The new women-led theater company Lily & Joan has unveiled its inaugural season with three works: a classic, a local-born play, and a world premiere musical.
Announced on December 17 at the female-focused troupe's Secret Garden Gala, held at House of Dirt, the season reflects the company's mission to intentionally and inclusively highlight the female perspective.
First up in April 2019 is a 90-minute adaptation of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, adapted by Lily & Joan co-founder Emily Faith. The intermission-less show will have an all female-identifying cast.
Next, in July 2019, is Marilyn Pursued by a Bear. Local playwright Nicole Neely describes the work as a companion piece to Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale that "explores the devastation of thought spirals and false accusations" as well as highlights the endurance of female bonds.
The season finale is a world premiere musical inspired by the life of Joan of Arc, and the namesake of Lily & Joan. Featuring local musicians and visual artists, Joan will "fully immerse audiences in a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience" while taking on the stigma surrounding mental health as well as the loss of identity. The original musical by Faith and her co-founder Erika Larsen will be produced November 2019.
Venues for all three productions have yet to be announced.
"We are so empowered by our first season's lineup," says Faith. "Introducing ourselves with an all-female Midsummer, a local female playwright, and a world premiere musical inspired by the stories of Joan of Arc is exactly how we wanted to take our first steps into the Dallas-Fort Worth theater community."
Lily & Joan is based in Dallas' Bishop Arts District, and has vowed to donate half of each production's proceeds to local women's organizations. In addition to Faith and Larsen, its company members include Alle Mims, Amy Thornhill, Debbie Ruegsegger, Jād Brennon Saxton, Katie Brown, Sakyiwaa Baah, Haley Nelson, and Olivia Grace Murphy.