2017 Regional Theatre Tony Award® Recipient Dallas Theater Center returns for its innovative 2020-21 season with virtual productions, two immersive theater experiences, a world premiere comedy, an adaptation of a best selling book, and a musical celebrating essential workers. The entire season will feature our Diane and Hal Brierley Resident Acting Company and our production staff as lead designers for sound, lighting, video, costumes and set design.
(Digital recording available 12-4-20)
Inspired by Charles Dickens
Adapted and directed by Kevin Moriarty
The classic Christmas story re-imagined in a world premiere film. A solitary man lies in a contemporary hospital bed, alone on Christmas Eve. As his life flashes before his eyes, he confronts the joys and sorrows of his past, present and future. As the timelines overlap, he re-experiences the exhilaration of falling in love, the bond of friendship, the pain of losing his sister, and the fear of what lies ahead in the afterlife. When the spirit of his best friend appears before him, Scrooge must make a choice between a renewed life or permanent damnation. Created specifically to be filmed under the unique circumstances of the pandemic (which restricts the size of the cast and eschews large scale musical numbers) this movie updates Charles Dickens’ story to our contemporary world, deepens our understanding of the beloved characters with compassion, humor and grace, and provides a holiday event to enjoy within the comfort of your own home.
Directed by Tiffany Nichole Greene
Devised by Tiffany Nichole Greene
with members of the Brierley Resident Acting Company
An immersive, theatrical, fairy tale exploration. Created by Director Tiffany Nichole Greene (Resident Director HAMILTON).
A unique piece of devised entertainment encompassing visual art, scene scapes and a captivating audio sound track experienced as an outdoor, site-specific work of performance art.
Based on the novel by H.G. Wells
Conceived and Written by Kevin Moriarty
Directed by Christie Vela
A unique in person theatrical experience that immerses audience members into the classic science fiction story. As news spreads that Martians are coming to earth and the world prepares for a violent clash, the audience receives phone calls and texts warning them of pending danger. They are ushered into a hiding place to take shelter from the battle, but the war outside gets perilously close. Soon the audience is on the move again, attempting to escape the assault of the extraterrestrials. Combining cell phones, audio drama, video technology and elements of a haunted house, War of the Worlds explores a variety of story-telling techniques to engage the audience in a thrilling sci-fi adventure brought to life.
WORLD PREMIERE April 3 – May 15, 2021
Written by Jonathan Norton
Directed by Kevin Moriarty
The world premiere comedy from playwright-in-residence Jonathan Norton (penny candy), written specifically for this special season. The Scott County Community Playhouse is the pride of Cedar Oak, Texas, a city ravaged by the second largest drug-fueled HIV outbreak to ever hit small town America. When the COVID-19 pandemic shuts down the playhouse production of Angels in America, the loss is a devastating blow to a city desperate to mend. As the virus spreads, Cedar Oak’s dark past comes to the surface, and best friends LeAnne (Sally Nystuen Vahle) and Tweedy-Bird (Liz Mikel) – affectionately known as “the cake ladies” – must confront their buried secrets in order to make Angels soar again!
April 10 – May 15, 2021
Based on the book by Cheryl Strayed
Adapted by Nia Vardalos
Directed by Joel Ferrell
Based on the acclaimed NY Times bestseller, Tiny Beautiful Things follows Sugar, an online advice columnist who uses her personal experiences to help the real-life readers who pour their hearts out to her. Tiny Beautiful Things is rich with humor, insight, compassion and absolute honesty – a play about reaching out when you want to sink in, healing when you’re broken, and having the courage to ask questions with no easy answers.
June 1 – June 27, 2021
Based on the book by Studs Terkel, adapted by Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso with additional contributions by Gordon Greenberg
Songs by Craig Caarnelia, Micki Grant, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mary Rodgers and Susan Birkenhead, Stephen Schwartz, James Taylor
Directed by Tiana Kaye Blair
The lyrics of the first song say it all: “I hear America singing.” Based on Studs Terkel’s bestselling book, this unique musical features the real-life words of average working Americans, set to music by a diverse collection of extraordinary story-telling songwriters. Through original songs by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked), Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton, In the Heights), James Taylor, and others, Working lifts up the voices of teachers, waiters, truck drivers and the essential workers who often go unnoticed but whose work uplifts our lives day in and day out.