Dallas — As the 2016 season for Shakespeare Dallas wraps up this week with The Tempest at Addison Circle Park (closes Oct. 16), the three shows for the 2017 season have been announced. One we already knew about: Quixote, an adaptation of Miguel Cervantes' Don Quixote by Octavio Solis, a Texas native and former Dallas writer/actor now based in California. That show will be in the summer season along with Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor, directed by Raphael Parry.
Notably, April 2016 marked the 400th anniversary of the deaths of both William Shakespeare and Miguel Cervantes, in 1616. North Texas as seen several new adaptations of Don Quixote in recent years, including in 2015 at Amphibian Stage Productions and in 2016 at Hip Pocket Theatre. Solis' works include Santos & Santos, Shiner and Lydia, which was performed in 2015 by Cara Mía Theatre Company. Solis' Se Llama Cristina premiered at Kitchen Dog Theater in 2013.
Last year, Shakespeare Dallas received a TACA Bowdon and Embrey Family Foundations Artist Residency Fund to have Solis and director Gustavo Tambascio working in Dallas next year. Quixote and Merry Wives will run in rotating repetory at Samuel-Grand Amphitheatre at Tenison Park in June and July.
In the fall of 2017, Shakespeare Dallas revives the violent Titus Andronicus, a title not often seen, for performances at Samuell-Grand and Addison Circle Park. René Moreno directs.
Meanwhile, the fifth and final season of Shakespeare Dallas' Complete Works readings begins next week, with seven more plays (fittingly the last is The Tempest), and closing with an evening of sonnets. The play readings alternate between the sixth floor studio at the Wyly Theatre and Hamon Hall in the Winspear Opera House. The final event with the sonnets is in the big theater at the Wyly. For the play readings, the Sunday performance is at 2 p.m., and the Monday performance at 7 p.m. Here's the schedule:
- October 23 & 24, 2016: As You Like It (Wyly Theatre, 6th floor)
- December 18 & 19, 2016: Pericles (Hamon Hall)
- January 8 & 9, 2017: Cymbeline (Hamon Hall)
- March 12 & 13, 2017: King Lear (Wyly Theatre, 6th floor)
- March 26 & 27, 2017: All’s Well That Ends Well (Wyly Theatre, 6th floor)
- April 9 & 10, 2017: Love’s Labour’s Lost (Wyly Theatre, 6th floor)
- May 7 & 8, 2017: The Tempest (Wyly Theatre, 6th floor)
- May 28, 2017: Sonnets (Potter Rose main stage at the Wyly Theatre)