The 2016 lineup for WaterTower Theatre's 15th annual Out of the Loop Fringe Festival has been announced, and is one of the most diverse in the event's history, including six world premieres and a range of performance disciplines and styles, including theater, solo performance, dance, circus arts, spoken word, cabaret and more.
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A few things to notice about this year: Like 2015, there is no big out-of-town fringe circuit show; WaterTower Theatre is not producing a full-fledged production, rather its first 24-hour play festival and a staged reading of Terry Martin in Eric Bentley's Are You Now or Have You Ever Been?; and a high percentage of shows are North Texas outfits. There are a number of new companies featuring familiar directors and actors, Lone Star Circus, two musical Ians, Shakespeare Dallas will perform local writer Steven Young's The King's Face (which has had several staged readings over the past few years), visual artist Angie Bolling and more.
Below is the complete press release, with show descriptions and schedules:
WaterTower Theatre Producing Artistic Director and Loop Executive Producer Terry Martin today announced the line-up for the 2016 Out of the Loop Fringe Festival, February 25 - March 6, 2016, at the Addison Theatre Centre. Six world premieres highlight this year’s diverse Festival as well as 2 one-woman cabarets, 4 dance works, 1 circus act, 3 solo shows, 1 musical reading, 1 play reading, 9 theatre productions, 1 interdisciplinary piece, 1 spoken word performance, a 24-hour play festival, and many returning favorites. The Festival is made possible, in part, through the generous support of The Town of Addison and the Texas Commission on the Arts as well as media sponsors, TheaterJones.com and the Dallas Observer. The Festival is produced by Terry Martin and Kelsey Leigh Ervi.
"WaterTower Theatre will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2016, and, the Out of the Loop Fringe Festival celebrates its 15th year too," said WaterTower Theatre Producing Artistic Director Terry Martin. "The Festival has grown to become an integral part of our artistic vision and is a key artistic component that helps us fulfill our mission to offer diverse opportunities that inspire people to experience and embrace live theatre and the arts.
"The Festival has been host to more than 200 artists or organizations over its 15 year history," Martin continued. "Loop has a proud history of presenting new works and, a conservative estimate, shows that over the past 15 years, our festival has been home to approximately 75 world premieres. That's a pretty significant number and one of which our community can be very proud."
Twenty-three artists and/or performing arts organizations will participate in this year’s Festival: Angie Bolling, Avant Chamber Ballet, Cattle Prod, Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet, Dance Linkages, Diana Sheehan, Ebony Stewart, Front Line Cabaret, Glass Half Full Theatre, Ian Ferguson, Ian Mead Moore, Goat Song Collective, Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy, It Ain't Shakespeare, Jeff Lankov, Junior Players, Kris Noteboom, Lone Star Circus, One Word Revolution, Rite of Passage Theatre Company, Shakespeare Dallas, Vox Productions, and WaterTower Theatre.
Six world premieres will be presented at this year’s Festival: Innovation Through Tradition; The Theatrical Piano; Diana Sheehan Sings: The Jerome Kern Songbook; With My Eyes Shut; I Love You Honey Bunny; Prospect High: Brooklyn.
An 11‐day celebration of theatre, dance, music, and art, the Out of the Loop Fringe Festival features performances by arts organizations and artists from across the nation. Performances are held at the Addison Theatre Centre, in four performance venues: the Main Stage, the Studio Theatre, the Stone Cottage and the Main Lobby.
Single tickets to all events go on sale Feb. 9. Festival Passes, now on sale, include one admission to each Festival event and are $65. WaterTower Theatre subscribers receive $10 off each Festival pass. Individual ticket prices for each event are $10. Lobby performances are free. Loop passholders may make reservations starting February 2, 2016.
Tickets will be available online at www.watertowertheatre.org/outofloop.aspx, by phone at 972.450.6232, or in-person at the WaterTower Theatre Box Office located at the Addison Theatre Centre, 15650 Addison Road, Addison, Texas 75001.
Festival Passes are available at $65 ($55 for WaterTower Theatre Subscribers).
A pass includes one admission to each event. Loop pass holders may start making reservations on February 2 at 12 noon.
All individual event tickets are $10 per person, unless otherwise noted.
2016 Out of the Loop Fringe Festival Production Notes:
Angie Bolling, Visual Artist
Inspired by the colors & textures of Mexico, Mardi Gras, and folk-art from many cultures, Angie creates original mixed-media pieces. Strongly influenced by her Deep South roots and love of family & friends, her drive to create and share continues to open endless channels of expression in the various studio arts, needlework, decorating & design, art directing, writing, and teaching.
Avant Chamber Ballet
INNOVATION THROUGH TRADITION
Main Stage: 2/26 - 8 pm; 2/28 - 2 pm
Innovation Through Tradition is an evening of live music and innovative dance. The program features repertoire by Katie Cooper including a new one-act version of the classic ballet Raymonda, as well as Caracole and Memories of Change. The performance will be accompanied by a live orchestra which includes music by composers Glazunov, Prokofiev and Bach.
OH JESUS or AN ACTOR, A CYNIC AND A SAVIOR WALK INTO A BAR
Stone Cottage: 2/26 - 8 pm; 3/2 – 7.30 pm; 3/5 - 2 pm
A one-man show written and performed by John S. Davies and directed by Gene Ray Price, Oh Jesus or An Actor, A Cynic and A Savior Walk into a Bar is a dark comedy that explores the battle between our angels and our demons. Jesus (or, at least a guy who thinks he's Jesus...) has come back to try to make things right with his Dad (i.e. God). Dad is disappointed because Man (i.e. us) keeps screwing up. But this time, the resurrection will be live streamed via Go Pros so everyone can see and, finally, believe. The problem is Jesus needs to attract followers to handle the arrangements. The problem also is what if he's not Jesus? Plus God keeps trying to control him and some cynic keeps interrupting him.
Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet
LE TRAIN BLEU
Main Stage: 2/25 - 8 pm; 2/27 - 2 pm
Le Train Bleu originally premiered on June 20, 1924 at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées. It was choreographed by Bronislava Nijinska for Serge Diaghilev's Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. The libretto was by Jean Cocteau, music by Darius Milhaud, set designs were by Henri Laurens, curtain by Pablo Picasso, and costumes were designed by Coco Chanel. The title was taken from the night train called Le Train Bleu that transported wealthy passengers from Calais to the Mediterranean Sea; the ballet itself was set at the fashionable resort of Deauville. The ballet has a sporting theme, with swimmers, tennis players, and weight lifters and is a study on the wealthy youth of the time. Laurens supplied a Cubist beach scene, and Chanel outfitted the cast in sportswear. DNCB restaged this delightful ballet for the Dallas Museum of Art last June while collaborating with Zachary Broadhurst and Danny Skinner on set design and Kennetha Woods on costume design.
SOLA: WOMEN DANCING WOMEN
Main Stage: 2/25 - 7.30 pm; 2/27 - 2 pm
Dance Linkages is a project created by Andee Scott designed to build a contemporary network of artists connecting across disciplines to develop new work. SOLA: WOMEN DANCING WOMEN is an evening of solo dances created by and for women, featuring performances and choreography by Amy Chavasse, Tzveta Kassabova, Bliss Kohlmyer, Pamela Pietro, Andee Scott, and Mary Williford-Shade (performing choreography by Ursula Payne).
DIANA SHEEHAN SINGS: THE JEROME KERN SONGBOOK
Studio Theatre: 2/26 - 8 pm; 2/27 - 2 pm; 3/5 - 5 pm
Two-time “Best of Loop” Winner Diana Sheehan returns to the Festival this year with a world premiere cabaret show celebrating the legendary American composer Jerome Kern. Considered by many to be the father of the American Musical, Kern collaborated with the greatest lyricists of his day leaving us a treasure trove of some of the most gorgeous melodies ever written. Songs include: “All the Things You Are,” “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes,” “A Fine Romance,” “The Way You Look Tonight” and many others. Musical direction is by James McQuillen.
Studio Theatre: 2/27 - 8 pm; 2/28 - 2 pm
Ebony Stewart is a performance artist and spoken word poet. She has been active in Texas slam poetry and the theatre arts community for over 10 years. Ebony is the only adult female three-time Slam Champion in Austin, Texas. She is a published author and her work has been featured in the Texas Observer, For Harriet and The Agenda: working for LGBT economic equality. In 2015, Ebony debuted her first one woman show, Hunger, at The Vortex Theatre. The show was nominated for a B. Iden Payne Award for Outstanding Original Script and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama. Hunger is an emotionally challenging performance piece – disturbing, moving, yet filled with wit, laughter and joy.
Front Line Cabaret
DOWN THAT ROAD
Stone Cottage: 2/27 - 8 pm; 3/4 – 8 pm; 3/6 - 2 pm
Whether it’s the fourth runner up to Miss America, the pop singer with limited vocal skills, or the Walmart shopper who finds more than she was looking for in the frozen food section, Down That Road features songs about everyday people with big opinions, living life south of the Mason Dixon Line. Dallas-area favorite Catherine Johnson and music director James McQuillen celebrate the brilliant lyrics and music of Dallas native Suzanne Buhrer, who wrote for such luminaries as Kaye Ballard, Milton Berle and Joan Rivers. And who knows There may be a special appearance by country and western star Tammy Spraynet! See y’all there!
Glass Half Full Theatre
MISSIONARY POSITION: PLEASURE JOURNEYS FOR THE INTREPID LADY EXPLORER
Stone Cottage: 2/25 - 7.30 pm; 2/27 - 5 pm; 2/28 - 2 pm
The Missionary Position: Pleasure Journeys for the Intrepid Lady Explorer is a comedic faux lecture series packed with physical comedy. Amelia Weatherbeaten (Caroline Reck) and Eleanor Dangerbottom (Cami Alys) are Victorian-era Lady Explorers and Spokeswomen for Hartman’s Hygenic Towellettes for Ladies, the first commercially available menstrual products for women. They travel around the world at the turn of the 19th century, hocking their products and lecturing hilariously on topics of interest to the Society of Learned Ladies, Where Ladies Share Knowledge with Ladies. (That’s you.) They have arrived with their collection of travel curios to set you straight on what you thought you didn't think you needed to know. Part P.T. Barnum sideshow, part Victorian Geographical Salon, these ladies will offer a seat at their table but you won’t stay in it for long. Anticipate a raucous, interactive, inventive evening that kicks the stuffing out of stuffy “period” theater.
Goat Song Collective
WITH MY EYES SHUT
Studio Theatre: 2/28 - 5 pm; 3/1 – 7.30 pm; 3/5 - 8 pm
Two people – who’ve been found on the autism spectrum – find themselves stuck in clown school to learn social skills. Naomi, a dance prodigy in her twenties, feels in colors and refuses to wear a clown nose. Cole, a percussion virtuoso, can recite a complete history of the xylophone, but won’t meet your eyes. Measured against scales of social competence, they’ll push the boundaries of compliance to find connection in an isolating world and shatter the complacency of the nameless faces and disembodied voices running the show. Goat Song Collective is a new theatre company of early-career and multidisciplinary theatre artists based in the Dallas area.
Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy
PROSPECT HIGH: BROOKLYN
Main Stage: 2/27 - 8pm; 2/28 - 5 pm
Conceived by Daniel Robert Sullivan (Tommy DeVito in Jersey Boys, Author of Places Please!) and co‐written by a team of New York City teenagers, the play focuses on four intelligent, highly charged students and one seriously apathetic teacher. Prospect High: Brooklyn was created with the intent of offering a new collection of serious, true‐to‐life material for teenage actors. The play addresses themes of apathy, revenge, deep friendship, trans acceptance, casual racism, self‐harm, and the power of both good and bad advice from teachers, all against the backdrop of an enormous Brooklyn high school. Prospect High: Brooklyn was developed in partnership with Roundabout Theatre and the Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowships. Prospect High: Brooklyn received a workshop presentation at Roundabout Theatre Company in April 2014.
Ian Ferguson, Guitarist
Lobby: 2/27 - 7 pm; 3/6 - 4pm
Ian Ferguson is a local actor and musician, originally from Amarillo, TX. He plays guitar, keys, and vocals for the Dallas band, Mur, as well as his band Veteran Children with his wife Aubrey - another local actor. Recent Dallas area theatre appearances from Ian include: Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play at Stage West, Bull at Second Thought Theatre and On The Eve at Theatre Three.
Ian Mead Moore, Guitarist
Lobby: 2/28 - 4pm; 3/5 - 7pm
Ian Mead Moore is a local DFW actor, singer, and musician. He currently plays bass and provides backing vocals for local band Pool Lights, and lead vocals/rhythm guitar for Angry Goblin. He dabbles in composition for the theatre, and arranges/accompanies on guitar for singers, along with teaching beginning/intermediate guitar. He has been seen onstage with Uptown Players, Shakespeare Dallas, Lyric Stage, Theatre Three, and in the recording booth at FUNmation.
It Ain't Shakespeare
PUN: A PLAY ON WORDS, A Staged Reading
Studio Theatre: 3/4 - 8 pm; 3/6 - 2 pm
Pun: A Play on Words is an energetic, meta-theatrical comedy following the desperate final rehearsal of a new play's staged reading in the minutes before its only public performance. As the clock ticks down, the Director's sanity shatters in a maelstrom of hilarious despair and the actors find themselves caught in an epic battle of wills between two unstoppable theatrical forces.
THE THEATRICAL PIANO: Songs, Sirens and Social Issues
Main Stage: 2/27 - 5 pm; 3/3 - 7.30 pm
This new interdisciplinary concert-theatre piece by pianist Jeff Lankov highlights some of the imperative and provocative social challenges facing our society today, including homelessness, body image, AIDS, gun rights, and patriotism. Weaving together a musical narrative of cutting-edge compositions by today’s most innovative composers, The Theatrical Piano combines live music with theatre, dance, spoken word, and computer-generated sounds. Featured guest performers include actor/director Anne Healy, dancer/choreographer Amanda Jackson and Big Rig Dance Collective, and singer/actor Neil Mowles.
THE TRANSFORMATION PROJECT
Main Stage: 3/4 - 8 pm; 3/6 - 5.00 pm
The Transformation Project provides a glimpse of what challenges exist within our teen communities and family ecosystems. The Transformation Project pairs these light hearted and life-altering struggles to music, stage combat, and choreography for a thought provoking production performed entirely by a cast of teen dancers. The issues are real, the teens are real, and the experience is life changing.
AND THEN I WOKE UP
Stone Cottage: 2/28 - 5 pm; 3/5 - 8 pm; 3/6 - 5 pm
Vampires! Demons! Sex! Billy Idol! And seriously, what is up with the husband in Paranormal Activity? He sucks and gets what’s coming to him. Kris has an issue with dreams. Well, nightmares. Well, really, if we’re getting technical, it's somewhere in the middle. Oh, and all the existential dread. So, in a series of anecdotes, Kris takes on these dreams - both his and America’s - because he’s also super patriotic. It’s really quite selfless; especially considering how personally embarrassing it tends to get for him. The dude just wants a good night’s sleep for the love of Cthulhu!
Lone Star Circus
LE PETIT LONE STAR CIRCUS
Main Stage: 3/2 - 7.30 pm; 3/6 - 2 pm
Whether you dream of contorting, climbing, flying, flipping, balancing, bending, rolling on the circus stage or you want front row seats to the amazing feats of physical prowess, acrobatic agility, and capativating contortion, Lone Star Circus has your ticket. Under the creative direction of 8th generation circus artist Fanny Kerwich, Lone Star Circus puts a unique Texas twist on traditional European circus arts.
One Word Revolution
ONE WORD REVOLUTION: A NEW MUSICAL
Main Stage: 3/1 - 7.30 pm
With book, music and lyrics by Kelly Marie Schaaf and directed by Marianne Galloway, this new musical will be brought to life in a one-night only staged reading. The story centers on a fugitive who is on the run and ignites an uprising in those who have been held in a government-established internment camp for two decades. One of the captives, Evelyn, risks her life to send a note to the other side that reads “hello.” Evelyn's note is found by a young reluctant soldier, Riley. Motivated by Evelyn's letter, Riley chooses his allegiance when the fugitive, Moyra, arrives in their city to fan the flames of revolution.
Rite of Passage Theatre Company
I LOVE YOU HONEY BUNNY
Studio Theatre: 2/25 – 7:30 pm; 3/2 – 7:30 pm; 3/5 - 2 pm
If you can afford couples therapy, then that doesn't automatically assume you can have a "date night" once a week or go on a long weekend each quarter, but if your marriage is important enough then you've got to make some sacrifices. Terry and Marion are determined to fall in love with each other again so they discover some questionable common interests. Starring Thomas and Sherry Ward, I Love You Hunny Bunny is directed by Nic McMann.
THE KING'S FACE
Studio Theatre: 2/27 - 5 pm; 3/3 - 7.30 pm; 3/6 - 5 pm
The King’s Face is loosely based on the true story of a wounded warrior. It is 1403, a time of war and terrorism. At the battle of Shrewsbury, King Henry IV finally secures his crown. Late in the battle his son, and heir to the throne, Prince Harry of Monmouth is struck down by an arrow to the face. The impact of the arrow is no glancing blow. The wound festers and the life of the future monarch is in jeopardy. The story reflects the universal ordeal of all wounded warriors.
JANE AND MABEL
Stone Cottage: 2/27 - 2 pm; 3/3 - 7.30 pm; 3/5 - 5 pm
Jane and Mabel, written by Pamela Cuming, is a play about two homeless women and the funny, deep and interdependent nature of their friendship. It uses humor and a mystery to examine the life of two women who have nothing but each other. Without homes, family, healthcare, employment, Jane and Mabel examines the cost of living in a world that isolates them and makes them invisible, resulting in an almost mandatory redirection of each woman's moral compass to ensure their survival. Directed by Angela Wilson and starring Nancy Sherrard and Allyn Carrell, Vox Productions is a new company dedicated to work that gives voice to women "of a certain age."
24-HOUR PLAY FESTIVAL
Main Stage: 3/5 - 8 pm
Playwrights, directors and actors will come together to create 4 brand new plays in just 24-hrs. Four playwrights will be chosen via submission, after which they will be assigned a director and a group of actors who will then inspire them to write a 15-minute play. The 24-HR Play Festival will culminate in a one-time only performance at 8pm on Saturday, March 5 in the Main Stage where each of the new plays will be performed for the public! The 24-HR Play Festival serves to provide a creative opportunity for local artists to work collaboratively.
ARE YOU NOW OR HAVE YOU EVER BEEN?
Main Stage: 2/29 - 7:30 pm
In the mid-1950s, the House of Un-American Activities Committee began investigating the communist influence in the entertainment industry. This searing docudrama from actual transcripts of the hearings reveals how decent people were persuaded to name names, and the steep price paid by those who refused. Written by Obie Award winning playwright Eric Bentley, this reading will feature an all-star cast of local talent and is directed by WaterTower Theatre's Terry Martin.
Out of the Loop Fringe Festival 2016 Performance Schedule
Thursday, February 25
6.30 pm (L) FREE Art Show Preview (Angie Bolling)
7.30 pm (MS) $10 SOLA: Women Dancing Women (Dance Linkages)/Le Train Bleu (DNCB)
7.30 pm (ST) $10 I Love You Honey Bunny (Rite of Passage)
7.30 pm (SC) $10 Missionary Position (Glass Half Full Productions)
Friday, February 26
8.00 pm (MS) $10 Innovation Through Tradition (Avant Chamber Ballet)
8.00 pm (ST) $10 Diana Sheehan Sings (Diana Sheehan)
8.00 pm (SC) $10 Oh Jesus… (Cattle Prod)
Saturday, February 27
2.00 pm (MS) $10 SOLA: Women Dancing Women (Dance Linkages)/Le Train Bleu (DNCB)
2.00 pm (ST) $10 Diana Sheehan Sings (Diana Sheehan)
2.00 pm (SC) $10 Jane and Mabel (Vox Productions)
5.00 pm (MS) $10 The Theatrical Piano (Jeff Lankov)
5.00 pm (ST) $10 The King’s Face (Shakespeare Dallas)
5.00 pm (SC) $10 Missionary Position (Glass Half Full Productions)
7.00 pm (L) Free Ian Ferguson, Guitarist
8.00 pm (MS) $10 Prospect High: Brooklyn (Grand Prairie Fine Arts)
8.00 pm (ST) $10 Hunger (Ebony Stewart)
8.00 pm (SC) $10 Down That Road (Front Line Cabaret)
Sunday, February 28
2.00 pm (MS) $10 Innovation Through Tradition (Avant Chamber Ballet)
2.00 pm (ST) $10 Hunger (Ebony Stewart)
2.00 pm (SC) $10 Missionary Position (Glass Half Full Productions)
4.00 pm (L) FREE Ian Mead Moore, Guitarist
5.00 pm (MS) $10 Prospect High: Brooklyn (Grand Prairie Fine Arts)
5.00 pm (ST) $10 With My Eyes Shut (Goat Song Collective)
5.00 pm (SC) $10 And Then I Woke Up (Kris Noteboom)
Monday, February 29
7.30 pm (MS) FREE Are You Now or Have You Ever Been? Reading (WaterTower Theatre)
Tuesday, March 1
7.30 pm (MS) FREE One Word Revolution Reading (One Word)
7.30 pm (ST) $10 With My Eyes Shut (Goat Song Collective)
Wednesday, March 2
7.30 pm (MS) $10 Le Petit Lone Star Circus (Lone Star Circus)
7.30 pm (ST) $10 I Love You Honey Bunny (Rite of Passage)
7.30 pm (SC) $10 Oh Jesus… (Cattle Prod)
Thursday, March 3
7.30 pm (MS) $10 The Theatrical Piano (Jeff Lankov)
7.30 pm (ST) $10 The King's Face (Shakespeare Dallas)
7.30 pm (SC) $10 Jane and Mabel (Vox Productions)
Friday, March 4
8.00 pm (MS) $10 The Transformation Project (Junior Players)
8.00 pm (ST) $10 Pun: A Play on Words (It Ain’t Shakespeare)
8.00 pm (SC) $10 Down That Road (Front Line Cabaret)
Saturday, March 5
2.00 pm (ST) $10 I Love You Honey Bunny (Rite of Passage)
2.00 pm (SC) $10 Oh Jesus… (Cattle Prod)
5.00 pm (ST) $10 Diana Sheehan Sings (Diana Sheehan)
5.00 pm (SC) $10 Jane and Mabel (Vox Productions)
7.00 pm (L) FREE Ian Mead Moore, Guitarist
8.00 pm (MS) $10 24-Hour Play Festival
8.00 pm (ST) $10 With My Eyes Shut (Goat Song Collective)
8.00 pm (SC) $10 And Then I Woke Up (Kris Noteboom)
Sunday, March 6
2.00 pm (MS) $10 Le Petit Lone Star Circus (Lone Star Circus)
2.00 pm (ST) $10 Pun: A Play on Words (It Ain’t Shakespeare)
2.00 pm (SC) $10 Down That Road (Front Line Cabaret)
4.00 pm (L) FREE Ian Ferguson, Guitarist
5.00 pm (MS) $10 The Transformation Project (Junior Players)
5.00 pm (ST) $10 The King’s Face (Shakespeare Dallas)
5.00 pm (SC) $10 And Then I Woke Up (Kris Noteboom)
Performances are held at the Addison Theatre Centre, 15650 Addison Road, Addison, Texas 75001.
L = Main Lobby
MS = Main Stage
ST = Studio Theatre
SC = Stone Cottage
Some productions contain adult language, sexual situations and/or violence. Please consult the box office for specific content information regarding a particular performance. There are no refunds or exchanges on individual Loop tickets.