In this two-part interview, Thomas Riccio talks to Steven Walters, the co-founder and coartistic director of Second Thought Theatre in Dallas. They discuss the group's origins, its mission and why Walters, who is also a company member of the Dallas Theater Center, keeps coming back. They also talk about changes in the Dallas theater scene, the importance of financially supporting new work, and the role of critics.
Second Thought closes its current season with Bomb-itty of Errors, a hip-hop take on Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors, running June 28-July 15 at Bryant Hall, next to the Kalita Humphreys Theater. Second Thought was originally founded by Baylor University students, and Walters now runs it with the help of Chris LaBove.
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. In 2011, he started his own theater company, Dead White Zombies, which recently ran the premiere of his interactive Flesh World in a 40,000-square-foot warehouse in West Dallas, just on the west side of the new Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge.
With this series of interviews, Riccio is hoping to get at the idea of a Dallas or North Texas theater aesthetic. The others are below in our new AudioCasts section.
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