David Lee Nelson in \"Status Update\"

Time to Get Loopy (Updated Schedule)

WaterTower Theatre's 2011 Out of the Loop Fringe Festival to be headlined by Robert Wuhl, of Arli$$. Here's the full lineup.

published Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The lineup for WaterTower Theatre's 2011 Out of the Loop Fringe Festival has been announced. This year's fest will be headlined by national comedians Faye Lane, Lauren Weedman and Robert Wuhl, who wrote and starred in the HBO comedy Arli$$ and will perform his one-man show Assume the Position, featured on HBO (see video embedded below). 

The annual event runs March 3-13, 2011, in the spaces at the Addison Theatre Centre.

The performances include theater, dance, cabaret, music and comedy, and there will be a visual art exhibit by Dallas artists Christopher Miller and Brad Ford Smith. This year's roster features a healthy dose of local performers and companies, but also seems to have reached out more to regional acts than in years past.

Festival passes, which include one admission to each festival event, are $65. WaterTower Theatre subscribers receive $10 off each festival pass. Individual ticket prices vary for each event and range in price from $10 to $20. is proud to be a media sponsor for Out of the Loop, for the third year, along with The Dallas Observer.

Below are the performances and descriptions:


Audacity Theatre Lab presents I Have Angered a Great God by Brad McEntire

Studio Theatre: 5 p.m. March 6; 7:30 p.m. March 9; 2 p.m. March 12

I Have Angered a Great God follows mover and shaker Robert von Ritchie. He has somehow upset a Great Tiki God with anger-control issues. Robert retraces his steps over the past few days to discover where things went wrong. It might be easier if he weren't constantly on his cell phone talking with his now ex-girlfriend Martha, who barely made it into MENSA. It’s aa comedic take on public etiquette, modern therapy and living down childhood mishaps.

Blacken Blues Theater presents Acts of Love

Studio Theatre: 8 p.m. March 5; 7:30 p.m. March 8

Acts of Love is a compilation of four one act plays written by award winning playwright Willie Holmes. Contemporary urban tales of love, sex, and political incorrectness entertains audiences with thought provoking wit and drama.  

Broken Gears Project Theatre presents The Magdalen Whitewash

Studio Theatre: 7:30 p.m. March 3; 2 p.m. March 6; 5 p.m. March 13

What if you were sentenced to imprisonment for the crime of becoming pregnant? In the past century, The Magdalene Laundries were set up in collaboration between Ireland’s Church and State and served as a place of confinement for young girls and even adult women. Hard to believe, the last of these convents closed in the 1990s. The play focuses on eight of these “Maggies,” their stories, sexual abuse, and their attempts to leave the laundry. We see them through the eyes of the “free.” Robbed of their lives because of events beyond their control, they were branded as 'sinners' and locked away to 'wash away the stain’. How do they cope with the grueling toil and the stigma? Being abandoned by their families? Passing years with no hope of reprieve? And the agony of losing their babies? This play by Valerie Goodwin, directed by Nathan Autrey, is a fictional account of a factual dark chapter in history. The girls depicted are not based on actual women known to the author; however, any similarity to real persons living or dead is regrettable, but all too likely.

Cordes & Parr Productions presents The Great White Way

Main Stage: 2 p.m. March 5; 7:30 p.m. March 9

The Great White Way is a comedic backstage musical about first loves and second chances, set against the buoyant backdrop of a blockbuster Broadway show about a killer shark. John Worth, an aspiring writer and composer, falls for Estrella Proxima, a taciturn dresser who has long since abandoned her own dreams. Inspired by Estrella’s mysterious past―and by his deceased idol, Izzy Freeman―John starts his own heartfelt musical about the rocky roads to the Great White Way, proving that you can realize your dreams at any stage of your life.

Dallas Poetry Slam

Stone Cottage: 10 p.m. March 5

Roderick “Rock Baby” Goudy is the Slammaster (main organizer and host) of Dallas Poetry Slam (DPS) since 2003. For over 12 years he has delighted, educated and entertained people of various ages and ethnicities across America, quickly making him a crowd favorite within the “chitlin” circuit of spoken word. Appearing twice on HBO’s Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam, Rock Baby offered television explosive performances with his distinct style of comedic poetry. For 10 consecutive years he has earned a position on the Dallas Poetry Slam team.

David Lee Nelson…Status Update

Stone Cottage: 8 p.m. March 4; 5 p.m. March 6; 7:30 p.m. March 8

David Lee Nelson...Status Update is about a standup comedian going through a divorce, getting sober, and taking lots of naps. Hailed as “epically heartbreaking, tremendously endearing, and painfully funny” by the Charleston City Paper, David Lee Nelson...Status Update explores how a performer struggles to turn his life around in the age of social media...while managing to remain funny.

Debutante Warriors in Girl Power in 3D

Main Stage: 11 a.m. March 5; 5 p.m. March 13

A world premiere musical workshop featuring Girls Just Want To Have Fun, Our Lips Are Sealed, Video Killed The Radio Star, U Can’t Touch This and many more '80s hits. The unlikeliest of budding debutantes become friends in this original comic book come to life. First love, deep rivalries, and a struggle to be just “who I am” must be navigated all the while battling bad debutante Bitsy who’s refused her place in high society.

Dallas Cabaret Artists presents That’s Life

Main Stage: 7:30 p.m. March 13

Life is full of ups and downs, ins and outs, firsts and lasts. Using several genres of music, they take you on the journey of your life through song. Featuring Gary Floyd, Denise Lee, Erica Peterman, Shane Peterman and Buddy Shanahan on piano.

Ellie Leonhardt presents Pixel Dances

Main Stage: 2 p.m. March 6 (with Satellite-Dance Collective)

This is not Swan Lake! Contemporary choreographer Ellie Leonhardt presents Pixel Dances―three works that blur the lines between dance, music, and video art. These dances explore how technology, in relationship to the human body, can convey a multiplicity of perspectives, a sense of containment, resistance, escape, meditative soundscapes, intricate landscapes, visual imagery, and virtual set design. It’s the computer age meets lyrical, contemplative movement. Presented in collaboration with composer and intermedia artist David Bithell.

Faye Lane stars in Beauty Shop Stories

Main Stage: 7:30 p.m. March 3; 8 p.m. March 4; 7:30 p.m. March 6

Interspersing country-and-western-flavored cabaret songs (accompanied by Andrew Graham on piano) with monologues about growing up in her mama's Texas beauty salon, the platinum blonde Faye Lane narrates her inspirational tale of an overweight little girl who learns to follow her dreams. Sure, she confesses that Jesus was her imaginary friend and reprises her elementary school performance as a musical green bean, but Lane's humor is far from satirical. With the notable exception of “One-Way Ticket to Nowhere,” a wistful song warning of dreams deferred, the endearing and soaring-voiced Lane proves that she—not her material—is the real standout here. Faye Lane will also offer a playwriting workshop on Saturday, March 5 at 12:30 p.m. (not available as part of the Loop Pass).

Greyman Theatre Company presents Dani Girl

Main Stage: 5 p.m. March 6; 7:30 p.m. March 10

Dani Girl, by Greyman Theatre Company, is a new and original regional-premiere musical with music by Michael Kooman and book and lyrics by Christopher Dimond. It tells the story of a young cancer patient and her passionate, sometimes funny, sometimes heart-breaking, but ultimately life and love affirming struggle with cancer. Dani, a precocious 9-year-old, together with her teddy bear, imaginary guardian angel and socially awkward hospital roommate, embarks on a magical quest to reclaim her health! Dani Girl is recommended for ages 12 and up.

Muscle Memory Dance Theatre presents Black is the Color of that Kettle

Main Stage: 8 p.m. March 5

M2DT presents Black is the Color of that Kettle, an intimate series of dance works for and about the broken woman. This multifaceted dance work abstractly addresses stumbling blocks for women such as love, intimacy, family, self worth, control, and more. Black is the Color of that Kettle highlights the perseverance of women who, in the face of challenges, emerge triumphant and become societal and familial leaders.

Nouveau 47’s FTP Comedy presents Inside the Loop

Stone Cottage: 10 p.m. March 4, 11 & 12 

The FTP Comedy Troupe is the red-headed improv/sketch comedy step-child of Nouveau 47 Theatre. FTP Comedy (which stands for FTP Comedy) was created to offer both audience and performer an alternative to the usual comic fare. An Equal Opportunity Comedy Troupe, FTP takes the opportunity to mock, satirize, parody and make fun of everyone.


Rhythmic Souls presents Tap This

Stone Cottage: 2 p.m. March 6; 8 p.m. March 12; 5 p.m. March 13

Tap This is an informal show about friends who come together for dinner and reminisce about their experiences and growth as tap dancers. Rhythmic Souls is a tap company founded by Keira Leverton and Katelyn Harris. The company members are Keira Leverton, Katelyn Harris, Courtne Shed, and Tish Kelley. Rhythmic Souls is dedicated to promoting the art of tap dancing in the local community, through performances and classes taught by our members at various studios throughout the metroplex. Though their performances and various other mediums, Rhythmic Souls hopes to share their love of this amazing art form. Katelyn Harris and Keira Leverton also Co-Direct The Drawbacks Youth Tap Ensemble.


Rite of Passage Theatre Company presents Technically Related

Studio Theatre: 2 p.m. March 5; 7:30 p.m. March 6; 5 p.m. March 12

Technically Related is a double-dose of world premiere plays by Christina Cigala and Clay Wheeler that explore the ties that bind us all, for better or worse: our families. Cigala's twisted Hard Candy Christmas centers around an eccentric family reunited on Christmas Eve in the lobby of a rehab facility, while Wheeler's frenetic Unit Cohesion finds a family at a crossroads in the wake of the death of its patriarch. A fresh take on a universal subject, Technically Related is two variations on love and family. This production contains adult language, mild violence, drug use, and smoking.

Rocketship Productions presents Dark at the End of the Tunnel

Stone Cottage: 7:30 p.m. March 9; 7:30 p.m. March 10; 2 p.m. March 12

Dark at the End of the Tunnel enacts the story of a blind man who wakes up on a bridge and fears he might have beaten a man to death the night before. Searching for answers, he relives his magical childhood, his journey from sighted to blind, his relationship with the woman he loves and his fascination with the legacy of General Curtis LeMay. Fearing he has lost sight of everything that is important, will he come face to face with the violence he committed?

Sarah Gamblin & Friends presents Points of Departure

Main Stage: 5:30 p.m. March 5

This full evening of contemporary dance features the recent artistic endeavors of dancer/choreographer Sarah Gamblin and her shockingly talented friends from North Texas and beyond: New York City choreographer Colleen Thomas; nationally recognized performers Mary Williford-Shade and Heidi Henderson; the Big Rig Dance Collective of Denton, Texas; the best of Denton’s music scene, Jenny Seman of Shiny Around the Edges; and Sarah Jaffe. This dance concert packs a range of styles and genres that share a commitment to complexity, subtlety, nuance and experimentation of both dance and musical performance. This 60-minute evening features “Drift,” an avant-garde music/dance act; “Under,” the embodiment of the messy and complex in relationships; “Green,” mad, kitschy dance theater; and the inimitable solo dancer extraordinaire Mary Williford-Shade in “Lo and Behold.”

Satellite-Dance Collective presents Water’s Edge and The Eclipse Project

Main Stage: 2 p.m. March 6 (with Ellie Leonhardt)

Water’s Edge is an intermedia dance infused with text (sound score) and projected water images that morph into a collage illuminating a continuum of change―sometimes physically gripping, sometimes in sync, sometimes against the flow, and in stillness. This enlivened dance crosses life's passages as three women aboard a vessel, forage into the abyss of change…pouring, drowning, climbing, nourishing, struggling and approaching the water’s edge. Waves of mysterious intensity resolve into freedom on the other side. The Eclipse Project is an inter-media dance entwined with real-time manipulation of digital media and music composition. Dancers real and virtual ravel, wrangle and unravel ambiguous zones of space in this highly charged and dynamic vortex of space.

Second Thought Theatre presents The Lesson

Studio Theatre: 8 p.m. March 4; 5 p.m. March 5; 7:30 p.m. March 10

The Lesson by Eugene Ionesco is an absurdist classic. A professor awaits a fresh pupil's arrival, brushing off the maid's warnings of the dark things that may come of yet another lesson...the pupil arrives, eager to learn. The professor's frustration grows, and the day's lesson takes its foreshadowed, perilous turn. This potent comic drama has the power to frighten and delight. A cocktail of violence―psychological and physical―and comedy that ranges from screwball to inky black, the play is as fresh and relevant today as when it premiered 60 years ago.

Stacey Smith stars in Confessions of a Chubby Tomboy

Stone Cottage: 8 p.m. March 11; 5 p.m. March 12; 2 p.m. March 13

Do you know what's it like to be a lone cheetah girl in a pack of puma boys? Can you relate to being a big marble rolled into a circle of small ones? And lastly―do these metaphors confuse you? Because they confuse me. My name is Stacey Smith and I'm a recovering Chubby Tomboy. Life itself is confusing, but let my experiences help you understand hormonal growth in a funny way. Wait…I mean, “funnier” way. These are the Confessions of a Chubby Tomboy. Confessions is the trials and tribulations of a roly-poly tomboy blossoming into a young lady. Ronald McDonald calls it “Truth.” Stacey Smith, author of Confessions of a Chubby Tomboy, takes audience members on a personal journey from childhood to early adulthood. This autobiographical sketch fiasco presents an extensive character montage from a Little Blonde Mobster Girl to an Elderly Lady Learning Google.

Taking Chances―A Cabaret with Marjorie Hayes

Stone Cottage: 7:30 p.m. March 3; 8 p.m. March 5; 7:30 p.m. March 6

With an eclectic mix of spirited and potent songs that celebrate her journey back to music, this international artist's earthy voice gives heart to her working class story songs and joyous numbers from the musical theatre. Then this powerhouse in an unlikely package rocks the house with James Taylor, Elton John and Leonard Cohen. Taking Chances debuted at the Gardenia Supper Club, LA and at the Duplex Cabaret Theatre, NYC in 2010 to rave reviews. Musical Director and co-creator Michele Brourman. Erv Raible directs. Hans Grim at the keys and Peggy Honea on acoustic bass.

Lauren Weedman stars in No…You Shut Up

Studio Theatre: 8 p.m. March 11 & 12; 2 p.m. March 13

No…You Shut Up is Lauren Weedman’s newest one-woman show which tackles fractured families, families with dead mothers, two mothers, adopted mothers and foster kids. Weedman is a poet of excruciatingly funny self-loathing. If you hate solo theater, this is the show for you. “She’s just plain funny…” says The New York Times.

Robert Wuhl stars in Assume the Position

Main Stage: 8 p.m. March 11; 2 & 8 p.m. March 12; 2 p.m. March 13

What Robert Wuhl did to the world of sports on HBO’s Arli$$, he does onstage to education with Assume the Position. Wuhl will be the history teacher many of us always hoped to have, but never did. The show is based on the hit HBO program of the same name. When class is in session, Wuhl will deliver an “irreverent history lesson that playfully examines some of the facts and myths-that-became-facts that have permeated American history.” (Los Angeles Times)



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