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Places! Oct. 1-7, 2020

Here are the online, indoor and outdoor performing arts happenings for the first week of October, with a sneak at upcoming events.

published Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Photo: Michael C. Foster
Kristin and Rob McCollum in Dear Elizabeth



And we're back to a weekly, streamlined Places! At the end of this week's lists of new, continuing and ongoing performing arts events, therre's a sneak peek at upcoming shows, which includes performances by Kelli O'Hara and David Strathairn.

The types of performances are color-coated:

 RED  for live/indoors

 BLUE  for online

 GREEN  for live/outdoors

 ORANGE  for drive-in arts experiences

If we missed your group/performance, email Mark Lowry at and he'll add it.




Thursday, Oct. 1 through Wednesday, Oct. 7 | 2020




Bold and New: Beethoven, Dessner and Kodály

Dallas Symphony Orchestra | Meyerson Symphony Center | Dallas

Oct. 1-4

Photo: Shervin Lainez
Composer Bryce Dessner

The Dallas Symphony continues its fall of reduced capacity, masks-required, intermissionless performances. This concert features the American premiere of a trombone concerto by Bryce Dessner, of the rock band The National (his brother Aaron is also in the band). Featuring Slovak conductor Juraj Valčuha and trombonist Jörgen van Rijen.






Dallas VideoFest | The Tin Star Theater and Online | Dallas

Oct. 1-4 

The Dallas VideoFest presents four days of screenings, with a majority of the films online, but also nightly events at the drive-in venue Tin Star Theater in Trinity Groves.







8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2 | Artstillery | Dallas

Artstillery presents its annual variety showcase, happening every month behind the venue at 723 Fort Worth Ave. in Dallas





Masked Strings in Concert

Orchestra of New Spain | Zion Lutheran Church | Dallas

7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3

The Orchestra of New Spain presents Masked Strings in Concert.





Season Opening Concert

Richardson Symphony Orchestra | Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts | Richardson

8 p.m. Oct. 3





Dear Elizabeth

Mainstage Irving-Las Colinas

Oct. 3-10

Mainstage Irving-Las Colinas presents the Sarah Ruhl play Dear Elizabeth, featuring Kristin and Rob McCollum and directed by Michael Serrecchia. The play is about the relationship between poets Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop.





Virtually TITAS

TITAS/Dance Unbound

7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6


TITAS/Dance Unbound presents Virtually TITAS, a showcase of works that will presented in the upcoming TITAS season.




Photo: Undermain Theatre
Bruce DuBose in St. Nicholas



St. Nicholas

Undermain Theatre | Dallas

Oct. 7-25

Undermain Theatre revives Conor McPherson's one-man play St. Nicholas, again starring Bruce DuBose, but this time filmed for a streaming production.





Frontiers: FWO Libretto Workshop

Fort Worth Opera | Fort Worth

Oct. 7-8

The Fort Worth Opera has its Frontiers showcase of new works online this year.






This events opened before Oct. 1, and are continuing





Agora Artists | Arts Mission Oak Cliff | Dallas

Sept. 24-Oct. 3

Clockwise from top left: Esau Price, Jamal Gibran Sterling, Idris Goodwin, and Guinea Bennett-Price, of The Water Gun Song at Dallas Children's Theater

Arts Mission Oak Cliff's Parking Lott Series begins with dance outfit Agora Artists in an original work in which five artists are tethered to each other and navigate the parking lot. Tickets must be purchased in advance, and parking begins at 6:30 p.m. and is first-come, first-served.





Social Justice Play Series: The Water Gun Song

Dallas Children's Theater | Dallas

Sept. 25-Oct. 4


The Dallas Children's Theater has partnered with playwright Idris Goodwin for a series of short plays exploring social justice issues, each directed by and featuring North Texas artists. The first play, The Water Gun Song, is inspired by the events of Tamir Rice's murder. Talk-backs happen after some showings. Jamal Gibran Sterling directs actors Guinea Bennett-Price and her son, Esau Price (from Dallas Theater Center's Penny Candy).





2020 Ingenio Live Virtual Theatre Festival

Cara Mía Theatre Company

Portland's Milagro and six other Latinx theatres in the U.S. present a festival of readings of new works by Latinx playwrights. Cara Mía is represented in a co-reading with Austin's Teatro Vivo of spayce boys by Mateo Hernandez. Below is the full schedule (times are Central Standard Time):

  • Milagro (Portland) | The Play You Want by Bernardo Cubrîa | 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25
  • Baktun12 (Salinas, Calif.) and Borderlands Theater (Tuscon) | Sancocho by Christin Eve Cato | 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26
  • Cara Mía Theatre (Dallas) and Teatro Vivo (Austin) | spayce boys by Mateo Hernandez | 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27
  • In the Margin Theatre (Sacramento) | Sabor by Ana Sofía Villanueva | 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2
  • TuYo Theatre (San Diego) | Saints Go Marching by Matt Barbot | 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3
  • Teatro Luna West (Los Angeles) | City Without Altar by Jasmine Mendez | 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4





Daddy Long Legs

The Firehouse Theatre | Farmer's Branch

Sept. 25-Oct. 11

Firehouse presents the two-person musical by John Caird and Paul Gordon, starring real-life couple Caitlin Martelle Jones and Preston Lee Isham, performed and filmed with social distance restrictions. Directed by Derek Whitener with music direction by Bethany Lorentzen.





Photo: Mike Morgan
Uptown Players' 2014 production of Pageant


Uptown Players | Dallas

Sept. 25-Oct. 4 

Uptown Players streams its 2014 production of the lovable Albert Evans, Bill Russell and Frank Kelly musical farce about a beauty pageant, except these contestants are played men in drag.







Photo: Courtesy the artists
Adrianna Hicks and Nicole Vanessa Ortiz will tribute Whitney Houston in Casa Mañana\'s cabaret series

Queen of the Night: An Evening with Whitney

Casa Mañana Cabaret Series | Casa Mañana Theatre | Fort Worth

Sept. 29-Oct. 3

Casa Mañana has moved its cabaret shows to the mainstage, with social distancing and COVID protocols. This performance is a tribute to Whitney Houston, and features Adrianna Hicks (currently in the Broadway production of SIX the Musical) and Nicole Vanessa Ortiz.






Photo: Evan Michael Woods
Imprint Theatreworks' production of The Impact of the Gadget on Civilization

The Impact of the Gadget on Civilization

Imprint Theatreworks | Dallas

Through Oct. 18

Imprint Theatreworks presents this new play by Mark Oristano, which imagines a conversation between Einstein and Oppenheimer at Los Alamos. It was filmed at WaterTower Theatre and is presented online. Directed by Ashley H. White.

Read our interview with Mark Oristano





We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as South-West Africa from the German Sudwestafrika Between the Years 1884-1915

Undermain Theatre | Dallas

Through Oct. 4

Undermain Theatre streams its 2014 production of the Jackie Sibblies-Drury play, in which a group of actors try to tell the story of the 19th century genocide of West African people by German colonizers.

Review coming on TheaterJones






The following events happen weekly


Photo: Facebook
Amy Stevenson of Mama\'s Party


Mama's Party

Amy Stevenson's Mama's Party | Dallas

7:35 p.m. Mondays

Every Monday, via Facebook Live, Amy Stevenson hosts local singers performing show tunes and other songs.




Open Classical DFW

Open Classical DFW | Dallas

8 p.m. Tuesdays

Every Tuesday, via Facebook Live and YouTube, Open Classic lets participants play or sing works from the classical music, opera and musical theater canons.




CarBaret Drive-In

Brizo Bar | Richardson

7:30 p.m. Saturdays

Every Saturday, in the parking lot behind Brizo Bar in Richardson, CarBaret screens a film and features live performances by performing artists and musicians before the movie.







  1. Stage West presents October Playlets, three plays written to be live-streamed: Hey Stranger by Steph Del Rosso, Intro to Fiction by Ken Urban, and Boredom, Fear and Wine by Craig Pospisil | Oct. 8-18
  2. The Festival of Independent Theatres is online this year, with six shows by Vena Cava Productions, Very Good Dance Theatre, Audacity Theatre Lab, Leos Ensemble, Lily & Joan, and Laughter League | Oct. 8-31
  3. The Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth presents music by Frank Bridge and Chevalier de St. George | 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct 10
  4. Dallas Black Dance Theatre presents its annual DanceAfrica, but this year online | 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10
  5. Bishop Arts Theatre Center, in partnership with Berkeley Rep, presents four radio play installments of a play adapted from Sinclair Lewis' novel It Can't Happen Here, with a cast that includes David Strathairn (a Q&A with the cast follows) | 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13
  6. Theatre Denton (formerly Denton Community Theatre) presents D.L. Cogburn's play The Gin Game | Oct. 14-18
  7. Cara Mía Theatre Company and Soul Rep Theatre Company stream their co-production of Dael Orlandersmith's My Red Hand, My Black Hand | Oct. 15-Nov. 8
  8. Theatre Three presents It Came from Theatre Three, four short plays by local playwrights: The Loss of Jane by Nicole Neely, Doctor Diablo by Blake Hackler, The Old Woman in the Wood by Jeffrey Schmidt in collaboration with the Drama Club, and Bloody Mary by Jonathan Norton | Oct. 19-Nov. 1
  9. Cry Havoc Theater Company presents Endlings, an original work about climate change | Oct. 19-Nov. 1
  10. Danielle Georgiou Dance Group and Theatre Three co-present The Bippy Bobby Boo Show: 2020 Call-in Special | Oct. 23-Nov. 3



  1. Dallas Symphony Orchestra presents Mahler's Song of the Earth | Meyerson Symphony Center | Dallas | Oct. 9-11
  2. The Dallas Chamber Music Society opens its season | Southern Methodist University, Caruth Auditorium | Oct. 12
  3. Outcry Youth Theatre presents Moana, Jr. | Addison Theatre Center, Studio Theatre | Addison | Oct. 9-18
  4. The Fort Worth Symphony presents Beethoven's Pastoral symphony | Will Rogers Auditorium | Fort Worth | Oct. 16-18
  5. The Dallas Symphony Orchestra presents Tony-winning Broadway star Kelli O'Hara in concert | Meyerson Symphony Center | Dallas | Oct. 16-18
  6. Voices of Change opens its season | Southern Methodist University, Caruth Auditorium | Oct. 18
  7. The Dallas Bach Society opens its season | Aldredge House, Dallas | Oct. 24



  1. The Laughter League and Shakespeare Dallas present Circo Metropolis, a pop-up circus event | Samuell-Grand Amphitheater at Tenison Park | Oct. 10-18
  2. Kitchen Dog Theater presents Get Up, Stand Up!, a drive-in "celebration of Democracy," in the parking lot of its new home in the Design District. | Saturdays Oct. 17-31 and on Election Night, Nov. 3
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