The Broadway cast of Doug Wright\'s <em>Hands on a Hardbody</em>

2014-15 for Theatre Three

Next season, T3 has strippers, a Hardbody, a Liar, Jaston Williams in Tru, and more.

published Monday, May 5, 2014

Photo: Chad Batka
Fort Worth native Jay Armstrong Johnson, at left, was in the Broadway cast of Doug Wright's Hands on a Hardbody

Dallas — The 2014-2015 season for Theatre Three, its 53rd, has been announced. Of the seven titles, one of which will be announced later, there are two musicals, a world premiere comedy by Ronnie Claire Edwards, plays by Paula Vogel and David Ives, and what's sure to be the big hit of the season: Jay Presson Allen's one-man play about Truman Capote, Tru, starring Jaston Williams of Greater Tuna fame. Williams has performed this role at Austin's Zachary Scott Theatre.

The new show by Edwards is about Candy Barr, a Dallas stripper who was a favorite of the city's powerful dealmakers. Edwards is best known as CoraBeth Walton on The Waltons, and has lived in Dallas for the past decade.

The musicals include the regional premiere of Hands on a Hardbody, based on the 1997 documentary about a real contest for a pick-up truck in Longview, Texas. The music, by Dallas native Doug Wright (I Am My Own Wife; Grey Gardens), Amanda Green (Bring It On the Musical) and Trey Anastasio of Phish, was on Broadway in 2013 and featured Fort Worth native Jay Armstrong Johnson.

Also, count on the return of I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change in January, and the theater's soon-to-open Shear Madness is scheduled to play through July 20 in the Theatre Too basement space.

Subscriptions are $70-$224, and are on sale now. Single tickets for the new season will be $10-$50. Tickets for all performances may be purchased by calling Theatre Three’s box office at 214-871-3300.

Here's the line-up:


Photo: Courtesy
Jaston Williams

Candy Barr’s Last Dance

A world premiere comedy by Ronnie Claire Edwards

August 7–31, 2014

Candy Barr was the colorful celebrity stripper; THE favorite of Dallas’ power brokers in the ‘40s and ‘50s. On the day of Candy’s funeral, three fellow strippers rendez-vous to go to the services together and gaily uncover more than Candy used to take off.


Hands on a Hardbody

A musical by Doug Wright, Amanda Green, & Trey Anastasio

September 25 – October 19, 2014

For 10 hard-luck Texans, a new lease on life is so close they can touch it. Under a scorching sun for days on end, armed with nothing but hope, humor and ambition, they'll fight to keep at least one hand on a brand-new truck in order to win it. In the hilarious, hard-fought contest that is Hands on a Hardbody, only one winner can drive away with the American Dream.


Civil War Christmas

A musical by Paula Vogel

November 20 – December 14, 2014

It’s a bitterly cold Christmas Eve in 1864 and all along the Potomac, from the White House to the battlefields, friends and foes alike find their lives strangely and poetically intertwined. This holiday musical inspiringly weaves together carols and folk songs, beautifully portraying a uniquely moving moment of our American heritage.



A play by Jay Presson Allen

January 8 – February 8, 2015

This tour-de-force one-man show performed by Greater Tuna’s Jaston Williams reveals a lonely Truman Capote soothing himself with pills, vodka, cocaine, and chocolate truffles as he muses about his checkered life and career.


Hot Mikado

A musical adapted from Gilbert & Sullivan by David H. Bell and Rob Bowman

March 12 – April 5, 2015

In a land where outlandish laws sentence people to death for almost any indiscretion (like flirting!), jazz, and the blues, and gospel are spoken fluently. Hot Mikado weaves a tale of hilarious proportions and despite the life or death stakes, characters still find time to tap their toes and do their fair share of scatting.


Title TBA

May 7 - 31, 2015

A scintillating addition to the season will be announced at a later date. 


The Liar

A classic comedy adapted by David Ives

June 25 – July 19, 2015

Paris, 1643. Dorante is a charming young man newly arrived in the capital, and he has but a single flaw: He cannot tell the truth. In quick succession he meets Cliton, a manservant who cannot tell a lie, and falls in love with Clarice, a charming young woman whom he unfortunately mistakes for her friend Lucrece. What our hero regrettably does not know is that Clarice is secretly engaged to his best friend Alcippe. Nor is he aware that his father is trying to get him married to Clarice, whom he thinks is Lucrece, who actually is in love with him. From all these misunderstandings and a series of breathtakingly intricate lies springs one of the Western world's greatest comedies, a sparkling urban romance as fresh as the day Pierre Corneille wrote it, brilliantly adapted for today by All in the Timing's David Ives. Thanks For Reading

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