If you love theater, but haven’t been lately, the Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs may have an offer you can’t refuse. Free Night of Theater begins today. Twenty Dallas area theaters will give away more than 1,800 free tickets to their performances over the next five weeks. This is the third year the city has participated in the national program. Its goals are to introduce more people to theater and encourage regular theater goers to explore companies they may not ordinarily visit.
Tickets can be reserved online for shows this weekend beginning at noon today. Next Monday, there’ll be a new round of shows and ticket opporotunities. Here’s a list of this week’s shows:
Show: Adventures in Mating
Theater: Rover Dramawerks
Free night: Oct. 1, 8 p.m.
The story: YOU play the role of cruel fate in a romantic comedy for cynics of all ages! When a dysfunctional couple can’t make simple decisions, like ordering red or white wine, the audience votes and the show takes off in wildly different directions. Soup or salad? A slap or a kiss? Life or death? YOU DECIDE! With multiple storylines and endings, plus ever-changing scene options, you can’t see it all if you only see it once! A “create your own adventure” story for grown-ups.
Show: Backstage Acting Workshop
Theater: Junior Players
Free night: Oct. 2, 1 p.m.
The story: Junior Players is teaming up with Dallas Public Library’s Teen Centers to offer free acting workshops for youth 13-19 years old. Workshops will take place a several Dallas Public Library branches.
Theater: Kitchen Dog
Free night: Oct. 3, 2 p.m.
The story: When her marriage breaks up, Emma asks to meet with her former lover – her husband’s close friend, Jerry. Their reflection on their seven-year affair sparks the revelation of a different kind of betrayal. Told in reverse chronology, Pinter exquisitely exposes the little lies and casual evasions that underpin our most intimate relationships in this 20th century masterwork.
Show: Beyond Here Lie Dragons: Maps and Territories – Event I: A Place of Edges
Organization: Arts District Chorale
Free night: Oct. 2, 2:30 p.m.
The story: The Arts District Chorale offers a bold and astonishing celebration of two tumultuous eras, exploring the glittering humanistic spirit of the Renaissance, contrasted with the soaring techno-bravery of the 20th Century. Repertoire includes a cappella music by Renaissance masters Ockeghem, Josquin Des Prez, Palestrina and Allegri, alongside a cappella works by contemporary composers John Tavener, Arvo Part and Eric Whitacre. Led by Constantina Tsolainou, Principal Guest Conductor, along with members of Beacham Dance Theater.
Show: Comedy Night
Theater: The Black Academy of Arts and Letters
Free night: Oct. 1 and 2, 9 p.m.
The story: Based in Dallas, she’s one of the hottest female comics on the scene. Lady MoZan has wrecked audiences on Bill Bellamy’s Who’s Got Jokes and BET’s Comic View. Now, she’s now going head-to-toe with TBAAL’s audience.
Show: Dracula – The Melodrama
Theater: Pocket Sandwich Theatre
Free night: Oct. 3, 7 p.m.
The story: The old bloodsucker faces garlic, stakes and popcorn in one of Pocket Sandwich’s most popular melodramas.
Show: Noises Off
Theater: Garland Civic Theatre
Free Night: Oct. 2, 8 p.m.
The story: This madly funny romp, considered to be the funniest farce ever written shows the hilarious pitfalls, downfalls, and comic terrors of a theatre company trying to perform a comedy play, spilling all the personal and backstage dirt of everyone involved. Don’t miss this laugh per minute roller coaster of fun.
Show: Our Town
Theater: Meadows School of the Arts
Free night: Oct. 2, 2 p.m.
The story: Written in 1938, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Our Town remains one of the world’s most produced plays. Its depiction of characters in a small New England town in the early 20th century emphasizes universal themes of family ties, community interconnectedness, and the need to appreciate life while one can.
Show: Our Town
Theater: WaterTower Theatre
Free night: Oct. 1, 8 p.m.
The story: Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Our Town examines the ordinary lives of the people of the fictitious town of Grover’s Corners, N.H.. Our Town is one of the most beloved masterpieces of the American Theatre.