Theatre 3 Dallas

THEATRE THREE ANNOUNCES 2017-18 SEASON

FIFTY-SIXTH SEASON MARKS FIRST SEASON CURATED BY 
NEW ARTISTIC DIRECTOR JEFFREY SCHMIDT

 

 

WHAT

Newly-appointed Theatre Three Artistic Director Jeffrey Schmidt has announced the 2017-18 season for productions on the Norma Young Arena Stage. Theatre Three, Dallas’s fifty-six year-old theatre-in-the-round, is located in the Quadrangle in the heart of uptown at 2800 Routh Street, Ste #168, Dallas, TX 75201.

 

The main stage season includes regional premieres of The Minotaur by Anna Ziegler, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher and She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen, new productions of the musical Adding Machine and the classic play Les Liaisons Dangereuses and the professional world premiere of local work The Last One Nighter on the Death Trail starring The Disappointment Players.

 

Season tickets (which range from $70-$224) will go on sale on Tuesday, May 16. Single tickets will be available at a later date. For ticket information, call the Theatre Three Box Office at 214-871-3300 x1 or visit www.theatre3dallas.com.

 

Schmidt has also revealed that the company’s downstairs studio space, Theatre Too, will become an incubation space for developing new works from local artists and companies. Tentatively, works being prepared for the Theatre Too season include new plays by Matt Lyle and Jessica Cavanagh, a work of physical theatre by Prism Movement Theater, the final production of Theatre Too’s annual hit I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change! Further details and show dates will be announced at a later time.

 

SEASON VISION STATEMENT FROM JEFFREY SCHMIDT, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

“Selecting this season has been a lot like making new friends in that you shouldn’t put so much stock in first impressions…oh, who the hell am I kidding? First impressions are everything. This season is the groundwork for my relationship with patrons, artists, donors, etc. I want to let them know who I am, what I’m about and where I see the theatre heading in the future. The good news is the current structure of T3’s season gives me 7 opportunities on the main stage plus the programming downstairs in T2 to give a thorough introduction. So, there’s the first thing. The structure of T3’s programing won’t change, at least for the coming season. The timing of my appointment prevented any significant restructuring.

 

“In the coming years, I want to strike a balance between innovative challenging work and classic American theater. I want good juicy roles for actors to sink their teeth into. My aesthetic has always incorporated inventive design, so I want to have exciting opportunities for designers as well. New work development by local writers and companies is also part of the equation. Part of the mandate I gave my self was to select shows that fit in the theatre’s spaces. Casts will be on the smaller side and lavish Broadway style productions will be avoided. T3 will never be avant-garde, but it can be innovative and relevant.  I don’t think a theater of this size has the luxury of producing only one kind, style, or genre of theater.  Good writing? Of course.  Relevance? Definitely. Classics? Yes. Provocative? Please. Campy and cheesy? Not really, but there are always exceptions to the rule!”

 

ABOUT THE SHOWS

The Minotaur by Anna Ziegler

August 3 – 27, 2017

Who controls your life’s narrative? Just because the chorus says “That is how things should be,” does that mean you must abide it? A present-day version of a classic Greek myth, The Minotaur is a contemporary take on love, honor, and human connection. With refreshing originality and wit, it explores how we break out of history to shape new stories for ourselves.

 

Adding Machine Music by Joshua Schmidt, Lyrics by Jason Loewith and Joshua Schmidt from the play by Elmer Rice

September 28 – October 22, 2017

Darkly comic and heartbreakingly beautiful, Adding Machine, a musical adaptation of Elmer Rice's incendiary 1923 play, tells the story of Mr. Zero, who after 25 years of service to his company is replaced by a mechanical adding machine. In a vengeful rage, he murders his boss. An eclectic score gives passionate and memorable voice to this stylish and stylized show, which follows Zero's journey to the afterlife in the Elysian Fields where he is met with one last chance for romance and redemption.

 

Solstice: Stories & Songs for the Holidays

November 24 – December 17, 2017

Let some of Dallas’ best actors tell you a story! The winter solstice has inspired storytellers for thousands of years from cultures all over the world. Celebrate the beginning of winter and the shortest day in the northern hemisphere snuggled up inside Theatre Three with your favorite beverage. We hope to start a new family tradition filled with celebration, stories and songs performed by professional actors and musicians.

 

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher

January 18 – February 11, 2018

A new and shocking version of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic tale of depravity, lust, love and horror. On the fog-bound streets of Victorian-era London, Henry Jekyll's experiments with exotic "powders and tinctures" have brought forth his other self—Edward Hyde, a sensualist and villain free to commit the sins Jekyll is too civilized to comprehend. The many facets of Hyde’s personality are portrayed by different members of the cast.

 

She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen

March 8 – April 1, 2018

A comedic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games, She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, however, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly’s refuge. In this high-octane dramatic comedy, laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and 90s pop culture, acclaimed playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all.

 

The Last One Nighter on The Death Trail starring The Disappointment Players

Book by Christie Vela and David Goodwin, Songs by Our Endeavors Theater Collective

April 26 – May 20, 2018

Presenting the professional world premiere of the musical The Last One Nighter on The Death Trail developed by local artists Christie Vela, David Goodwin and Our Endeavors Theater Collective. In the early 20th century, Elm Street in Dallas, Texas, was lined with vaudeville houses and movie theatres. In this fun and raucous story, a troupe of vaudevillians in the early ‘30s wait behind a theater in Dallas for their opportunity to go on stage. They’re the disappointment act and only go on if someone else cancels. It questions what is and isn’t art and why it is necessary. Watch out, though. It’s the prohibition era in the Bible Belt and the cops are cracking down on all unseemly behavior!

 

Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Christopher Hampton

June 14 – July 8, 2018

Who’s in the mood for a little sex and treachery? You may know it as Dangerous Liasons, the title of the film adaptation. A tale of seduction set in France among aristocrats before the revolution, this is a classic drama for exploring decadent sexuality, morals and manipulation played as the ultimate game with tragic results. Christopher Hampton adapted the play from the 1782 novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos and was nominated for a Tony in 1987.

 

WHEN

Performances: Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.; Fridays – Saturdays at 8:00 p.m.;

Sundays at 2:30 p.m.

 

INTERVIEWS

For interview requests, please contact Dustin Curry at dustin@soloshoe.com or 972.717.5181.

 

WHERE

The Norma Young Arena Stage

Theatre Three Dallas / 2800 Routh Street, Ste #168, Dallas

 

For ticket information, call the Theatre Three Box Office at 214-871-3300 x1, or visit www.theatre3dallas.com