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Tuesday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 24 Apr 2012 8:11 AM

Today in the roundup: Talking Dallas Theater Center’s Next Fall with its leading lady and crew of artistic directors, plus the President’s new arts in schools program.


BACK FOR MORE: Candy Buckley has spent many a night on the Kalita Humphreys Theater stage. And it’s also been many nights since she’s taken that stage – 18 years to be exact. But the actress is back in Dallas for DTC’s Next Fall. And she tells that performing on that familiar stage again brings back old memories. “This place really molded my aesthetic. Some of it has changed as the years have gone by, but this really was my creative home. I nursed my daughter backstage here.”

AND NOW, THE BOYS: While Buckley was speaking with The News, the men of Next Fall spoke with If Kevin Moriarity, who’s directing the show, ever worried about being second guessed, this would be the production. That’s because he’s surrounded by artistic directors of other theaters. Tre Garrett of Jubilee Theatre is his assistant director, and two of his stars are WaterTower’s Terry Martin and Second Thought’s Steven Walters. When asked about being surrounded by all that talent, Moriarity tells Theater Jones, “All three of them are adept at coming up with creative solutions when faced with a challenge as a director, so I was often able to say, ‘We need to find a way to solve this challenge’ and they’d all come up with solutions before I would!”

ARTS IN SCHOOLS: President Obama’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities announced Monday that it will introduce an arts program in schools aimed at helping students with behavioral problems. Eight schools across the country were selected as test sites for the program, which also aims to bolster research that suggests the arts can be a positive force in other areas of students’ lives. “It’s really hard to find anybody who says arts education is bad for kids,” Rachel Goslins, executive director of the presidential arts committee, tells the AP. “But there is a huge amount of skepticism that the arts could be an important part of the solution in these schools.”