In the third of a series of audio interviews with local directors, Thomas Riccio talks to Nouveau 47 Theatre's Tom Parr IV.
Riccio is a professor at the University of Texas at Dallas, a playwright, director, world traveler and theater-maker. In the spring of 2010, he wrote a series of essays for TheaterJones about his experience with making theater in Ethiopia in 2009. The first of those, which links to the others, is here.
Parr was a co-founder of Second Thought Theatre, briefly co-ran Risk Theater Initiative, and then returned to the scene with White Rock Pollution, which transformed into Nouveau 47 Theatre. The theater is housed in the Magnolia Lounge in Fair Park, the very spot of the groundbreaking theater started by regional theater pioneer Margo Jones, for whom our site is named.
Margo's organization was called Theatre '47, and opened in 1947. The name changed every year that she had the theater, through 1955. Nouveau 47 Theatre has been doing a series of Monday night events, but opens its first full production Feb. 16 with Shakespeare's Measure for Measure.
With these interviews (the first was with Terry Martin of WaterTower Theatre, the second with Katherine Owens of Undermain Theatre), Riccio is hoping to get at the idea of a Dallas theater aesthetic.
Listen below (it opens a new window for the player so you can continue to browse the Internet):