Dallas — The 2015 season for Second Thought Theatre has been announced, and so has the group's new leadership. Alex Organ will take on the role of artistic director, replacing the former co-artistic directors Steven Walters and Kelsey Head. As for the 2015 season, it includes three plays beginning with the previously announced Bull, which is part of AT&T Performing Arts Center's Elevator Project, happening in the sixth floor Studio Theatre at the Wyly Theatre. That follows with the area premiere of Amy Herzog's Belleville and Shakespeare Othello, both at Bryant Hall on the Kalita Humphreys Theater campus.
Here is the full press release about leadership changes, plus details on the three shows of the 2015 season:
Second Thought Theatre today announced complete details for its 2015 season under the leadership of new Artistic Director Alex Organ. Organ’s first season in this new role includes adults behaving badly in the workplace, an ex-pat couple living the dream in Paris and a fresh take on one of the Bard’s most profound tragedies. Membership and ticket information for STT’s 2015 season is available online at 2TT.co.
“I’ve long admired the work on Second Thought Theatre’s stage and I have greatly enjoyed my previous work with the company,” said Organ. “Moving into the role means upholding the standards of excellence and creativity set in place by those who led the company before me. I am excited to join this group of theater artists to tackle difficult topics, new plays and subject matter that poses questions to our audience that they’re rarely, if ever, asked. Our 2015 season definitely points us in that direction.”
The 2015 season begins with Mike Bartlett’s Bull, a companion piece of sorts to his earlier play Cock. Audiences will remember Cock as the hit opener of STT’s 2014 season. While Cock tackled the intricacies of a man trapped two loves – a man and a woman – Bull is a darkly comic look at office politics and bullies who run the show. Kitchen Dog Theater Associate Artist and Dallas Theater Center Brierley Resident Acting Company member Christie Vela makes her STT debut as director of this disquieting view of competition in the workplace. Bull is also part of the Elevator Project, exciting new arts collaboration in the black box spaces on the 6th and 9th floors of the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre at the AT&T Performing Arts Center.
Following Bull is Belleville, featuring STT Associate Artist Dew Wall. Amy Herzog’s dynamic new play follows happy ex-pat couple, Zack and Abby, as they navigate the waters of being newly married in the hip Belleville neighborhood of Paris. Lee Trull returns to STT to direct this heartbreaking examination of the breakdown of trust in a marriage and the danger of secrets.
Closing the season is a brand new production of Shakespeare’s Othello, directed by DTC Associate Artistic Director Joel Ferrell. Organ, who has directed last season’s Cock, will play the villainous Iago, returning to the STT stage for the first time since the critically acclaimed Red Light Winter. Making his STT debut is DTC Brierley Resident Acting Company member Daniel Duque-Estrada as Othello.
“Second Thought Theater strives to produce new work for a modern audience and older works in an innovative way with the ultimate goal of encouraging audiences to ask questions – and seek answers – long after they leave one of our performances,” said Organ. “Working in a new space as part of the Elevator Project, addressing the challenges of a marital relationship and producing a classic play in a new and distinctive way means a very exciting 2015 season at Second Thought Theatre.”
Second Thought Theatre’s 2015 season will be presented as follows: Bull (Feb. 26 – March 14); Belleville (May 20 – June 13); and Othello (July 15 – Aug. 8). Bull will be performed at the Wyly Theatre, 2400 Flora Street, in the AT&T Performing Arts Center. Belleville and Othello will be performed at Bryant Hall next door to the Kalita Humphreys Theater, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd.
To learn more about how to purchase tickets for Bull or to purchase mini-memberships for use with Belleville and Othello, please visit 2tt.co. Mini-memberships can also be purchased by phone at 1-866-811-4111.
ABOUT SECOND THOUGHT THEATRE:
Second Thought Theatre seeks to capture the moment of creation between artist and audience. Dedicated to ensemble productions that explore challenging and dramatic works from the canon of theatrical literature, STT strives to enlighten and entertain its audience by pushing the boundaries of human thought and emotion. Old works done in new ways, new works done in old ways. Everything is possible when you take a second thought.
2015 Season Lineup
Production information subject to change
February 26 – March 14, 2015
By Mike Bartlett
Directed by Christie Vela
A savage, acid-tongued new play by Mike Bartlett, one of the UK's most exciting and inventive young writers, and the author of the STT's smash hit Cock. Razor sharp and blackly comic, Bull is a savage and insightful play about office politics or playground bullying, depending which side you're on. Genuinely thrilling, daring and inventive, acclaimed playwright Bartlett probes the dark side of the modern workplace.
Pay-What-You-Can Preview – Thursday 2/26
PRESS OPENING – Friday 2/27
Regular Performances – Saturday 2/28, 3/7; Thursday 3/5, 3/11; Friday 3/6, 3/12; Wednesday 3/11
Additional Pay-What-You-Can Performances – Monday 3/2, 3/9
Closing Performance – Saturday 3/14
May 20 – June 13, 2015
By Amy Herzog
Directed by Lee Trull
Featuring STT Resident Artist Drew Wall
Zack and Abby are a happy-looking young American couple living the dream. They’ve moved to the hip Belleville neighborhood of Paris where Zack works in not-for-profit medicine and Abby teaches yoga. The dream is tested though, by insecurity, dishonesty, and weakness. Written by critically acclaimed playwright Amy Herzog, Belleville is the heartbreaking examination of the breakdown of trust in a marriage and the danger of secrets.
Pay-What-You-Can Previews – Wednesday 5/20 and Thursday 5/21
PRESS OPENING – Friday 5/22
Regular Performances – Saturday 5/23, 5/30, 6/6; Thursday 5/28, 6/4, 6/11; Friday 5/29, 6/5, 6/12
Additional Pay-What-You-Can Performances – Monday 5/25, 6/1, 6/8
Closing Performance – Saturday 6/13
July 15 – August 8, 2015
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Joel Ferrell
Featuring STT Artistic Director Alex Organ and Daniel Duque-Estrada
Jealousy, love, betrayal, seduction. Shakespeare’s Othello resonates just as strongly today as it did when it was first penned and performed. Director Joel Ferrell returns to STT after 2013’s critically acclaimed Gruesome Playground Injuries to tackle this great classic. In true STT fashion, the production will focus on creative staging and dynamic acting in an intimate environment. One of the finest plays in the English cannon, Othello is about how fear and hatred poison the human heart and lead to great tragedy.
Pay-What-You-Can Previews – Wednesday 7/17 and Thursday 7/16
PRESS OPENING – Friday 7/17
Regular Performances – Saturday 7/17, 7/25, 8/1; Thursday 7/23, 7/30, 8/6; Friday 7/24, 7/31, 8/6
Additional Pay-What-You-Can Performances – Monday 7/20, 7/27, 8/3
Closing Performance – Saturday 8/8