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.

TYA/USA Announces 2018 National Awards

TYA/USA Announces 2018 National Awards

NEW YORK CITY: Theatre for Young Audiences/USA (TYA/USA) has announced the recipients of the 2018 National TYA/USA Awards. The awards will be presented as part of the Kennedy Center’s New Visions/New Voices Festival on April 28.

Cry Havoc Theater Company is providing meaningful experiences for teens across Dallas, providing them a timely and important platform to investigate the issues that matter the most to them. We are so grateful for their contributions to the field, and proud to shine a spotlight on their work.

Cry Havoc Theater Company Announces Plans for THE CENOTAPH

Cry Havoc Theater Company Announces Plans for THE CENOTAPH

Today, Cry Havoc Theater Company announced plans for " The Cenotaph, " a large - scale public art installation, which will honor victims of gun violence and be unveiled before the opening of its upcoming production of Babel at the AT & T Performing Arts Center in the Dallas Arts District this summer.

A Dallas Theater Company Needs Your Shoes To Honor Victims of Gun Violence

A Dallas Theater Company Needs Your Shoes To Honor Victims of Gun Violence

Teens with Cry Havoc Theater Company spent their spring break on the East Coast with mothers whose children were killed at school, friends who survived, and politicians at a juncture when it comes to guns. Hady Mawajdeh of KERA traveled with the group. They’re devising a play called Babel based on the interviews they conducted. It’s set to open July 6— a day before the second anniversary of the shootings of Dallas police officers downtown— as part of the AT&T Performing Arts Center’s season of the Elevator Project.

Cry Havoc! And Let Teens Loose To Create Plays

Cry Havoc! And Let Teens Loose To Create Plays

Mara Richards Bim's high school company, Cry Havoc, lets students collaborate on dramas - about some very intense issues.

Last year, the teen theater company, Cry Havoc, created, ‘Shots Fired,’ an acclaimed show about the July 7th Dallas police ambush. Inevitably, parts of the many interviews that students did – interviews with officers and protestors and victims’ relatives – were cut for time. But now Cry Havoc founder-director Mara Richards Bim and her students are developing a new show on what got cut: the entire issue of gun violence.

“Do I have everyone’s paperwork?” Mara Richards Bim asks the assembled high school students and their parents.

We’re in a classroom at Eastfield College. Richards Bim is collecting signed releases. Creating a Cry Havoc show requires recording, even videotaping, students while they’re interviewing people – hence, the signed releases. The interviews are part of what’s called ‘devised theater’ or ‘documentary theater.’ Moises Kaufman, currently an artist in residence at UNT and the creator of ‘The Laramie Project’ – perhaps the best-known example of such reality-based dramas – calls his approach “moment theater.”

8 Dallas arts groups get a crack at the big stage in AT&T series

8 Dallas arts groups get a crack at the big stage in AT&T series

In exciting news for Dallas' emerging artists as well as the audiences that love them, the AT&T Performing Arts Center is greatly expanding a program that gives them a shot at performing on the big stage. Now in its third season, the program, called the Elevator Project, will nearly double in size, with the number of productions increasing from five to eight. The season begins in September.

First established in 2014, the Elevator Project gives small and emerging arts groups space to perform on ATTPAC's campus, with support from the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs. Originally it was geared toward theater groups, but grew in the second season to encompass dance, music, and spoken word.

This third season awards slots to eight companies that are brand new to the series. Three productions will be staged in the Studio Theatre, located on the sixth floor of the Wyly Theatre; four productions in Hamon Hall at the Winspear Opera House; and one on the donor reflecting pool in Sammons Park, on the campus of the AT&T Performing Arts Center. All shows are $25 and general admission.

Co-Productions with Kitchen Dog Theater

Co-Productions with Kitchen Dog Theater

Cry Havoc Theater Company and Kitchen Dog Theater will co-present CHTC's Shots Fired with a new work this summer.

The collaboration to bring these two shows to audiences this summer marks the first official partnership between Cry Havoc and Kitchen Dog. “When I founded Cry Havoc Theater in 2014, Kitchen Dog was the first theater I approached about a possible collaboration,” said Richards Bim. “I’m a huge fan of the stories they tell, the quality of their productions, and their commitment to cultivating new voices in the theater. I’m honored and grateful for their partnership and commitment to bring Shots Fired back and for their invaluable support in the development of The Great American Sideshow.”

“Given both of our companies’ proclivities for new work and timely, provocative subject matter, this partnership seemed like a natural fit to me”, says Co-Artistic Director Tina Parker. “I was very moved by the performance of Shots Fired I saw this past winter and it is my sincere hope that KDT can help increase visibility for this amazing young company.”