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WaterTower Theatre Announces Out of the Loop Festival

by Jerome Weeks 15 Jan 2013 12:10 PM

And although the focus may be on North Texas artists and arts groups — and not importing folks from out-of-town — that hasn’t stopped OOTL from being different. Like bringing in the Fort Worth Opera.


imPulse Dance Project: True Colors

The Fort  Worth Opera?

Yes, the declared focus for this year’s Out of the Loop Fringe Festival will be on North Texas artists and arts groups, and not importing out-of-town headliners. But still, the Fort Worth Opera? You gonna squeeze Tosca into the Stone Cottage?

Actually, word is that it’ll be the opera’s Studio Company doing selections from operas, but the fact that opera is on the schedule at all shows the wide-ranging nature of OOTL and just what WaterTower is willing to try. This year, that includes such non-strictly-theater fare as the Dallas Poetry Slam and a significant contingent from the local dance scene, including imPulse Dance Project (above), Contemporary Ballet Dallas and Muscle Memory Dance Theatre.

The full release follows:

WaterTower Theatre Announces the Artists and Schedule

for the 2013 Out of the Loop Fringe Festival


This year’s Festival focuses on Dallas artists and companies and Dallas Observer sponsor this year’s event

ADDISON, TX – WaterTower Theatre Producing Artistic Director Terry Martin today announced the line-up for the 2013 Out of the Loop Fringe Festival, March 7-17, 2013 at the Addison Theatre and Conference Centre.  Several changes highlight this year’s Festival including a focus on Dallas-area artists, more performances of each show, many new artists, as well as a few returning favorites.  The Festival will include, for the first time, opera, as well as dance, theatre, cabaret artists, visual arts, and a play produced by WaterTower Theatre.


Eighteen artists and performing arts organizations will participate in this year’s Festival of which almost all are based in the Dallas-Fort Worth area or have a prior connection to the area.  They are: Q Live, Outcry Theatre, Vicki Cheatwood, Contemporary Ballet Dallas, Muscle Memory Dance Theatre, David Lee Nelson, Patrick O’Brien, Fort Worth Opera, FTP Comedy, Dallas Poetry Slam, Rhythmic Souls, American Actors Company, David Parr, Ayana Hampton, Diana Sheehan, Stolen Shakespeare Guild, imPULSE dance project inc., Walter Lee, Amy Stevenson, Lauren Luong, WaterTower Theatre and Willie Baronet.


Returning artists/companies are: WaterTower Theatre, Q Live, Outcry Theatre, Muscle Memory Dance Theatre, David Lee Nelson, American Actors Company, Rhythmic Souls, FTP Comedy, Dallas Poetry Slam, David Parr, Diana Sheehan, and Amy Stevenson.


New to the Festival this year are: Vicki Cheatwood, Contemporary Dance Dallas, Patrick O’Brien, Ayana Hampton, Stolen Shakespeare Guild, Walter Lee, Lauren Luong, and Willie Baronet.


Visual artists Lauren Luong and Willie Baronet will be featured in the Main Space lobby throughout the Festival.


“One of the driving forces behind WaterTower Theatre’s Out of the Loop Fringe Festival has always been to provide performance opportunities for existing and emerging theatre, dance and music companies as well as artists in our region,” said Martin.  “The Festival offers them the opportunity to present works that often vary in form and presentation from their typical content.  Most importantly, the Festival is a valuable way to develop new audiences who may not be aware of the participating companies and artists and their work.”


A 10‐day celebration of theatre, dance, music, and art, the Out of the Loop Fringe Festival features performances by arts organizations and artists from across the nation.  Performances are held at the Addison Theatre Centre, in four performance venues: the Main Stage, the Studio Theatre, the Stone Cottage, and the main lobby.


The Best of Loop will return this year.  On the final day of the Festival, WaterTower Theatre will invite back for a special performance the Best of the Main Stage, Studio Theatre and Stone Cottage performers as chosen by our Loop passholders.  Passholders will have an opportunity to cast ballots for their “Best Of” choice after each performance.


The Out of the Loop Fringe Festival media sponsors are and the Dallas Observer.  The Festival is produced by WaterTower Theatre – Terry Martin (Executive Producer), Brandon Weinbrenner (Co-Producer) and Louisa Ann Torres (Co-Producer).


In 2009, the Dallas Observer named the Out of the Loop Fringe Festival “Best Theatre Festival” in its annual “Best of Dallas” issue.  Additionally, the 2004 Dallas-Fort Worth Theatre Critics Forum awarded the Festival a special citation for providing performance opportunities to new works and new production companies.


Single tickets to all events go on sale Feb. 19.  Festival Passes, now on sale, include one admission to each Festival event and are $65.  WaterTower Theatre subscribers receive $10 off each Festival pass.  Individual ticket prices for each event are $10 and selected readings $5.


Performance Notes and Descriptions:

American Actors Company present Phoenix

Phoenix is a play by Scott Organ.  When Bruce and Sue meet four weeks after an uncharacteristic one-night-stand, Sue has this to say to him: “One, I had a great time with you that night and two, let’s never see each other again.”  Thus begins a 4,000-mile journey well beyond the confines of their carefully structured worlds.  Bruce is fueled by an overwhelming but undefined compulsion to join her in Phoenix.  Sue is reluctantly charmed by his persistence, but steadfast in her resolve to keep him at bay.  Both are forced to consider a completely new world of possibility, though not one free of difficulty and loss.  The play is a dramatic comedy about courage.


Vicki Cheatwood


Playwright and screenwriter Vicki Cheatwood has been produced Off-Off-Broadway and throughout the United States.  In 2002, her screenplay Air (Escopa Films) won the Special Jury Gold Award at Worldfest Film Festival, and in 2005, the dark comedy feature 10:10 was a finalist in the Austin Film Festival.  She has been a finalist for several national playwriting honors, including the Heideman Award (The Risen Chris, Actors Theater of Louisville), The Julie Harris Playwright Award (An Hour South), and the Eileen Heckart Drama Award (Manicures & Monuments).  Vicki’s theatre home is Kitchen Dog Theater.  She is a core member of Austin Script Works, and a member of the International Centre for Women Playwrights, and The Dramatists Guild.  WaterTower Theatre will perform a reading of Vicki Cheatwood’s Manicure’s and Monuments.


Contemporary Ballet Dallas


Contemporary Ballet Dallas (“CBD”) is a unique dance company for a unique city.  CBD was founded by Southern Methodist University alumni looking to revitalize dance in Dallas.  Our progressive, diverse style combines ballet with modern movement and music to bring dance to audiences like they have never seen it before.  Since our debut in Addison on September 14, 2001, CBD has continued to gain recognition with audiences and critics alike, becoming a veritable force in the Dallas dance scene.  CBD is dedicated to promoting arts appreciation and cultivating local art by serving as a platform for emerging artists and choreographers.

Dallas Poetry Slam

Dallas Poetry Slam is a non-profit organization that promotes the performance and creation of poetry while cultivating literary activities and spoken word events in order to build audience participation, stimulate creativity, awaken minds, foster education, inspire mentoring, encourage artistic statements and engage the Dallas-Fort Worth community in the revelry of language.  Founded in 1994 by Clebo Rainey and his wife Naomi, Dallas Poetry Slam is the oldest and most respected Poetry Slam in the Metroplex.

Top area poets will participate in a poetry slam, a competition of original poetry judged on content and performance by the audience.  With a long history of success in the poetry slam arena, Dallas Poetry Slam is competitively one of the best poetry troupes in the South.


Dallas Poetry Slam provides an opportunity for local poets to compete as an individual and with a team on the local, regional, and national level.  Poets are exposed to art, language, and culture from a network of poets and the general population in various cities throughout the United States.  As a member of the Dallas Slam Team, a poet can develop team building, leadership, writing, and performance skills along with greater pride as an artist representing the City of Dallas.


Fort Worth Opera


Fort Worth Opera remains one of the 14 oldest opera companies in the entire nation, and the oldest continuously performing opera company in Texas.

In July of 2001, Fort Worth Opera hired its current general director, Darren K. Woods.  Woods brought with him energy, enthusiasm, and a vast knowledge of the opera business.  The 2002-2003 season was Darren’s first at Fort Worth Opera.  During that season, the company revamped its image with a new logo, new look, new strategic direction, new mission statement, and a passion statement to capture the company’s enthusiasm for great opera in Fort Worth.
After 60 years of producing opera over the fall and winter, Fort Worth Opera embarked on a monumental change: it condensed its entire schedule to an annual spring festival – with all of its operas and concerts being presented over a four-week period and multiple operas being performed on each weekend.  The inaugural Fort Worth Opera Festival opened in May 2007 and featured the company’s first main-stage world premiere, Frau Margot, by composer Thomas Pasatieri.



FTP Comedy presents The Quasi-Annual FTP Awards


FTP Comedy presents the biggest event of this time block!  The Awards Season just was not long enough, so they are dishing out some awards of their own, complete with golden sparkly improv.


FTP’s history began in June 2010, as a pet project of Nouveau 47 theatre.  FTP is a sketch comedy and improv troupe that consists of an eclectic group of actors from all over the Metroplex.  Started by Tom Parr IV and Jim Kuenzer, it was designed with the intention that its members are all working actors, and can come and go as life (and the theatre) permits.  Its inaugural performance was the wrap party for the Festival of Independent Theatres (FIT), in which they successfully roasted all of the shows of the 2010 FIT.  They also performed at Nouveau 47’s inaugural “ribbon cutting.”  FTP’s first full run was a Christmas extravaganza of sketch comedy and improv.  That show was followed by their first Out of the Loop Fringe Festival appearance in a show called Inside the Loop, which lambasted Dallas and its ten-gallon culture.  FTP then returned to FIT, where they did an after show in the new basement space of the Bath House.  They then closed the Festival up with another scathing spoof of the summer’s potluck of theatre.  The year ended with their highly successful telling of A Christmas Carol through improv in their show titled This Is Not A Christmas Carol By Charles Dickens By FTP Comedy.  The following year, FTP Comedy returned to Loop with Occupy Loop: Making 1% of our audience laugh 99% of the time.  The most recent FTP showing was at FIT where they performed The Last Comedy Show, a full improv telling of the end of the world in 2012 all based on audience suggestions.  Group members include: Erik Archilla, Didi Archilla, Elizabeth Evans, Josh Glover, Sarah Horn, Jim Kuenzer, Nic McMinn, Thomas Parr IV, Becca Shivers, Clay Wheeler, Brian Witkowicz, and Clay Yocum.


imPULSE dance project presents True Colors


imPULSE dance project is a brand new modern/contemporary dance company based in Dallas-Fort Worth.  Anastasia Waters founded it in the summer of 2012.  The imPULSE dance project was formed to open the mind, eyes, and hearts to viewing the art of modern/contemporary dance in a new way.  imPULSE will achieve this by integrating its dance works into the every day environment of human beings.  True Colors will be presented outdoors at the Festival in between the Addison Conference Centre and the Stone Cottage.


Ayana Hampton presents The Morning After Show

The Morning After Show presents Ayana Hampton headlining her signature irreverent cabaret.  It is a salute to disco, drag, and glory.  An unforgettable pursuit for purpose told with original music and vaudevillian shtick.  Featuring songs “Straight Girl in the Corner,” “The Swelling’s Gone Down,” and “B.Y.O.B.G.Y.N.,” the show was created by Ayana Hampton and directed by Dallas’ own Clayton Farris.


Writer/performer Ayana Hampton was born in New York City, raised in Dallas, and has lived in Los Angeles for the past seven years.  A graduate of Booker T. Washington HSPVA, she received her B.A. in Theatre from Smith College and an M.F.A. from CalArts.  At CalArts, she developed a hunger for the grit of cabaret and solo-performance.  Sort of a Bette Midler meets Whoopi Goldberg, Ayana Hampton is an actress/comic/singer/model.  During Hurricane Irene, Hampton independently produced The Morning After Show for a six-performance engagement in NYC at The Nuyorican Poets Cafe.  The Morning After Show was developed at REDCAT (NOW Festival 2009), presented by POOR DOG GROUP, and was supported by Franklin Furnace Fund (2010 grant winner) and United States Artists.  The LA premiere of The Morning After Show was co-produced by Circa83 Productions and most recently presented at Bootleg Theater.


Lauren Luong


Lauren Luong’s paintings offer a different look into landscape and are an abstract exploration of structure vs. pliability in nature.  She received her B.F.A. from Northern Illinois University.


Walter Lee


Walter Lee returns to WaterTower Theatre following his recent performance last season in Smokey Joe’s Café.  He also appeared as Jim Conley in WaterTower Theatre’s 2007 production of Parade.  He has also been seen in Dallas Theater Center’s Cabaret as Kit Kat Girl Frenchie, Casa Mañana’s Rent as Angel, and Theatre Three’s Caroline or Change.  He studied theatre and dance at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, McMurry University, and Dance Discovery Studios.  Walter Lee also worked on the hit television series Prison Break.  Other roles include: Mitch Mahoney in Spelling Bee, Jacob in La Cage Aux Folles, Scarecrow in The Wiz, Coalhouse Walker Jr. in Ragtime, and the Leading Player in Pippin.

Muscle Memory Dance Theatre

Falling Upside: A Dancing Recovery highlights the many aspects of communal and individual responses to disaster.  As tragedy looms, we are often stumped by contemplation, yearn for discovery, and ultimately engage in the process of rebuilding and the search for meaningful understanding.  This multi-faceted dance work abstractly addresses individual and communal concerns of how to survive and recover from shock and devastation.  Falling Upside is an intimate dance work that presents vulnerability as well as contentment to its audience.


M2DT’s mission is to support the work of North Texas dance artists who develop the human experience by connecting everyday experiences to perspectives that ask audiences to question their values, morality, or perceptions.  M2DT seeks to provide local performances and choreographic opportunities for dance artists in their evocative use of dance as an organic art form.


Established in 2005, M2DT began as a project-based organization by Lesley Snelson and Amy L. Sleigh after the two completed M.F.A. degrees in dance from Texas Woman’s University.  The two desired to create opportunities to utilize the collective talents of other dance artists emerging from surrounding Dallas and Fort Worth universities.  M2DT continues to seek new experiences that can provide local performance and choreographic opportunities for North Texas dance artists.


David Lee Nelson presents The Elephant in My Closet


The Elephant in My Closet is David Lee Nelson’s madcap dash through the history of the Republican Party and his own political past, as he works up the nerve to tell his staunchly conservative father that his worst nightmare has come true: his son is a Democrat.  The production is directed by Adam Knight (director and co-creator) with dramaturge Kristin Vieira.


David Lee Nelson (Writer/Performer) has created two previous solo shows: Silence of Lucky (78th Street Theatre Lab, Piccolo Spoleto Festival) and Status Update (Out of the Loop Fringe Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, 59E59 in NYC, Piccolo Spoleto Festival), and was named “Best Touring Production” of the 2010-2011 theatre season by the Dallas-Fort Worth Critics.  Other NYC acting: Stupid F**cking Bitch by Lucy Alibar (EST/Youngblood) and Binge by Thomas Ward (Slant Theatre Project).
Adam Knight (Director and Co-Creator) previously collaborated with David Lee Nelson on Status Update and Silence of Lucky.  He is co-founder of NYC’s Slant Theatre Project, where he has directed new plays by Michele Lowe, Bekah Brunstetter, Matt Dellapina, Mat Smart, and Thomas Ward.
Kristin Vieira (Dramaturg) has worked as a dramaturg on numerous workshops and productions of new plays such as Binge by Thomas Ward (Slant Theatre Project), The Last Seven Words of Christ created by Scott Alan Evans (Chamber Society of Lincoln Center), Off Compass by Kelly Younger (John Gassner New Play Festival) and Missing Celia Rose by Ian August (NYC Summer Play Festival).


Patrick O’Brien presents Underneath the Lintel


Underneath the Lintel by Glen Berger is a one-man show about a fastidious, eccentric librarian who lives in an orderly world until he discovers one day a book that is 123 years overdue.  Determined to track down the original borrower, the librarian leaves his small town in the Netherlands and embarks on a quest that takes him around the world.  As he follows his clues, the librarian meticulously collects the evidence; however, in the process he discovers a mystery that transcends the ages.  Performed by veteran film and television actor Patrick O’Brien, the show was voted Best Solo Show of the 2012 London Fringe Festival and the 2012 Minnesota Fringe Festival.  Patrick O’Brien returned to the Twin Cities after 22 years in Los Angeles where he performed in hundreds of films, TV shows, and commercials.  He is perhaps most recognized from his role as Mr. Dewey, the math teacher in Saved by the Bell.  He was also seen in E.R., CSI, The West Wing, Home Improvement, Malcolm in the Middle, and The Wonder Years, among others.  Films in which O’Brien has appeared include The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Stuart Little, Pleasantville, Catch Me If You Can, and the Coen Brothers’ Intolerable Cruelty.  In 2010, O’Brien received the Lifetime Achievement Award from his alma mater, the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire.  “MUST SEE! O’Brien delivers a “wow”- inducing performance,” wrote the St. Paul Pioneer Press while the Minnesota Star Tribune hailed Lintel is seductively entertaining…O’Brien crackles with intensity,” and the London Free Press wrote “A riveting performance that pulled the audience to their feet for a standing ovation.  5 out of 5 stars.”


Outcry Theatre presents Circus Tracks


In Circus Tracks, a play by Sarah Hammond, a clown must smuggle out her baby, Dewey, to avoid the ringleader’s wrath.  After growing up in suburbia, Dewey embarks on an Odyssean voyage across a freak-studded desert to find her mother.  Circus Tracks takes audiences on a misfit-filled existential search for meaning, identity, and family.


Outcry Theatre was started by husband and wife team Becca and Jason Johnson-Spinos.  Becca, an M.F.A. Directing for Theatre graduate of Baylor University, is the Artistic Director and Jason, a theatre and film professional, is the Managing Director.  Outcry Theatre’s first production, dark play or stories for boys, was in the 2012 Out of the Loop Fringe Festival, and won Best of the Festival for the Studio Theatre.  Outcry Theatre has since produced Itamar Moses’s The Four of Us.


The mission of Outcry Theatre is to draw teenagers and young adults to the theatre as both audience and participants.  Outcry Theatre utilizes bold artistic vision, highly physical staging, and an energetic and visceral performance style.  With rigorous rehearsals, tenacious attention to detail, and unwavering dedication to excellence, Outcry Theatre focuses on developing stellar performances and exceptional storytelling.

Pluto Productions presents David Parr’s Pluto is Listening

New York-based actors Nick Lewis and Joleen Wilkinson first worked together on playwright David Parr’s short play Mimi at The 44th Parallel in 2009.  Pluto Is Listening started its trajectory with Chicago’s InFusion Theater Company in the fall of 2011.


Inspired by a true-life bullying incident in a small Midwestern town, Parr’s play explores the different ways of escape that often elude us, including the tenuous shelter of friendship and the dangerous spiral of drug addiction.


QLive presents Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays


Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays was written by Mo Gaffney, Jordan Harrison, Moisés Kaufman, Neil LaBute, Wendy MacLeod, José Rivera, Paul Rudnick, and Doug Wright.  It was conceived by Brian Shnipper.  That is an A-list lineup of writers with two Pulitzer Prizes, four Obies, one Emmy® and three Tony® nominations among them.

With just two little words, your whole world changes.  Eight different playwrights bring their unique takes on the moments before, during and after “I do.”  These plays are vows to the blessings of equality, the universal challenges of relationships and the often-hilarious power of love.

Founded in 2010, QLive! was formed to bring exciting, ground-breaking and controversial new works, local works, musicals, stand-up comedy, one-man shows and various live performances for all audiences to the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  QLive! Artistic Director Kyle R. Trentham describes it as, “a celebration of provocative storytelling, producing theater that fills the gap with shows not typically seen on area stages.”  In other words, “It’s theatre for the rest of us.”


Rhythmic Souls Tap Company


Rhythmic Souls Tap Company was formed in North Texas for the purposes of promoting and preserving the indigenous American art of tap dance through educational classes, workshops, and performances.  Rhythmic Souls, originally named The Drawbacks, began as a small company of passionate rhythm artists performing on various local stages and soon branched out to national and international venues.  Local and national performances include Third Coast Rhythm Project, Soul to Sole Tap Festival, Plano Dance Festival, Dallas City Arts, Everything On Tap, and the Out of the Loop Fringe Festival.  International credits include Danse Italia and The New Prague Dance Festival.



Diana Sheehan


Diana Sheehan brings her singular vocal talent to the Festival with her salute to the “Poet of Broadway,” Lorenz Hart, in Nobody’s Hart.  He was the lyricist half of the famed song writing team of Rodgers and Hart, the fabled geniuses of Broadway, who revolutionized American theatre with songs like “This Can’t Be Love,” “With a Song In My Heart,” “Manhattan” and others.  All music is by Richard Rodgers.  Diana, known for championing the Great American Songbook, will be accompanied by pianist James McQuillen and cellist Sarah Choi.  Diana performed at the Festival last year in her cabaret show, Midway: Crisis or Carnival?


Diana Sheehan has performed cabaret at New York’s Triad, San Francisco’s Plush Room, and Boston’s

Club Cafe.  At WaterTower Theatre, she has appeared in Putting It Together, Shooting Star, Black Pearl Sings! and Grey Gardens.  For the roles of Edith and Little Edie Beale in Grey Gardens, she received the 2009 Dallas-Fort Worth Critics Forum Award and the 2009 Column Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical.  Her Dallas-area debut in Irving Berlin’s As Thousands Cheer at Lyric Stage received the 2008 Dallas-Fort Worth Critics Forum Award for Best Ensemble Cast.  Diana stood by and went on for Betty Buckley in the role of Martha Brewster in the Dallas Theater Center’s production of Arsenic and Old Lace.  She also appeared in Casa Mañana’s Sound of Music.  Diana starred in the Off-Broadway hit, Forbidden Broadway in New York, Boston, Cleveland, and National Tour.  Regional credits include: San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Adirondack Theatre Festival, American Stage, North Shore Music Theatre, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Forum Theatre, and the Jewish Theatre of New England.  Diana is a graduate of Smith College and the British-American Drama Academy.  In 2011, she became the first honorary member of WOW!: Women of WaterTower Theatre.

Amy Stevenson

Dallas entertainer Amy Stevenson will perform selections from her cabaret act in the lobby.  Stevenson places her indelible stamp on every song she sings from “Glory of Love” to “I Dreamed a Dream.”

Amy Stevenson performed in WaterTower Theatre’s Rockin’ Christmas Party from 2000 to 2003 and returned to the show in 2011.  Her many other theatre credits include Beauty and the Beast and Carmen at Bass Hall, The Merry Widow at the Music Hall and many other roles at various theatres in the area.  In 2000, she was nominated for a Leon Rabin Award for Best Lead Actress Musical for Songs for a New World at Plano Repertory Theatre.  Widely regarded as one of the country’s top cabaret artists, Amy holds a Bachelor’s degree from Baylor University and a Master’s Degree in Religious Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.  By day, she is an elementary teacher in Irving and on Monday nights, she loves being Mama at Mama’s Party!
Stolen Shakespeare Guild presents Purgatorio

Purgatorio is a contemporary post-modern twist on Euripides’ Medea and Jason.  Played out in a mental institution, Medea and Jason attempt to make sense of their lives by piecing together events brought out through their very own psychiatric evaluations.


The Stolen Shakespeare Guild started out as a student project and master thesis project at Texas Woman’s University.  In 2006, Jason and Lauren Morgan, Stefanie Glenn and Will Grimes reorganized the group into the company that you see today.  Stolen Shakespeare Guild is dedicated to bringing entertaining classical theatre, literary adaptations, and vintage musicals to a growing audience.  The Guild always embraces the timeless masterpieces of William Shakespeare: the works from which he drew his inspiration, and plays that have been influenced by the Shakespeare.  The company is also expanding into contemporary work under the direction of Artistic Associate Nathan Autrey and new Resident Artist Joey Folsom.


WaterTower Theatre presents The Ugly One


The Ugly One, by Marius von Mayenburg, is an absurd farce about identity and human beauty.  Lette discovers one day what no one has been willing to tell him: he is ugly.  His face is simply not acceptable and for such a man, life is not kind.  His job, his marriage, and his self-esteem are all compromised by this shortcoming.  But what nature denies him, medical science provides.  Attractiveness, he finds, can be bought.  But what happens when his looks are a commodity?  And what are the consequences of giving up his face?


Out of the Loop Fringe Festival Performance Schedule:

Time                Venue              Price    Performance


Thursday, March 7


8:00 pm           (MS)                $10      The Ugly One (WaterTower Theatre)


Friday, March 8


8:00 pm           (MS)                $10      Proof of Life (Contemporary Ballet Dallas)

8:00 pm           (ST)                 $10      Pluto is Listening (David Parr)

8:00 pm           (SC)                 $10      Underneath the Lintel (Patrick O’Brien)


10:00pm          (ST)                 $10      The Quasi-Annual FTP Awards (FTP Comedy)


Saturday, March 9


2:00 pm           (MS)                $10      Proof of Life (Contemporary Ballet Dallas)

2:00 pm           (ST)                 $10      Phoenix (American Actors Company)

2:00 pm           (SC)                 $10      Underneath the Lintel (Patrick O’Brien)


5:00 pm           (MS)                $10      Circus Tracks (Outcry Theatre)

5:00 pm           (ST)                 $10      Pluto is Listening (David Parr)

5:00 pm           (SC)                 $10      Nobody’s Hart (Diana Sheehan)


7:00 pm           (L)                   Free     Walter Lee


8:00 pm           (MS)                $10      Standing on Ceremony (Q Live)

8:00 pm           (ST)                 $10      The Ugly One (WaterTower Theatre)

8:00 pm           (SC)                 $10      Underneath the Lintel (Patrick O’Brien)


10:00 pm         (ST)                 $10      Dallas Poetry Slam


Sunday, March 10


2:00 pm           (MS)                $10      Circus Tracks (Outcry Theatre)

2:00 pm           (ST)                 $10      Tap That!  (Rhythmic Souls)

2:00 pm           (SC)                 $10      Purgatorio (Stolen Shakespeare Guild)


5:00 pm           (MS)                $10      Standing on Ceremony (Q Live)

5:00 pm           (ST)                 $10      The Ugly One (WaterTower Theatre)

5:00 pm           (SC)                 $10      Underneath the Lintel (Patrick O’Brien)


4:30 pm           (L)                   Free     True Colors (imPULSE dance project)

6:30 pm           (L)                   Free     Amy Stevenson


7:30 pm           (MS)                $10      Falling Upside:  A Modern Dance Recovery (Muscle Memory


7:30 pm           (ST)                 $10      Phoenix (American Actors Company)

7:30 pm           (SC)                 $10      Nobody’s Hart (Diana Sheehan)


Tuesday, March 12


7:30 pm           (MS)                $10      Falling Upside:  A Modern Dance Recovery (Muscle Memory


7:30 pm           (ST)                 $10      Pluto is Listening (David Parr)

7:30 pm           (SC)                 $5        Manicures & Monuments: a staged reading (Vicki Cheatwood)


Wednesday, March 13


7:30 pm           (MS)                $10      Circus Tracks (Outcry Theatre)

7:30 pm           (ST)                 $10      The Ugly One (WaterTower Theatre)

7:30 pm           (SC)                 $10      Purgatorio (Stolen Shakespeare Guild)


Thursday, March 14


7:30 pm           (MS)                $10      Proof of Life (Contemporary Ballet Dallas)

7:30 pm           (ST)                 $10      Fort Worth Opera

7:30 pm           (SC)                 $10      The Morning After Show (Ayana Hampton)


Friday, March 15


8:00 pm           (MS)                $10      The Elephant in my Closet (David Lee Nelson)

8:00 pm           (ST)                 $10      The Ugly One (WaterTower Theatre)

8:00 pm           (SC)                 $10      The Morning After Show (Ayana Hampton)


10:00 pm         (ST)                 $10      The Quasi-Annual FTP Awards (FTP Comedy)


Saturday, March 16


2:00 pm           (MS)                $10      Proof of Life (Contemporary Ballet of Dallas)

2:00 pm           (ST)                 $10      The Ugly One (WaterTower Theatre)

2:00 pm           (SC)                 $10      Nobody’s Hart (Diana Sheehan)


5:00 pm           (MS)                $10      Falling Upside:  A Modern Dance Recovery (Muscle Memory


5:00 pm           (ST)                 $10      Tap That!  (Rhythmic Souls)

5:00 pm           (SC)                 $10      The Quasi-Annual FTP Awards (FTP Comedy)


7:00 pm           (L)                   Free     Walter Lee


8:00 pm           (MS)                $10      The Elephant in my Closet (David Lee Nelson)

8:00 pm           (ST)                 $10      Fort Worth Opera

8:00 pm           (SC)                 $10      The Morning After Show (Ayana Hampton)


10:00 pm         (ST)                 $10      Dallas Poetry Slam


Sunday, March 17


2:00 pm           (MS)                $10      The Elephant in my Closet (David Lee Nelson)

2:00 pm           (ST)                 $10      Phoenix (American Actors Company)

2:00 pm           (SC)                 $10      Purgatorio (Stolen Shakespeare Guild)


4:30 pm           (L)                   Free     True Colors (imPULSE dance project)



5:00 pm           (MS)                $10      Standing on Ceremony (Q Live)

5:00 pm           (ST)                 $10      Fort Worth Opera

5:00 pm           (SC)                 $10      The Morning After Show (Ayana Hampton)

6:30 pm           (L)                   Free     Amy Stevenson


7:30 pm           (MS)                $10      Best of the Main Stage

7:30 pm           (ST)                 $10      Best of the Studio Theatre

7:30 pm           (SC)                 $10      Best of the Stone Cottage


L = Theatre Lobby         MS = Main Stage          ST = Studio Theatre              SC = Stone Cottage




Festival Pass:  $65 / $55 for WaterTower Theatre Subscribers

(Pass includes one admission to each event.)

Festival passes on sale now.

Individual Event Tickets: $10 each and selected readings $5.


Tickets for all Loop shows will go on sale Feb. 19 at noon.


Some productions may contain adult language, sexual situations, and/or violence.  Please consult the Box Office for content information regarding a particular production.


About WaterTower Theatre


WaterTower Theatre is celebrating its 17th anniversary with its 2012-2013 season.  The Company is one of the leading regional theatres in North Dallas and Texas.  It is consistently recognized for its artistic excellence by the Dallas Theatre League, Dallas-Fort Worth Theatre Critics Forum, The Dallas Morning News, The Dallas Observer, D Magazine, and The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, among others.  WaterTower Theatre has a subscription base of more than 2,100 subscribers and serves an audience of over 35,000 patrons annually.


WaterTower Theatre gratefully acknowledges the support of The Town of Addison, TACA, Texas Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.  WaterTower Theatre is supported, in part, through the generosity of The Dallas Foundation, The 500 Inc., Ackley Financial Group, Inc., Atmos Energy, AT&T Yellow Pages, Liberty Capital Bank, Bob and Barbara Bigham: The Baylor Oral Health Foundation, Frost Bank, Rainmaker Advertising, Women of WaterTower Theatre, Target, The Shubert Foundation, and Media Sponsors The Dallas Observer, The Dallas Voice, The Senior Voice, and Addison – the Magazine of the North Dallas Corridor.


About Terry Martin, Producing Artistic Director and “Loop” Executive Producer, and Co-Producers Brandon Weinbrenner and Luisa Ann Torres.


Terry Martin is WaterTower Theatre’s Producing Artistic Director, a position he has held for 14 years.  Terry has directed 45 productions for WaterTower Theatre.  Some of his directing credits at WaterTower Theatre include Spring Awakening, Rockin’ Christmas Party, The Diary of Anne Frank, Little Shop of Horrors, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Man of La Mancha, Humble Boy, The Crucible, Take Me Out, A Country Life (which he adapted from Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya and which won the 2005 Rabin Award – Best New Play), Cabaret, It Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues, Company, An Inspector Calls, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, The Laramie Project, You Can’t Take It With You, Book of Days, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (2002 Rabin Award – Director of a Play), Sweeney Todd, Desire Under the Elms, Ravenscroft, Rockin’ Christmas Party (2000, 2001), Enter the Guardsman, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill and Little Shop of Horrors, among others.


Brandon Weinbrenner is a 2013 Out of the Loop Fringe Festival Co-Producer.  Brandon joins WaterTower Theatre after three years in California, including 14 months as the Bret C. Harte Directing Fellow at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, where he assisted in the development and inaugural year of The Ground Floor, a new play development program.  Before California, Brandon graduated from the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater B.F.A. Acting Training Program and began working as a professional actor.  He has appeared in shows at the Guthrie Theatre, The Children’s Theatre Co., Illusion Theater, Undermain Theater, and WaterTower Theatre.


Luisa Ann Torres is a 2013 Out of the Loop Fringe Festival Co-Producer.  Luisa received a Bachelor of Arts in Drama from the University of Dallas and a Master of Fine Arts in Stage Management from the University of Alabama/Alabama Shakespeare Festival Master’s program.  She is the Production Stage Manager at WaterTower Theatre.  Some of her stage management credits at WaterTower Theatre include Smokey Joe’s Café and It’s A Wonderful Life:  A Live Radio Play.





Greg Patterson

Director of Development & Marketing

WaterTower Theatre

15650 Addison Road

Addison, Texas 75001

Office:  972.450-6227

Cell :  214-310-9108

Fax:  972-450-6244





WaterTower Theatre gratefully acknowledges the support of:
The Town of Addison, TACA, Texas Commission on the Arts, the 500, Inc., The Dallas Foundation

 & the National Endowment for the Arts


WaterTower Theatre gratefully acknowledges the generosity of the following season sponsors:   Ackley Financial Group, Addison Buisness Association, Atmos Energy, Barbara and Bob Bigham, Don and Barbara Daseke, AT&T Yellow Pages, Frost Bank, Liberty Capital Bank, Robert Mayer, Jr., The Shubert Foundation, Mary Kay, Inc., Million Air Dallas, Target Corporation, Women of WaterTower Theatre,

WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors

Media Sponsors:, WFAA, The Dallas Observer, The Dallas Voice,

Addison — the Magazine of the North Dallas Corridor

WaterTower Theatre is a 501(c) (3) organization as designated by the IRS and as such contributions are tax-deductible to the extent and manner allowed by law.


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