TeCo Theatrical Productions produces several series at its home at the Bishop Arts Theatre Center in Oak Cliff, including a speaker series and jazz series. As for its theater season, 2012-'13 brings back some familiar events that TeCo has become known for, such as its New Play Competition and a youth Shakespeare production. But the fall show is always a suprise, and this year is no exception, as it does the comedy The Secretaries, written by a collective known as the Five Lesbian Brothers. (That work had its local debut last year at SMU.)
One change in the season is that these productions are moving from a multi-week, weekend-only run to a six-performance, one-week run. This allows artistic director Teresa Coleman Wash to rent out the space for other events.
If you haven't seen the space, which has one of the nicest lobbies and some of the most comfortable seats of any small theater in North Texas, you can start by attending the free panel discussion on new plays and getting your work produced, happening Sept. 17. Go here for more details on that.
Here's the season rundown, with info on submitting a play for the New Play Competition (which gives the winner $1,000.)
by The Five Lesbian Brothers
Directed by Jonathan Norton
October 9 - 14, 2012, 7:30 nightly
The Secretaries follows the lives of five women who work in the office of Cooney Lumber where every 30 days...well something involving chainsaws and lumberjacks happens. And it's not pretty. Written by the Five Lesbian Brothers.
by Langston Hughes
Directed by Tre Garrett
December 11 - 16, 2012, 7:30 nightly
The Christmas story in dialogue, narrative, pantomime, gospel song and folk spirituals - the unique creation of poet and playwright Langston Hughes. Under the direction of Jubilee Theatre's Tre Garrett, this holiday favorite tells the Christmas story like no other production ever has. Don't miss this one of a kind theatrical wonderment.
Audacity: A Celebration of African-American Achievement
Written & Directed by Teresa Coleman Wash
February 23, 2013, 3:00 p.m.
Audacity is a quick trip through the words, sounds and sights of many important African-American history makers. Hear the words of Maya Angelou and Langston Hughes, remember Jesse Owens Olympic feats, snap to the sounds of Ella Fitzgerald and discover a plethora of inventions by people of color delivered in a contemporary spoken word style by a talented troupe of players.
11th Annual New Play Competition
a showcase of literary talent
March 5 - 10, 2013, 7:30 p.m. nightly
Six local playwrights compete for a chance to win $1,000 cash and bragging rights for the entire year. Audience members vote for their favorite one-act play each night. On closing night, we tally the votes and award the cash and prizes. It's an unprecedented night of original works.
Submission Guidelines: Remuneration: $1,000 to the winning playwright; Frequency: Annual; Length: 15-20 minutes; Style: Comedy; Author Must Be: Resident of metro Dallas; Production: No more than 4 cast members, no scene or costume changes; Material Must Be: Unoptioned, unproduced, and unpublished; Application: Unsolicited material - full script returned with SASE; Deadline: Postmarked by 12/1/12; Response: 1 - 2 months.
A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare
Directed by Annette Luckett-Brooks
April 12 - 14, 2013, 7:30 nightly
One of Shakespeare's most popular plays featuring TeCo's T-An-T (Teenagers and Theater) Apprenticeship students. Partnerships include the Dallas County Juvenile Department and the Volunteer Center of North Texas truancy program. Free.
For more information, visit www.tecotheater.org.