We hope you are well and safe. The past few months have been a challenge for all of us as we shelter in place. We, like you, are finding ourselves having to adjust our plans and how we work. So, with the safety of our artists, staff, and audiences in mind, Dallas Theater Center is altering its plans for next season. We are delaying the start of our subscription season until 2021 to ensure that it is safe for everyone to return to the theater. And when we do return, we will continue to bring you creative, challenging, entertaining, and nationally recognized theater.
Despite these uncertain times, our curtain will rise again! We are hopeful that by Thanksgiving it will be safe for audiences and artists to return to the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre for our annual production of A Christmas Carol. Then, after the first of the year, we will launch a revised version of our full 6-play season. We are preparing to produce shows that will highlight the artistry of our Diane and Hal Brierley Resident Acting Company members, working in collaboration with our talented artistic and production staff. Together, we will produce shows with inspiration, laughter, and insight. While plans are still being finalized, we will include two previously announced titles: Tiny Beautiful Things, a dramatization of Cheryl Strayed’s beloved book of hope and inspiration, and What to Send Up When It Goes Down, an award-winning interactive theatrical ritual of healing focused created in response to the deaths of Black people as a result of racialized violence. Additionally in September, Kevin will announce four new titles, which will include a world premiere comedy by our Playwright-in-Residence, Jonathan Norton, written specifically for this season; a classic Agatha Christie murder mystery; a joyous musical production featuring the entire Brierley Resident Acting Company; and a large scale musical comedy featuring 200 community artists working alongside professional actors as part of our Public Works Dallas program. All of these are unique productions the likes of which you could only experience at Dallas Theater Center!
But we will not bring you a season until we can do so safely. We will monitor the situation closely and rely on guidance from medical and governmental authorities. I’m sorry safety restrictions will prevent us from bringing you the planned Fall productions. Now more than ever we feel compelled to bring our community together and share stories of hope and inspiration, but health and safety must come first. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
If you have already purchased or renewed your subscription for next season, you don’t need to do anything. Your seats are secured and will be ready for you when our season launches in January.
And for those of you who have contributed to our Bounce Back Fund, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Because of your support, we have so far managed to keep all of our staff employed and have avoided layoffs or furloughs. We’re keeping busy making masks to donate to the community, developing content for our online classroom, and planning the upcoming season. With your continued support, we will do everything in our power to keep our company together in these difficult times so we’re ready to welcome you back to the theater as soon as it’s safe to do so.
We all look forward to seeing you again at the theater and send our best wishes.
Based on the Book by Cheryl Strayed
Adapted for the Stage by Nia Vardalos
Co-Conceived by Marshall Heyman, Thomas Kail, and Nia Vardalos
Directed by Joel Ferrell
Based on the best selling book by Cheryl Strayed (author of Wild), 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. Rich with humor, insight, compassion - and absolute honesty - Tiny Beautiful Things is about reaching when you’re stuck, healing when you’re broken, and finding the courage to take on the questions that have no answers.
Written by Aleshea Harris
Directed by Akin Babatunde
What to Send Up When It Goes Down is a play, a ritual and a home-going celebration that bears witness to the physical and spiritual deaths of Black people as a result of racist violence. Meant to disrupt the pervasiveness of anti-blackness and acknowledge the resilience of Black people throughout history, Aleshea Harris’s acclaimed, groundbreaking play blurs the boundaries between actors and audiences, offering a space for catharsis, discussion, reflection, and healing.
A co-production with Stage West Theater
Subscribers get first access and discounted pricing for the best seats in the house!
By Charles Dickens, adapted by Kevin Moriarty
Dallas’ family-favorite holiday tradition.
Tis the season to be jolly when Dallas’ favorite holiday tradition returns to the Wyly Theatre! Three spirits have come to visit the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, and to take him on a fantastic journey through Christmases past, present, and future that annually delights audiences across North Texas. But will it be enough to save Scrooge’s soul? Brimming with joyful songs, magical spirits, and holiday cheer, the Tony Award winning Dallas Theater Center’s A Christmas Carol boldly reimagines Dickens’ classic tale of joy, redemption, and the spirit of Christmas.