Dallas Theater Center presents The Tempest

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Cast of Dallas Theater Center's The Tempest
Community ensemble of Dallas Theater Center's The Tempest in rehearsal. Photo by Karen Almond

Dallas Theater Center and Ignite/Arts Dallas at Southern Methodist University Meadows School of the Arts, in collaboration with AT&T Performing Arts Center and in affiliation with New York City-based The Public Theater’s Public Works, will present the inaugural production of Public Works Dallas’ The Tempest, a groundbreaking community engagement and participatory theater project designed to deliberately blur the line between professional artists and Dallas community members.

The 90-minute musical adaptation of The Tempest will feature 200 actors and community members, only five being professional actors. Mayor Mike Rawlings will have a cameo performance on March 3 and will be rotating the role of wedding officiant with Councilman Adam McGough, Councilman Adam Medrano, and Voice of the Dallas Cowboys, Brad Sham. 

Written by William Shakespeare, The Tempest features adaptation, music, and new lyrics by Todd Almond. Marooned and left to die on a remote island, Prospero can command spirits, create apparitions and manipulate the elements. By using his magic, he assembles his enemies to take revenge on them, and in the process awakens in Miranda, his teenage daughter, her first experience of love.

Tickets are free to the public, two per person, and a limited number are available by phone at 214-880-0202 beginning January 25. In addition, tickets will be distributed onsite at each partnering community organization. A mobile box office will be distributing tickets at the following locations and dates:

  • Jubilee Park and Community Center (917 Bank St., Dallas) on January 25 from 1 to 5 pm;
  • Beckley Saner Recreation Center (114 W. Hobson Ave., Dallas) on February 1 from 10 am to 1 pm
  • Vickery Meadow Learning Center (6329 Ridgecrest Rd., Dallas) on February 8 from 4 to 7 pm
  • Bachman Lake Together Family Center (9507 Overlake Dr., Dallas) on February 15 from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm
  • Literacy Instruction for Texas (1610 Malcolm X Blvd., Dallas, Texas) on February 23 from 3:30-6:30 pm

Tickets will be available online at www.DallasTheaterCenter.org beginning February 24 at 2:30 pm.

Event Details


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Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre
2400 Flora St.
Dallas, TX 75201


Ticket Info

Admission is free.