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Thursday Morning Roundup
by Stephen Becker 18 Aug 2011

Today in the roundup: Raphael Parry thinks big, Johnny Mathis goes country and Artes de la Rosa reinterprets the classics.


PLENTY MORE FOR PARRY: Raphael Parry has worked with pretty much all of the big Dallas theater companies – Kitchen Dog, Undermain, Dallas Theater Center and Shakespeare Dallas all dot his resume. Pretty good career, right? As it turns out, Parry is still seeking a way to put his stamp on the theater world. “Another secret goal of mine would be to have a movement of theater or style — something to point to and say, ‘Oh Parry was involved in that and led to that,’” he tells Front Row in a particularly revealing interview.

GONE COUNTRY: When you think Johnny Mathis, country music isn’t the first style you associate him with. But apparently he’s loved it all his life, leading him to record an all-country album, Let It Be Me: Mathis in Nashville. “My dad was from Texas, he was a good singer and he played piano a little bit,” Mathis, 75, tells dallasnews.com ahead of his appearance this weekend at the Meyerson. “At the time that he was singing this stuff, country music was relegated to the hinterlands.”

FOUND IN TRANSLATION: Fort Worth’s Artes de la Rosa looks at the arts from a Latino perspective. But that doesn’t mean that the group avoids works that aren’t Latin based. The company’s first theater production of the season is Arthur Miller’s View from a Bridge, offering Artes artistic director Adam Adolfo the chance to reimagine the play. He talks to dfw.com about that process.