Good News For Theater Lovers

New Off Broadway series brings quirky, under-the-radar theater to Dallas

New Off Broadway series brings under-the-radar theater to Dallas

Michael Urie in Buyer & Cellar
Plano native Michael Urie is the star of Buyer & Cellar, which kicks off the new Off Broadway on Flora series at Dallas City Performance Hall in September 2014. Photo courtesy of AT&T Performing Arts Center
Mike Daisey
Mike Daisey explores the continuing influence of Shakespeare in ​The Great Tragedies, running February 26-28, 2015 at Hamon Hall. Photo by Ursa Waz, courtesy of AT&T Performing Arts Center
Rude Mechs presents Stop Hitting Yourself
Austin-based Rude Mechs will bring their satirical musical Stop Hitting Yourself to Potter Rose Performance Hall, May 28-30, 2015. Photo by Erin Baiano/Courtesy of ATTPAC
Michael Urie in Buyer & Cellar
Mike Daisey
Rude Mechs presents Stop Hitting Yourself

The AT&T Performing Arts Center has hosted tours of Broadway shows since it opened, but it's about to start a new tradition with the Off Broadway on Flora series.

The series will highlight touring productions that proved successful off Broadway and elsewhere around the country. All of the events will take place in smaller venues within the complex, including the Dallas City Performance Hall, Potter Rose Performance Hall inside Wyly Theatre and Hamon Hall inside Winspear Opera House.

The first of the series will be Buyer & Cellar, a comedy starring Plano's own Michael Urie, who gained fame on Ugly Betty, as a struggling actor who finds work in, of all places, the basement at Barbra Streisand's Malibu mansion. It will play at Dallas City Performance Hall five times September 3-6.

 The first of the series will be Buyer & Cellar, a comedy starring Plano's own Michael Urie.

November will bring Second City back to town for its 55th Anniversary Tour. Playing four shows November 13-15 at Dallas City Performance Hall, the troupe known for launching the careers of the likes John Belushi, John Candy, Tina Fey and Stephen Colbert will come back to Dallas for the first time since being part of Dallas Theater Center's 2012-2013 season.

The Great Tragedies, a one-man show by monologist Mike Daisey, will be the first in the series to play at Hamon Hall, running February 26-28, 2015 for four shows. Daisey will talk about Shakespearean classics like Romeo & JulietHamletMacbeth and King Lear, and demonstrate how they still resonate and inspire today.

Rude Mechs, a theater company based in Austin, will bring Stop Hitting Yourself to Potter Rose Performance Hall for four performances May 28-30, 2015. The satirical musical borrows from 1930s-era productions to tell the story of socialites looking to better society one needy person at a time.

The series' 2014-2015 season will come to a close with Love, Loss, and What I Wore, playing at Potter Rose Performance Hall four times, June 25-27, 2015. A winner of two New York theater awards in 2010, the off Broadway show is a collection of stories from Nora and Delia Ephron, and was originally staged by a series of famous actors.

Season subscriptions for all five shows are now on sale and can be purchased by going to www.attpac.org, calling 214-880-0202 or visiting the AT&T Performing Arts Center Information Center next to the Winspear in person. Individual tickets for each will go on sale at a later date.