The 2014 season for Second Thought Theatre has been announced—the group's 10th.
The season kicks off in January with Mike Bartlett's Cock (called The Cockfight Play in some incarnations and publications), which the group will give a preview in a staged reading in Uptown Players' upcoming Pride Performing Arts Festival. The season continues with Nocturne by Adam Rapp, who also wrote Red Light Winter, a big success for STT in 2011.
The season closes with the premiere of Steven Walters and Erik Archilla's Booth, about John Wilkes Booth, which was recently announced as a receipient of a TACA Donna Wilhelm Family New Works Fund grant.
Here's the official news release, with dates and subscription info:
Co-Artistic Directors Kelsey Head and Steven Walters announced today Second Thought Theatre’s 10th Anniversary Season. From an alternative love triangle, to the haunting tale of a former piano prodigy, to a brand new play about the man behind one of the most tragic assassinations in American history, STT’s 2014 season will have audiences on the edge of their seats from start to finish.
"This season will be an intimate, explosive, thought-provoking and wildly entertaining journey,” says Walters. “From dark comedy to intense drama to an historical thriller, STT's 10th Anniversary will be a theatrical celebration to remember."
The 2014 season will begin with Mike Barltett’s Cock, directed by STT Associate Artist Alex Organ. North Texas audiences will get a glimpse of this production during two staged readings at the Pride Series hosted by Uptown Players this fall.
“Mike Bartlett challenges us to view human sexuality as it truly is: complicated, intricate, and multi-dimensional; not the tidy clear-cut version we've been fed,” says Organ. “In Cock the playing space is stripped of scenery and props, and the stakes are extremely high, making it an especially exciting piece for actors. The drama is messy, truthful, and at times painful to watch, but always hysterically funny.”
Following Cock is Nocturne, a one-man play by Adam Rapp, starring STT Associate Artist Drew Wall. “I’ve been interested in this play for years,” says Wall. “Nocturne is devastating and cathartic, brutal yet hypnotically innocent. But what attracted me to it the most is that I find it completely terrifying. When somebody hands me something this far out of my comfort zone, I have to say yes. My only real choice is to say yes and see where that takes me.”
Closing the season is a brand new play by Walters, BOOTH. Walters, with research assistance from Erik Archilla, paints a vivid portrait of John Wilkes Booth and the events that led to his decision to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln. BOOTH is a grantee of the 2013 TACA Donna Wilhelm Family New Works Fund.
"As a piece of theater, BOOTH is more than just a history lesson,” says Walters. “Packed to the brim with espionage, sex, tragedy, betrayal, and of course, the most infamous act of violence in American History, BOOTH is a truly epic political thriller."
Second Thought Theatre’s 2014 season will be presented as follows: Cock (Jan. 29–Feb 22); Nocturne (April 2 – 26); and BOOTH (May 21 – June 14). All performances will take place at Bryant Hall next door to the Kalita Humphreys Theater, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd.
Season memberships are available now for $50. Memberships can be purchased online at 2TT.co or by phone at 1-866-811-4111.
By Mike Bartlett
January 29 - February 22, 2014
A wildly comic discussion of identity and sexuality, COCK tells the story of John, a gay man recently out of a long term romance who falls in love with a woman. In this complicated love triangle, which ‘alternative lifestyle’ will John choose?
Pay-What-You-Can Previews – Wednesday 1/29 and Thursday 1/30
PRESS OPENING – Friday 1/31
Regular Performances – Saturday 2/1, 2/8, 2/15; Thursday 2/6, 2/13, 2/20; Friday 2/7, 2/14, 2/21 Additional Pay-What-You-Can Performances – Monday 2/3, 2/10, 2/17
Closing Performance – Saturday 2/22
By Adam Rapp
April 2 - 26, 2014
A devastating, elegant and gripping dissection of the American dream, Nocturne tells the story of a thirty-two year old former piano prodigy and his journey into the haunting past that tore his family apart.
Pay-What-You-Can Previews – Wednesday 4/2 and Thursday 4/3
PRESS OPENING – Friday 4/4
Regular Performances – Saturday 4/5, 4/12, 4/19; Thursday 4/10, 4/17, 4/24; Friday 4/11, 4/18, 4/25
Additional Pay-What-You-Can Performances – Monday 4/7, 4/14, 4/21
Closing Performance – Saturday 4/26
By Steven Walters
Story by Erik Archilla and Steven Walters
May 21 - June 14, 2014
A gripping historical tragedy, BOOTH tells the story of the “American Judas.” The events leading up to Lincoln’s assassination and the epic search to bring his assassin to justice are told intertwined in ways that bring new light to the conspiracy and new depth to the man everyone knows the name of, but few know very much about: John Wilkes Booth.
Grantee of the 2013 TACA Donna Wilhelm Family New Works Fund
Pay-What-You-Can Previews – Wednesday 5/21 and Thursday 5/22
PRESS OPENING – Friday 5/23
Regular Performances – Saturday 5/24, 5/31, 6/7; Thursday 5/29, 6/5, 6/12; Friday 5/30, 6/6, 6/13
Additional Pay-What-You-Can Performances – Monday 5/26, 6/2, 6/9
Closing Performance – Saturday 6/14