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Project Discovery 2022-23 Dates and Performances:

CLUE
by Sandy Rustin, based on the screenplay by Jonathan Lynn

DATES: Thurs 9/8, Fri 9/9, Tues 9/13, Wed 9/14, Thurs 9/15, Fri 9/16

Based on the iconic 1985 Paramount movie which was inspired by the classic Hasbro board game, Clue is a hilarious farce meets-murder mystery. The tale begins at a remote mansion, where six mysterious guests assemble for an unusual dinner party  where murder and blackmail are on the menu. When their host turns up dead, they all become suspects. Led by Wadsworth  – the butler, Miss Scarlett, Professor Plum, Mrs. White, Mr. Green, Mrs. Peacock and Colonel Mustard race to find the killer as  the body count stacks up. Students will immerse themselves in ideas about games and why we play them, as well as exploring mystery, a genre they don’t often get to see performed live in the theater. Content Rating: PG-13, reference to murders

TROUBLE IN MIND
by Alice Childress

DATES: Thurs 10/13, Fri 10/14, Tues 10/18, Wed 10/19, Thurs 10/20, Fri 10/21

This 1955 comedy-drama—planned for Broadway but canceled when the playwright wouldn’t tone down its message for white producers—finally made its Broadway debut in 2021. This will be the first time the play is produced in North Texas. It follows a cast of black actors as they rehearse for a major Broadway production. Students will have the rare opportunity to engage with a mid-century text as a new living portrait of a time. Students will be asked how far we’ve come and what the play has to say about today black identity today. Content Rating: PG-13, Mature themes, language

A CHRISTMAS CAROL
by Charles Dickens, adapted by DTC Artistic Director Kevin Moriarty. 

DATES: Fri 11/25, Tues 11/29, Thurs 12/1, Fri 12/2, Tues 12/6, Wed 12/7, Thurs 12/8, Fri 12/9

A critically-acclaimed, delightfully reimagined take on Dickens’ enduring classic, this transcendent, all-ages musical is both socially conscious and theatrically spectacular. Join us as Scrooge and cast once again fill the Wyly with music and special effects – from flying ghosts to falling snow – with the audience right in the middle of the action. Students will re-examine the plays’ timeless themes of serving the greater good, family, gratitude, and how we take care of each other. Content Rating: G, family-friendly, though some moments may be scary for small children

NATIVE GARDENS
by Karen Zacarias

DATES: Thurs 2/16, Fri 2/17, Tues 2/21, Wed 2/22, Thurs 2/23, Fri 2/24

Pablo, a rising attorney, and doctoral candidate Tania, his very pregnant wife, have just  purchased a home next to Frank and Virginia, a well-established D.C. couple with a prize-worthy English garden. But an  impending barbeque for Pablo’s colleagues and a delicate disagreement over a long-standing fence line soon spiral into an  all-out border dispute, exposing both couples’ notions of race, taste, class, and privilege. Students will discuss themes of gentrification, border walls, latinx identity, ageism, and privilege. Content Rating: PG-13, Mature Themes and Ideas

INTO THE WOODS
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Book by James Lapine  

DATES: Fri 4/7, Tues 4/11, Wed 4/12, Thurs 4/13, Fri 4/14, Wed 4/19

What happens after “Happily Ever After?” In this timeless, relevant, and now modern classic musical that reimagines the fairy tales we all love, audiences are asked to grapple with what to do when we get what we wish for. The story follows a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the ball; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. Along the way, Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel also make appearances. As their individual adventures begin to overlap and their wishes are granted, the characters learn hard lessons about family and the consequences of the choices we make and how to build community. Students will explore all these themes in their workshop and discussions. Content Rating: PG, loss of a parent

 


About Project Discovery

Since the theater’s founding in 1959, DTC has provided educational programming as central to its mission. Throughout its first 25 years, led by founding artistic director Paul Baker, the theater offered an MFA theater training program on its campus, as well as extensive TYA performances and theater classes for youth, under the visionary leadership of Robyn Baker Flatt. 

In 1986 DTC created its flagship educational program, Project Discovery, to build bridges between our theatrical programming and local schools. It has since become our flagship program, bringing thousands of high school and middle school students to experience our season as members of our audience community. PD offers scholarships for tickets, transportation, workshops, and talkbacks, as well as supporting teachers with professional development and curriculum support for the classroom.

In 2013, Project Discovery was one of twelve organizations nationwide to be awarded the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award. Under the leadership of Morgana Wilborn, DTC’s Education department continued to evolve, serving students and adults with a variety of onsite and virtual programs, volunteer and internship opportunities, and a commitment to both social justice and opportunities for students to explore theatrical craft.

After programming virtually for two years, PD returns for our first full live season. Educators, apply here to bring your students and yourself into our community! Please contact Amanda McRaven, Associate Director of Public Works at projectdiscovery@dallastheatercenter.org with any questions.