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ABOUT PUBLIC WORKS DALLAS

Public Works Dallas, produced by Dallas Theater Center in collaboration with Southern Methodist University Meadows School of the Arts and AT&T Performing Arts Center, is a groundbreaking community engagement and participatory theater project designed to deliberately blur the line between professional artists and Dallas community members. Public Works Dallas is affiliated with the ongoing Public Works initiative of The Public Theater in New York that seeks to engage the people of New York by making them creators and not just spectators.

Lear deBessonet and Todd Almond worked together to create the Public Works program. Lear deBessonet was awarded the SMU Meadows Prize in 2015 to bring the program to Dallas. Under the leadership of the founding Director of Public Works Dallas, Dayron J. Miles, the program launched in 2017 with a production of The Tempest at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, directed by DTC Enloe/Rose Artistic Director Kevin Moriarty. Public Works is a national and international initiative affiliated with peer theaters throughout the U.S. and Europe who share a vision for creating ambitious works of participatory theater in the Public Works model. Current theaters include Dallas Theater Center, Seattle Repertory Theatre and The National Theatre in London.

RESERVE TICKETS TO THE ODYSSEY

Join us July 8-10 at the Dee & Charles Wyly Theatre as Dallas Theater Center & Public Works Dallas presents: The Odyssey.

Friday, July 8 • 8:00pm
Saturday, July 9 • 2:30pm, 8:00pm
Sunday, July 10 • 2:30pm

Inspired by the historical pageantry movement of the early 1900s—known for blending mass spectacle with community engagement—this final work in deBessonet and Almond’s grand trilogy reimagines the Greek epic with Public Works’ signature blend of professional actors, community members and special guests. Man-eating Cyclops, a sorceress that turns sailors to beasts and the deadly sweet song of the Sirens explode onto the stage with spectacular numbers in this joyful, larger-than-life musical about finding your way home—no matter where fate may lead you.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Dallas Theater Center, in partnership with Southern Methodist University, wants YOU to volunteer for The Odyssey, written by Homer, conceived by Lear deBessonet, book, music and lyrics by Todd Almond, directed by Kevin Moriarty.

Dallas Theater Center, asociado con Southern Methodist University, quiere que TU seas voluntario de The Odyssey, escrita por Homero, concebida por Lear deBessonet, guion, musica y letra por Todd Almond, dirigida por Kevin Moriarty.

ABOUT PROJECT DISCOVERY

Project Discovery: DTC’s flagship education program, builds bridges between our theatrical programming and students in our community. We welcome high school and middle school students to experience a season of plays at DTC, supported by teacher development, pre-show student workshops, and post-show conversations. We provide opportunities for students to consider plays and performance from a social justice perspective and as material to be discovered through physical embodiment.

Students receive scholarships to attend our whole season of shows, take workshops, and attend talk-backs with members of our Brierley Resident Acting Company, as well as becoming an extended member of our community of alumni, patrons, actors, and teachers. PD Teachers in our community also become part of our family, receiving professional development, curriculum support, and a year-long partnership with us, alongside their students.

Because we believe educational programming is a community partnership, Project Discovery is now under the umbrella of Public Works Dallas and will continue to expand to reach more teachers and students. For more information on this, contact Amanda McRaven, Associate Director of Public Works Dallas, at projectdiscovery@dallastheatercenter.org.

ABOUT PUBLIC WORKS DALLAS

Public Works Dallas, produced by Dallas Theater Center in collaboration with Southern Methodist University Meadows School of the Arts and AT&T Performing Arts Center, is a groundbreaking community engagement and participatory theater project designed to deliberately blur the line between professional artists and Dallas community members. Public Works Dallas is affiliated with the ongoing Public Works initiative of The Public Theater in New York that seeks to engage the people of New York by making them creators and not just spectators.

Lear deBessonet and Todd Almond worked together to create the Public Works program. Lear deBessonet was awarded the SMU Meadows Prize in 2015 to bring the program to Dallas. Under the leadership of the founding Director of Public Works Dallas, Dayron J. Miles, the program launched in 2017 with a production of The Tempest at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, directed by DTC Enloe/Rose Artistic Director Kevin Moriarty. Public Works is a national and international initiative affiliated with peer theaters throughout the U.S. and Europe who share a vision for creating ambitious works of participatory theater in the Public Works model. Current theaters include Dallas Theater Center, Seattle Repertory Theatre and The National Theatre in London.

RESERVE TICKETS TO THE ODYSSEY

Join us July 8-10 at the Dee & Charles Wyly Theatre as Dallas Theater Center & Public Works Dallas presents: The Odyssey.

Friday, July 8 • 8:00pm
Saturday, July 9 • 2:30pm, 8:00pm
Sunday, July 10 • 2:30pm

Inspired by the historical pageantry movement of the early 1900s—known for blending mass spectacle with community engagement—this final work in deBessonet and Almond’s grand trilogy reimagines the Greek epic with Public Works’ signature blend of professional actors, community members and special guests. Man-eating Cyclops, a sorceress that turns sailors to beasts and the deadly sweet song of the Sirens explode onto the stage with spectacular numbers in this joyful, larger-than-life musical about finding your way home—no matter where fate may lead you.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Dallas Theater Center, in partnership with Southern Methodist University, wants YOU to volunteer for The Odyssey, written by Homer, conceived by Lear deBessonet, book, music and lyrics by Todd Almond, directed by Kevin Moriarty.

Dallas Theater Center, asociado con Southern Methodist University, quiere que TU seas voluntario de The Odyssey, escrita por Homero, concebida por Lear deBessonet, guion, musica y letra por Todd Almond, dirigida por Kevin Moriarty.

ABOUT PROJECT DISCOVERY

Project Discovery: DTC’s flagship education program, builds bridges between our theatrical programming and students in our community. We welcome high school and middle school students to experience a season of plays at DTC, supported by teacher development, pre-show student workshops, and post-show conversations. We provide opportunities for students to consider plays and performance from a social justice perspective and as material to be discovered through physical embodiment.

Students receive scholarships to attend our whole season of shows, take workshops, and attend talk-backs with members of our Brierley Resident Acting Company, as well as becoming an extended member of our community of alumni, patrons, actors, and teachers. PD Teachers in our community also become part of our family, receiving professional development, curriculum support, and a year-long partnership with us, alongside their students.

Because we believe educational programming is a community partnership, Project Discovery is now under the umbrella of Public Works Dallas and will continue to expand to reach more teachers and students. For more information on this, contact Amanda McRaven, Associate Director of Public Works Dallas, at projectdiscovery@dallastheatercenter.org.