Echo Theatre, which only produces works written by women, will celebrate its 20th anniversary during the 2017-18 season, and its lineup is befitting of such a milestone.
It all starts with Ruined, a play for which Lynn Nottage won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2009. Eight years later she picked up her second Pulitzer for Sweat, making her the first woman playwright to win more than one. Dallas favorites Denise Lee and Tyrees Allen star in the heavy show, which follows bar owner Mama Nadi as she gives three young women refuge and an unsavory means of survival in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Echo Theatre's producing partners emeritus, Pam Myers-Morgan, will direct, with music direction by Neeki Bey. It runs September 8-23, 2017.
The Echo Room Presents: Her Song, the music and dance revue that transforms the Bath House Cultural Center into a 1930s supper club, returns for its fifth engagement February 8-24, 2018 under the direction of Pam Myers-Morgan. But this very might well be the last year for the popular, interactive show, as the press release teases that Echo might not mount it again next year. So arrive early and enjoy some pre-show dancing, light cuisine, and Prohibition-era cocktails from chef Doug Brown’s Beyond the Box Catering.
Show three had previously been kept under wraps, but the secrecy makes sense now that we know it will be a new, unpublished play by Madeleine George. Hurricane Diane is the 2018 LGBTQ Pride Month play, for which specific June dates will be announced later. George is the playwright behind Precious Little, which Echo produced in 2015 to critical acclaim, and The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence, which Stage West mounted in 2015.
Single tickets go on sale August 8, and can be purchased online here or by calling 214-904-0500.