Second Thought Theatre artistic directors Kelsey Head and Steven Walters took their sweet time picking shows for the 2013 season at Bryant Hall. But maybe it was worth the wait. This small theater, along with Theatre Nouveau 47 and Fort Worth's Trinity Shakespeare Festival, made season lineup announcements nearly simultaneously today. Some good, edgy, bloody, funny, nutty stuff coming up.
For its ninth season, Second Thought will present a Texas premiere, two dark comedies and a one-woman show. The choices "offer North Texas audiences four plays that will make them laugh, encourage conversation and provide unique perspectives," says Head in the media release.
Coming up first, A Behanding in Spokane (January 4-26) the newest play by contemporary Irish playwright Martin McDonagh. Alex Organ (who's had starring roles recently with Shakespeare Dallas and Lyric Stage) will make his directorial debut at Second Thought with this play, McDonagh's first set in the United States.
My Name is Rachel Corrie, March 16-30, is a one-woman script based on the diaries of American college student Rachel Corrie, who was killed in 2003 while protesting in the Gaza Strip. Director Clay Wheeler will expand the production starring Barrett Nash that received glowing reviews last summer at the Festival of Independent Theatre.
Gruesome Playground Injuries (June 6-22) is a two-person play about accident-prone people who've known each other 30 years. Joel Ferrell, Dallas Theater Center Associate Artistic Director, will direct the piece by Rajiv Joseph.
In a Forest, Dark and Deep (August 9-31), an exploration of secrets and sibling rivalry by Neil LaBute, will be directed by guest artist Regan Adair, who previously directed Red Light Winter for Second Thought. Adair also knows his LaBute, having starred in Dallas Theater Center's trilogy of the playwright's "Beauty Plays" a few seasons back.
All Second Thought performances will happen at Bryant Hall on the Kalita Humphreys Theater campus, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd. Season memberships are available now for $60, online 2TT.co or by phone at 866-811-4111.
Theatre Nouveau 47 adds new company members for its three-show season, starting in March. In 2013 resident artist John Michael, who performed his one-man show The A Gays: Stillwater, Oklahoma, this past year, will return with a new solo piece. Michael Federico, who's also part of the Kitchen Dog Theater company, joins Nouveau 47 as managing director. Federico is also the writer of On the Eve, the world premiere musical (music and lyrics by Shawn and Seth Magill of Home by Hovercraft) opening this week at this theater. Along with directing for Second Thought, Clay Wheeler joins this company as literary director. (Love how Dallas theaters allow artists to overlap, being part of more than one "home company.")
The Nouveau season starts with She Creatures (February 28-March 16) by up-and-coming Austin playwright Sarah Saltwick. The piece features a siren and a mermaid dealing with their attempts to integrate into the human world.
Into the Night (May 30-June 15) is a new play by Nouveau company member Matthew Tomlanovich.
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Chasing Alice (August 8-24) is another premiere, based on a story by Nouveau's artistic director Tom Parr IV.
More information on Nouveau 47 Theatre is available at www.nouveau47.com or by calling 214-810-3605. This company performs in the old Margo Jones theater space, 1121 First Avenue, inside Fair Park.
The Trinity Shakespeare Festival in Fort Worth broke its own box office records this past summer with The Merry Wives of Windsor. They're hoping enthusiasm carries over to its summer 2013 season, its fifth. They'll be staging The Taming of the Shrew and Julius Caesar in repertory in the Hays and Buschman Theatres on the campus of Texas Christian University.
Julius Caesar will be staged by award-winning director Stephen Fried (he previously directed The Merchant of Venice, Macbeth and Much Ado About Nothing) and Shrew will be directed by Trinity Shakespeare Festival Artistic Director T.J. Walsh. The dates of next summer's festival are June 11-30. Tickets will go on sale beginning in April at www.trinityshakes.org.