An ensemble of singers at the season announcement part for Imprint Theatreworks

Introducing Imprint Theatreworks

Group announces inaugural season, which includes regional premieres of Murder Ballad and The Revolutionists, plus modern classics and a new play festival.

published Tuesday, August 29, 2017


Dallas — Several months ago, Ashley H. White and Joe Messina announced they were starting a new theater company, via the video above. On Monday, Aug. 28, at the lake level space at the Bath House Cultural Center, the co-artistic directors made good on the promise of a full season with the announcement of the first year for Imprint Theatreworks. The event featured entertainment from local vocalists singing songs from and inspired by the works on the season.

The Dallas-based group has four full productions lined up for 2018, bookended by David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross and the hit British musical Blood Brothers. In between will be the regional premiere of Julia Jordan and Juliana Nash's musical Murder Ballad, in an immersive staging at Bath House lake level; and the regional premiere of Lauren Gunderson's The Revolutionists. There will also be a new play festival designed for local playwrights.

In addition to White and Messina, Imprint's team includes business manager Benjamin Bratcher, strategic development manager Billy Betsill, and company manager Jessie Wallace. The group has already secured non-profit status and has a four-member board.

Venues for the final two shows of the season, The Revolutionists and Blood Brothers, will be announced later.

Below is the news release with show dates and descriptions:


Inspired by a song from one of our shows, Built for Longing is a season that focuses on the internal desire for more and how it can unravel us. From needing to be on top, to fantasizing about a past lover, to starting a revolution, and to always wondering what it’s like on the other side, Built for Longing features four emotionally honest, powerful, and driven pieces of theatre that will leave IMPRINT’s audiences touched and excited for our vision.

“We are thrilled about our Season and what it represents. We chose to focus on four shows that are not only extremely relevant to today’s audiences but tell very real, powerful, and intense stories," says White. "We’ve bookended the season with exciting takes on two contemporary classics. Then, in the middle are two area premieres, both written by female playwrights and featuring strong female roles, two things which we are very passionate about."

"That fundamental human trait is what we are exploring in our first season, Built for Longing," adds Messina. "We will begin and end with two modern masterpieces focusing on the hopes of those who feel the world is ignoring them and passing them by. Then, in the middle are two area premieres that deal with the unbridled passion and drive that forces us to do both good and evil."


Photo: Mark Lowry
An ensemble of singers at the season announcement part for Imprint Theatreworks

Glengarry Glen Ross

By David Mamet

January 12 - 27, 2018

Bath House Cultural Center 

Directed by Ashley H. White

A reimagining of the American Classic, focusing on a group of men caught in the cut-throat chase for their piece of the American Dream. An unrelenting examination of high-pressure sales culture and those who get lost in it.


The First Impressions Festival for Local Playwrights

February 21 - 24, 2018

Lake Level @ the Bath House Cultural Center 

Over one week in February, several local playwrights will have their works read and enjoyed by audiences, directors, and producers alike. The festival will also feature panels, talk-back sessions, cocktail hours, and networking opportunities geared toward providing awareness, opportunities, and support for the playwrights we have right here at home. We will begin accepting submissions in September.


Murder Ballad

Conceived and with book by Julia Jordan and Music and Lyrics by Juliana Nash

April 27 - May 12 , 2018

Lake Level @ the Bath House Cultural Center 

Directed by Ashley H. White 

A racy and fully immersive rock opera, Murder Ballad is a violent and lurid New York City tale that is both startling and honest in its portrayal of a tragic modern day love triangle. A steamy exploration of the complications of love, the compromises we have to make, and the betrayals that ultimately undo us. DFW Premiere.


The Revolutionists

By Lauren Gunderson

July 20 - August 5 , 2018

Co-Directed by Ashley H. White and Joe Messina

Location TBA 

A brutal and irreverent historical comedy about four women who made the ultimate sacrifice in their fight for art, feminism, freedom, and the need to change the world. The Revolutionists is a witty, non-stop experience that presents a powerful message. Sometimes, a revolution needs a woman’s touch.  Regional Premiere.


Blood Brothers

A musical by Willy Russell

October 26 - November 11 , 2018

Directed by Joe Messina

Location TBA 

This hilarious, provocative, and heartbreaking musical tells the unforgettable story of twins separated at birth who grow up on opposite sides of class and culture. A timely and powerful portrayal of the class divide and its effects, Blood Brothers is an emotional journey from beginning to its shattering end and was one of the West End’s most beloved and longest running musicals.


Auditions and Tickets

Audition dates will be announced soon and tickets will be available through IMPRINT theatreworks’ website, Tickets will start at $25 and Season Passes, at $80, are on sale now.


Mission Statement

An ensemble driven company, IMPRINT theatreworks will dedicate each of their seasons to providing unique and thought provoking theatre while uniting and engaging the community. Thanks For Reading

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Introducing Imprint Theatreworks
Group announces inaugural season, which includes regional premieres of Murder Ballad and The Revolutionists, plus modern classics and a new play festival.
by Mark Lowry

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