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Elevator Project helps small Dallas arts groups move on up to Wyly Theatre

Elevator Project helps small arts groups move on up to Wyly Theatre

The Aliens at Upstart Productions in Dallas
Upstart Productions, which put on The Aliens at Magnolia Lounge in 2013, is one of six groups elevated to a higher-profile venue as part of ATTPAC's Elevator Project. Photo courtesy of Upstart Productions
DGDG presents Beauty/Beast
DGDG: The Danielle Georgiou Dance Group, is the only non-theater group participating in the Elevator Project. Photo by Alisa Levy
The Aliens at Upstart Productions in Dallas
DGDG presents Beauty/Beast

Performance space is always at a premium for smaller arts groups in Dallas-Fort Worth, and the AT&T Performing Arts Center is about to make life a little easier for some of them with a new program called the Elevator Project.

The Elevator Project gives six groups — African American Repertory Theater, Cara Mia Theatre Co., Dallas Actor's Lab, DGDG: The Danielle Georgiou Dance Group, Second Thought Theatre and Upstart Productions — the chance to stage one show each at the Wyly Theatre over the next year.

The name of the project is a double entendre. Not only does it give the groups a chance to put on a production at a higher profile venue, but those productions take place in the performance spaces on the Wyly's sixth and ninth floors.

ATTPAC also announced that both the Complete Works of Shakespeare and Oral Fixation are moving their monthly programs to the Wyly starting this season. Both have proved so popular that they outgrew their previous venue, Hamon Hall inside Winspear Opera House.

The inaugural event of the Elevator Project is Upstart Productions' Year of the Rooster, the story of a perpetually put-upon man who uses a pet rooster to help him exact revenge on those who wronged him. Year of the Rooster runs August 22-September 6.

Rooster is followed by DGDG's Nice in November, a yet-to-be-titled production from Dallas Actor's Lab in February 2015, Second Thought Theatre's Bull in February/March 2015, Cara Mia Theatre Co.'s Lydia in April 2015, and AART's Radio Golf in May/June 2015.

Single general admission tickets for each show, priced at $20, go on sale on August 1 through You can also purchase a six-show sampler package for $100, giving you all six productions for the price of five. Package subscribers can purchase discount parking.