Joe McBride

2017-2018 for Bishop Arts Theatre Center

Next season Bishop Arts has a tribute to Ray Charles, Jubilee's Thurgood, its third celebration of women playwrights, and a censorship cabaret for Banned Books Week.

published Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Photo: Cecil Fuqua
Selmore Haines in Thurgood


DallasBishop Arts Theatre Center's 2017-18 season, its 23rd, has an interesting roster of works. Langston Hughes' Black Nativity returns for the 14th year—it is great to see the holiday tradition every year, considering others keep A Christmas Carol and The Nutcracker coming back.

The season opens with a revue about the great Ray Charles, featuring jazzman Joe McBride. Then BATC remounts the play Thurgood from the 2017 production at Fort Worth's Jubilee Theatre, featuring Selmore Haines as the first black Supreme Court justice. Then we get the third Down for #TheCount, which offers work by women playwrights (works to be determined). The season ends with a terrific concept: Banned Together: A Censorship Cabaret, a cabaret of readings from banned books.

Here's the complete season. For subscription and ticket info, visit


Photo: John A. Secoges
Joe McBride

Unchain My Heart: A Tribute to Ray Charles

Featuring Joe McBride

October 26-29,  2017


The ultimate tribute to blues legend Ray Charles featuring jazz great Joe McBride, an innovator since his first recordings in the early ‘90s known for making the lines between jazz, R&B, soul, funk, and pop become indistinguishable. In his one-man show, Mr. McBride plays and sings the songs of Ray Charles creating another unforgettable experience at the BATC.


Black Nativity

By Langston Hughes

Directed by Jiles King

December 1-17, 2017


Now in its 14th year, this seasonal favorite is back for yet another year of theatrical wonderment. Don’t miss Langston Hughes’ foot-stomping, toe tapping, finger-snapping holiday favorite and experience the Nativity story through gospel music.



By George Stevens, Jr.

In partnership with Jubilee Theatre

February 8-25, 2018


Selmore Haines stars in Thurgood written by George Stevens Jr., the dramatic retelling of the life of Thurgood Marshall, the first African American to be appointed to the Supreme Court. A must see for all in celebration of Black History Month.


Down for #TheCount

April 5-12, 2018


Now in its third year, this one-act play festival features six short plays by women of all backgrounds. This event brings to life onstage the female voice in exciting, funny, and heartbreaking stories that only live theatre can do.


Banned Together: A Censorship Cabaret

September 24-30, 2018


A collection of shows and scenes that have been banned or challenged from performances in schools or in the public sector featuring our TNT (Teenagers And Theatre) apprenticeship students. Banned Together will spotlight works from shows like Rent, Cabaret, Fun Home, and Angels in America, this cabaret-style evening highlights the importance of freedom of expression and freedom of speech during Banned Books Week. Thanks For Reading

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Next season Bishop Arts has a tribute to Ray Charles, Jubilee's Thurgood, its third celebration of women playwrights, and a censorship cabaret for Banned Books Week.
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