Documentary play about border, immigration going up this summer

Documentary play about border, immigration going up this summer

A group of high school students from Dallas spent Spring Break in the Rio Grande Valley working on "Crossing the Line," a documentary-style theatrical show being co-produced by the Cry Havoc Theater Company and the Kitchen Dog Theater group in Dallas.

The students conducted first-person interviews with people who have made the difficult trek from Central America to seek asylum in the United States and are waiting at a refugee camp in Matamoros for a U.S. asylum interview.

Food Channeling

Food Channeling

Ten young women in pastel tie-dyed T-shirts and black pants enter arguing. They take their seats in a row of folding black chairs facing the audience at the South Dallas Cultural Center's performance space. They fuss about the menu, about the people invited, about the safety of the surroundings.  Everything. This cacophony of complaints rises to a crescendo, subsides, and one especially peevish girl asks, "Can I get a to-go box?" Blackout.

This compelling five-minute opening scene in Cry Havoc Theater Company's new devised work, From the Table: A Celebration of Food, is funny and familiar to everybody who gathers with family, friends and anybody else at the table to sit down and eat a meal. So begins a revealing, 70-minute work, a rising tide of tightly choreographed scenes, that touches on the history and wildly various expressions of our deeply societal and intimately personal relationship with food. 

Cry Havoc Theater Company Invites You to the Table

Cry Havoc Theater Company Invites You to the Table

The latest work from Cry Havoc Theater Company opened on January 11. Since 2014, the youth theater company has created work around themes of social justice. Last year, they received the National Community Impact Award from Theatre for Young Audiences/USA.

Cry Havoc Theater presents From the Table: A Celebration of Food

Cry Havoc Theater presents From the Table: A Celebration of Food

When a community gathers together, whether for celebration or for mourning, one constant remains: food. Humanity’s relationship with food is one of necessity – but an individual’s relationship with food is one of history. These unique histories offer an understanding of who we are, where we come from, and how our futures might unfold. The teens of Cry Havoc will set the table for a celebratory exploration of how our lives are defined by the food we consume and the stories tied to it.

D-FW Theater Critics Forum names the best plays, performances and more in Dallas-Fort Worth

D-FW Theater Critics Forum names the best plays, performances and more in Dallas-Fort Worth

Special citations were given to Cry Havoc Theater Company, a youth company, for the compellingly researched and performed Babel, about gun violence; Amphibian Stage Productions for its Comedy Series and Trinity Shakespeare Festival, for 10 years of producing professional, quality Shakespeare at Texas Christian University.

AT&T hosts 8 Dallas arts groups for 2018-19 Elevator Project season

AT&T hosts 8 Dallas arts groups for 2018-19 Elevator Project season

Two companies are making return engagements in the 2018-19 season of the Elevator Project, a program that gives smaller and emerging arts groups a stage at the AT&T Performing Arts Center.

Dark Circles Contemporary Dance and Cry Havoc Theater Company are joining six other performing arts companies for the project's fourth season, which runs October 2018 to July 2019. In addition to a world-class stage, these groups get to utilize ATTPAC's operations and marketing teams, ticketing systems, and mentoring support.

"The Elevator Project has become a passion for us here at the AT&T Performing Arts Center," says interim president and CEO Debbie Storey. "It lets us discover and partner with some of the new and emerging talent in Dallas, and provide them with meaningful resources and a platform in the Arts District. It is an impactful collaboration on a new level."

Cry Havoc Theater Company closes out the season with Sex Ed in Hamon Hall. In the wake of the #MeToo movement, conversations about sexual impropriety are front and center in our collective consciousness. Yet we seem to have collective amnesia when it comes to our own teenage years and the lack of honest, accurate information we received about our bodies. This devised work discusses the birds and the bees and the flowers and the trees, and how "the talk" has become so politically divisive in our culture. It runs July 3-14, 2019.

In Babel, Students Hear from All Sides of Gun Debate

In Babel, Students Hear from All Sides of Gun Debate

The new play from the high school performers of Cry Havoc Theater is informed by dozens of hours of conversations on our gun violence epidemic.

Like many people across the country, high school students are talking about guns. And Cry Havoc, a Dallas theater company made up of youth actors and adult advisers, is listening.

Babel, the company’s new play about gun violence, is drawn from dozens of hours of interviews with gun supporters, gun control advocates, elected officials, and the parents of children lost in school shootings.

The three-hour production, which wraps up its run this weekend at the Winspear’s Hamon Hall, comes a year and a half after Cry Havoc gained national attention for Shots Fired, a documentary-style theater piece about the fatal shooting of five Dallas police officers in July 2016. This time around, Cry Havoc worked in conjunction with AT&T Performing Art’s Center’s Elevator Project, an initiative that platforms art and artists too often left out of the mainstream.

America's Gun Debate Brought To Life On Stage

America's Gun Debate Brought To Life On Stage

Several months ago, Cry Havoc Theater Company set out to create a play about America's gun debate. Now, the show's in it's final week of production. Hear how they took real-life experiences and turned them into a play.

After months of research, interviews and rehearsals, the teen actors of Cry Havoc Theater Company are slipping into their costumes and preparing to perform their original play about guns and gun violence in America.

Art&Seek has been following the making of “Babel.” In this week’s Spotlight, we travel through time to some of the earliest rehearsals in order to show you how they got ready for opening night.