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Liz Mikel and cast of Public Works production of "The Tempest" at Dallas Theater Center. (Photo by Karen Almond)

Dallas Theater Center Announces 2018-19 Season

The season will feature a world premiere play by Dallas-based playwright Jonathan Norton.

DALLAS: Dallas Theater Center (DTC) has announced its 2018-19 season, featuring seven mainstage productions and a holiday tradition.

“Our 2018-2019 season is filled with exciting new productions and much-loved classics,” said artistic director Kevin Moriarty in a statement. “I’m thrilled to introduce Jonathan Norton’s play, Penny Candy, to the American theatre, where I’m certain it will have a lasting national impact. I’m overjoyed to welcome the work of DTC’s playwright-in-residence, Will Power, to our stage. I’m honored to introduce some of the most acclaimed plays of the past year to Dallas audiences in their regional premieres, and I’m eager to laugh alongside our audiences with a trio of feel-good classic comedies.”

The season will open with Steel Magnolias (Sept. 28-Oct. 21), by Robert Harling, about a group of women who gather together in a Louisiana beauty salon during times of joy and strife.

Next up will be Fetch Clay, Make Man (Dec. 5- Jan. 6, 2019), by DTC playwright-in-residence Will Power, a play loosely inspired by the real-life friendship of Cassius Clay and Stepin Fetchit.

Following will be Lynn Nottage’s Sweat (Feb. 8-March 3, 2019), about the recession’s effect on the steelworkers of Reading, Pennsylvania through the span of 2000 to 2008.

The season will continue with Sarah DeLappe’s The Wolves (March 6-April 7, 2019), about nine teenage girls on a high school soccer team with endurance, ambition, and drive on and off the field.

Next will be Twelfth Night (March 29-April 28, 2019), by William Shakespeare, about a young woman who disguises herself as a man on the shores of Illyria when a shipwreck separates her from her twin brother.

Following will be the world premiere of Penny Candy (June 5-July 7, 2019), by Jonathan Norton, about a twelve-year-old helping his father run the family’s candy store out of their run-down apartment in Pleasant Grove in 1988.

Next up will be Josefina López’s Real Women Have Curves (June 28-July 21, 2019), a comedy about a recent high school graduate working in her sister’s garment factory in East L.A. who grows to the strength of the women she works besides.

Just in time for the holidays will be A Christmas Carol (Nov. 21-Dec. 30, 2019), by Charles Dickens, a holiday classic featuring flying ghosts and Christmas hymns.

Also part of the programming will be Public Works Dallas, a community engagement and participatory theatre project that brings community members together with professional artists. The production details will be released at a later date.

The season will also include family-friendly musicals in the simmer of 2018 and 2019. Titles and production details will be announced at a later date.

Founded in 1959, Dallas Theater Center brings classic and contemporary plays and musicals to North Texas.

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