DALLAS THEATER CENTER
Announces Creative Team of World-Premiere Musical
The Fortress of Solitude
A Co-Production with The Public Theater
Legendary Scenic Deisgner Eugene Lee Returns to Dallas
DALLAS (October 17, 2013) – Dallas Theater Center announced today the complete creative team of the world premiere new musical The Fortress of Solitude, a co-production with The Public Theater in New York City. The Fortress of Solitude, based on the novel of the same name by Jonathan Lethem, is conceived and directed by Daniel Aukin, with a book by Itamar Moses and music and lyrics by Michael Friedman. It will premiere at the Wyly Theatre with previews on March 7, 2014 and run through April 6.
Aukin is making his DTC directing debut, having previously directed critically acclaimed productions at New York’s Roundabout Theatre Company, Lincoln Center Theater and Manhattan Theatre Club. Moses recently wrote the book for the musical, Nobody Loves You, which premiered off-Broadway this summer to critical raves. Dallas audiences will remember his play Back, Back, Back, which was part of DTC’s 2008-2009 season. Friedman is the composer/lyricist of the Broadway musical, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson; in the past several months his premieres have included writing the songs for the new musical, Love’s Labour’s Lost, at The Public’s Shakespeare in the Park in New York and the music for Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play at Playwrights Horizons.
The Fortress of Solitude will mark the return to Dallas of legendary scenic designer Eugene Lee for the first time in more than two decades. The three-time Tony Award®-winning designer was DTC’s resident designer from 1984-1991. His work at DTC included legendary productions of All the King’s Men, Galileo and The Tempest, as well as his design for the Arts District Theater, where DTC produced productions from 1984-2005, when it was torn down for the construction of the AT&T Performing Arts Center. Lee’s many national credits include serving as the resident scenic designer for NBC’s Saturday Night Live since its inception, and his groundbreaking designs for Broadway musicals, including Wicked, Sweeney Todd, and Candide.
Tyler Micoleau will return to DTC as lighting designer for The Fortress of Solitude. His previous DTC productions have included A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Who’s Tommy, among others. Making her DTC debut is Jessica Pabst as costume designer. Also returning to DTC is Tony Award®-winning sound designer Rob Kaplowitz (Fela!), who previously designed DTC’s It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s Superman.
Southern Methodist University alumnus Kim Grigsby, who was the Music Supervisor for DTC’s It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s Superman, will return to Dallas to be the show’s musical director. Grigsby’s recent Broadway credits include Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark and Spring Awakening. Rounding out the creative team is Camille A. Brown as choreographer. Brown is the artistic director and choreographer of the award winning Dance Company, Camille A. Brown & Dancers.
“The Fortress of Solitude is an emotionally moving musical filled with breathtaking songs and beautifully crafted characters,” says DTC Artistic Director Kevin Moriarty. “It is an honor to welcome back to Dallas so many long-time friends and collaborators for this production, including Eugene Lee, a man who helped create this organization’s artistic identity and whose work has served as a constant source of inspiration for Dallas theatergoers for several decades.”
The Fortress of Solitude is a story of 1970s Brooklyn and beyond – of black and white, soul and rap, block parties and blackouts, friendship and betrayal, comic books and 45s. And the story of what would happen if two teenagers obsessed with superheroes believed that maybe, just maybe, they could fly…
Special thanks to Associate Producing Partner American Airlines and to National Alliance for Musical Theatre.
ABOUT DALLAS THEATER CENTER:
One of the leading regional theaters in the country, Dallas Theater Center (DTC) performs to an audience of more than 120,000 North Texas residents annually. Founded in 1959, DTC is now a resident company of the AT&T Performing Arts Center and presents its Mainstage season at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, designed by REX/OMA, Joshua Prince-Ramus and Rem Koolhaas and at its original home, the Kalita Humphreys Theater, the only freestanding theater designed and built by Frank Lloyd Wright. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Kevin Moriarty and Managing Director Heather M. Kitchen, DTC produces a seven-play subscription series of classics, musicals and new plays and an annual production of A Christmas Carol; extensive education programs, including Project Discovery, SummerStage and partnerships with Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts and Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts; and community outreach efforts including leading the DFW Foote Festival and recent collaborations with the Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Public Library, Dallas Holocaust Museum, North Texas Food Bank, Dallas Opera, and Dallas Black Dance Theater. Throughout its history, DTC has produced many new works, including The Texas Trilogy by Preston Jones in 1978, Robert Penn Warren’s All the King’s Men, adapted by Adrian Hall, in 1986, and recent premieres of FLY by Rajiv Joseph, Bill Sherman and Kirstin Childs; Fly by Night by Kim Rosenstock, Michael Mitnick and Will Connolly; Giant by Michael John LaChiusa and Sybille Pearson; The Trinity River Plays by Regina Taylor; the revised It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s Superman by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Charles Strouse and Lee Adams; Give It Up! (now titled Lysistrata Jones and recently on Broadway) by Douglas Carter Beane and Lewis Flinn; Sarah, Plain and Tall by Julia Jordan, Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin; and The Good Negro by Tracey Scott Wilson.
Dallas Theater Center gratefully acknowledges the support of our season sponsors: American Airlines; the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs; The Dallas Morning News; Haynes and Boone, LLP; Lexus; Texas Instruments and WFAA.
ABOUT THE PUBLIC THEATER AT ASTOR PLACE:
Under the leadership of Artistic Director Oskar Eustis and Executive Director Patrick Willingham, The Public Theater is the only theater in New York that produces Shakespeare, the classics, musicals, contemporary and experimental pieces in equal measure. The Public continues the work of its visionary founder, Joe Papp, by acting as an advocate for the theater as an essential cultural force, and leading and framing dialogue on some of the most important issues of our day. Creating theater for one of the largest and most diverse audience bases in New York City for nearly 60 years, today the Company engages audiences in a variety of venues—including its landmark downtown home at Astor Place, which houses five theaters and Joe’s Pub; the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, home to its beloved, free Shakespeare in the Park; and the Mobile Unit, which tours Shakespearean productions for underserved audiences throughout New York City’s five boroughs. The Public’s wide range of programming includes free Shakespeare in the Park, the bedrock of the Company’s dedication to making theater accessible to all, new and experimental stagings at The Public at Astor Place, and a range of artist and audience development initiatives including its Public Forum series, which brings together theater artists and professionals from a variety of disciplines for discussions that shed light on social issues explored in Public productions. The Public Theater is located on property owned by the City of New York and receives annual support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; and in October 2012 the landmark building downtown at Astor Place was revitalized to physically manifest the Company’s core mission of sparking new dialogues and increasing accessibility for artists and audiences, by dramatically opening up the building to the street and community, and transforming the lobby into a public piazza for artists, students, and audiences. Key elements of the revitalization included infrastructure updates to the 158-year old building, as well as construction of new exterior entry stair and glass canopy; installation of ramps for improved accessibility; an expanded and refurbished lobby; the addition of a mezzanine level with a new lounge, The Library at The Public, designed by the Rockwell Group. The LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust provides leadership support for The Public Theater’s year-round activities. www.publictheater.org