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2013-2014 Main Stage Season

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Hank Williams: Lost Highway

Oct. 11 – Nov. 3 , 2013

By Randal Myler and Mark Harelik

Sponsored by Frost Bank, Pinnacle Family of Companies and the WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors

More than 50 years after his death, Hank Williams still ranks among the most powerfully iconic figures in American music. A musical biography of the rise and fall of the brash, forever young, always legendary singer-songwriter Hank Williams stands among the greatest innovators of American popular music. Follow Williams on his often lonely journey from backwoods Alabama to super-stardom at the Grand Ole Opry. This unforgettable tribute highlights his unique magic as a performer and the simple spell of his yearning songs, and features over 20 hits, including “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” “Jambalaya” and “Hey, Good Lookin'."

Randal Myler has received two Tony Award nominations (Best Musical/Best Book of a Musical) and a Drama Desk nomination (Best Musical Revue) for It Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues. Myler is also the co-author of the musical biography of Janis Joplin, Love, Janis. He also wrote Dream A Little Dream: The Mamas And The Papas Musical with Denny Dougherty.

Mark Harelik is the author of The Immigrant, The Legacy, and Hank Williams: Lost Highway. As an actor, he has appeared in numerous plays at The Mark Taper Forum, the American Conservatory Theater, Seattle Repertory Theatre, the Intiman Theatre, the Denver Center Theater Company, the La Jolla Playhouse, The Globe Theatres and South Coast Repertory Theater. 

Ken Ludwig's The Game's Afoot (Or Holmes for the Holidays)

Dec. 13 - Jan.5, 2014

Regional Premiere

Sponsored by Liberty Capital Bank

It’s December 1936 and stage star William Gillette, an iconic actor admired all over the world for his role as Sherlock Holmes, is shot onstage during a show.  While he recuperates, he invites his fellow cast members to his Connecticut castle for a lively Christmas weekend of fun.  But, when one of his guests is found stabbed to death, the fun turns dangerous.  It’s up to Gillette, as his assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to find the killer before someone else is killed.  The hilarity is non-stop in what is a glittering whodunit set during the Christmas holidays!  Oh, did we mention it’s written by Tony Award winner Ken Ludwig (Lend me a Tenor, Moon Over Buffalo).

Ken Ludwig is a playwright whose work has been performed in at least 30 countries in over 20 languages.  He has won two Laurence Olivier Awards, holds three Tony Award nominations, two Helen Hayes Awards, the Edgar Award, the SETC Distinguished Career Award, to name a few.   His best known plays include Lend Me A Tenor, Crazy For You, Moon Over Buffalo, Three Musketeers, Treasure Island and The Beaux’ Stratagem

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Jan. 24 – Feb. 16, 2014

By Laura Eason

Adapted from the novel by Mark Twain

Regional Premiere

Sponsored by Atmos Energy, Barbara and Bob Bigham: The Baylor Oral Health Foundation, and PlainsCapital Bank

Mark Twain’s classic novel of Missouri boyhood comes to life in this high-spirited theatrical romp. Mischievous Tom and his pal Huck witness a murder and then embark on a string of wild escapades. Becky Thatcher, Aunt Polly, Injun Joe and the rest of the group join Tom in this timeless family tale. Laura Eason’s brand new adaptation of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, brings out the child in all of us, as we explore the thrill of mischief-making, the fickleness of first love, the cold shivers of an adventure gone wrong, and the excitement of discovering real live buried treasure. This is a story for anyone who celebrates all that is glorious about childhood.

Laura Eason is the author of more than twenty full-length plays, both original work and adaptations.She is an Ensemble Member and the former Artistic Director of Lookingglass Theatre, Chicago. She is also an Affiliated Artist of the Obie-winning New Georges and an alumna of the Women’s Project Playwright’s Lab and America-in-Play in New York City. 

Spunk

April 11 – May 4, 2014

By George C. Wolfe

Adapted for the stage from three short stories by Zora Neale Hurston

Music by Chic Street Man

Sponsored by Rainmaker Advertising

Spunk is a wild, bluesy wail—three stories by the great Harlem Renaissance writer Zora Neale Hurston, adapted into a staggeringly theatrical play by George C. Wolfe, who won an Obie for its 1989 off-Broadway premiere production. A trio of vignettes of African-American life in the first half of the 20th century, Spunk is a raucous, charming, blues-infused look at love, revenge, jealousy, and the fine art of the hustle.

Zora Neale Hurston released her first novel, Jonah's Gourd Vine, in 1934. Two years later, she received a Guggenheim fellowship, which allowed her to work on what would become her most famous work: Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937). She is considered one of the pre-eminent writers of twentieth-century African-American literature.

Good People

June 6 – 29, 2014

By David Lindsay-Abaire

Regional Premiere

Sponsored by Women of WaterTower Theatre and Million Air Dallas

When Margie Walsh loses her job at a South Boston dollar store, she reaches out to her old friend and flame Mike, a Southie boy who made good when he became a successful doctor. What begins as an attempt to hit Mike up for a job takes on a threatening cast when Margie realizes the power that secrets from Mike's past life hold over his current one. Penned by Pulitzer Prize-winner David Lindsay-Abaire, Good People is an incisive and funny character study of old friends, old flames and the question of whether you can ever leave the old neighborhood behind.

David Lindsay-Abaire won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his acclaimed Broadway play, Rabbit Hole. He was most recently nominated for a Grammy Award with composer Jeanine Tesori (Best Musical Show Album) and two Tony Awards (Best Book of a Musical and Best Score) for their work on Shrek the Musical. His plays include Fuddy Meers, Kimberly Akimbo,Wonder of the World, High Fidelity and A Devil Inside, among others. 

Dogfight: A New Musical

July 25 – August 17, 2014

Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

Book by Peter Duchan

Based on the Warner Bros. Film - Screenplay by Bob Comfort

Regional Premiere

Sponsered by Ackley Financial/ARMOR

Winner of the prestigious 2013 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical! Set on the eve of the Kennedy assassination on November 21, 1963, Dogfight chronicles the story of newly inducted Marine, Eddie Birdlace. Before shipping out to Vietnam, Birdlace and his friends make a bet: Each man contributes $50 to a pot, and whoever brings the ugliest date that night to a bar wins the prize. But when Eddie meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress as his date, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of compassion. Dogfight is a musical adaptation of the 1991 indie film starring River Phoenix and Lilly Taylor.

The Tony-nominated team of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul wrote A Christmas Story, Edges and James and the Giant Peach. Their original songs are featured in the popular NBC-TV series “Smash.” They are winners of the 2007 Jonathan Larson Award which honors achievements by composers, lyricists and librettists. They have won the 2011 Richard Rodgers Award for Musical Theatre from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a 2011 Sundance Institute Fellowship, the 2011 ASCAP Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award, the 2011 ASCAP Songwriters Fellowship Award, and a 2007-2008 Dramatists Guild Fellowship. 

Out of the Loop Fringe Festival

March 6 - 16, 2014

Life is better on the fringe.

This 10-day Festival of the arts is packed full of the latest in live theatre, dance, music and visual art.  The 2014 Festival will be the 13th year for what D Magazine called “the Best Fringe Festival in town.”

2013-2014 Studio Series
The Santaland Diaries

December 13 - 29, 2013
Studio Theatre

By David Sedaris

Adapted for the stage by Joe Mantello

Crumpet is a rebel without a Clause as he recounts the true-life tale of an out-of-work writer's stint as a Macy's Department Store elf.

(Contains mature themes and language. Not intended for children.)

Venus in Fur

April 27 - May 18, 2014
Studio Theatre

by David Ives
A Circle Theatre Production

Sponsored, in part, by The Town of Addison

The critically acclaimed production comes to WaterTower Theatre with the same cast: Allison Pistorius as Vanda and Chris Hury as Thomas. When Vanda arrives several hours late to her audition for a play based on a nineteenth-century erotic novel, The Director , Thomas, is less than impressed. But Vanda’s masterful performance flips the script on Thomas’ expectations and turns the session into a tango for dominance between actress and director, woman and man. Hailed as “seriously smart and very funny” by The New York Times , Venus in Fur is an engaging study of the politics of sex and power that’s guaranteed to charm and mesmerize.

(This play contains adult content and language.)

full gallop

August 9 - 31, 2014
Studio Theatre

by Mary Louise Wilson and Mark Hampton
Directed by Terry Martin

Sponsored in part, by The Town of Addison

As editor of Harper's Bazaar and Vogue magazines, and as a member of the International Cafe Society, Diana Vreeland chronicled the extraordinary people and events of her time. Full Gallop is a portrait of this remarkable woman at a turning point in her life. The one-woman play, starring Diana Sheehan and directed by Terry Martin, is set in August 1971 at Diana Vreeland’s Park Avenue apartment. She has just returned home to New York after four months in Europe --- a trip she took after being fired from Vogue magazine. She throws an impromptu dinner party in the hope that a wealthy friend who is invited will bankroll her in starting a magazine of her own. Other friends, however, attempt to persuade her to take a job at the famed Metropolitan Museum of Art. In her distinctive style, once she decides in which direction her life will move, she goes at it "full gallop.”

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