Driving Miss Daisy @ DTC

#DTCMissDaisy closes at Dallas Theater Center this weekend. Don’t miss this show!

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Wrenn Schmidt: SMU alumna and working actress

SMU theatre students were lucky enough to hear from actress and SMU alumna Wrenn Schmidt (B.F.A. Theatre, ’05) last week. During her conference hour, she talked about her time at SMU and how it has shaped her career thus far.  Here’s the story.

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All Stars Project in Dallas

I was lucky enough to go to the  Dallas Building Bridges Talent Show Saturday evening, where youth from South Dallas, West Dallas, and Oak Cliff gathered to share their talents with the community. For more information, check out the story I wrote for Meadows on the All Stars Project of Dallas and Kelly Zitka’s work specifically, with support and funding from SMU’s Caswell Leadership Fellowship.

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“The Force is strong with this one.” – Critics everywhere

Don’t miss WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S STAR WARS  this weekend!shakespeares star wars poster

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ALL STARS PROJECT – Dallas, Texas

All Stars Project of Dallas participants, SMU students, members of First Presbyterian Church Dallas, and the Dallas community gathered together for the Dallas Building Bridges Talent Show Nov. 8, 2014. There were so many unique collaborations between students of all ages that were performed downtown at First Presbyterian Church Dallas- 1835 Young Street.
Stay tuned for photos and a more in-depth analysis of the immensely talented performers I was able to watch last night. I look forward to more performances of the kind!

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WHITE NOISE opens this weekend: It’s a #SMUSTsee

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WHITE NOISE

SMUST presents… WHITE NOISE next weekend. Don’t miss this original show featuring SMU theatre student Isaac Young.

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THE MARGO JONES THEATRE

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Here are some photos of the interior and exterior of the Margo Jones Theatre in Fair Park, Dallas, TX.

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A year ago tonight…

It has been exactly a year since I first visited the historic Margo Jones Theatre in Fair Park, Dallas. This was also, oddly enough, the same night I met Matt Tomlanovich, who passed away a couple of weeks ago.

The first time I met Mr. Tomlanovich and told him that I was writing a final thesis paper for a class of mine on the work of Ms. Jones, he stopped everything he was doing to talk to me and to teach me more of the history of Dallas and Dallas theatre. He was so kind, genuine, honest, MODEST and of course, a wealth of knowledge.

After going home and doing more research, I soon became madly inspired and humbled by this man, who devoted his life to teaching and revitalizing the theatre. He connected me with all kinds of others who helped me with my research. After reading more about the way he rebirthed the Margo Jones Theatre to be an incubator space for new works and to help small companies that couldn’t find affordable spaces in town, an idea popped into my head that would soon become the crux of my Engaged Learning project this year at SMU.

Just like Margo Jones, Matt was a pioneer of the American theatre. Thank you for the way you inspired me and for everything you taught me in the short amount of time. Rest in Peace.

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For more information about the work of Matt Tomlanovich, I’ve written a small dedication on the Meadows website to honor his legacy.

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The Brothers Size – Jubilee Theatre

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I was lucky enough to see THE BROTHERS SIZE at the Jubilee Theatre this past Saturday. The show runs through next Sunday – don’t miss it!

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RIP Matthew Tomlanovich

Rest in Peace to Matthew Tomlanovich, a theatre teacher and pioneer in the DFW area who reinvented and revitalized The Margo Jones Theatre in Fair Park.

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TEOTL: The Sand Show

For more information, visit http://www.caramiatheatre.org/plays-2/

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Top 10 Things to Do this Week in the DFW Metroplex

Looking for something fun to see and/or do this weekend? Here’s your top 10 for this week!

Shows:

1. Hailed by the Chicago Tribune as “the greatest piece of writing by an American playwright under 30 in a generation or more,” The Brothers Size at the Jubilee Theatre in Fort Worth is a an unforgettable theatrical experience that will leave you breathless.

2. Let’s do the time warp again! Only one week left to catch Frank-N-Furter, Magenta, Colombia and all your other favorites at The Rocky Horror Show at Dallas Theater Center in the Dallas Arts District!

3. Bonnie and Clyde is a new musical that blends the musical genius of Frank Wildhorn and the love story of two of Texas’ most famous outlaws. Don’t miss the show at WaterTower Theatre in Addison, Texas, which runs until November 2nd.

4. Tonight, Dallas’ runaway hit storytelling series, Oral Fixation (An Obsession with True Life Tales), will remount its 4th season opener featuring seven juicy true tales on the theme “Go With the Flow” at the famed Texas Theatre in Oak Cliff.

5. Enjoy playing in the sand? Catch Teotl: The Sand Show at Cara Mia Theatre, which opens this Friday in Trinity Groves.

Attractions:

6. If you think you have tasted every fried food in the world, you are sorely mistaken until you have made your way to the Texas State Fair in Fair Park. Big Tex will close the park this weekend, so hurry down and bring your appetite for both grease and great adventure!

7. As if the Dallas Arboretum is not beautiful enough at this time of year with its luscious pumpkin patches, there is also another exhibit that runs through December 2014 called the Dallas Arboretum Bird House Exhibit, which runs during the day from 9am-5pm. This exhibit features life-size playhouses designed by local architects. Visitors can explore the themed houses and learn all about the adaptations and lifestyles of various species of birds.

8. Don’t miss the Deep Ellum Wine Walk this Thursday, October 16th, where you can stop in at any of the participating venues in Deep Ellum and sample free wine at the businesses along Main Street. Who could ask for anything more? 

9. From the band that brought you ON THE EVE at Theatre Three earlier this year, Sammons Park will host Patio Sessions: Home by Hovercraft, a free live music event where you can enjoy food and beverage in the park and listen with the whole family.

10. What better way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of one of the most famous art and art history museums than by celebrating with the most influential Spanish artist in the late eighteenth century? Check out the Goya exhibit at the Meadows Museum on SMU’s campus, which will be there until March of 2015.

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Pubbin’ with the Bard: SMU theatre alums put up Shakespeare in the Bar at a new coffee house in Dallas

“A man cannot make him laugh – but that’s no marvel; he drinks no wine,” says Falstaff in Shakespeare’s Henry IV part 2.

Bard, beer and brews? Who could ask for more from an evening?

Twelve actors will perform a “barely rehearsed” version of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night at The Wild Detectives tomorrow night.

The origins of the project begin with Dallas-area actress and SMU theatre alumna Katherine Bourne, who spent the summer in Chicago working with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company. While she was in Chicago, she saw a production of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing at The Back Room Shakespeare Project.

“Shakespeare in alternative spaces is not a new concept on the national scale, but Dallas certainly doesn’t have anything like Shakespeare in the Bar,” Bourne said.

Bourne met up with fellow SMU alumna and founder of the Davis Street Collective Alia Tavakolian and Artistic Associate and Dallas director Dylan Key to further discuss her idea of bringing this “Shakespeare in the Bar” concept to Dallas.

“I think we’re all responding to a desire, shared by many DFW theatre artists, to build new audiences for theatre in the metroplex,” Key said. “By producing this piece at Wild Detectives, we’re hoping to achieve that by meeting people on their own terms, audiences who otherwise may not frequent brick-and-mortar theater.”

The play is advertised as a chance for audiences to “get to know their inner groundling.” In Shakespeare’s time, a groundling was the poorest member of the audience who had probably just left work, so the cast and crew of Twelfth Night encourage the audience to yell and have a great time along with the actors.

The cast has had the script for three weeks and altogether has had a few rehearsals in preparation for this evening’s performance.

“There is little pressure here,” Tavakolian said. “We take the work seriously, yes, but we do our best to have loads of fun.”

“The hope is that this patched- together performance will bring out moments of clarity and great discovery between the actors,” Bourne said. “A long rehearsal setting is a great thing, but very often actors can use it as a crutch to avoid making “mistakes” or make any bold choices. We don’t have the time to be shy or proud in this situation. We just have to do it.”

Key agrees with Tavakolian, and has high hopes that this 85 minute Shakespeare comedy will attract those in Dallas that would not typically be drawn to the theatre.

What should audiences expect from the evening?

Tavakolian says, “A night filled with surprises, laughter, beer and the work of the Bard!”

Cheers and see you there, groundlings!

For more information about the show, visit the event page on Facebook.

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SMU alum uses her niche to create her own job at the DMN

Tiney Ricciardi, a 2010 graduate of SMU, began with a blog called dfDubReport, which is a website devoted to the coverage of the music scene in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. After graduating from SMU with a degree in journalism, she worked in the service industry for a few years before realizing that it was not what she ultimately wanted to do. In the meantime, she was maintaining and updating her blog, and continued to build multimedia content and interviews. It was her impressive clips on this site that landed her a job at Pegasus news and then at the Dallas Morning News. She has now essentially created her own job and is now running several blogs on DMN’s online site. Check them out here:

 

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