Teresa Wash, the founder and artistic director of the Oak Cliff-based TeCo Theatrical Productions, is the new (the first, actually) Dallas-Fort Worth representative for the national organization Dramatists Guild of America. She has already been producing a speaker's series at her theater (the next one is this Thursday with author Ellis Cose).
Now, TeCo, Dramatists and TheaterJones are coming together to present a panel discussion on playwrights and getting your work produced at local and national theaters.
The panel will include Tre Garrett of Jubilee Theatre, Tina Parker of Kitchen Dog Theater and Tom Parr IV of Nouveau 47 Theatre, and will be moderated by TheaterJones editor Mark Lowry. Jubilee recently launched a new play competition; Kitchen Dog has long been the area champion of new work (and is a founding company of the National New Play Network); and Nouveau 47 also has a misison for new work and has been consistently hosting readings and productions.
There have been opportunities for local playwrights at North Texas theaters in the past, notably the ones that specialize and do almost nothing but original plays, such as Pocket Sandwich Theatre, MBS Productions and Hip Pocket Theatre. But as I wrote about in January, this has been an especially forward-moving year, as local writers have received more fully staged professional productions than usual, such as Vicki Caroline Cheatwood's Ruth at Kitchen Dog and Larry Herold's The Sports Page at Stage West.
This trend is continuing through the fall, as Jubilee Theatre will premiere a new musical about black cowboys (written by a Houston playwright), Black Spurs; and local writer James Venhaus will have his political comedy Ugly People premiered at Fort Worth's Pantagleize Theatre, to name a few.
Also big news this year: TACA's first Donna Wilhelm Family New Works Fund grants, which recently awarded a total of $100,000 to African American Repertory Theater, Cara Mia Theatre and Dallas Theater Center for new plays in the coming years. AART and Cara Mia's works are by local writers, Jonathan Norton and David Lozano, respectively.
Below are the details of the discussion. Please plan to come and engage in conservation about local theater, and if you haven't yet, see TeCo's beautiful space.
It's 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17 (tonight), at the Bishop Arts Theater Center, 215 S. Tyler St. in Oak Cliff. Parking is free. Donations will be accepted. If you'd like to attend please RSVP at email@example.com by Sept. 10.
The event should last about an hour. And then, when it's over, head over to the McKinney Avenue Contemporary where Kitchen Dog Theater will present a one-year anniversary celebration of the Occupy movement at 8 p.m.