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DTC’s Helping Hand To Be Seen Off-Broadway Next Several Months

by Jerome Weeks 23 Apr 2014 11:29 AM

Fly By Night and Fortress of Solitude have opening dates in New York.


DTC's Fly By Night - Whitney Bashor, Damon Daunno - by Karen AlmondWhitney Bashor and Damon Daunno in Fly By Night at the DTC. Photo by Karen Almond

Fly By Night, the darling, off-beat, rom-com musical staged at the Kalita Humphreys last year, opens next month at Playwrights Horizons, the esteemed off-Broadway company. By the time Fly By Night opens May 16, it’ll have been thoroughly workshopped and tried out on the road, having started at Yale Drama School, workshopped at Northwestern and staged in California before the DTC got ahold of it.

But the New York production will feature a completely different cast and design team from the ones who worked on it in Dallas (with the odd exception of Michael McCormick, who played the grumpy sandwich shopowner here). Too bad, because the Dallas production was a wonderful little show. But Playwrights generally knows what it’s up to (among other things, it commissioned The Flick, the Anne Baker drama that won this year’s Pulitzer Prize for drama). Here’s hoping it does well in New York; the show deserves it.

Then in September, The Fortress of Solitude will open at the Public. This destination was always known — the DTC is a co-producer of the show, which tried out at the Wyly last month. Because Daniel Aukin conceived and directed the adaptation of the brilliant Jonathan Lethem novel, he’ll be doing the honors again in New York, but there’s no word yet on whether anyone else featured in the Dallas show (Andre de Shields? set design by Eugene Lee?) will be repeating their efforts.