festival. For WaterTower, she most recently directed the world premiere of The Spark, which she also wrote, in the 2015 Out of the Loop Fringe Festival (Best of Loop) and is currently directing the upcoming production of William Golding’s Lord of the Flies (January 22-February 14). She has also directed the studio theatre productions of The Santaland Diaries (2013 & 2014) and Honky. She has served as Assistant Director on numerous main stage productions including Bonnie & Clyde, Dogfight, Good People, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Grapes of Wrath, The Ugly One and August: Osage County. In 2014, she directed a new education program called The Tom Sawyer Project which provided local high school students an opportunity to perform in their own fully-realized production of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer at WaterTower.She has worked closely with other regional theaters in the area, including Echo Theatre where she directed the critically acclaimed production of Precious Little. Other credits include: Love Me, Tinder (FIT Festival, world premiere), Ask Questions Later (Rite of Passage Theatre, world premiere), Dani Girl (Greyman Theatre Company), Twelfth Night (Shakespeare Dallas). Kelsey was recently recognized in the Dallas Observer’s list of 100 Dallas Creatives. In 2011 she was recognized by the DFW Column Awards for “Best of Theater” for Dani Girl, in 2013 for “Best of Theater” for Ask Questions Later and in 2014 for “Best of Theater” for Honky.  

Announcing details for the 2016 Spotlight Gala - CELEBRATE the Company's 20th Anniversary

Addison…Terry Martin, Producing Artistic Director, today announced details of the 2016 Spotlight Gala, Celebrate.  WaterTower Theatre’s 2016 Spotlight Gala will be held on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 7 pm, and at a new venue, the Marriott Quorum Hotel in Addison.  The 2016 Spotlight Gala is chaired by Barbara Daseke and Co-Chairs Laree Hulshoff and Deborah Staggs.  The Honorary Chairs are Barbara and Bob Bigham.

The committee chairs include Derek Blount and Blake Clemens, Underwriting Chairs; Ben Cunningham, James Keyes, Wade Owens and Paul Shultz, Corporate Underwriting Chairs; Elizabeth Fratantuono, Raffle Ticket Chair; Deborah Staggs, Live and Silent Auction Chair; Karol Omlor, Publicity Chair; Barbara Daseke, Décor Chair; Rose Colarossi, Wine Auction Chair; Margo Keyes, Invitation Chair; and Maureen Anderson and Corky Pledger, Cuisine Chairs.

The Gala Auction Committee consists of Maureen Anderson, Rosalind Benjet, Lynn Boyd, Krista Brown, Katherine Christy, Sharla DeFrancisco, Collin Duwe, Stacey Griggs, Janeva Longacre, Kathleen Messina, Katie Myatt, Sam Nicholson, Corky Pledger, Karol Omlor, DeeDee Williamson.

The Gala Host Committee consists of April and Mike Bosworth, Liese and Michael Canterbury, Stan Graner and Jim McBride, Rodney Hand, Margo and James Keyes, Jeff Laceky, Georgie and Jack Madden, Terry Martin and Chris Miller, Robert Mayer, Jr., Michelle Mew,  Janiece and Jimmy Niemann, and Eileen and Neil Resnik.

The fundraising event will be held at the Dallas/Addison Marriott Quorum Hotel, 14901 Dallas Pkwy, Addison, Texas 75001.

Underwriting levels are:  VIP Executive Producer - $10,000; The Producer - $5,000; The Director - $2,500 and individual tickets are $250 per person.

For more information on the 2016 Spotlight Gala, please contact Greg Patterson, Director of Development and Marketing, at 972.450.6227 or gpatterson@watertowertheatre.org  or Kyle Igneczi, Development and Marketing Associate, 972.450.6275 or kigneczi@watertowertheatre.org.

To-date, underwriters include:

VIP Executive Producer:

Barbara and Don Daseke
Laree Hulshoff and Ben Fischer
Norma and Paul Shultz

The Producer:

Barbara and Bob Bigham
Regions Bank
Happy State Bank
Larry McCallum
The Town of Addison

The Director:

Stan Graner
Million Air Dallas - Deborah Staggs
Liese and Michael Canterbury
Eileen and Neil Resnik
Frost Bank
Addison Magazine - Rodney Hand
Robert Mayer, Jr.
Rosalind and Mervyn Benjet

About the Gala Chair, Barbara Daseke

Barbara Daseke is the owner of Barbara Elliott Interiors and, with her husband Don, has been a long-time resident of Addison.   She is a member of the WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors.  She has served as Chair of the Spotlight Gala on several occasions, most recently in 2012, 2013 and 2014.  She also serves as Co-Chair of WaterTower Theatre's President Circle.  She is one of the most dynamic non-profit fundraisers in North Texas.  Barbara has led fundraising events for organizations such as the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Museum of Art, Southern Methodist University and TACA. Barbara currently serves on the Boards of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, TACA , SMU Meadows School of the Arts and the Dallas Zoo. Barbara is a charter member of WOW!  (Women of WaterTower Theatre).

About the Gala Co-Chair, Laree Hulshoff

Laree Hulshoff has been involved in the theatre most of her adult life.   She currently serves on the WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors.  She also served on the Board of Directors of the Studio Arena Theater, a professional theatre company in Buffalo, NY. Laree is a graduate of Oklahoma State University, SUNY at Buffalo where she did her pre-doctoral study, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and Boston University. In addition to the Studio Arena Theater, Laree has served on the boards of the Dallas Contemporary Museum of Art and The Center for Vital Longevity at UTD. She also helped found the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Buffalo Chapter. Prior to her retirement, Laree was a Senior Vice President/Senior Investment Advisor for Morgan Stanley. In 2004, Laree was awarded the YMCA’s Leadership Award. Laree is an active member of WaterTower Theatre’s President’s Circle, the Nasher Sculpture Center, the Kimbell Art Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, and the Perot Museum of Nature and Science.

About the Gala Co-Chair, Deborah Staggs

Deborah Staggs is the Director of Marketing and Special Events at Million Air Dallas in Addison.   She is a member of the WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors.  She is very involved in the community.  She served as past Director of Programs and Membership for the Farmer’s Branch Chamber of Commerce, was a Board member of the Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce, and has supported a number of non-profits including the Collin County Children’s Advocacy Center, The American Heart Association, CONTACT Crisis Hotline and Genesis Woman’s Shelter.  She is a member of Women in Aviation International, Metrocrest Chamber, Women of WaterTower Theatre (WOW!), Spotlight Gala 2013, 2014 and 2015 Gala Committees, and WaterTower Theatre’s Corporate Council.  She and her husband Donnie have one son.

About the Gala Honorary Chairs, Barbara and Bob Bigham

Barbara is deeply involved in her community, starting with her early commitment as a board member for the Jr. Symphony League. Since then, she has held a distinguished record of high achievement working with a number of leading national and local non-profit organizations. She was a member of the WaterTower Theatre Board from 2008 - 2014. Her leadership skills and fundraising acumen have been successfully applied to such organizations as The National Kidney Foundation of Texas, the Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, the American Heart Association, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Dallas Opera, the Holocaust Museum, TACA, the University of Texas at Dallas, Children’s Medical Center, USA Film Festival, the SPCA of Texas, Dallas Theater Center, LesFemmes duMonde, KidneyTexas, Dallas Council on World Affairs, and the President’s Council for Research at U.T. Southwestern.

Bob is President and Treasurer of the Baylor Oral Health Foundation, serving in this capacity for the past 15 years. The foundation is a non-profit corporation created in 1993 to support the Texas A & M University Baylor College of Dentistry. Its mission is to provide Baylor College of Dentistry with funds to support excellence at its world-class dental facility with leading-edge academic research programs.   He has been named to TAMU Baylor College of Dentistry's prestigious Hall of Fame and was selected as the Outstanding Community Leader of 2012 by the Dallas County Dental Association.  Bob is a former banker who served as President of Promenade National Bank of Richardson for over 17 years.  He is also a lifetime member of The Salesmanship Club of Dallas which presents The Byron Nelson Championship Golf Tournament benefiting needy children in Dallas.

“Seeing how valued the arts are in many countries we’ve traveled has given us a rich understanding of the importance of theatre,” said Barbara Bigham. “It’s made a true believer out of me.”

Bob Bigham couldn’t agree more. “What I’ve discovered each time we come back home is just how outstanding the cultural arts are here in Dallas. WaterTower Theatre is as good, if not better, than anything we’ve experienced abroad and elsewhere in the country.”

About WaterTower Theatre

WaterTower Theatre is a 501(c)(3) non-profit professional theatre company.  It is considered to be one of the leading professional, 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 20th season.  

Submission Deadline Extended for the 2016 Out of the Loop Fringe Festival

ADDISON, TX – WaterTower Theatre Producing Artistic Director Terry Martin today announced that the submission deadline for the 15th annual Out of the Loop Fringe Festival will be extended through November 20, 2015.  Participants will be notified of their acceptance into the Festival by December 14, 2015. 

This year’s Festival starts February 25 running through March 6, 2016.  Applications can be found online at www.watertowertheatre.org/outofloop.aspx

A ten day celebration of dance, music, theatre, and visual arts, the Out of the Loop Fringe Festival features performances by artists and companies from around the country.  Performances are held at the Addison Theatre and Conference Centre on the Main Stage, in the Studio Theatre and the Stone Cottage.  The 2016 Festival is produced by Terry Martin, Producing Artistic Director of WaterTower Theatre, and Co-Producer Kelsey Leigh Ervi. The Festival is sponsored, in part, by The Town of Addison and the Texas Commission on the Arts. 

A 10-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.

For more information about the Festival, contact Kelsey Leigh Ervi, Artistic and Marketing Associate, WaterTower Theatre at 972-450-6277 or kervi@watertowertheatre.org

About WaterTower Theatre

WaterTower Theatre is celebrating its 20th anniversary with its 2015-2016 Season.  The company 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 2,100 subscribers and serves an audience of over 29,000 patrons annually. 

Announcing Cast & Creative Team for LORD OF THE FLIES

(Addison)… WaterTower Theatre Producing Artistic Director Terry Martin today announced casting and creative team details for the regional premiere of Lord of the Flies, directed by Kelsey Leigh Ervi. The production, based on the William Golding novel and adapted for the stage by Nigel Williams, will run January 22 - February 14, 2016.  Individual tickets to Lord of the Flies will go on sale December 15 at 12 noon and will be available by calling 972-450-6232 or online at www.watertowertheatre.orgLord of the Flies is sponsored by Atmos Energy and Slalom Consulting

There will be two student matinee performances of Lord of the Flies on February 2 and 9 at 10 am.  The cost is $8 per student.  For more information on student matinees, contact Janeth Farnsworth at 972-450-6228.

The ensemble cast includes Henry Greenberg as Ralph, Matthew Minor as Piggy, Anthony Fortino as Jack, Mitchell Stephens as Roger, Clinton Greenspan as Maurice, Kyle Montgomery as Simon, Samuel Cress as Sam, Brandon Shreve as Eric and Tanner Garmon as Perceval.

Making their WaterTower Theatre debuts in Lord of the Flies will be Samuel Cress, Tanner Garmon, Matthew Minor, Brandon Shreve and Mitchell Stephens.

The creative team, in addition to director Kelsey Leigh Ervi, includes Bradley Gray (Set Designer), Derek Whitener/Victor Newman Brockwell (Co-Costume Designers), Dan Schoedel (Lighting Designer), Kellen Voss (Sound Designer), Tish Mussey (Properties Designer), Matt Ransdell, Jr. (Assistant Director) and Caron Grant (Stage Manager).

Lord of the Flies is based on the classic novel of the same name by Nobel Prize-winning English author William Golding.  Published in 1954, Lord of the Flies was Golding’s first novel.   Playwright and novelist Nigel Williams' stage adaptation of Golding's story was first professionally produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company at Stratford-upon-Avon in July 1995. 

In Lord of the Flies, a plane wreck strands a group of English boys on a deserted island during wartime. As they slowly explore their new-found freedom, what starts out as fun and games turns into a vicious battle for power when the boys split into two opposing tribes: one that strives for civility and another that delights in savage violence. The competition escalates into a dangerous, frightening climax, as this thrilling classic looks into the darker parts of human nature where it’s civilization vs. savagery and the mob vs. morality.

Performance details:

In the Main Space at the Addison Theatre Centre

Show Run Dates:  January 22 - February 14, 2016

Preview dates:  Friday, January 22, Saturday, January 23 at 8pm and Sunday, January 24, 2016 at 2pm

Opening night:  Monday, January 25, 2016 at 7.30 pm

Student Matinee performances:  Tuesday, February 2 and Tuesday, February 9 at 10 am

Performances:

                Wednesdays & Thursdays: 7:30 p.m.

                Fridays: 8:00 p.m.

                Saturdays: 8:00 p.m. (& 2:00 pm February 6 and 13)

                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 principal cast members:

Henry Greenberg (Ralph) is an actor/writer from Nashville, Tennessee. He has recently been seen in Mr. Burns, a post-electric play at Stage West and The Spark at WaterTower Theatre which was performed as part of the 2015 Out of the Loop Fringe Festival. Henry recently graduated from Baylor University, where he was part of various productions, including Into the Woods, Twelfth Night, The Aliens, The Arabian Nights and more.

Matthew Minor (Piggy) is excited to be returning to the DFW area, where he was last seen as Ron Miller in …The Death of Walt Disney at Amphibian Stage and before that as Benjie in the regional premiere of Summer of ’42 at Casa Mañana. Select theatre credits include originating the role of Bear in White People Off-Broadway at Ensemble Studio Theatre, Lexy Mill in Candida at Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Ellard Sims in The Foreigner at Maltz Jupiter Theatre, and he will be playing Timms in The History Boys at Palm Beach Dramaworks immediately prior to his work at WaterTower Theatre. Matthew is a member of the Drama Desk Award-Winning Godlight Theatre Company in New York City, where he is based.

Anthony Fortino (Jack) returns to WaterTower Theatre following his performance recently in Bonnie & Clyde.  He is a native of Overland Park, KS, and is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Accounting at TCU.  His favorite regional credits include Catch Me if You Can (Uptown Players); South Pacific, Fiddler on the Roof, Into the Woods, Titanic, Grand Hotel (Lyric Stage); Miss Saigon, Oswald (Casa Mañana); City of Angels (Theatre Three); and The Fantasticks (Circle Theatre).

About the Director:

Kelsey Leigh Ervi is considered one of Dallas’ top young directors.  A graduate of Baylor University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance, Kelsey currently serves as Artistic and Marketing Associate for WaterTower Theatre. For WaterTower, she most recently directed the World Premiere of The Spark, which she also wrote, in the 2015 Out of the Loop Fringe Festival (awarded “Best of Loop 2015”). She has also directed the studio theatre productions of The Santaland Diaries (2013 & 2014) and Honky. She has served as Assistant Director on numerous main stage productions including Bonnie & Clyde, Dogfight, Good People, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Grapes of Wrath, The Ugly One and August: Osage County. In 2014, she directed a new education program called The Tom Sawyer Project which provided local high school students an opportunity to perform in their own fully-realized production of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer at WaterTower Theatre.

She has worked closely with other regional theatres in the area including Echo Theatre where she directed the critically acclaimed production of Precious Little. Other credits include: Love Me, Tinder (2015 FIT Festival, World Premiere), Ask Questions Later (Rite of Passage Theatre Company, World Premiere), Dani Girl (Greyman Theatre Company) and Twelfth Night (Shakespeare Dallas). Kelsey was recently recognized in the Dallas Observer’s list of 100 Dallas Creatives. In 2011 she was recognized by the DFW Column Awards for “Best of Theater” for Dani Girl, in 2013 for “Best of Theater” for Ask Questions Later and in 2014 for “Best of Theater” for Honky.

As an actor, Kelsey was most recently seen in Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play (DFW Theatre Critics Forum Award – Best Ensemble) at Stage West and in Shakespeare in the Bar’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Other favorites include The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told (Uptown Players), [sic] (Echo Theatre) and The Winter’s Tale (Shakespeare Dallas).

About Producing Artistic Director 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 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, The Corporate Council,  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.

WaterTower Theatre will be Accepting Submissions for the 2016 Out of the Loop Fringe Festival starting October 12th

ADDISON, TX – WaterTower Theatre Producing Artistic Director Terry Martin today announced that submissions for the 15th annual Out of the Loop Fringe Festival will be accepted starting October 12, 2015.  Submissions must be received no later than November 13, 2015.  Participants will be notified of their acceptance into the festival by December 14, 2015. 

This year’s Festival starts February 25 running through March 6, 2016.  Applications can be found online at www.watertowertheatre.org/outofloop.aspx. 

A ten day celebration of dance, music, theatre, and visual arts, the Out of the Loop Fringe Festival features performances by artists and companies from around the country.  Performances are held at the Addison Theatre and Conference Centre on the Main Stage, in the Studio Theatre and the Stone Cottage.  The 2016 Festival is produced by Terry Martin, Producing Artistic Director of WaterTower Theatre, and Co-Producer Kelsey Leigh Ervi. The Festival is sponsored, in part, by The Town of Addison and the Texas Commission on the Arts. 

For more information about the Festival, contact Kelsey Leigh Ervi, Artistic and Marketing Associate, WaterTower Theatre at 972-450-6277 or kervi@watertowertheatre.org

About WaterTower Theatre

WaterTower Theatre is celebrating its 20th anniversary with its 2015-2016 Season.  The company 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 2,100 subscribers and serves an audience of over 29,000 patrons annually.

WaterTower Theatre gratefully acknowledges the support of The Town of Addison, TACA, Texas Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.  WaterTower Theatre is supported, in part, through the generosity of Atmos Energy, Barbara and Bob Bigham:  the Baylor Oral Health Foundation, Don and Barbara Daseke, Frost Bank, Liberty Capital Bank, The Shubert Foundation, Mary Kay, Inc., Million Air Dallas, Pinnacle, Rainmaker Advertising, Slalom Consulting, The Nissan Foundation, The President’s Circle, Slalom Consulting, Target Corporation, Women of WaterTower Theatre, and WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors.

WaterTower Theatre Names Derek Blount as Chairman and Ben Cunningham as President of the Board of Directors; New Officers Named and Two New Board Members Appointed

(Addison, TX)…WaterTower Theatre (WTT) has announced the election of Derek Blount as Chairman and Ben Cunningham as President of the WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors.  WTT also announced the election of a slate of Board Officers including Vice President Wade Owens, Secretary Stan Graner, and Treasurer Jimmy Niemann.

The following directors were re-elected to a new term:  Derek Blount, Stan Graner and Jimmy Niemann.

WaterTower Theatre also welcomes the appointment of two new Board members:  Blake Clemens and Paul Shultz.  They will join Board members Rosalind Benjet, Michael Canterbury, Barbara Daseke,  Rose Colarossi, Buddy Frazer, Stan Graner, Laree Hulshoff, Margo Ramirez Keyes, Jeff Laceky, Terry Martin, Robert Mayer, Jr., Wade Owens, Corky Pledger and Debbie Staggs.   WaterTower Theatre’s Board Resources Committee was chaired by Derek Blount, Barbara Daseke and Stan Graner.  Members of WTT’s Board of Directors consist of leaders in the fields of business, publishing, education, law, finance, community activism, real estate, and the arts who volunteer their time and expertise on behalf of the organization. 

Derek Blount has served as WaterTower Theatre's Board President for six years and has served on the WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors for eight years.  He is also the Co-Chair of WaterTower Theatre’s Corporate Council (with Wade Owens).   Derek is the President of Happy Prince Media, LLC.  His debut novel, the thriller "Hostile Takeover", was published this fall. 

Ben Cunningham is Founder and CEO of Liberty Capital Bank in Addison.  Ben joined the WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors in 2010.  He has served in various capacities on the board including Vice President. 

“I am so pleased that Derek Blount has agreed to continue his long and distinguished service to WaterTower Theatre as Chairman of the Board,” said Terry Martin.  “Derek has served for a number of years as our President with distinction and continues to provide the kind of solid leadership a growing arts organization requires.”

"I am equally thrilled that Ben Cunningham has agreed to serve as the President of the Board of Directors," said Martin.  "Ben has had a long history with WaterTower Theatre that dates back well into the '70s when the company was then a community theatre and he served as Treasurer.  Ben brings a wealth of financial and leadership experience to this position which makes him an obvious choice to serve as President."

“I am pleased to welcome our two newest board members to WaterTower Theatre, Blake Clemens and Paul Shultz” Martin continued.  "Blake has had a long association with WaterTower Theatre and has been a champion of our work.  Paul and his company Slalom Consulting have grown to become major corporate supporters of WaterTower Theatre.  Paul's strong business acumen will serve us well as he joins our Board."

“This past season WaterTower Theatre continued to experience growth in ticket sales and fundraising not to mention myriad artistic successes that define WaterTower Theatre,” said Ben Cunningham, WaterTower Theatre's President-elect.  “I’m proud of both the staff and the Board of Directors for their prudent management this past year as well as their willingness to take on new projects.  Our new slate of Executive Committee Officers and recently appointed Board members will be important assets to the organization to ensure that our Board continues its work to support the mission of WaterTower Theatre.  I’m pleased to welcome Blake and Paul to our Board, and I know they will bring important skills and leadership qualities to an already dynamic group of individuals.”

About WaterTower Theatre’s President of the Board:

Ben Cunningham is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Liberty Capital Bank in Addison. Ben’s connection to WaterTower Theatre dates back to the late 70’s when it was the Addison Community Theatre and he even served as their Treasurer.

Ben received his undergraduate degree in Finance from the University of Texas at Dallas and is a graduate of the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at SMU in Dallas. He started his banking career in Dallas in 1973. Prior to starting Liberty Capital Bank in 2008 he spent 18-years with Compass Bank as a Line of Business Manager in the Corporate Banking division. He was one of only 2 managers in the Dallas corporate bank to participate in Compass’ leadership development program at their home office. Ben became very involved in the North Dallas / Addison area and is past Chairman of the Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce and the past president of the Addison Business Association. He’s also a 26-year member and past-president of the Carrollton / Farmers Branch Rotary Club where he currently serves as Secretary. In addition to his involvement in the business community, he is also well connected with Trinity Christian Academy where his three children attended and his wife is a language therapist.  Ben has been married to Patty Cunningham since 1974. He is active in his church where he’s attended for 34 years and has served on the elder board, chairman of the Finance Committee and is presently chairman of the church’s defined benefit plan’s Board of Trustees. He serves as a mentor to young men in the church and currently works in the Special Needs ministry for kids with a disability. He also helps with the annual deacon development program for new deacons. Ben and his wife are actively involved with the Joni and Friends organization and volunteer their time each summer to serve at JAF’s family camp for the disabled. Ben also serves on the local board. Ben is the past Chairman of Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce and a recipient of the Golden Eagle Award, an award -- rarely given to individuals -- who exhibit the highest level of integrity and standing in the community. Ben is also a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow.  Ben joined the WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors in 2010.

About WaterTower Theatre's Chairman of the Board:

Derek Blount joined the WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors in 2006 and has served in the roles of Board Treasurer, Co-Chair of The Corporate Council, Board Vice President and in September 2010, was elected President of the Board of Directors.  He was re-elected as Board President in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Derek is a professional writer and the President of Happy Prince Media, LLC. His background is primarily in corporate finance with roles as Area President at Sovereign Bank as well as corporate lending roles with international banking syndicate Credit Agricole and helping establish the Texas commercial lending operations of CapitalOne Bank.  Derek began his banking career with JPMorganChase through completion of their executive training program and later serving as a commercial banking officer.

A Texas native, Derek received both his B.B.A. in Finance and his M.S. in Marketing from Texas A&M University.  Derek is an active member of American MENSA, an enthusiastic traveler and an avid runner.  He is married to Bethany and they have two sons.

Derek's published works include the holiday book "The Three Christmases of William Spencer".  His debut novel, the thriller "Hostile Takeover", was released this fall.

About the New Directors:

Blake Clemens has over 25 years of corporate and executive experience.  He has been with Fortune 500 companies, large private companies, and Family owned businesses.  He has a degree in Economics from Albion College (Albion, Michigan), and was an elected official having served as the Mayor Pro Tempore of Addison, Deputy Mayor Pro Tempore and Council Member  from 2009-2015.  He has been married to Jeannie for 21 years and has two sons, Collier & Logan.  He is the Chairman of the Addison Legacy Foundation and serves on the Boards of the Metrocrest Chamber and the North Dallas Chamber.  He was in charge of mergers and acquisitions for the Dallas branch of the FDIC for six years.  He has served as CEO of Crosson Dannis Real Estate Strategies, Senior Vice President of Southfork Development Company as well as senior positions with Bank of America, Travelers Insurance Company among others.


Paul Shultz is General Manager of Slalom Consulting's Dallas practice. He has 38+ years’ experience as an executive leader, business strategist, systems integration, and organizational improvement professional.

Before joining Slalom, he served as the managing director of enterprise applications at Protiviti, a global business consulting and internal audit firm.  Previously, Paul was the managing vice president of the Southwest market at Hitachi Consulting. He held a number of leadership positions prior to Hitachi Consulting including CIO of Edisto Resources and NRM Energy. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master's degree in business administration from Baylor University.

About WaterTower Theatre:

WaterTower Theatre has become a theatrical force through its consistent excellence and sharp programming. Combining Broadway-quality productions with the beauty of an intimate playing space, WTT provides experiences that are powerful and insightful, intense and uplifting. WTT provides the community with an opportunity to examine man’s conditions from all perspectives and promotes growth through humor and drama.

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.

A committed and intrepid producer of new work, the theatre has presented five world premiere productions and thirteen regional premiere productions to date. WTT’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 WTT a Dallas Theatre League Leon Rabin Award for Best New Work.  WaterTower Theatre will stage the world premiere of the new musical Creep in October 2015.

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’s expanding artistic vision, deepening service to the community and growing audiences have led to a unique partnership with the Town of Addison, one aimed at the development of an exciting destination for patrons to experience the best in theatrical and performing arts.

WaterTower Theatre is a Constituent of Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for the American theatre, a member of the Dallas Theatre League, and a member of the Addison Business Association.

Announcing THE LORD OF THE FLIES PROJECT

ADDISON, TX – WaterTower Theatre Producing Artistic Director Terry Martin today announced auditions on October 27 at 6 pm for the Company’s education initiative, The Lord of the Flies Project.

In conjunction with WaterTower Theatre’s professional production of Lord of the Flies (running January 22 – February 14, 2016), The Lord of the Flies Project will involve local high school students in their own fully-produced show on the WaterTower Theatre stage. The cast will be comprised of male and female students from any high school in Dallas and surrounding areas.

The auditions will be held at WaterTower Theatre / Addison Theatre Centre, 15650 Addison Road, Addison, Texas, 75001.  Auditions are by appointment only and may be made by visiting https://instant-scheduling.com/sch.php?kn=204069&typId=52709&step=2.  Callbacks will be held on October 28 at WaterTower Theatre.  Performances of The Lord of the Flies Project will be on February 2 and 9 at 7.30 pm. For more information, please contact Janeth Farnsworth, Education & Community Services Manager, at jfarnsworth@watertowertheatre.org or by calling 972.450.6228.

Rehearsals for the student production of The Lord of the Flies Project will be held January 4 through February 1, 2016 in the evenings.  Tickets to these two performances will go on sale December 15, 2015 and are $10 in advance or Pay What You Can at the door. The performances will be open to the general public.  Tickets may be purchased by phone at 972.450.6232 or in-person at the WaterTower Theatre Box Office Office (Tuesday – Friday, 12pm to 6pm) Addison Theatre Centre, 15650 Addison Road, Addison, Texas 75001

About Lord of the Flies 

WaterTower Theatre's professional production of Lord of the Flies will be directed by Kelsey Leigh Ervi.  The play is based on the William Golding novel of the same name.  When a group of schoolboys survives a catastrophic plane crash, what starts as a desert island adventure quickly descends into a struggle for survival in a darkly sinister world of superstition and immorality.  As the boys slowly explore their new-found freedom, their fun and games turn into vicious battles for power. When the group splits into two opposing tribes: one that strives for civility and another that delights in savage violence; the competition escalates into a dangerous, frightening climax. Based on the groundbreaking 1954 novel, this gripping classic looks into the darker sides of human nature where it’s civilization vs. savagery and the mob vs. morality.

About The Lord of the Flies Project

The Lord of the Flies Project is one of WaterTower Theatre’s education initiatives. Local high school-aged students will perform in a student production of the play, Lord of the Flies. They will also have the opportunity to attend rehearsals with the professional actors in WaterTower Theatre’s production of Lord of the Flies.

About WaterTower Theatre Education Programs

WaterTower Theatre’s education mission is to nurture the academic and emotional education of young people through theatre; and to make the rich benefits reaped from the experience available to all socio-economic levels and all traditionally underserved populations in Addison and Dallas.  WaterTower Theatre strives to further these three key elements:  Audiences, inspiring current and future audiences to discover theatre and its connection to their lives; Artists, investing in training, support and development of emerging young arts professionals; Arts Education, contributing to the community-wide efforts to improve the quality of life and the scope of arts education in North Texas. 

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, Don and Barbara Daseke Million Air Dallas, Women of WaterTower Theatre, WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors, Slalom Consulting,  Bob and Barbara Bigham:  the Baylor Oral Health Foundation, Frost Bank, Liberty Capital Bank, Nissan Foundation, Target, Pinnacle and Rainmaker Advertising.

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 National Endowment for the Arts, and the Shubert Foundation.

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

Frost Bank, Ackley Financial Group, Atmos Energy, Barbara and Bob Bigham: the Baylor Oral Health Foundation, Don and Barbara Daseke, Liberty Capital Bank, Million Air Dallas, the Nissan Foundation, the Pinnacle Family of Companies, Rainmaker Advertising, Table 13, Wells Fargo Bank, Women of WaterTower Theatre and the WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors.

Media Sponsors:

TheaterJones.com, The Dallas Voice, and Addison -- the Magazine of the North Dallas Corridor.

Announcing Cast & Creative Team for CREEP

(Addison, TX) WaterTower Theatre Producing Artistic Director Terry Martin today announced details of the world premiere ofDonald Fowler's musical Creep. The musical will open WaterTower Theatre's 2015-2016 Season on Monday, October 5, 2015 (with previews on Friday, October 2, Saturday, October 3, and a Gala Preview performance on Sunday, October 4). Kate Galvin, Associate Producer at the 11th Hour Theatre Company in Philadelphia, will direct.  Creep is produced by Terry Martin.

 

The cast includes Sarah Elizabeth Smith as Mary, Christia Mantzke as Mother, Jonathan Bragg as Jackson, Daniel Rowan as Christian,Patty Breckenridge as Polly, Alyssa Gardner as Anne and Abby Chapman as Young Mary.  The ensemble features Stephen Bates, Lillian Andrea De Leon, Raul Escalona, Alex Heika, Linda Leonard, Janelle Lutz, Kyle Montgomery, Calvin Scott Roberts, Kathryn Taylor Rose, Molly Welch and Seth Womack.

 

Making their WaterTower Theatre debut in Creep will be Jonathan Bragg, Abby Chapman, Lillian Andrea De Leon, Raul Escalona, Alyssa Gardner, Alex Heika, Janelle Lutz, Kyle Montgomery, Kathryn Taylor Rose and Daniel Rowan.

 

The creative team, in addition to Kate Galvin and Donald Fowler, includes Kevin Gunter (Musical Director), Kelly McCain (Choreographer), Jeff Schmidt (Set Designer), Derek Whitener and Victor Newman Brockwell (Co-Costume Designers), Jason Foster (Lighting Designer), Curtis Craig (Sound Designer), Kellen Voss (Assistant Sound Designer/Sound Mixer), Adam C. Wright (Copyist/Transcriber), Dan Kazemi (Orchestrator),Jeff Colangelo (Fight Choreographer), Sara Lovett (Dialect Coach), Kyle Eric Bradford (Dramaturg), Caron Grant (Production Stage Manager) and Stefany Cambra (Assistant Stage Manager).

 

Single tickets to Creep go on sale September 15, 2015 at 12 noon by calling 972-450-6232 or online at www.watertowertheatre.org

 

Donald Fowler's new musical Creep 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 and June 2015, the musical was given a week-long workshop rehearsal with director Kate Galvin. 

A special fundraising campaign -- the WaterTower Theatre 2015 Producers' Circle -- was established to raise funds in support of CreepNicholas Even is chairing the Campaign.  Barbara Daseke is chairing the Producers' Circle Gala Preview on October 4, 2015. The Producers' Circle Committee includes Heather and Scott AlexanderDerek BlountShannon 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.  Many generous donations have been received to help with the production costs of producing Creep

 

Creep is an original musical with a cast of 18 actors and an orchestra of 10 told within the world of 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 the world that created the infamous Jack the Ripper and, more importantly, metaphorically examines the darkness possible in every individual when they are forced to adapt, use, or hide from truth in order to survive.

 

Creep is sponsored, in part, by Frost Bank, Pinnacle, and the Creep Producers' Circle.

 

Creep

Music, Lyrics and Book - Donald Fowler

Producer – Terry Martin

Director – Kate Galvin

Music Director – Kevin Gunter

Choreographer – Kelly McCain

Set Designer – Jeff Schmidt

Costume Designer – Derek Whitener/Victor Newman Brockwell

Lighting Designer – Jason Foster

Sound Designer – Curtis Craig

Assistant Sound Designer/Sound Mixer - Kellen Voss

Copyist/Transcriber – Adam C. Wright

Orchestrator – Dan Kazemi

Fight Choreographer – Jeff Colangelo

Dialect Coach – Sara Lovett

Dramaturg – Kyle Eric Bradford

Stage Manager – Caron Grant

Assistant Stage Manager – Stefany Cambra

 

Performance Schedule:

 

In the Main Space at the Addison Theatre Centre

Show Run Dates: October 2 - 25, 2015

Preview dates:  Friday, October 2 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, October 3 at 8 p.m.

Gala Preview: Sunday, October 4 at 7.30 p.m.

Opening Night:  Monday, October 5 at 7:30 p.m.

 

Performances:

Wednesdays & Thursdays: 7:30 p.m.

Fridays: 8:00 p.m.

Saturdays: 8:00 p.m. (& 2:00 pm October 17 and 24)

Sundays: 2:00 p.m.

 

Ticket Prices:

Single Tickets: $22 - $40 per show

Preview Tickets: $20

Gala Performance Ticket:  $150 per person (Sunday, October 4, 2015)

 

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 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 a freelance director based in Philadelphia and Associate Producer at 11th Hour Theatre Company. Recent directing credits include: Sense & Sensibility (Asst. Dir., Chicago Shakes), David Greig's Midsummer - a play with songs (Barrymore Award, Inis Nua Theatre Co.), Other Desert Cities (Walnut Street Theatre). CREEP marks Kate's fourth bloody musical...other favorites include Sweeney Todd and concert readings of Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson and Lizzie. She is co-creator of the musical Austentatious, which has been produced in New York, London and other cities around the world. www.kategalvin.com

 

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 TogetherSpring Awakening, The Diary of Anne Frank, Sweeney Todd, Cat on a Hot Tin RoofA 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 is 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 NewsThe Dallas ObserverD 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, Don and Barbara Daseke Million Air Dallas, Women of WaterTower Theatre, WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors, Slalom Consulting,  Bob and Barbara Bigham:  the Baylor Oral Health Foundation, Frost Bank, Liberty Capital Bank, Nissan Foundation, Target, Pinnacle and Rainmaker Advertising.

 

The Cast:

 

Jonathan Bragg (Jackson Crown) is thrilled to be a part of this world premiere production of Creep in his first WaterTower Theatre show! He is a proud alumnus of the Abilene Christian University theater department.  His favorite local roles include the Caliph (Kismet) at Lyric Stage, Man 1 (Songs for a New World) at Uptown Players, Sid El Kar (The Desert Song) at Lyric Stage, Father (Ragtime) at Uptown Players/TCC, Magaldi (Evita) at Casa Mañana, Dr. Madden/Fine (Next to Normal) at Uptown Players, Ben (Rags) at Lyric Stage, the Storm Trooper (The Producers) at Uptown Players, and Sir Lionel (Camelot) at Casa Mañana.

 

Patty Breckenridge (Polly) is a critically acclaimed musical theatre artist in the DFW area. Patty was last seen in Dallas Theater Center’s World Premiere musical, The Fortress of Solitude as Rachel.  Some of her other past performances include: Diana Goodman in Next To Normal (Regional Premiere), Neely O’Hara in Valley of the Dolls, Amneris in AIDA(Uptown Players),  Aldonza in Man of La Mancha, Jeannie in The Great American Trailer Park Musical (WaterTower Theatre),  Luisa in Nine (ICT), Susan Lawrence and BIG: The Musical (Theatre Arlington).  Patty has been with Creep since its inception several years ago and has participated in every workshop and transformation it has gone through. 

 

Abby Chapman (Young Mary) is thrilled to make her WaterTower Theatre debut in Creep.  Abby’s past theatre experience includes Les Miserables andA Christmas Carol at the Dallas Theater Center, Skippyjon Jones at Dallas Children’s Theater, and Les Miserables at Repertory Company Theater.  Recent film experience includes To Whom It May Concern (short).  Abby has participated in productions through Kim Dawson Studio, RCT, and DTC SummerStage. She is a sixth grader at Parish Episcopal School where she is active in the theatre program.  

 

Alyssa Gardner (Anne) graduated from Texas Christian University with a BFA in Theatre, emphasis in Musical Theatre and is thrilled to be making her WaterTower Theatre debut.  She has been seen onstage at Casa Mañana in shows such as Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Bass Hall, Hairspray, Suessical the Musical, Big River, Cats (Demeter), 42nd Street, Camelot, Peter Pan (Peter), Cinderella (Cinderella), The Sound of Music(Leisl) and Steel Magnolias with Ruta Lee (Annelle).  Alyssa has also participated in the Trinity Shakespeare Festival’s productions of Hamlet (Ophelia),Much Ado About Nothing, The Comedy of Errors and The Tempest (Miranda).  Other Texas theatre venues include Mame with Garland Summer Musicals, Rudolph and the Rednosed Reindeer the Musical at The Majestic Theatre in Dallas, and most recently Catch Me if You Can with Uptown Players.  She has taught throughout the metroplex at The Dallas Theater Center, Kids Who Care, LifeSong Studio in Grapevine and is currently home at Casa Mañana as the Education and Outreach Manager.

 

Christia Mantzke (Mother) has been seen in Dallas at WaterTower Theatre in Hank Williams: Lost Highway (Waitress) and Bonnie & Clyde ( Emma Parker), at the Dallas Theater Center in Les Miserables (Madame Thenardier) and at Lyric Stage in The Human Comedy (Kate). She made her Broadway debut in Smokey Joe's Cafe and has toured the country with Fame-The Musical and My Way. Favorite regional credits include Sleeping Beauty Wakes at the Kirk Douglas (Center Theatre Group) in Los Angeles, Elaborate Lives-Aida at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta and Beehive at The Arkansas Rep.

 

Daniel Rowan (Christian) was most recently seen, locally, as Enjolras in Casa Mañana's Les Misérables, and in Dutch Kills Theatre Company's new adaptation of the Greek tragedy Trojan Women as Talthybius, in NYC. Off-BroadwayThe Fantasticks (Matt). Regional credits include: Miss Saigon (Chris, Casa Mañana), Rodger's & Hammerstein's Cinderella (Prince, Casa Mañana), Sweeney Todd, starring Norm Lewis (Anthony, Casa Mañana), andMy Fair Lady (Freddy, Lyric).

 

Sarah Elizabeth Smith (Mary) holds a B.F.A. in Theatre Performance from Baylor University. Her regional theatre credits include Bonnie & Clyde(Blanche Barrow) and Putting It Together (Woman 2) at WaterTower Theatre, The Boy From Oz (Liza Minnelli) and Kiss of the Spider Woman (Marta) at Uptown Players, Ordinary Days with Our Productions, The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Edwin Drood) at PFamily Arts, and City of Angels (Angel City 4) at Theatre Three.

2015 COMMUNITY CAST PARTY to be held on Saturday, September 12 at WaterTower Theatre

Addison, TX - Terry Martin, Producing Artistic Director for WaterTower Theatre, today announced details of the 2nd annual COMMUNITY CAST PARTY. The party will be held on Saturday, September 12, 2015 at WaterTower Theatre from 7 pm to midnight. THE COMMUNITY CAST PARTY, sponsored by Frost Bank, is designed to attract a wide audience of patrons who are interested in supporting WaterTower Theatre while enjoying an evening of entertainment with cuisine offered from many fine local restaurants.  Attendees will have a unique opportunity to mix and mingle with many artists from the DFW acting community at the “open house” style event, and everyone is welcome.

The entertainment will feature cellist Jordan Cleaver, performances of Broadway style music in The Studio Theatre hosted by Matt Ransdell with Zak Reynolds, Calvin Scott Roberts, Sarah Elizabeth Smith, Wendy and Willy WelchMark Mullino will be accompanying the performers on piano.  Kathryn Taylor Rose will perform her one-woman cabaret show entitled Love Me, Tinder and Adam C. Wright will be accompanying her.  The improv group, The Laugh Supper, will also be performing.  Later in the evening, there will be an open mic portion too.

Featured restaurants offering cuisine tastings include Carrabbas Italian Villa, Table 13, The Egg and I Restaurant, Dough Bro’s, The Mucky Duck, The Addison Ice House, Union Park Restaurant, Suga's Cakery, Outback, D'Sweets, Puerta Vallarta,  Lakewood Brewery,  Goody Goody Liquor and more.

Tickets are $50 per person.  An “industry” ticket and a Young Professional's ticket, for those age 35 and under, is being offered to those working in the arts at $25 per person.  Tickets are on sale now.  Tickets will be available online at www.watertowertheatre.org, by phone by calling 972-450-6232, or in-person at the WaterTower Theatre box office located at 15650 Addison Road, Addison, Texas 75001.  A portion of the ticket is tax-deductible. THE COMMUNITY CAST PARTY is a “fun”-raising event and all funds go to support WaterTower Theatre’s artistic and education programs.

The Organizing Committee for THE COMMUNITY CAST PARTY is lead by Co-Chairs April Bosworth, Stan Graner, Corky Pledger, and Debbie Staggs, and the Committee leadership consists of Maureen Anderson,  Derek Blount, Nancy Brenner, Katherine Christy, Rose Colarossi, Kelsey Leigh Ervi, Stacey Griggs, Jeanette Johnson,  Terry Martin, Sam Nicholson, Karol Omlor, Gregory Patterson, Corky Pledger, Wade Owens.

For more information on THE COMMUNITY CAST PARTY, please contact Greg Patterson, Director of Development and Marketing, at 972.450.6227 or gpatterson@watertowertheatre.org .

Current Underwriters include:

Best Supporting Actor:

Dough Bro’s
The Egg and I Restaurant
Goody Goody Liquor
Table 13
Frost Bank
The Mucky Duck
The Addison Ice House
Suga's Cakery
Outback
D's Sweets
Puerta Vallarta

The Understudy:

April and Mike Bosworth
Stan Graner and Jim McBride
Karol Omlor
Wade Owens

About THE COMMUNITY CAST PARTY

Date:  Saturday, September 12, 2015
Time:  7 pm to midnight
Place:  WaterTower Theatre at the Addison Theatre Centre, 15650 Addison Road, Addison, Texas
Attire:  Dressy Casual
Tickets:  $50 per person (a portion of the ticket price is tax-deductible); $25 “theatre industry” and age 35 and under rate

Where to buy tickets:  www.watertowertheatre.org; 972-450-6232

About:  The Community Cast Party is a fundraising event to support WaterTower Theatre’s artistic and education programs.  Unlike other “black-tie” fundraisers, this party is designed as a much more casual “open house” where patrons can enjoy good food, great music, dancing, fine wine and great people.

About the Co-Chairs

April Bosworth joined the WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors in 2012.  April Bosworth joined the WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors in 2012.  She is also currently the Chair of Women of WaterTower Theatre.  April has been actively involved with the Spotlight Gala for many years having served as Gala Chair, Chair of the Live and Silent Auctions and Décor Committees on many occasions.  An influential business leader and fundraiser, April has chaired 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. 

An influential business leader and fundraiser, April has chaired 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. 

Stan Graner joined the WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors in 2013.  He currently serves as the Chair of the WaterTower Theatre Development Committee.  A well-known, critically acclaimed actor, Stan is an eight-time winner of The Column Award.  He served as Vice President of the Turtle Creek Chorale from 1992-1994.  Stan has performed in a number of plays at WaterTower Theatre, including Black Tie, The Diary of Anne of Frank and August: Osage County.

Corky Pledger is a long-time resident of Dallas and the Addison-area. She currently serves on the WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors. She also serves on the board of the Addison Business Association, the Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce, and The Civic League among others. She is a member of the WOW! Steering Committee, the Community Cast Party Steering Committee and has been involved in WaterTower Theatre’s Spotlight Gala every year since its inception.

Debbie Staggs is the Director of Marketing and Special Events at Million Air Dallas in Addison.  She joined the WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors last year.  She has been actively involved in many WaterTower Theatre activities and currently serves on the Steering Committee for Women of WaterTower Theatre.  A highly influential community leader, Debbie served as past Director of Programs and Membership for the Farmers Branch Chamber of Commerce and was on the Board of the Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce to name a few.

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 2,100 subscribers and serves an audience of over 35,000 patrons annually.  Led by Producing Artistic Director Terry Martin, WaterTower Theatre is in its 19th season.  

Announcing the Appointment of Delynda Johnson Moravec as Business Manager and Bradley Gray as Technical Director

Addison, TX - Terry Martin, WaterTower Theatre Producing Artistic Director, today announced the appointment of Delynda Johnson Moravec as Business Manager and Bradley Gray as Technical Director.

Delynda starts her tenure on June 20 while Bradley has already taken up his post. Their appointments complete the senior management team, which is led by Terry Martin and includes Greg Patterson, Director of Development and Marketing.

Delynda Johnson Moravec has more than 25 years of corporate management experience, including working with such prestigious companies as Cooper Wellness Strategies -- an affiliate of Cooper Aerobics, and MBNA America. Delynda has a Bachelor of Science degree in Operations Management and a minor in Voice Performance from the University of Delaware. Delynda currently serves on the board of directors for DFW Actors Give Back which has donated over $35,000 to local non-profit children’s groups including the Children’s Cancer Fund. She has previously served on the boards of The Texas Gilbert and Sullivan Society, The FIG Theater Company, and Our Productions (formerly FMPAT Performing Arts Theatre). Since moving back to Texas in 1996 Delynda has appeared in more than sixty shows all over the Metroplex, including work at WaterTower Theatre.

 

Bradley Gray has spent the past several years as an accomplished Scenic Designer and Technical Director all across the Dallas/ Fort Worth Area. After spending several years as a student at Texas Wesleyan he freelanced with several notable companies including: African American Repertory Theatre, Amphibian Stage Productions, Artes de la Rosa, Kitchen Dog Theatre, and Tarrant County College Northwest Theatre Department. In the past when Bradley was not in the theatre, he worked with the Boy Scouts of America as Program Director for Sid Richardson Scout Ranch High Adventure program. Bradley is happy to be in Addison with Water Tower Theatre. 

 

About WaterTower Theatre:

WaterTower Theatre is one of the leading regional theatres in North Dallas and Texas.   It's 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 2,020 subscribers and serves an audience of over 32,000 patrons annually.

WaterTower Theatre is a 501 ( c ) ( 3 ) non-profit organization as designate by the IRS.  Like all arts organizations, WaterTower Theatre relies on both ticket income and donations from individuals, corporations, foundations, organization and government to produce world-class live professional theatre and offer community outreach and arts education programs. WaterTower Theatre is grateful for the support provided from The Town of Addison, TACA, The National Endowment for the Arts, the Texas Commission on the Arts, the Schubert Foundation and the hundreds of individuals, corporations and foundations whose annual donations make live professional theatre possible in the Town of Addison to be enjoyed by all in North Texas.  

Announcing WaterTower Theatre's 2015-2016 Season

Addison (TX) –Terry Martin, WaterTower Theatre Producing Artistic Director, today announced details of the Company’s 2015-2016 Main Stage season. Some highlights of the season include one World Premiere Musical and four Regional Premieres. WaterTower Theatre is expanding its regular Main Stage subscription series from five to six shows next season. 

The season opens with the World Premiere of the musical Creep (October 2 - 25, 2015.  Preview Gala Sunday, October 4), written by Dallas playwright Donald Fowler. The season continues  with the return of the hit WaterTower Theatre production of Michelle Riml's Sexy Laundry (November 20 - December 13, 2015) which played to sold out audiences in a limited run in our studio series earlier this season. The New Year kicks off with the Regional Premiere of William Golding's Lord of the Flies (January 22 - February 14, 2016), adapted for the stage by Nigel Williams. The fourth show in the season will be the Regional Premiere of Dan LeFranc’s The Big Meal (April 15 - May 8, 2016) followed by the Regional Premiere of John Patrick Shanley's Outside Mullingar (June 3 – 26, 2016). The final production of the season will be the Regional Premiere of Richard Bean’s comedy One Man, Two Guvnors (August 5 – 28, 2016).  The Company will not produce a holiday show in the 2015-2016 Season. 

Kate Galvin will direct Creep; Terry Martin will direct both Sexy Laundry and One Man, Two Guvnors; Kelsey Leigh Ervi will direct Lord of the Flies; Emily Scott Banks will direct The Big Meal; René Moreno will direct Outside Mullingar.   All productions will be staged at the Addison Theatre Centre at 15650 Addison Road, Addison, Texas 75001.

There will be no price increase in subscriptions or single tickets for the 2015-2016 six Main Stage productions. The six-play season subscriptions range in price from $90 (Previews) to $180 (Saturday evening/Sunday matinee). This year, subscribers will be offered a free Subscriber Rewards Card which will entitle them to discounts at various area restaurants and businesses. Tickets to the Creep Gala on Sunday, October 4 at 7.30 pm are $150 person.

The renewal deadline for current subscribers to keep their same seats is July 1. Subscribers who renew by June 19 will have the normal handling fee of $7 waived. 

WaterTower Theatre gratefully acknowledges the support of our Season Sponsors including The Town of Addison, TACA, Texas Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Shubert Foundation.  Production Sponsors for the 2015-2016 Season include Atmos Energy, The Nissan Foundation, Barbara and Bob Bigham:  the Baylor Oral Health Foundation, Frost Bank, Liberty Capital Bank, Pinnacle, Rainmaker Advertising, TACA, Women of WaterTower Theatre and The WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors. 
 

THE 2015-2016 SEASON:

CREEP
World Premiere
October 2 - 25, 2015
Preview Gala on Sunday, October 4 at 7.30 pm.
Music, Book & Lyrics by Donald Fowler
Directed by Kate Galvin
Sponsored by Frost Bank, Pinnacle, WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors,

Creep Producer's Circle (as of May 1, 2015):  Nicholas Even (Chair), Heather and Scott Alexander, Shannon Brame, Anita and Tom Braun, Barry W. Cowan and Felicity A. Fowler, Stan Graner and Jim McBride, Callan and Juli Harrison, Julie and Ken Hersh, Carrie Huff, Tara Lewis and John Swords, Georgie and Jack Madden, Holly and Tom Mayer, Karol Omlor, Greg Patterson, Table 13, Clair Tompkins.

Creep is the world premiere of Dallas playwright/composer Donald Fowler’s original thriller musical. Exploring many of the dark truths surrounding the fabled “Jack the Ripper,” and metaphorically examining how the individual, when dehumanized, will adapt, or hide from truth in order to survive, Creep is sure to take your breath way. Nationally-acclaimed director Kate Galvin will direct this thrilling season opener. Mature subject matter.
 

SEXY LAUNDRY
November 20 - December 13, 2015
Written by Michele Riml
Directed by Terry Martin
in collaboration with Stage West

Michele Riml’s hit romantic comedy comes to our main stage by popular demand following its limited sold-out run in our studio series last season. Henry and Alice, married for 25-years are trying to find a way to spice up their dormant love life with a weekend in a swanky hotel room. Alice brings a copy of ‘Sex for Dummies’ and a willingness to try new things. Henry brings only his bad attitude. They share their fantasies, exchange recriminations, and take turns confessing the details of their personal midlife crises as the play moves from comic to serious and back to comic again. Sexy Laundry is a touching and hilarious journey that will resonate with many.
 

LORD OF THE FLIES
Regional Premiere
January 22 - February 14, 2016
Written by William Golding
Adapted for the stage by Nigel Williams
Directed by Kelsey Leigh Ervi
Sponsored by Atmos Energy

When a group of schoolboys survives a catastrophic plane crash, what starts as a desert island adventure quickly descends into a struggle for survival in a darkly sinister world of superstition and immorality.  As the boys slowly explore their new-found freedom, their fun and games turn into vicious battles for power. When the group splits into two opposing tribes: one that strives for civility and another that delights in savage violence; the competition escalates into a dangerous, frightening climax. Based on the groundbreaking 1954 novel, this gripping classic looks into the darker sides of human nature where it’s civilization vs. savagery and the mob vs. morality.
 

THE BIG MEAL
Regional Premiere
April 15 - May 8, 2016
Written by Dan LeFranc
Directed by Emily Scott Banks
Sponsored by Table 13

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!
 

OUTSIDE MULLINGAR
Regional Premiere
June 3 - 26, 2016
Written by John Patrick Shanley
Directed by René Moreno
Sponsored by Liberty Capital Bank, Women of WaterTower, Barbara and Bob Bigham: the Baylor Oral Health Foundation

Pulitzer, Oscar and Tony Award-winning author John Patrick Shanley, whose play Doubt: A Parable was a hit at WTT in 2008, now brings us a new romance about Anthony and Rosemary, two introverted misfits in rural Ireland. Now nearing their middle years, Anthony has spent his entire life on a cattle farm oblivious to the longing of his neighbor Rosemary, who hopelessly pines for him. With Anthony’s father threatening to disinherit him and a decades old land feud simmering between the families, Rosemary fears romantic catastrophe. These two beautiful, eccentric souls scramble their way towards happiness in a delightful tale about love and its many surprises.


ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS
Regional Premiere
August 5 - 28, 2016
Written by Richard Bean
Directed by Terry Martin
Sponsored by Rainmaker Advertising and Million Air Dallas

Set in swingin’ 1963 London, One Man, Two Guvnors is a unique, laugh-out-loud mix of satire, songs, slapstick and glittering one-liners. The disarming and doltish Francis Henshall finds himself trapped into working for two bosses—who are connected to each other in wildly improbable ways. He just has to keep them from discovering each other. Easy, right?  Inspired insanity, high-low antics, and nimble wordplay ensue—all backed by live musicians paying homage to rockabilly and a certain Fab Four. This topsy-turvy world of love triangles and mistaken identities has been a huge hit ever since it opened at London’s National Theatre in 2011 and on Broadway in 2012.  It’s more than a sassy update of Carlo Goldoni’s classic knee-slapper, The Servant of Two Masters - it’s a brilliantly delicious mash-up of splendid comedy, British pantomime, and music-hall revues.
 

OUT OF THE LOOP FRINGE FESTIVAL
February 25 - March 6, 2016
Season Extra
Sponsored by The Town of Addison and The Texas Commission on the Arts
Media sponsor:  TheaterJones

Over the past 15 years, WaterTower Theatre has hosted more than 125 artists and companies in its nationally acclaimed 10-day fringe festival of music, dance and theatre.  Now recognized as one of the most important fringe festivals in the country, the Out of the Loop Fringe Festival has been instrumental in providing a forum for new works, new artists and emerging voices in the arts.
 

SUBSCRIPTION SERIES:

WaterTower Theatre offers a host of subscription options, in addition to the standard six-play, full series subscription (Creep, Sexy Laundry, Lord of the Flies, The Big Meal, Outside Mullingar, One Man, Two Guvnors) which offers the best seating and greatest discounts over individual tickets. Subscribers will be able to order a Loop Pass when they renew their subscription or order a new subscription. Continuing again next season are the following series designed to enhance the theatre-goers experience: 

ENHANCED THEATRE EXPERIENCE SERIES:

Conversation with the Artists:

A six-play series on all Wednesday nights and Sunday matinees that includes a post-show discussion with the actors.

Sampler Series:

An introduction to theatre, this three-play package includes Creep, Lord of the Flies and One Man, Two Guvnors.

Design Your Own Series

This series provides the most flexibility of all of WaterTower Theatre’s subscription packages. Patrons can choose their own plays and dates creating a series specifically designed for their needs.   Design Your Own subscriptions do not go on sale until September, 2015.

Teachers' Night: 

This new series will give teachers an inside look at our productions with pre- and post-show talks specifically created for teachers, These talks will allow and encourage teachers to take what they experience on our stage back to their classroom. There are four shows in this series:  Creep, Sexy Laundry, Lord of the Flies and The Big Meal. The dates are Oct. 7, Dec. 2, Jan. 27 and Apr. 20.  The cost is $60 per person.

Student Subscription Series: 

A student subscription series will be offered, including a special student Design Your Own Series.

Hero’s Subscription:

Firefighters, police officers, EMTs, veterans and members of the armed forces and their immediate families will be offered a special subscription of 50% off any six-play subscription package (excluding DYO, special affinity programs, special miniseries).
 

SEASON OVERVIEW:

Creep
October 2 – 25, 2015
Previews:  Friday, Oct. 2 and Saturday, Oct. 3
Preview Gala Performance:  Sunday, Oct. 4
Opening Night: Monday, Oct. 5

Sexy Laundry
November 20 - December 13, 2015
Previews:  Friday, Nov. 20 and Saturday, Nov. 21
Pay What You Can:  Sunday, Nov. 22
Opening Night:  Monday, Nov. 23

Lord of the Flies
January 22 – February 14, 2016
Previews: Friday, Jan. 22 and Saturday, Jan. 23
Pay What You Can:  Sunday, Jan. 24
Opening Night: Monday, Jan. 25

15th Annual Out of the Loop Fringe Festival
Feb. 25 – March 6, 2016
(not included in the six-play subscription series)

The Big Meal
April 15 – May 8, 2016
Previews: Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16
Pay What You Can: Sunday, April 17
Opening Night: Monday, April 18

Outside Mullingar
June 3 – 26, 2016
Previews:  Friday, June 3 and Saturday, June 4
Pay What You Can: Sunday, June 5
Opening Night: Monday, June 6

One Man, Two Guvnors
August 5 - 28 2016
Previews:  Friday, Aug. 5 and Saturday, Aug. 6
Pay What You Can: Sunday, Aug. 7
Opening Night:  Monday, Aug. 8
 

2015-2016 Season Ticket Prices:

Six-play season subscriptions range in price from $90 (Previews) to $180 (Saturday evening/Sunday matinee). 

Tickets to the Gala Preview performance of Creep on Sunday, October 4th are not available on subscription (an alternate ticket option will be made available).
 

2015-2016 Season Performance Schedule:

Performance Days

Times

Wednesday

7:30 PM

Thursday

7:30 PM

Friday

8:00 PM

Saturday

8:00 PM

Sunday

2:00 PM

   

Preview Friday

8:00 PM

Preview Saturday

8:00 PM

Saturday Matinee*

2:00 PM

*on the third and fourth Saturday of the run only

Opening Monday**

7:30 PM

**Monday opening of six Main Stage series shows only, not Loop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ticket Information:

Current subscribers are able to renew their season subscriptions by mail, fax (972.450.6244) or by calling the Box Office at 972.450.6232.  Online ordering for new subscriptions will be available in June.

 

New subscriptions are on sale now.  However, seating will not be assigned until mid-July.

The Out of the Loop Fringe Festival is a non-subscription event.
 

About Terry Martin

Multi-award winning Director Terry Martin is entering his 16th season as Producing Artistic Director of WaterTower Theatre where he has overseen more than 100 productions. 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 65 directing credits at WTT include Dogfight, Full Gallop, Sexy Laundry, 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.  During the 2014-2015 season, he directed the WaterTower Theatre production of Dogfight for which he received a Dallas Fort Worth Critics Award for Best Director of a Musical.

He has appeared on stage recently at WTT in All My Sons and previously in Our Town.  In 2008, Terry won a Dallas Fort Worth Theatre Critics’ Forum Award as Best Actor for Blackbird.  His other WTT acting credits include The Woman in Black, Dinner with Friends, The Guys, Bash: Latter-day Plays (2002 Rabin Award Nomination - Actor in a Play) and at Plano Repertory Theatre 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 BFA 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 WaterTower Theatre:

WaterTower Theatre is one of the leading regional theatres in North Dallas and Texas.   The Company’s 2015-2016 Season will be 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 2,120 subscribers and serves an audience of over 28,000 patrons annually.

WaterTower Theatre is 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization as designate by the IRS.  Like all arts organizations, WaterTower Theatre relies on both ticket income and donations from individuals, corporations, foundations, organization and government to produce world-class live professional theatre and offer community outreach and arts education programs. WaterTower Theatre is grateful for the support provided from The Town of Addison, TACA, The National Endowment for the Arts, the Texas Commission on the Arts, the Schubert Foundation and the hundreds of individuals, corporations and foundations whose annual donations make live professional theatre possible in the Town of Addison to be enjoyed by all in North Texas.

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.”

For the full article, click here!

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.

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