The 2009 off-Broadway production of <em>Ruined</em>

2016-17 for Bishop Arts Theatre Center

The BATC season opens with Lynn Nottage's Ruined, and also includes a Josefina Lopez premiere in Down for #The Count, and the fourth PlayPride LGBT Competition.

published Thursday, September 8, 2016

Photo: Joan Marcus
The 2009 off-Broadway production of Ruined

Dallas — The 2016-17 season for Bishop Arts Theatre Center, formerly known as TeCo Theatrical Productions, has been announced. It answers the question many in the black theater community have been asking for months now: "Who has the rights to Ruined?"

Ruined is Lynn Nottage's play that ran off-Broadway at Manhattan Theatre Club in 2009 and won the Pulitzer Prize, about women at a brothel in the civil war of the Democratic Republic of Congo. It won a slew of other awards, including Obies, Drama Desk and many others (see that list here). 

The drama opens the season, running Oct. 20-30; Phyllis Cicero directs and auditions are Sept. 24-25.

The season follows with the returning favorite Black Nativity, the second invitation-only women's playwriting festival Down for #TheCount, featuring a premiere by Chicana playwright Josefina Lopez (Real Women Have Curves), another partnership with the Dallas County Juvenile Department and a play by local writer Steven Young, and the fourth PlayPride LGBT Competition.

Below is the season with dates and descriptions. For tickets and other information, call 214-948-0716 or visit




by Lynn Nottage

October 20 - 30

A haunting, probing work about the resilience of the human spirit during times of war. Set in a small mining town in Democratic Republic of Congo, this powerful play follows Mama Nadi, a shrewd businesswoman in a land torn apart by civil war. But is she protecting or profiting by the women she shelters? How far will she go to survive? Can a price be placed on a human life?


Black Nativity

by Langston Hughes

December 8 - December 18, 2016

For those searching for a deeper more meaningful holiday experience, this year’s production is not to be missed. Join us for the Christmas story through praise dance, soul-stirring gospel music, poetry and folk spirituals — the unique creation of poet and playwright Langston Hughes.


Down For #TheCount

featuring a world premiere by Josefina Lopez

February 16 - February 26, 2017

Four women. Four plays. Seven incredible nights of theatre. Celebrating female voices in American theatre. SCRIPT SUBMISSION BY INVITATION ONLY


Upside Down

by Steven Young

May 19, 2017 to May 20, 2017

A partnership with the Dallas County Juvenile Department

The song The World Turned Upside Down played in 1781 as English Lieutenant Major Cornwallis’s troops officially surrender to the Continental Army at Yorktown in the battle for American Independence. A host of French, American, German and English troops and diplomats turn the world upside down as they comically collide bungling international diplomacy. Caught in the middle, a group of wisecracking English POW’S circumvents the system as they plot their escape. American history meets Hogan’s Heroes in this new commissioned comedy by Steven Young.


4th Annual PlayPride LGBT Competition

September 14 - 24, 2017

Experience firsthand the fresh new visions and voices of Texas playwrights during our 4th annual PlayPride Competition. Six playwrights will battle it out for a chance to win cash & prizes. The winning play will be selected by audience vote. Each night audience members will receive a ballot to vote for their favorite performance. On closing night, we tally the votes, announce the winning selections and toast the next celebrated playwright in American theatre. Thanks For Reading

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2016-17 for Bishop Arts Theatre Center
The BATC season opens with Lynn Nottage's Ruined, and also includes a Josefina Lopez premiere in Down for #The Count, and the fourth PlayPride LGBT Competition.
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