Dallas — Get ready to see sightings around town of Terrence McNally, the Tony-winning playwright who was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, and has a string of acclaimed plays, including Master Class, Love! Valour! Compassion! and the controversial Corpus Christi. He's also a prolific musical and opera librettist, including Catch Me If You Can, recently seen at Uptown Players.
The big project that brings him to town is his new opera with composer Jake Heggie, Great Scott, which premieres at the Dallas Opera beginning Oct. 30. It'll be his second collaboration with Heggie, after their Dead Man Walking.
Put on your calendar that McNally will speak at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8 at the Bishop Arts Theatre Center, presented by TeCo Theatrical Productions, kicking off their new season, which has several changes in store. The playwright will appear as part of the Dramatists Guild Fund’s Traveling Masters Program designed to bring prominent dramatists into communities across the country to provide insight into their craft and creative process. Admission is free but reservations are required as limited seats are available. Those interested in this extraordinary opportunity should send an email to RSVP@DGFund.org to reserve their space.
And if you're keeping tabs on the McNally shows coming up in North Texas in the 2015-16 season, we know of several. Click the link on each to go to our listing:
- Great Scott, world premiere opera presented by The Dallas Opera at the Winspear Opera House, Oct. 30-Nov. 15
- Master Class, presented by Greater Lewisville Communmity Theatre, Feb. 12-28, 2016
- The area premiere of Mothers and Sons, presented by Uptown Players at the Kalita Humphreys Theater, June 3-19, 2016
- A revival of It's Only a Play, presented by Uptown Players at the Kalita Humphreys Theater, July 15-31, 2016, starring B.J. Cleveland in the lead role that was played by Nathan Lane in the recent Broadway revival