Dallas Theater Center has caught Lin-Manuel Miranda fever. Before the popular actor and composer wrote the smash hit Hamilton, he penned another original musical with Quiara Alegría Hudes called In the Heights, which will be part of DTC's 2019-20 season.
Joining Tony-winning Heights will be a world premiere comedy about Kim Jong-Un (yes, we meant to write comedy), a new adaptation by Kate Hamill of a beloved favorite, a drama about the state of education in America, a no-holds-barred portrait of Texas governor Ann Richards, and a feel-good comedy filled with mariachi music. A Christmas Carol and a new Public Works production will also return as season add-ons.
Here's another important thing to know: all dates below are tentative and subject to change.
In the Heights will play the Wyly Theatre September 21, 2019-October 20, 2019, and be directed by James Vasquez. It tells the story of a vibrant community in New York's Washington Heights neighborhood: a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open, and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It's also a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams, and pressures, and where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you and which ones you leave behind.
Ann will take place in the Kalita Humphreys Theater October 15, 2019-November 10, 2019, and be a co-production with Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. Tony Award nominee and Broadway, television, and film actress Jayne Atkinson will star in this inspiring and hilarious play written by Emmy winner Holland Taylor, which brings audiences face-to-face with a complex, colorful, and captivating character bigger than the state from which she hailed.
Little Women, written by Kate Hamill and based on the beloved novel by Louisa May Alcott, will also be in the Kalita, February 2, 2020-March 1, 2020. Hamill is famous for her adaptations of Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility, and was one of the top five most-produced playwrights in America for the 2018-19 season. As the nation is torn apart by civil war, Jo March and her sisters struggle with what it means to grow up. Gender roles, political beliefs, poverty, and even love itself threaten to break family ties, as the March sisters try to reconcile their identities with society's demands.
American Mariachi is set in the 1970s, when female mariachis weren't yet a thing but Lucha wants to be one anyway. As Lucha and her spunky cousin hunt for bandmates, dodge disapproving relatives, and bring Lucha's ailing mother along for the ride, they wonder: will the band come together? Written by José Cruz Gonzalez and directed by Henry Godinez, American Mariachi will be staged in the Wyly Theatre March 14, 2020-April 5, 2020.
Pipeline, written by Dominique Morriseau, follows inner-city public high school teacher Nya, who is committed to her students but desperate to give her only son opportunities they'll never have. When a controversial incident at her son's upstate private school threatens to get him expelled, Nya must confront his rage and her own choices as a parent. Pipeline will be performed in the Studio Theatre at the Wyly, April 3, 2020-May 10, 2020.
The Supreme Leader is a world premiere by Don X. Nguyen that lets audiences follow Kim Jong-Un while in boarding school in Switzerland as he learns he's next in line following his older brother's career-ending trip to Tokyo Disneyland. Under the watchful eye of his minder, he sets his paintbrush aside to spy on his pretty American friend Sophie. Will "Oony" get the girl? Will he make his father proud? Set in the snow-globe world of stinky cheese and mountain climbing, this coming-of-age comedy imagines Kim Jong-Un's final throes of youth before his fateful return to North Korea. It will play the Studio Theatre at the Wyly, June 3, 2020-July12, 2020.
A Christmas Carol returns to the Wyly as a holiday add-on, November 21, 2019-December 29, 2019. Written by Charles Dickens, adapted by Kevin Moriarty, and directed by Joel Ferrell, this delightfully reimagined take on Dickens' enduring classic has three spirits come to visit the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge and take him on a fantastic journey through Christmases past, present, and future.
Public Works Dallas will return for the fourth year, July 31, 2020-August 2, 2020. Public Works Dallas is a groundbreaking community engagement and participatory theater project designed to deliberately blur the line between professional artists and Dallas community members. The production will feature 200 cast members, with only five being professional actors. Public Works Dallas is not a part of season tickets. Production details, as well as free tickets, will be offered to the public at a later date.
Dallas Theater Center's season tickets are on sale now and start at $162, with season ticket holders receiving additional benefits and discounts. Season tickets can be purchased online at www.DallasTheaterCenter.org or by calling 214-522-8499.