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Monday Morning Roundup
by Stephen Becker 2 Jan 2012

Today in the roundup: What to look for in 2012, a former DTC staffer writes a play and a filmmaker tells the story of his WWII hero dad.


LOOKING AHEAD: Perhaps last week you enjoyed our little series about people involved in the arts that we’re keeping an eye on in 2012? In case you missed it, we talked to Ben Fountain, Maxwell Anderson, Julia Dyer, Adam Adolfo and Tiger Darrow. Well, the writers over on dallasnews.com also got to thinking about what they are looking forward to in the new year. Making the list: Dallas Theater Center’s production of Giant, the opening of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge and the resurrection of Dallas.

REMEMBER THE MAYOR: This week, Ghost Light goes into previews at the Berkeley Repertory Theater. The new play focuses on the assassination of Harvey Milk and George Moscone. The 2008 film Milk focused mostly on its title character, and that left Moscone’s son, Jonathan, a little curious about why his father’s death didn’t receive equal weight. In writing Ghost Light, he tells nytimes.com that he hopes to correct that. What does any of this have to do with North Texas, you might ask? Before Moscone became artistic director of California Shakespeare Theater, he was an assistant director at the Dallas Theater Center under Richard Hamburger.

FOR THE RECORD: The number of living service members who saw action in WWII is dwindling. If their histories are to be recorded, now’s the time. That’s the motivation behind Alex Mena’s work over the last four years. That and the fact that his father, Nemesio, was part of a crew that flew 30 bombing missions in the war. Alex, who is the director of operations for the Dallas International Film Festival, promised Nemesio before he died in 2007 that he would make a movie about his crew. The Lakewood/East Dallas edition of Advocate gets an update from Alex on the progress of his film, Crew 713.