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WaterTower Theatre Announces 2021-22 Season

The season will feature works from Lauren Gunderson, Neil Simon, and a TBA world premiere.

ADDISON, TEXAS: WaterTower Theatre has announced its 2021-22 season, featuring five productions, including a yet-to-be-announced world premiere co-production in 2022.

“October will mark the start of our 26th season,” said producing artistic director Shane Peterman in a statement. “And with the return of live theatre, we look toward a rebirth of what it means to be a community.”

The season will open with Lauren Gunderson’s The Taming (Oct. 13-24), about a Republican Senator’s campaign manager, a liberal activist, and the Miss America Pageant contestant who is holding them hostage, set on revolutionizing the American government.

Next up will be Ella’s Swinging Christmas Party (Dec. 9-12), conceived by Elizabeth Kensek, with music supervision by Vonda K. Bowling. Feleceia Wilson will star in this holiday party based on Ella Fitzgerald’s 1960 Swinging Christmas album.

Following will be a mystery co-production with an unnamed partner that is “one of the largest arts organizations in Dallas,” according to a press release from the company. This production, to arrive in early 2022, will be a world premiere and will center around “the story of a famous female character whose story has been only written by men until this moment.”

Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple (March 30-April 10, 2022) will be next, following the seemingly incompatible roommates Oscar, a divorced mess of a man, and Felix, a recently separated clean freak.

The season will close with the Tony-winning musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (July 20-31, 2022), with book and lyrics by Robert L. Freedman and music and lyrics by Steven Lutvak. Set in 1907 London, the musical follows a penniless clerk who, after his mother’s death, learns that he is ninth in line to inherit the earldom of Highhurst when suddenly those ahead of him in line start to die.

WaterTower Theatre, founded in 1996, is one of Texas’ leading professional theatre companies and a leader in developing new talent and encouraging the growth of the Dallas-Fort Worth artistic community.

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