Denton — The seventh season for Denton's Sundown Collaborative Theatre has been announced, and after a few years of shorter seasons, they're back to a larger, five-show season. It's mixed with original and devised works, as well as titles from two of our favorite Brits: Shakespeare and Caryl Churchill.
The season kicks off with the group's third Short Works "Mixtape" Festival, with performances beginning in August at Dallas' Margo Jones Theatre. Locations in Denton have not been announced yet. There's another original work in the spring of 2014. For the fall, Tashina Richardson has adapted Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, and in December, it's local playwright Kasey Tackett's Said and Done. The season ends in May 2015 with Caryl Churchill's Far Away.
A video for the season is above. Also, let's hear it for great poster designs for each of the shows.
Here's more about the shows from the Sundown news release:
Sundown Collaborative Theatre presents SEASON 7, a collection of established and original work that offers striking visuals and thought-provoking commentary. After a season of fully original work, we know our strengths lie in the creation of new theatre, as well as offering our take on established works that fit our company aesthetic.
We have an adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s most complicated plays, an original script analyzing how science, faith, and nature can coexist when nothing else is left, a devised piece about love utilizing improvisation in performance, and a promenade-style production of Caryl Churchill at her dystopian best. We’re starting off the season by bringing back our short works festival, focusing it on what Sundown does best – exploring all art forms in a theatrical manner.
Our season begins at the Margo Jones Theatre, but we are still firmly a Denton company. We believe that “little d” and “Big D” can and should work together, allowing independent theatre to thrive all along I-35E, rather than stay relegated to the corners of our community.
We've Done It Again: A Mixtape
Sundown's 3rd Annual(ish) Short Works Festival
August 11-17, 2014
Sundown presents a hodge-podge of performative art. Plays, one-person shows, movement, and much more! Denton performances are TBA, Dallas performances are at Margo Jones Theatre August 11-13.
(The Winter's Tale)
Written by William Shakespeare
Music by Sigur Rós
Adapted and Directed by Tashina Richardson
King Leontes destroys his family, friendships, and kingdom with false accusations of infidelity between his wife and best friend. Throughout a sixteen year span, we see the consequences of his destruction in two lands and over two generations. Adapted to combine the words of Shakespeare and the music of Sigur Rós, The Winter's Tale explores what actions must be taken for order to be restored to the lives of Leontes and his ilk.
Said and Done
Written by Kasey Tackett
It is The End of All Things. Every thought, emotion, or idea we were ever aware of or would have ever discovered have all met their end. All that is left are the personifications of the ideals that once held our universe together. Life and his brother Death, Faith and her sister Science, Father Time and Mother Nature, all have banded together into an unlikely family inside the last existing atom in an attempt to understand their place in The End of All Things.
An Original Sundown Creation
Directed by Collin Miller
Sundown will follow up Valentine's Day with a devised piece based on the concept of love and the many ways it is defined. During each scene, performers will pick slips of paper from a jar. The words written on the paper will form the basis of improvised vignettes on the subject of love and actors will use dialogue, movement and improvisation to explore and demonstrate the words that can define and impact romantic relationships.
Written by Caryl Churchill
Directed by Tashina Richardson
A girl named Joan witnesses a horrific incident involving her uncle as a child, which she is told to ignore for the good of "the cause." As she grows older, this act proves to be part of a literal world war, with all elements of nature taking sides. Filled with haunting images and dialogue, Far Away explores how one action can represent an escalation into global catastrophe.