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Immigration Play Deferred Action Speaks to the Country’s DREAMers

This world premiere co-production from the Dallas Theater Center and Cara Mía Theatre Co. follows a young undocumented immigrant. The play , which should resonate in an election year when the immigration debate remains center stage, examines the harsh realities of life for millions of DREAMers living in the U.S., and a situation that—for many undocumented residents growing up in Texas—can feel like a bureaucratic nightmare fit to give Kafka the shivers.

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Dallas Events Mark 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s Death

Dallasites, Shakespeare lovers, lend me your ears — or something like that. On April 23, 1616, the world lost a great literary figure, the Bard himself. This year marks the 400th anniversary of the death of the most famous playwright in the Western world, and, although slightly morbid, that is cause for commemoration. Earlier, we told you Dallas is in fact a literary city, and it has proven itself with many events that honor the old Bard. Though only a few of these are technically in honor of his 400th death-aversary, there are quite a few ways to pay tribute to Shakespeare this year.

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Mixed Martial Arts Meets Dance in PrismCo’s Animal vs. Machine

I sit at a large, round table in a Thai restaurant between the “Animal,” the “Machine,” and their creators: Katy Tye and Jeffrey Colangelo, co-artistic directors of the movement-based theater company PrismCo. They walk me through the company’s new show, Animal vs. Machine, a performative battle and “dance-fight hybrid” set in a makeshift ring.

They start at the beginning. Tye and Colangelo, who both studied fine arts at SMU, loved movement. Fascinated by the potential of wordless theater, they pursued the fundamental, universal language of the human body.

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Playwright Len Jenkin Is Right at Home in Undermain Theatre’s Eccentric Space

Prolific playwright, novelist, director, and screenwriter Len Jenkin has been called the “hero of the avant-garde,” an off-beat spinner of wanderer plays that wind through a mythic American landscape. Jenkin’s often bizarre and witty imagination has long found a home in the Undermain Theatre’s quirky theatrical space in Deep Ellum. Katherine Owens’ Undermain has debuted plays like Port Twilight, Time in Kafka, and Abraham Zobell’s Home Movie: Final Reel. Last summer, Jenkin and Owens were invited to the Sundance Institute’s renowned Theatre Lab, where they refined their latest collaboration, Jonah. The contemporary re-imagining of the biblical tale makes its world debut at Undermain this month.

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These Are The Broadway Shows Coming to Dallas in 2016-2017

A mix of modern classics (Rent, marking its 20th anniversary), revivals of modern classics (Hedwig and the Angry Inch), and the return of the juggernaut musical force that is The Book of Mormon will feature in the AT&T Performing Arts Center’s 2016-2017 Broadway series.

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Theatre Three Announces 2016-2017 Season

Theatre Three’s 2016-2017 season will feature two premieres by Texas playwrights, including Pulitzer winner and Theatre Three alumna Beth Henley.

It will be the first full season chosen by acting artistic director Bruce Coleman, who took over after founder Jac Alder’s death last year. Coleman also wrote Day Light, a new drama premiering on Nov. 17. Henley, an SMU graduate who cut her teeth at Theatre Three, wrote Laugh, a comedy set in 1920s Hollywood making its Southwest premiere on Jan. 5.

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How Kevin Moriarty Made the Dallas Theater Center Nationally Relevant

On paper, the partnership couldn’t make more sense. The Dallas Theater Center and Houston’s Alley Theatre co-producing the Texas premiere of All the Way, a Broadway hit about President Lyndon B. Johnson’s push to pass civil rights legislation in 1964. For a regional theater in Texas, All the Way checks all the boxes. It is a story with local ties that boasts broad community appeal. It has proven commercial and artistic success (winner of the Tony Award for Best Play in 2014, subject of a forthcoming HBO movie adaptation), while also offering the added cachet of being a regional premiere for both theaters. And yet, even though a co-production of All the Way by the Dallas Theater Center and Alley Theatre may seem entirely natural, when the play opens this month at the Wyly Theatre after an initial run in Houston, it will feel like something of a coup for DTC artistic director Kevin Moriarty.

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