Season Announcement

Dallas Theater Center tentatively schedules 2020-21 season of new and beloved works

Dallas Theater Center tentatively schedules 2020-21 season

Tiny Beautiful Things Off-Broadway at the Public
Playwright Nia Vardalos in the Off-Broadway production of Tiny Beautiful Things. Photo by Joan Marcus

With American Mariachi having been streamed online and Pipeline suspended due to coronavirus concerns, Dallas Theater Center is still nevertheless forging ahead with its next season. There's one catch though: no dates yet.

Patrons are encouraged to buy 2020-21 season subscriptions — obviously single tickets are not on sale — and coordinate their chosen performances with the box office once dates are announced.

"The recent cancellation of live arts and entertainment performances due to public health concerns is creating very real financial consequences for the national arts community," reads a statement on DTC's website. "Purchasing your subscription now supports Dallas Theater Center during these uncertain times, and will help us to mitigate losses and ensure the future of the arts here at home, in Dallas."

Directed by Kevin Moriarty, The Sound of Music is hopefully first. A country divided. A family paralyzed by loss. A young woman afraid to love. Dallas Theater Center boldly re-examines one of the most beloved musical theater classics ever written.

Screenwriter and actor Nia Vardalos is the scribe behind the stage adaptation of Cheryl Strayed's book Tiny Beautiful Things, which was co-conceived by Vardalos, Marshall Heyman, and Thomas Kail (you know him as the director of Hamilton). It follows Sugar, an online advice columnist who uses her personal experiences to help the real-life readers who pour their hearts out to her. Rich with humor, insight, compassion — and absolute honesty — Tiny Beautiful Things is about reaching when you’re stuck, healing when you’re broken, and finding the courage to take on the questions that have no answers. Joel Ferrell directs.

Written by Vichet Chum and directed by Tiffany Nichole Greene (another Hamilton director, who helmed the national tour), High School Play: A Nostalgia Fest is a world premiere and co-production with Houston's Alley Theatre. It’s senior year in Carrollton, and Riverside High School’s competitive theater troupe is climbing back to the top from last year’s unprecedented loss. Dara is trying to rally his teammates, while new kid Paul disrupts Dara’s complete understanding of himself and his small-town suburban life. When coaches Dirkson and Blow make a bold choice for the one-act play competition and the community takes issue, friends and rivals duke it out and find themselves.

You can’t choose your neighbors. In Native Gardens, a brilliant new comedy by Karen Zacarías, cultures and gardens clash, turning well-intentioned neighbors into feuding enemies. Pablo, a rising attorney, and doctoral candidate Tania, his very pregnant wife, have just purchased a home next to Frank and Virginia, a well-established D.C. couple with a prize-worthy English garden. But an impending barbecue for Pablo’s colleagues and a delicate disagreement over a long-standing fence line soon spirals into an all-out border dispute, exposing both couples’ notions of race, taste, class, and privilege.

A co-production with Stage West, What to Send Up When It Goes Down by Aleshea Harris is a play, a ritual, and a home-going celebration that bears witness to the physical and spiritual deaths of black people as a result of racist violence. Meant to disrupt the pervasiveness of anti-blackness and acknowledge the resilience of black people throughout history, this groundbreaking play blurs the boundaries between actors and audiences, offering a space for catharsis, discussion, reflection, and healing. Directed by Akin Babatunde.

A return of DTC's annual production of A Christmas Carol is a season add-on, as is a world premiere re-imagining of Designing Women, written by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason. It’s 2020, and Julia, Suzanne, Mary Jo, and Charlene are partners in the Atlanta-based interior design firm, Sugarbaker’s. But with the firm in crisis, they’re on the verge of a radical decision to sell the business and separate. A co-production with theaterSquared and Alabama Shakespeare Festival.

Season tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 214-522-8499.