Dallas — TeCo Theatrical Productions has announced an interesting-looking 2015-16 season, which includes several changes to some of its hallmark events, notably both new play festivals, and an increase in theater productions.
The long-running New Play Competition in the spring will not happen, and instead we get In for #TheCount, focused on women playwrights of color, with works by Maria Patricia Urbina Cervantes, Artistic Director of Dallas' Teatro Flor Candela and Charlayne Woodard, known for such plays as Neat and Pretty Fire. There will also be works by invited writers. The LGBT festival in the fall will offer some new options, too. As far as play productions, there will be the area premiere of The Face of Emmitt Till, the return of Langston Hughes' Black Nativity, and a play by Texas Woman's University theater professor Steven Young.
To kick it all off, there will be a talk with Tony-winning playwright Terrence McNally, presented by the Dramatists Guild Fund, on Oct. 8.
Here's the complete news release:
TeCo Theatrical Productions, Inc. is thrilled to announce the kick off of their Spotlight Season featuring four-time Tony Award winner Terrence McNally on Thursday, October 8, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at the Bishop Arts Theatre Center. The playwright will appear as part of the Dramatists Guild Fund’s Traveling Masters Program designed to bring prominent dramatists into communities across the country to provide insight into their craft and creative process. Admission is free but reservations are required as limited seats are available. Those interested in this extraordinary opportunity should send an email to RSVP@DGFund.org to reserve their space.
TeCo’s Spotlight Series will continue on April 9, 2016 with 13-time bestselling author Victor MClothin. The author will talk about his journey from overcoming poor reading skills as a child to a critically acclaimed novelist and celebrated filmmaker. The lecture will begin promptly at 3:00 p.m. with a book signing following the event.
TeCo’s 2015/2016 theater season will open with The Face of Emmett Till by Mamie Till-Mobley & David Barr III on October 23, 2015 through November 1, 2015 with a preview night on October 22, 2015 under the direction of award-winning playwright Ruth Cantrell. The play was first produced by Pegasus Players in Chicago during the theatre’s 1999-2000 season and tells the searing story of the horrific day in August of 1955 when the body of 14-year old Emmett Till was discovered floating in the Tallahatchie River. Showtimes are 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays and 7:30 p.m.nightly Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Black Nativity by Langston Hughes returns during the holiday season with an adaptation and direction by Selmore Haines III. The production will feature a multi-cultural cast and Michael Hubbard returns as musical director. Production dates are December 10 – 20, 2015 at the Bishop Arts Theatre.
In lieu of the company’s annual New Play Competition, TeCo will offer a one-act festival featuring the works of local and national female playwrights. In For #TheCount is produced in response to the Lilly Awards Foundation research on gender parity on American stages. Participation will be by invitation only and will highlight new works from women of color such as Maria Patricia Urbina Cervantes, Artistic Director of Teatro Flor Candela and Charlayne Woodard, American film, stage and television actress and playwright. Her plays include Pretty Fire, Neat, In Real Life and Flight, several of which were produced recently at Jubilee Theatre in Ft. Worth. Her one-act play Phenom will receive its regional premiere during TeCo’s In For #TheCount festival in February 2015. Production dates are February 25, 2016 – March 6, 2016, two consecutive weekends at the Bishop Arts Theatre Center.
The Clink by Steven Young is a partnership with the Dallas County Juvenile Department and will feature TeCo’s T-An-T (Teenagers and Theatre) apprenticeship students. The program not only teaches students how to perform on stage but also the design aspects of theatre such as lighting, sound, costuming, and set design. The T-An-T apprenticeship typically begins in January and culminates in April with a Shakespearean production where the students run the entire show. Renowned playwright Steven Young will be commissioned to pen a script for production of The Clink, and the even is made possible with lead funding by The Harold Simmons Foundation. Show dates are May 20 – 21, 2016, two nights only.
TeCo’s 3rd Annual PlayPride LGBT Festival will return on September 23 – 25, 2016 for three nights only. Texas playwrights will compete for a chance to win a one-year membership to the Dramatists Guild of America via staged readings. Submission guidelines will be published in the Spring of next year and six participants will be selected via a reading committee through a blind process. Production dates are September 23, 2016 through September 25, 2016.
All performances will be held at the Bishop Arts Theatre Center located at 215 S. Tyler Street, Dallas, TX 75208 just minutes from the Bishop Arts District. Showtimes and ticket prices vary for each performance. Visit www.tecotheater.org for more details or call the box office at (214) 948-0716.
TeCo’s 2015/2016 season is made possible by the generosity of our sponsors, the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, Texas Commission On The Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Harold Simmons Foundation, The Dramatists Guild Fund, The Embrey Family Foundation, the Old Oak Cliff Conservation League, The Oak Cliff Lions Club and Barefoot Wines.