Season Announcement

Potterphiles and Patrick Bateman populate Dallas theater co.'s new season

Potterphiles and Patrick Bateman populate Dallas theater's new season

American Pyscho on Broadway
A scene from the Broadway production of American Psycho. Photo by Jeremy Daniel

First it was "built for longing," then "mercury rising," and now simply "home." The theme of Imprint Theatreworks' third season aspires to build a community of inclusion, where everyone from the underdog to the forsaken can find their place to belong.

There are three regional premieres and one world premiere in the mix, along with the lauded First Impressions Festival that turns the spotlight on local playwrights and the stories they feel compelled to tell. 

"Our third season explores what it means to belong, shining a light on the intrinsic desire to be seen, heard, and loved by a family — whether blood or chosen," says artistic director Ashley H. White. "No matter who you are or where you are in your personal journey, you have a home. You will be seen. You will be heard. Welcome home."

Matt Cox's popular Potterphile ode Puffs starts things off, following three potential heroes just trying to make it through a magic school that's very dangerous for children. Alongside them are the Puffs, a group of well-meaning, loyal outsiders with a thing for badgers. It runs January 9-25, 2020.

The First Impressions Festival follows, with readings, panels, talk-back sessions, cocktail hours, and networking opportunities geared toward providing awareness, opportunities, and support for those playwrights we have right here at home. Submissions will open in the fall, and the festival is February 25-29, 2020.

White, music director Adam C. Wright, and musician Nate Collins are next devising Here, a new work that combines dance, movement, combat, percussion, and voice in an intense exploration of grief. It runs April 23-May 2, 2020.

Based on the 2001 Sundance Film Festival documentary, the musical Southern Comfort follows the last year of Robert Eads, a transgender man in Georgia, as he is diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Through a unique folk and bluegrass-inspired score, Dan Collins and Julianne Wick Davis' show chronicles a year in the lives of this unique American family as they courageously defy the odds by simply remaining on the land to which they were born, reminding us that home is where we find comfort in our skin.

There are five principle roles for transgender artists, and Imprint notes that it is "committed to casting this show responsibly, and will be working with local organizations to seek out opportunities for awareness and proper representation, as well as access for transgender youth." It runs June 5-20, 2020, during Pride Month.

Gina Gionfriddo's Rapture, Blister, Burn takes unflinching look at gender politics in the wake of 20th-century feminist ideals. After grad school, Catherine and Gwen chose polar opposite paths. Catherine built a career as a rockstar academic, while Gwen built a home with her husband and children. Decades later, unfulfilled in polar opposite ways, each woman covets the other's life, commencing a dangerous game of musical chairs — the prize being Gwen's husband. It runs August 7-22, 2020.

Three years ago, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Duncan Sheik's musical stage version of Bret Easton Ellis' American Psycho hit Broadway. Now the sexy musical set in the epicenter of excess brings Patrick Bateman to Dallas. Spend the day with Bateman and his elite group of friends in chic restaurants, exclusive clubs, and designer labels. But at night, a darker indulgence is enjoyed and desires prove unquenchable. It runs October 29-November 14, 2020.

Season subscriptions, priced at $100, are on sale now through Imprint's website, and individual tickets ($25 per show) will be available at a later date. First Impressions Festival passes are available for $35, with single day passes ($10) on sale later.