Dallas — The 2015-16 season for Theatre Three has been announced. It's billed as "All-American," and includes American classics such as Moss Hart's Light Up the Sky, William Inge's Picnic and Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee's Inherit the Wind, which had its world premiere in 1955 in Dallas at Margo Jones' Theatre '55, as it would have been called that year. There will also be new plays: Fix Me Jesus by Helen Sneed (see a video interview with her above); and Oil by Raelle Tucker and Neil Tucker, plus the regional premiere of the Tony-winning musical Memphis.
Single tickets are $10-$50; subscriptions for the mainstage season are $70-$231. Tickets for all performances may be purchased by calling Theatre Three’s box office at 214-871-3300; or visit www.theatre3dallas.com.
Below is the full press release:
Theatre Three’s 2015-2016 season will be an All-American season, featuring stories by this great nation’s playwrights, composers, and lyricists with their insights into the American existence vibrantly brought to life by Dallas’ expert directors, designers, and actors. The season’s eclectic combination of musicals, dramas, and comedies will highlight the diverse perspectives that make America brilliant. The 54th season on the Norma Young Arena Stage begins with Picnic on July 30, 2015 and closes with Memphis, opening April 28, 2016.
Only one show of the Theatre Too season is being announced at this time: the perennial favorite, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, which will open December 31, 2015. Additional programming in Theatre Too will be announced at a later date.
On the Norma Young Arena Stage:
A groundbreaking play by William Inge
July 30 – August 23, 2015
In the repressed ‘50s, William Inge won the Critics Circle’s Best Play Award and the Pulitzer Prize telling a powerful, sexy, funny, and touching story of a conventional small Kansas town where five women (of various ages) are changed forever when a brawny, charming wanderer causes sexual havoc on lusty, dusty Labor Day.
Fix Me, Jesus
A new comedy by Helen Sneed
September 17 – October 11, 2015
In this highly original new comedy, playwright Helen Sneed puts her young leading lady in a Neiman Marcus dressing room in Northpark frantic to find the right dress to wear to a wedding. She’s even more frantic to find the answer to “What’s happening to my life?” Attractive and smart, our single heroine has more than fashion problems, so the ingenious playwright surprisingly brings an astonishing array of advisors into the dressing room to help. But do they? And does she find the right dress?
Inherit the Wind
A drama by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee
October 29 – November 22, 2015
With its first production at the Margo Jones’ theatre in 1955, Inherit the Wind is unquestionably the most important play ever premiered inDallas. This sweeping achievement, a fictionalized account of the famous “Scopes Monkey Trial” of 1925, opens with the entire town—its mayor, pastors, merchants and farmers in a high state of excitement: the world is focusing on Hillsboro, Tennessee, where a trial will prove the word of God trumps the apostate defenders of Darwin. It is a spectacular play with continuing resonance in America’s struggle to reconcile issues of religion, science, and politics.
A musical comedy by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt
December 3 - 27, 2015
Written by two graduates of the University of Texas at Austin and originally directed by a Texan, this classic American jewel of a musical comedy became the longest-running New York show of all time. The Fantasticks is a timeless romantic tale of a boy, a girl, and their father’s schemes to get the two married. The ravishingly beautiful songs sparkle with wit, and there’s plenty of comedy from the actors who are hired by the fathers to push along their get-the-kids-together schemes.
A new play by Raelle Tucker and Neil Tucker
January 21 – February 14, 2016
It’s 1986. Magritte Holes, the ailing, notoriously outrageous matriarch of one of Houston’s most prominent oil families, has been hiding out in her bedroom for months. She is guzzling whiskey, planning the annual Holes Barbecue, and developing an outlandish strategy to save Texas, and her family’s fortune from imminent collapse. Unfortunately, neither her high-profile guest list, nor her colorful, dysfunctional family have any idea what she has in store for them.
“Oil” is the story of a family, and a country, so desperate to hold on to what they have, that they are willing to sacrifice what matters most: each other.
Light Up the Sky
A comedy adapted by Moss Hart
March 10 – April 3, 2016
The air sizzles in anticipation of opening night on Broadway. Everyone’s there in a posh hotel suite: the leading lady, the young playwright, the emotional director, the producer and his wife, a retired ice skating star, and her acid-tongued mother who has seen it all. Moss Hart’s love (and knowledge) of Broadway show business whipped up this hilarious story of ambition, hope, hubris, and triumph, in an unforgettable, perfect American comedy.
A Tony Award-winning musical by Joe DiPietro and Dan Bryan
April 28 – May 22, 2016
Inspired by true events from the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee, Memphis follows the fame and forbidden love of a radio DJ who wants to change the world, and a club singer who is ready for her big break. Their incredible journey to the ends of the airwaves is filled with laughter, soul, and rock 'n' roll!
In Theatre Too:
I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change
A musical by Joe DiPietro and Jimmy Roberts
December 31 – February 28, 2016
It’s a hugely entertaining show that Theatre Three revives every year around Valentine’s Day -- and it sells out! It’s the perfect revue of courtship and marriage that has earned its place as a signature piece by Theatre Three, and features gifted sketch comedy players who sing and dance their way through all the phases of romance and marriage.
*More programming for Theatre Too will be announced at a later date.