Dallas' Second Thought Theatre premieres personal stories for 15th season
Three area premieres and one world premiere, along with a landmark collaboration with Circle Theatre in Fort Worth, comprise Second Thought Theatre's 2019 season.
Just days after finishing its critically acclaimed 2018 season closer, Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again., the spunky company is already looking to its 15th season with selections that include the semi-true story of the theft of Albert Einstein's brain; a meditation on the courage, strength, and perseverance of women in conflict zones; a double header from Caryl Churchill; and the journey three sisters take to confront their abusive childhood.
"The plays in our 2018 season were generally more political in nature, which seemed a natural response to this particular moment in history," says STT artistic director Alex Organ. "The plays for next season feel more personal and less overtly political. By and large, these plays tell stories about how we are shaped by our experiences, and how the extraordinary human mind adapts to extraordinary circumstances."
First up is Incognito by Nick Payne (Constellations), which tells of pathologist Thomas Harvey and his quest to understand the mind that understood the universe. The unbelievable, semi-true story of love, murder, memory, and the fate of Albert Einstein's brain will star Drew Wall and be directed by Organ. It runs January 30-February 23, 2019.
Next, Kara-Lynn Vaeni returns to direct Lela & Co by Cordelia Lynn. Separated from her childhood by the soldiers at the border of her country and the soldiers in the bedroom of her new home, 15-year-old Lela gains strength and wisdom that are hard-won and far beyond her years. Based on true stories from conflict zones all over the world, the play traces a precarious path from girlhood to womanhood and celebrates the resilience of those who make the journey. It runs April 3-28, 2019.
A special double feature of Caryl Churchill plays performed together runs June 5-July 29, 2019. Drunk Enough to Say I Love You marries the personal and political in an entirely new way when Guy, a man, is seduced by Sam, a country. Their torrid affair hits rocky terrain as Sam's bloodlust becomes too much for Guy, but Sam is confident he'll come crawling back. In Here We Go, Churchill goes universal, meditating on death, what precedes it, and what follows it. This brief but powerful ode to ephemerality is sure to stay with audiences long after the evening ends. Organ directs, with Blake Hackler starring.
Hackler wields the pen for STT's fourth and final show of the season, What We Were. It is the third world premiere by the Dallas-based Hackler at Second Thought in as many years, following 2017's The Necessities and 2018's Enemies/People. This play tells the story of Carlin, Nell, and Tessa, three sisters who suffered a childhood of abuse. Now adults, each lives in some degree of denial, but the lies are starting to become more unbearable than the truth. Directed by Christie Vela and featuring Jenny Ledel, What We Were will be created as a co-production with Circle Theatre in Fort Worth and run August 28-September 21, 2019.
2018 was STT's first four-season show in several years, and the company ended up offering "pay-what-you-can" opportunities for more than a fourth of the performances (a tradition that will continue this coming season). They also extended their partnership with Change the Perception DFW, which facilitated Community Conversation-style talkbacks after several performances of Revolt. She said. Revolt again.
All performances in Second Thought Theatre's 2019 season will take place at Bryant Hall, next door to the Kalita Humphreys Theater. To purchase season subscriptions or single tickets, visit 2tt.co or call 1-866-811-4111.