The 2012-'13 season for Denton's Sundown Collaborative Theatre has been announced, and like last season, it only has three shows and kicks off with an original, collaborative work. But that's not the big news from this group.
That would be that co-founder and artistic director Cody Lucas is leaving the company, and so is company member and president Tashina Richardson. Lucas is moving to Philadelphia to work in the theater scene there, and Richardson is moving back to Chicago, where she lived for many years.
That leaves room for company members Travis Stuebing and George Ferrie to step in as co-artistic directors.
"There did come a point where we weren't sure if the theater company would move forward," says Stuebing, "but we wanted to keep it going."
As for the shortened, three-show season (Sundown's first three seasons had 5-7 shows each), Stuebing adds that three shows in 2011-'12 worked well, and they're sticking with that formula for now.
"When we reduced the number of shows," he says, "we were able to put more time into it."
All shows in 2012-'13 will be at the Green Space Arts Collective, a space Sundown has used often. The season starts with an original work, and then does the area premiere of Rajiv Joseph's Gruesome Playground Injuries in February 2013, and closes the season with a TBA-title from local playwright Brad McEntire of Audacity Theatre Lab.
Gruesome Playground Injuries premiered at Houston's Alley Theatre in 2009, and this Sundown production officially makes 2013 the year of Rajiv Joseph in DFW. Theatre Three will do his Pulitzer Prize-finalist nominee Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo in January/February 2013, and Dallas Theater Center will premiere a musical, Fly, which has a book by Joseph, in July 2013.
Here's the lowdown:
An Original Creation by Sundown Collaborative Theatre
Directed by George Ferrie and Nick Ross
September 13-15 and 20-23, 2012
The 7 will explore how the seven deadly sins can be interpreted through Greek mythology. Those cast will explore both aspects through the process and create a final piece together. Auditions are Saturday, July 21, 1-5pm. More details on auditions will be posted on the website soon.
Gruesome Playground Injuries
Written by Rajiv Joseph
Directed by Nick Ross
February 7-9 and 14-17, 2013
Two eight-year-olds' lives collide in the nurse's office: Doug rode his bike off the roof and Kayleen can't stop throwing up. As they mature from accident-prone kids to self-destructive adults, their broken hearts and broken bones draw them ever closer. These two rebels may only be fit for one another. But how far can one person go to heal another's wounds?
A Play by Brad McEntire
Written by Brad McEntire
April 18-20 and 25-28, 2013
To be honest, we have no idea what this show is going to be about yet. None. We don’t have a title or a premise or anything. But, we do know that it will be written by Brad McEntire.
◊ Here's a video the Sundown gang put together to announce the season: