New Year, New Stage
Irving theater company brings up the curtain on new performance space
MainStage Irving-Las Colinas, the city's main theater company since Lyric Stage moved to downtown Dallas in 2017, is growing. The nonprofit organization has leased a building at 222 E. Irving Blvd. in the Heritage District, what used to be the Texas Musicians Museum, and will rename it MainStage 222.
It will feature indoor and outdoor stages as well as rehearsal space, storage, and a scenic-building facility. MainStage 222 will also be offered as a rental facility for outside theaters, musicians, meetings, and events. The theater company will continue its traditional production series at the Irving Arts Center.
"MainStage Irving-Las Colinas' 50-plus-year success demonstrates the incredible amount of support Irving contributes to our thriving local arts scene," says Irving Mayor Rick Stopfer. "I'm thrilled to see this local organization not only make use of this terrific facility, but to see how they create new performance opportunities for our residents to enjoy and participate."
If you're in the mood to celebrate with the group, a ribbon-cutting and open-house event will take place on October 3 from 5:30-9 pm, with entertainment and light bites included.
"We are so excited to move in to our new home and make it a place for which the Irving community can enjoy a variety of great performances," says Clayton Cunningham, president of the MainStage board of directors. Board member and long-time Irving resident Tom Ortiz agrees: "I've lived in Irving all my life, and I can't wait to introduce our theater to more residents of our great city."
The 2019-20 season of MainStage Irving-Las Colinas at the Irving Arts Center includes Boeing, Boeing (July 19-August 3), The Royal Dilemma, a co-production with ThinkIndia Foundation (September 12-28, 2019), A Chorus Line (November 1-9, 2019, in Carpenter Hall), Have Yourself A Broadway Little Christmas (December 12-14, 2019), Pride & Prejudice (January 25-February 8, 2020), Inherit The Wind (March 20-April 4, 2020), Disaster! The Musical (May 8-23, 2020), and How The Other Half Loves (July 17-August 1, 2020).
Programming at the new MainStage 222 will be announced at a later date.
For tickets to and information about MainStage Irving-Las Colinas' productions, visit www.IrvingTheatre.com.