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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.

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."

Teen actors take on sex education and immigration based on their experiences in school and at the border

Teen actors take on sex education and immigration based on their experiences in school and at the border

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."

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.

These teens are tackling gun violence by listening — and creating theater

These teens are tackling gun violence by listening — and creating theater

The teens of Cry Havoc Theater Company don't have an answer for the deadly problem of gun violence. But they do offer a starting point: listen to one another.

Since Jan. 27, that's what teens in the 13-member ensemble have done. They've criss-crossed the country, logging more than 50 interviews with gun owners and people who have lost loved ones to mass shootings, homicides and suicides involving guns. 

How teenage actors are bringing the Dallas police ambush to the stage

How teenage actors are bringing the Dallas police ambush to the stage

Last July, Cry Havoc Theater Company’s group of about a dozen teenage actors was preparing for its upcoming summer play Good Kids.

But the July 7 police ambush, which followed a peaceful protest in downtown Dallas, interrupted the young actors' practice. Founder Mara Richards Bim felt it was important to talk to the students about their emotions.