Theatre Three's 2016-17 Season

The first season selected by Acting Artistic Director Bruce R. Coleman has been announced: Four plays (three by women!) and three musicals.

published Monday, March 21, 2016


Dallas — The announcement that longtime Theatre Three patrons and supporters have been waiting for has finally arrived: The 2016-17 season. It’s significant because it’s the first season selected by Bruce R. Coleman, who was named Acting Artistic Director after Jac Alder died almost a year ago.

Would he give us a season that Alder would have programmed, or would go in another direction?

The answer: Both.

“The main thing was to go with a season I wanted to see,” says Coleman. “Because Theatre Three does a full season with plays, musicals, dramas, comedies, classics and new works, I tried to find a smorgasbord of different experiences. I probably read 200 plays.”

The result is a seven-show subscription season that includes three musicals and four plays, one of which is a world premiere (by Coleman). Those titles include three works by women: Teresa Rebeck’s The Novelist, Rachel Crothers’ 1940s play Susan and God, and Laugh by Beth Henley, who is a Theatre Three alum. Also, the terrific musical Passing Strange is by the male/female duo of Stew and Heidi Rodewald.

The other musicals are The Wedding Singer and, in a definite nod to Alder, Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music. (Alder was big Sondheim fan.)

The new work is Coleman’s Day Light, which recently won Stage West’s Southwest Playwriting Competition. The season kicks off with a bonus special on the Norma Young stage, Charles Busch’s Psycho Beach Party, featuring Coy Covington.

Coleman says the annual production of I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change! will return in the basement space, Theatre Too!, and a full season of shows in the Theatre Too! space will be announced soon.

Asked how his first year in this role has gone, Coleman—who had long been involved with the theater and was mentored by Alder—says “I’m so focused on all the good stuff that’s happening. Our marketing has gotten better, we’re seeing an uptick in ticket sales, the staff is happy and all of our shows [in the current season] have been winding up in the black.”

“It feels good,” he says. “The biggest surprise is how much time I spend on my computer answering emails.”

Here’s the complete season, with details, dates and descriptions:




A hilarious camp comedy by Charles Busch

JUNE 23 - JULY 10, 2016

Directed by Bruce R. Coleman

Gidget goes berserk in this hilarious and outrageous mash-up of Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello and the Three Faces of Eve! Busch knows how to stuff a wild bikini with psychotic glee! This bawdy romp will feature legendary Dallas illusionist Coy Covington at his Joan Crawford best! Join us for this super-hot, super fun, twist-and-shout in the summer sun!




A family comedy/drama by award winning playwright Theresa Rebeck.

AUGUST 4-28, 2016

Directed by Gregory Lush

THE NOVELIST finds Paul, a Nobel-winning novelist suffering from writer’s block, his elegant but feisty wife, two sons (an actor and an antique dealer) and the actor’s girlfriend all together for the first time in ages. Enter Paul’s new assistant, a talented and passionate writing student. What could possibly go wrong? Bitter and funny chaos ensues.



A musical by Matt Sklar, Tim Herlihy and Chad Beguelin


Directed by Bruce R. Coleman

Let’s go back to the 1980s, a time when hair was big, greed was good, collars were popped, and a wedding singer might just be the coolest guy in the room. Based on the hit Adam Sandler movie, THE WEDDING SINGER’S score is one of the best in the last ten years! It’s energetic. It’s rowdy. It’s romantically sweet. Altogether, it is hilarious good fun!



A new play by Bruce R. Coleman

World Premiere


Directed by Bruce R. Coleman

DAY LIGHT takes us to Junction Pass, a small ranching town in the Texas panhandle, 1867. As the Poteet family braces itself against a massive blizzard, dark secrets, hidden desires and unbridled emotion boil to the surface, threatening to tear the family apart. DAY LIGHT challenges our ideas of how we get to happiness and how we become the people we are meant to be. Coleman



Southwest Regional Premiere

A new comedy by Pulitzer Prize winner and Theatre Three alumni Beth Henley

JANUARY 5-29, 2017

Directed by Jeffrey Schmidt

LAUGH focuses on two innocents, Mabel and Roscoe, as they set off for Hollywood circa 1920 seeking fame and fortune. The kaleidoscopic array of characters they meet along the way threaten their quest for happiness on the silver screen. Ms. Henley has created a modern day Odyssey where nothing and no one is exactly as they seem. Written with a glorious ear for dialogue and style to burn, LAUGH is a truly compelling and fascinating fable.



Book by Stew with music and lyrics by Stew and Heidi Rodewald

MARCH 1-26, 2017

Directed by vickie washington

A fresh and exciting Tony Award winner from singer-songwriter and performance artist Stew! PASSING STRANGE takes us on a journey across boundaries of place, identity and theatrical convention. Stew brings us the story of a young bohemian who charts a course for "the real" through sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. Infectious, exhilarating, deeply spiritual and emotional, you will never forget PASSING STRANGE!



A classic 1940s comedy/drama by Rachel Crothers

APRIL 20 - MAY 14, 2017

Directed by Lisa Devine

Susan, a young wealthy New York socialite, lives only for Susan. When she discovers a new religious cult, she dives head first into her latest fad. Eager to spread the word of her transformation, Susan goes straight to her closest friends, who are, as usual, less than enthusiastic about her newest pastime. It’s a sparkling and sophisticated comedy that you’re sure to love. Lisa Devine directs.



Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by Hugh Wheeler

JUNE 8 - JULY 2, 2017

Directed by Bruce R. Coleman

Anne is married to Fredrik. Fredrik loves Desiree. Desiree is sleeping with Carl-Magnus. Carl- Magnus is wed to Charlotte. And Charlotte cannot be bothered with any of it. Couples intertwine, intersect and swap spouses in this sumptuous turn-of-the-century fairy tale for adults! It is mischief set to three-quarter time! Lush, luxurious and hopelessly romantic, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC is the perfect coda to a fabulous season.


Season ticket packages for all seven shows start at $70. The curtain raiser production can be added to the subscription for only $20. Season tickets are available for purchase April 28 through the Theatre Three Box Office at 214.871.3300, option #1. Thanks For Reading

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