Went to the Wyly rooftop this morning for Dallas Theater Center's 2010-2011 season announcement. You'll find the entirety of the lineup after the jump -- though, by way of introduction, most of the titles announced by artistic director Kevin Moriarty this morning are very solid and very familiar stage best-ofs, including Arsenic and Old Lace (starring Betty Buckley and Tovah Feldshuh), Cabaret ("We'll turn the whole Wyly into the Kit Kat Klub!"), The Wiz (a co-production with Dallas Black Dance Theater), A Christmas Carol (don't tell me how it ends) and Henry IV (never heard of it). Also on the roster is Horton Foote's Tony-nominated Dividing the Estate, DTC's contribution to next year's citywide Foote Festival.
Moriarty was greeted with applause and even a few cheers when he announced that loooongtime DTC troupe member Randy Moore -- who was already beloved when Texas Monthly profiled him in 1978 -- is returning to play Falstaff in Henry IV. There was other news as well: Next season will feature six subscription pieces instead of five; he's upping the number of company cast members from nine to 10; and by the end of next season, 87 percent of the actors appearing in DTC productions "will live right here in our community." Again, big applause.
And then there was this rather significant announcement: DTC will premiere on November 5, through December 5, a new play by Dallas-born Pinkston and SMU grad Regina Taylor, now an artistic associate at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. Taylor -- who's also an actress you may recognize from, among other things, her three-year run on CBS's The Unit and her stint on the rightfully acclaimed Fly Away Home -- will bring to the DTC a play titled Rain, about a woman who comes home to South Oak Cliff. It will debut in Dallas before heading back to the Goodman for a run there. Here's the official synopsis:
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After her marriage falls apart, Iris makes her annual trip home to Dallas for her mother Rose's birthday. For Iris, home is a place where nothing ever changes, a refuge from the storm. But change is afoot in her mother's house, and Iris and Rose must learn to weather the storm together. Laced with humor, Rain is a moving portrait of family, motherhood and the ties that bind one generation to the next.
After the press conference, Moriarty told Unfair Park that Rain is actually the middle piece in a semi-autobiographical trilogy Taylor's writing -- one she's referring to as "The Trinity River Project." (He smiled broadly upon revealing its moniker.) And while Moriarty's not sure if the other two installments will debut in Dallas as well, he certainly hopes so: "It is, after all, her hometown," he says.
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