Four years ago, Jeff Swearingen almost quit teaching acting to kids, something he’s done for more than 10 years. Bren Rapp, his Fun House co-founder, had a proposal: a program with all of the stuff Swearingen liked about teaching, and none of the stuff he didn’t.
Fun House, an entertainment-oriented arts education organization, has distinguished itself by teaching children, ages 6 to 17, performance with adult playwrights like David Mamet and Edward Albee. When necessary, Swearingen adapts the work himself. Daffodil Girls, inspired by Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross, racked up three honors from the 2013 DFW Critics Forum Awards; one of Swearingen’s original plays, Stiff, was praised last year.
No other children’s theater in town is reviewed so consistently, let alone so well. This month, Fun House will put on Sam Shepard’s True West just as it was written, starring a real-life pair of brothers, alongside Speed-the-Plow, another Mamet play. Swearingen will also star in a solo show that he wrote, and play Mercutio in Shakespeare Dallas’ Romeo and Juliet. Mercutio might be a role he’s always wanted, he says, but his favorite thing to do is make his charges laugh.Full Story