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DTC’s 2018-2019 season includes: the critically-acclaimed Broadway play and winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize, Sweat; Shakespeare’s delightful comedy, Twelfth Night; and the acclaimed drama, then film, Real Women Have Curves; a world premiere set in Dallas, Penny Candy; an extraordinary new play that was the talk of the New York theater season, The Wolves; and a fascinating play by resident playwright Will Power about the relationship between Muhammad Ali and Stepin Fetchit, Fetch Clay, Make Man.  

 

 

 


 

FETCH CLAY, MAKE MAN by Will Power, directed by Nataki Garrett                            
The Story of Muhammad Ali and Stepin Fetchit

Dec. 5-Jan. 13     Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, Studio Theatre
His name was Cassius Clay, but you know him as Muhammad Ali. His name was Lincoln Theodore Monroe Andrew Perry, but you know him as Stepin Fetchit. Or, do you really know either of these men at all? Loosely inspired by the pair’s real-life friendship, DTC Playwright-in-Residence Will Power has crafted a daring script that brings these two iconic figures together to shape their legacies against the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement. A powerful exploration of what it is to be a black man in America, Fetch Clay, Make Man pulls no punches. 


 

SWEAT by Lynn Nottage, directed by Tim Bond
From assembly line to picket line, it’s more than just a job. 

Jan. 18-Feb. 10     Kalita Humphreys Theater
It’s the year 2000 in the steel town of Reading, Pennsylvania, and all best friends Tracey and Cynthia need are their steady factory jobs, their favorite bar, and each other. But as years pass and a recession hits, hard times at the factory threaten their livelihoods and test the limits of their friendship. Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize, playwright Lynn Nottage's second Pulitzer, and nominated for the 2017 Tony Award® for Best Play, Sweat takes an unflinching look at life in the industrial working class that has been hailed as “the first theatrical landmark of the Trump era.”


 

THE WOLVES by Sarah DeLappe, directed by Wendy Dann                          
Play like a pack of girls.

March 6-April 14     Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, Studio Theatre
Drive. Ambition. Endurance. Precision. We’re not talking about any high school girls’ soccer team, we’re talking about a pack of female warriors, determined to score. This elite squad of nine teenage girls meets every Saturday to stretch before their games, and high school gossip rapidly evolves into mature meditations on the girls’ understanding of themselves and their place in the world. Breakout playwright Sarah DeLappe writes these girls “as soccer players — not as daughters, not as girlfriends, not as sexual objects, but as athletes.” A 2017 Pulitzer Prize finalist, The Wolves is a fierce and unexpected play that has been taking the theater world by storm since the moment the girls took the field.


 

TWELFTH NIGHT by William Shakespeare, directed by Kevin Moriarty                           
"If music be the food of love, play on!"

Mar. 29-Apr. 28     Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, Potter Rose Performance Hall 
Viola has just lost everything in a shipwreck, including her twin brother. She’s found herself on the shores of Illyria, a place she’s never been. And in order to get work, she’s had to disguise herself as man. When hired as a servant to Duke Orsino, she encounters yet one more problem: she’s totally in love with him. Unable to express her feelings without blowing her cover, Viola sets out to fulfill the Duke’s orders - which include wooing another woman. One of Shakespeare’s finest comedies, Twelfth Night will whisk audiences away to a world of scheming outlaws and daring rescues, unbelievable love triangles, and one truly unforgettable adventure. 


 

REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES by Josefina López, directed by Christie Vela                    
Women are powerful, especially when working together.

April 26-May 19     Kalita Humphreys Theater
Ana just graduated from high school, and though she dreams of going to college and becoming a writer, for now she is stuck working in her sister’s garment factory in East L.A. The hours are long and the pay is low, but Ana grows to appreciate the strength, passion, and dedication of the women she works beside. While the ladies of Real Women Have Curves struggle with things as personal as body image and as consequential as the threat of deportation, they still find joy, humor and beauty in their relationships with one another, and within themselves.




WORLD PREMIERE

PENNY CANDY by Jonathan Norton, directed by Derrick Sanders                            
Life in Dallas' Pleasant Grove was both sweet and sour.   

June 5-July 14     Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, Studio Theatre


Growing up in a candy house sounds like every kid’s dream. But for 12-year-old Jon-Jon, helping his father run Paw Paw’s Candy Tree out of their run-down one-bedroom apartment isn’t quite a dream come true. As their neighborhood sees a surge of violence fueled by epidemic drug use and increasing racial tensions, the business begins to fail and danger looms immediately outside Jon-Jon’s front door. Oh, and then there’s the looming threat of Vacation Bible School. Worst summer ever! A world premiere from Dallas playwright Jonathan Norton, and set in Dallas’ own Pleasant Grove, Penny Candy follows one family as they seek to balance their responsibilities to their community and to one another. 


 

HOLIDAY ADD-ON

A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens, adapted by Kevin Moriarty, directed by Tiffany Nichole Greene
Dallas’ family-favorite holiday tradition.   

Nov. 21-Dec. 30    Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, Potter Rose Performance Hall
Tis the season to be jolly when Dallas’s favorite holiday tradition returns to the Wyly Theatre! Three spirits have come to visit the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, and to take him on a fantastic journey through Christmases past, present, and future that annually delights audiences across North Texas. But will it be enough to save Scrooge’s soul? Brimming with joyful songs, magical spirits, and holiday cheer, Dallas Theater Center’s A Christmas Carol boldly reimagines Dickens’ classic tale of joy, redemption, and the spirit of Christmas.


 

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Playwrights Welcome is a new program developed for Dramatists Guild of America Members by Samuel French along with Dramatists Play Service, Dramatic Publishing, Music Theatre International, Playscripts and Rodgers and Hammerstein. The goal is simple: to provide free access to theater for playwrights, composers and lyricists. We are invested in the success and artistic health of our industry’s writers, and by extension the vibrancy of the American theater. We’re also aware that attending theater is an integral part to how writers learn their craft and grow as artists.

Dallas Theater Center is proud to take part in Playwrights Welcome, which offers available tickets to professional playwrights on the day of a performance, free of charge. To receive a ticket through Playwrights Welcome at DTC, please contact the box office in person or by phone @ (214) 880-0202 on the day of the performance you’d like to attend. Please note that a Dramatists Guild membership card is required to pick up tickets, and there is a limit of two free tickets per member. Available while supplies last.
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