AWARD: 2018-2019 Dallas-Fort Worth Theater Critics Forum Awards

AWARD: 2018-2019 Dallas-Fort Worth Theater Critics Forum Awards

outstanding director

Mara Richards Bim and Tim JohnsonCrossing the Line, Cry Havoc Theater Company and Kitchen Dog Theater

outstanding new play or musical

Crossing the Line, ensemble of Cry Havoc Theater Company and Kitchen Dog Theater

outstanding performance by an ensemble cast

Crossing the Line, Cry Havoc Theater Company and Kitchen Dog Theater

special citation

To Mara Richards BimTim JohnsonCry Havoc Theater Company, and Kitchen Dog Theater for creating Crossing the Line, a thorough and compelling look at the immigration controversy devised through extensive research that included a trip to the border to gather facts and opinions from a wide range of sources. Bim and Johnson edited hundreds of pages of interview transcripts into a narrative that delved deeply into the immigration issue.

AWARD: 2018-2019 Dallas-Fort Worth Theater Critics Forum Awards

outstanding director

Mara Richards Bim and Tim JohnsonCrossing the Line, Cry Havoc Theater Company and Kitchen Dog Theater

outstanding new play or musical

Crossing the Line, ensemble of Cry Havoc Theater Company and Kitchen Dog Theater

outstanding performance by an ensemble cast

Crossing the Line, Cry Havoc Theater Company and Kitchen Dog Theater

special citation

To Mara Richards BimTim JohnsonCry Havoc Theater Company, and Kitchen Dog Theater for creating Crossing the Line, a thorough and compelling look at the immigration controversy devised through extensive research that included a trip to the border to gather facts and opinions from a wide range of sources. Bim and Johnson edited hundreds of pages of interview transcripts into a narrative that delved deeply into the immigration issue.

AWARD: 2018-2019 Dallas-Fort Worth Theater Critics Forum Awards

outstanding director

Mara Richards Bim and Tim JohnsonCrossing the Line, Cry Havoc Theater Company and Kitchen Dog Theater

outstanding new play or musical

Crossing the Line, ensemble of Cry Havoc Theater Company and Kitchen Dog Theater

outstanding performance by an ensemble cast

Crossing the Line, Cry Havoc Theater Company and Kitchen Dog Theater

special citation

To Mara Richards BimTim JohnsonCry Havoc Theater Company, and Kitchen Dog Theater for creating Crossing the Line, a thorough and compelling look at the immigration controversy devised through extensive research that included a trip to the border to gather facts and opinions from a wide range of sources. Bim and Johnson edited hundreds of pages of interview transcripts into a narrative that delved deeply into the immigration issue.

AWARD: Best Thing to Happen to Local Theater

AWARD:  Best Thing to Happen to Local Theater

Founded with a small grant from the Office of Cultural Affairs, Cry Havoc filled a void in the local theater scene many didn’t know existed. The youth theater taps teenage talent to produce new work that tackles a range of difficult issues, from immigration on the Texas border to gun violence in schools. The results are often as raw, affecting, and provocative as anything any adult theaters in town are producing.

Truth Be Told

Truth Be Told

The soul-stirring devised work Crossing the Line, a co-production by Cry Havoc Theater Company and Kitchen Dog Theater, is a piece of "necessary theater" at this time of chaos and crisis.

“Necessary theater” is a phrase that repeatedly came to mind as I watched Crossing the Line, a co-production from Cry Havoc Theater Company and Kitchen Dog Theater. Choose eight talented Dallas-area high school performing arts students, take them to the contested southern border of Texas to interview detainees who seek refuge and asylum in the U.S. (but instead are prosecuted as criminals), and what do you get? 

An eminently important and artistically sophisticated verbatim docudrama. Every single word uttered in the piece is a direct quote from one of numerous sources. Every. Single. Word. Truth be told.

Cry Havoc Theater’s Crossing the Line Turns the Voices of Immigration Into a Play

Cry Havoc Theater’s Crossing the Line Turns the Voices of Immigration Into a Play

As a verbatim play, these interviews are the backbone of the show. The script is based entirely on interview transcriptions. In other words, we are seeing representations of people, not characters, and the actors do well in their seamless transitions from one role to the next. From the composed, yet seemingly apathetic, statement of the ICE official to the hopeful remarks of a 17-year-old migrant at a detention center, the actors are not just describing the crisis at the border–they take you there.

“Crossing the Line,” a Cry Havoc Theater Company play set at the Texas-Mexican border, is more relevant now than ever

“Crossing the Line,” a Cry Havoc Theater Company play set at the Texas-Mexican border, is more relevant now than ever

William Shakespeare has no place here. Nor do Gilbert and Sullivan. 

“Crossing the Line,” a co-production from Cry Havoc Theater Company and Kitchen Dog Theater in Dallas, doesn’t need an imaginary world to make a point—it has enough material with the real one. Taking place at the Texas-Mexico border, the play examines the immigration policy debate that exploded after accounts of intolerable conditions were reported. It shows what it really means when the world is the stage and the people in it mere players. 

What's happening to children detained at the border? Teen actors reveal what they found

What's happening to children detained at the border? Teen actors reveal what they found

When Cry Havoc Theater Company traveled to South Texas to research a new work on immigration, one of the teenage actors recognized a boy who was being held in detention after coming across the border. He had gone to the first grade with the asylum-seeker in El Salvador but didn't mention it as they spoke.

"He didn't know what to do in that moment. He was so overwhelmed with emotion," recalls Mara Richards Bim, who founded Cry Havoc in 2014. The company creates plays by high school students on difficult social issues that affect them to make young people part of the discussion. "He felt helpless and didn't want to make it worse."