Addison — The 2015-16 season for Addison's WaterTower Theatre has been announced, and it's heavy on premieres—world and regional. The world premiere is the musical Creep, about Jack the Ripper, by Dallas playwright/composer Donald Fowler. Creep has been given readings and workshops for about five years, so we'll finally see the results.
The rest of the season includes a return of Michelle Rimi's Sexy Laundry on the mainstage (it was an audience hit in the Studio Theatre early in the year), which will be WaterTower's second production in collaboration with Fort Worth's Stage West (after last year's The Explorer's Club); as well as regional premieres of a new adaptation of Lord of the Flies, Dan LeFranc's comedy The Big Meal, John Patrick Shanley's Outside Mullingar and the comedy One Man, Two Guvnors, which was a hit in the West End and on Broadway and starred James Corden (on Broadway, his understudy was North Texan Brian Gonzales).
The Out of the Loop Fringe Festival will return, and interestingly, there is no holiday-themed show this year.
Here is the complete press release, with descriptions, dates, subscription info and more:
Terry Martin, WaterTower Theatre Producing Artistic Director, today announced details of the Company’s 2015-2016 Main Stage Season. Some highlights of the Season include one World Premiere Musical and four Regional Premieres. WaterTower Theatre is expanding its regular Main Stage subscription series from five to six shows next season.
The season opens with the World Premiere of the musical Creep (October 2 - 25, 2015. Preview Gala Sunday, October 4), written by Dallas playwright/composer Donald Fowler. The season continues with the return of the hit WaterTower Theatre production of Michelle Riml's Sexy Laundry (November 20 - December 13, 2015) which played to sold out audiences in a limited run in our studio series earlier this season. The New Year kicks off with the Regional Premiere of William Golding's Lord of the Flies (January 22 - February 14, 2016), adapted for the stage by Nigel Williams. The fourth show in the season will be the Regional Premiere of Dan LeFranc’s The Big Meal (April 15 - May 8, 2016) followed by the Regional Premiere of John Patrick Shanley's Outside Mullingar (June 3 – 26, 2016). The final production of the season will be the Regional Premiere of Richard Bean’s comedy One Man, Two Guvnors (August 5 – 28, 2016). The Company will not produce a holiday show in the 2015-2016 Season.
Kate Galvin will direct Creep; Terry Martin will direct both Sexy Laundry and One Man, Two Guvnors; Kelsey Leigh Ervi will direct Lord of the Flies; Emily Scott Banks will direct The Big Meal; René Moreno will direct Outside Mullingar. All productions will be staged at the Addison Theatre Centre at 15650 Addison Road, Addison, Texas 75001.
There will be no price increase in single tickets for the 2015-2016 six Main Stage productions. The six-play season subscriptions range in price from $90 (Previews) to $180 (Saturday evening/Sunday matinee). This year, subscribers will be offered a free Subscriber Rewards Card which will entitle them to discounts at various area restaurants and businesses. The renewal deadline for current subscribers to keep their same seats is July 1. Subscribers who renew by June 19 will have the normal handling fee of $7 waived.
WaterTower Theatre gratefully acknowledges the support of our Season Sponsors including The Town of Addison, TACA, Texas Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Shubert Foundation. Production Sponsors for the 2015-2016 Season include Atmos Energy, The Nissan Foundation, Bob and Barbara Bigham: the Baylor Oral Health Foundation, Frost Bank, Liberty Capital Bank, Pinnacle, Rainmaker Advertising, TACA, Women of WaterTower Theatre and The WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors.
THE 2015-2016 SEASON:
October 2 - 25, 2015
Preview Gala on Sunday, October 4 at 7.30 pm.
Music, Book & Lyrics by Donald Fowler
Directed by Kate Galvin
Sponsored by Frost Bank, Pinnacle, WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors,
Creep Producer's Circle (as of May 1, 2015): Nicholas Even (Chair), Heather and Scott Alexander, Shannon Brame, Anita and Tom Braun, Barry W. Cowan and Felicity A. Fowler, Stan Graner and Jim McBride, Callan and Juli Harrison, Julie and Ken Hersh, Carrie Huff, Tara Lewis and John Swords, Georgie and Jack Madden, Holly and Tom Mayer, Karol Omlor, Greg Patterson, Table 13, Clair Tompkins.
Creep is the world premiere of Dallas playwright/composer Donald Fowler’s original thriller musical. Exploring many of the dark truths surrounding the fabled “Jack the Ripper,” and metaphorically examining how the individual, when dehumanized, will adapt, or hide from truth in order to survive, Creep is sure to take your breath way. Nationally-acclaimed director Kate Galvin will direct this thrilling season opener. Mature subject matter.
November 20 - December 13, 2015
Written by Michele Riml
Directed by Terry Martin
in collaboration with Stage West
Michele Riml’s hit romantic comedy comes to our main stage by popular demand following its limited sold-out run in our studio series last season. Henry and Alice, married for 25-years are trying to find a way to spice up their dormant love life with a weekend in a swanky hotel room. Alice brings a copy of ‘Sex for Dummies’ and a willingness to try new things. Henry brings only his bad attitude. They share their fantasies, exchange recriminations, and take turns confessing the details of their personal midlife crises as the play moves from comic to serious and back to comic again. Sexy Laundry is a touching and hilarious journey that will resonate with many.
LORD OF THE FLIES
January 22 - February 14, 2016
Written by William Golding
Adapted for the stage by Nigel Williams
Directed by Kelsey Leigh Ervi
Sponsored by Atmos Energy
When a group of schoolboys survives a catastrophic plane crash, what starts as a desert island adventure quickly descends into a struggle for survival in a darkly sinister world of superstition and immorality. As the boys slowly explore their new-found freedom, their fun and games turn into vicious battles for power. When the group splits into two opposing tribes: one that strives for civility and another that delights in savage violence; the competition escalates into a dangerous, frightening climax. Based on the groundbreaking 1954 novel, this gripping classic looks into the darker sides of human nature where it’s civilization vs. savagery and the mob vs. morality.
THE BIG MEAL
April 15 - May 8, 2016
Written by Dan LeFranc
Directed by Emily Scott Banks
Sponsored by Table 13
Somewhere in America in a suburban chain restaurant on an average night, a young couple Sam and Nicole meet for a drink. Sparks fly, setting in motion the extraordinary tale of five generations of an ordinary family. In this theatrically inventive and beautiful play about the love, trials, and resilience of families, we experience – over the course of many mealtimes - the moments, both mundane and milestone, that make up a full life. The Big Meal is big-hearted, stunningly ambitious and richly satisfying. Reservations recommended!
June 3 - 26, 2016
Written by John Patrick Shanley
Directed by René Moreno
Sponsored by Liberty Capital Bank, Women of WaterTower, Barbara and Bob Bigham: the Baylor Oral Health Foundation
Pulitzer, Oscar and Tony Award-winning author John Patrick Shanley, whose play Doubt: A Parable was a hit at WTT in 2008, now brings us a new romance about Anthony and Rosemary, two introverted misfits in rural Ireland. Now nearing their middle years, Anthony has spent his entire life on a cattle farm oblivious to the longing of his neighbor Rosemary, who hopelessly pines for him. With Anthony’s father threatening to disinherit him and a decades old land feud simmering between the families, Rosemary fears romantic catastrophe. These two beautiful, eccentric souls scramble their way towards happiness in a delightful tale about love and its many surprises.
ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS
August 5 - 28, 2016
Written by Richard Bean
Directed by Terry Martin
Sponsored by Rainmaker Advertising and Million Air Dallas
Set in swingin’ 1963 London, One Man, Two Guvnors is a unique, laugh-out-loud mix of satire, songs, slapstick and glittering one-liners. The disarming and doltish Francis Henshall finds himself trapped into working for two bosses—who are connected to each other in wildly improbable ways. He just has to keep them from discovering each other. Easy, right? Inspired insanity, high-low antics, and nimble wordplay ensue—all backed by live musicians paying homage to rockabilly and a certain Fab Four. This topsy-turvy world of love triangles and mistaken identities has been a huge hit ever since it opened at London’s National Theatre in 2011 and on Broadway in 2012. It’s more than a sassy update of Carlo Goldoni’s classic knee-slapper, The Servant of Two Masters - it’s a brilliantly delicious mash-up of splendid comedy, British pantomime, and music-hall revues.
OUT OF THE LOOP FRINGE FESTIVAL
February 25 - March 6, 2016
Sponsored by The Town of Addison and The Texas Commission on the Arts
Media sponsor: TheaterJones
Over the past 15 years, WaterTower Theatre has hosted more than 125 artists and companies in its nationally acclaimed 10-day fringe festival of music, dance and theatre. Now recognized as one of the most important fringe festivals in the country, the Out of the Loop Fringe Festival has been instrumental in providing a forum for new works, new artists and emerging voices in the arts.
WaterTower Theatre offers a host of subscription options, in addition to the standard six-play, full series subscription (Creep, Sexy Laundry, Lord of the Flies, The Big Meal, Outside Mullingar, One Man, Two Guvnors) which offers the best seating and greatest discounts over individual tickets. Subscribers will be able to order a Loop Pass when they renew their subscription or order a new subscription. Continuing again next season are the following series designed to enhance the theatre-goers experience:
ENHANCED THEATRE EXPERIENCE SERIES:
Conversation with the Artists:
A six-play series on all Wednesday nights and Sunday matinees that includes a post-show discussion with the actors.
An introduction to theatre, this three-play package includes Creep, Lord of the Flies and Outside Mullingar.
Design Your Own Series:
This series provides the most flexibility of all of WaterTower Theatre’s subscription packages. Patrons can choose their own plays and dates creating a series specifically designed for their needs. Design Your Own subscriptions do not go on sale until September, 2015.
This new series will give teachers an inside look at our productions with pre- and post-show talks specifically created for teachers. These talks will allow and encourage teachers to take what they experience on our stage back to their classroom. There are four shows in this series: Creep, Sexy Laundry, Lord of the Flies and The Big Meal. The dates are Oct. 7, Dec. 2, Jan. 27 and Apr. 20. The cost is $60 per person.
Student Subscription Series:
A student subscription series will be offered, including a special student Design Your Own Series.
Firefighters, police officers, EMTs, veterans and members of the armed forces and their immediate families will be offered a special subscription of 50% off any six-play subscription package (excluding DYO, special affinity programs, special miniseries).
October 2 – 25, 2015
Previews: Friday, Oct. 2 and Saturday, Oct. 3
Preview Gala Performance: Sunday, Oct. 4
Opening Night: Monday, Oct. 5
November 20 - December 13, 2015
Previews: Friday, Nov. 20 and Saturday, Nov. 21
Pay What You Can: Sunday, Nov. 22
Opening Night: Monday, Nov. 23
Lord of the Flies
January 22 – February 14, 2016
Previews: Friday, Jan. 22 and Saturday, Jan. 23
Pay What You Can: Sunday, Jan. 24
Opening Night: Monday, Jan. 25
15th Annual Out of the Loop Fringe Festival
Feb. 25 – March 6, 2016
(not included in the six-play subscription series)
The Big Meal
April 15 – May 8, 2016
Previews: Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16
Pay What You Can: Sunday, April 17
Opening Night: Monday, April 18
June 3 – 26, 2016
Previews: Friday, June 3 and Saturday, June 4
Pay What You Can: Sunday, June 5
Opening Night: Monday, June 6
One Man, Two Guvnors
August 5 - 28 2016
Previews: Friday, Aug. 5 and Saturday, Aug. 6
Pay What You Can: Sunday, Aug. 7
Opening Night: Monday, Aug. 8
2015-2016 Season Ticket Prices:
Six-play season subscriptions range in price from $90 (Previews) to $180 (Saturday evening/Sunday matinee).
Tickets to the Gala Preview performance of Creep on Sunday, October 4th are not available on subscription (an alternate ticket option will be made available).
2015-2016 Season Performance Schedule:
Current subscribers are able to renew their season subscriptions by mail, fax (972.450.6244) or by calling the Box Office at 972.450.6232. Online ordering for new subscriptions will be available in June.
New subscriptions are on sale now. However, seating will not be assigned until mid-July.
The Out of the Loop Fringe Festival is a non-subscription event.