On Tuesday, September 30, Dallas Theater Center launched the Stagger Lee Society with a kick-off event at the home of Sarah and Ross Perot, Jr.. Guests enjoyed the magnificent view of the Dallas skyline from the Perots’ balcony of the W Residences while sampling a suptuous array of hors d’oeuvres provided by The Food Company. Playwright-in-residence Will Power introduced the 75 guests to his new musical Stagger Lee, which is set to premiere at DTC in January 2015. Will gave a brief history of the music and African-American folk tales that inspired the characters in his play. Traci Lee, who will appear onstage in Stagger Lee, performed the musical number “Northern Woman” from the show. Managing Director Heather Kitchen also addressed guests, highlighting the vital partnership between DTC, Will Power and Southern Methodist University. Finally, the Society’s chair Jennifer Altabef explained the purpose of the Stagger Lee Society, to raise $250,000 to offset the expenses of staging this new work.
|Stagger Lee Society chair Jennifer Altabef and her husband
Peter with hosts Sarah and Ross Perot, Jr.
|James and Frances Waters with Marla Teyolia and Will Power|
|Shannon Skokos, Mona Graue, and Julie Hersh|| Kent and Vicki Newsom, Sarah Warnecke,
and Rhonda and Kirk Chandler
Contributors to the Stagger Lee Society will enjoy other opportunities to be a part of final stages of developing Stagger Lee, with access to the fall workshop presentation, a design reception with Tony Award®-winning scenic artist David Gallo, and panel discussion with Will and the production’s director, Patricia McGregor, a music rehearsal with Tony Award®-winning music director Daryl Waters, and finally, the opening night performance of Stagger Lee on January 30, 2015.
► For information about opportunities to join the Society, contact Antay Bilgutay at (214) 252-3912.
Top: Will Power addresses guests at the Perot residence.
?Photos by Dana Driensky.
The world premiere of Stagger Lee will be onstage at the Wyly Theatre January 21 – February 15, 2015.