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Second Thought Theatre Artistic Director Alex Organ

2016 for Second Thought

Second Thought Theatre's 2016 season features the area premieres of Martyr, The Great God Pan and A Kid Like Jake.



published Thursday, October 15, 2015

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Second Thought Theatre Artistic Director Alex Organ

Dallas — The 2016 season for Second Thought Theatre has been announced. The three-show line-up will again happen in Bryant Hall, next to the Kalita Humphreys Theater. All three are regional premieres: Maja Zade's translation of Marius von Mayenburg's Martyr; The Great God Pan by Amy Herzog, whose Belleville STT produced in 2015; and Daniel Pearle's A Kid Like Jake.

A few things to note: Matthew Gray, who co-founded the much-missed Classical Acting Company and was an original member of the Dallas Theater Center's Brierley Resident Acting Ensemble, and then moved to New York and is now back, will direct A Kid Like Jake. Also, of the three plays, one is by a women and another is translated by a woman. So STT is doing its part for gender parity with the writers it selects.

 

Here's the complete press release, with descriptions of shows and performance info:

Second Thought Theatre artistic director Alex Organ announced today complete details for the company’s 2016 season. The season, comprised of three area premieres, includes stories of religious fundamentalism gone wrong, the fallout from the discovery of a childhood trauma, and a young couple struggling to do what is best for their gender-fluid son. Membership and ticket information for STT’s 2016 season is available online at 2TT.co.

“Second Thought Theatre continues to produce intimate, performance driven plays that invite audiences to reflect on the great social and moral questions of our time,” said Organ. “Martyr, The Great God Pan and A Kid Like Jake each tell incredibly topical stories that will, no doubt, evoke strong reactions. Giving North Texans a place to respond to what’s happening in the world around them and encouraging our audiences to engage one another after the fact is one of the driving forces behind our 2016 season.”

Organ’s second season as artistic director kicks off with Martyr by Marius von Mayenburg. Directed by Blake Hackler, who appeared in STT’s production of Cock, Martyr tells the story of Benjamin’s obsession with the Old Testament. As the adolescent’s behavior becomes increasingly aggressive, his teachers, his mother and his fellow students begin to worry that Benjamin’s religious fixation has gone too far. Translated from its original German by Maja Zade, the darkly comic Martyr asks us how we should respond to those who wield fundamentalism as a weapon.

On the heels of the 2015 season’s critical hit Belleville, STT continues its exploration of playwright Amy Herzog’s work with The Great God Pan. Carson McCain, who previously assisted on STT’s Booth and Belleville, returns to direct. When a childhood friend reveals a long-buried truth from Jamie’s past, Jamie’s life is thrown into a tailspin. A quietly haunting drama, The Great God Pan examines the reliability of our memories and who we become when they fail us. The Great God Pan will feature STT resident artists Alex Organ and Drew Wall.

A Kid Like Jake by Daniel Pearle closes out STT’s 2016 season. Director Matthew Gray returns to STT after previously helming 2012’s Pluck the Day. All parents want the best for their children and that includes making sure they get a top-notch education. But what happens when a child doesn’t necessarily fit the mold of what’s expected at one of the most exclusive private schools in Manhattan? A Kid Like Jake follows two parents as they try to determine what’s best for their four-year-old son, who happens to prefer Cinderella to G.I. Joe. A Kid Like Jake will feature STT veteran Jenny Ledel.

Second Thought Theatre’s 2015 season will be presented as follows: Martyr (Jan. 13 – Feb. 6); The Great God Pan (April 20 – May 14); and A Kid Like Jake (June 29 – July 23). All performances will take place at Bryant Hall next door to the Kalita Humphreys Theater, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd.

To learn more about STT’s 2016 season or to purchase 2016 memberships, please visit 2tt.co. Memberships can also be purchased by phone at 1-866-811-4111

 

2016 Season Lineup

   

Martyr

Jan. 13 – Feb. 6, 2016

by Marius von Mayenburg

Translated by Maja Zade

Directed by Blake Hackler

Martyr tells the story of Benjamin’s obsession with the Old Testament. As the adolescent’s behavior becomes increasingly aggressive, his teachers, his mother and his fellow students begin to worry that Benjamin’s religious fixation has gone too far. Translated from its original German, the darkly comic Martyr asks us how we should respond to those who wield fundamentalism as a weapon.

Pay-What-You-Can Previews – Wed. 1/13 and Thurs. 1/14

PRESS OPENING – Fri. 1/15

Regular Performances – Sat. 1/16, 1/23, 1/30; Thurs. 1/21, 1/28, 2/4; Fri. 1/22, 1/29, 2/5

Additional Pay-What-You-Can Performances – Mon. 1/18, 1/25, 2/1

Closing Performance – Sat. 2/6

 

The Great God Pan 

April 20 – May 14, 2016

by Amy Herzog

Directed by Carson McCain

Featuring STT Artists Alex Organ and Drew Wall 

On the heels of the 2015 season’s critical hit Belleville, STT continues its exploration of playwright Amy Herzog’s work with The Great God Pan. When a childhood friend reveals a long-buried truth from Jamie’s past, Jamie’s life is thrown into a tailspin. A quietly haunting drama, The Great God Pan examines the reliability of our memories and who we become when they fail us.

Pay-What-You-Can Previews – Wed. 4/20 and Thurs. 4/21

PRESS OPENING – Fri. 4/22

Regular Performances – Sat. 4/23, 4/30, 5/7; Thurs. 4/28, 5/5, 5/12; Fri. 4/29, 5/6, 5/13

Additional Pay-What-You-Can Performances – Mon. 4/25, 5/2, 5/9

Closing Performance – Sat. 5/14

 

A Kid Like Jake

June 29 – July 23, 2016

by Daniel Pearle

Directed by Matthew Gray

Featuring STT alum Jenny Ledel

All parents want the best for their children and that includes making sure they get a top-notch education. But what happens when a child doesn’t necessarily fit the mold of what’s expected at one of the most exclusive private schools in Manhattan? A Kid Like Jake follows two parents as they try to determine what’s best for their four-year-old son, who happens to prefer Cinderella to G.I. Joe.

Pay-What-You-Can Previews – Wed. 6/29 and Thurs. 6/30

PRESS OPENING – Fri. 7/1

Regular Performances – Sat. 7/2, 7/9, 7/16; Thurs. 7/7, 7/14, 7/21; Fri. 7/8, 7/15, 7/22

Additional Pay-What-You-Can Performances – Wed. 7/6; Mon. 7/11, 7/18

Closing Performance – Sat. 7/23 Thanks For Reading





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