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

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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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DFW Theater Critics Forum

The nominees for the DFW Theater Critics Forum are out! Check out this TheatreJones.com article for the full story.

 

 

 

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Buyer & Cellar

The official opening for Buyer and Cellar is tonight at the Dallas City Performance Hall in the Dallas Arts District!2171-fitandcrop-660x365

Photo courtesy of ATTPAC

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Attention students: discount tickets available!

1) The Elevator Project is an initiative that brings the work of several small-scale theatre companies to the Wyly Theatre in the Dallas Arts District. Student tickets for the first production of the series, “Year of the Rooster” are only $10. This show runs August 22-September 6.

 

2) The new Off-Broadway on Flora series begins in the Dallas Arts District as well. Buyer and Cellar is the first production, which is a show that ran Off-Broadway for over a year and won many accolades.  Student tickets are available to us for $15.  The show runs September 3-6 at the Dallas City Performance Hall.

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Interview with Jenna Skyy

I am happy to be continuing my work at Meadows Marketing and Communications this semester. I’ve been able to write some fascinating stories and interview some incredible and successful alumni. A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to chat with Joe Hoselton/Jenna Skyy.  Here is the Q&A!

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Engaged Learning’s many opportunities

I am lucky enough to have received funding for this initiative from the Engaged Learning program at SMU, whose mission it is to ensure all undergraduates have opportunities to learn beyond the classroom during their time as a student at SMU. I attended and volunteered at the Engaged Learning expo yesterday in the Miller Events Center in SMU’s new Moody center. Not only was it a lovely event put on by the fantastic Engaged Learning staff, but it was also a reminder to me how lucky we are to go to a university such as this one…a school where the Provost opens his speech by looking at each of us beaming students in our white Engaged Learning shirts and says that his shirt is starting to get old and smelly because of how frequently he wears it during his morning walks around White Rock Lake. “You can even ask my wife,” he said.

 

The program is designed to complement the work that students do in the classroom. Each student has a mentor who guides them through their project, asking questions, encouraging them and pushing them to do their very best.

 

And here is a final plug for Engaged Learning…SENIORS!!! Do you have a senior project or thesis that you think would be a fantastic Engaged Learning project? Don’t fear – there is still a deadline for you! Go onto the website and subscribe to EL’s emails for more information!

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It’s about that time again…

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when SMUST is back on its feet again! Follow the organization, sponsored and funded by the theatre division and run by all students!

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SMUST PRESENTS…COMBAT THEATRE

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When: Saturday, August 30 at 8 p.m.

Where: B450 in the basement of Owen Arts Center

Free admission

MORE INFO AT https://staged214.wordpress.com/theatre-advances/

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Listings updated!

Check out the remaining August listings, along with September and October happenings in the Big D here!

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Why is Stage and Cinema Being Removed from Review Lists?

Having come home to the Los Angeles area for two weeks before returning to Dallas for my senior year at SMU, I have been able to see some shows and read up on some LA entertainment publications to compare and contrast with that in Dallas, TX. Here is a particularly interesting article about various regional theatres in the LA area removing various publications from their press list:

http://losangeles.bitter-lemons.com/2014/08/19/why-is-stage-and-cinema-being-removed-from-review-lists/#sthash.dt5gK3sM.G0kHsKps.dpbs 

 

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Nasher Sculpture Center

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I first had the opportunity to go to the Nasher Sculpture Center in the Dallas Arts District in the fall of my freshman year. Our Dramatic Arts Today professor in the division of theatre at SMU Jim Crawford took our entire BFA class on a tour of the Nasher, the Dallas Museum of Art, along with various theatres, performance halls and other venues. Since then, I’ve been lucky enough to go several more times, often just to peruse and other times for specific viewings and events. I took this photo on one of the Nasher free Saturdays in the spring, where all kinds of programs and activities are offered for the whole family. I found this shot particularly intriguing because I caught this young girl in the act of diligently completing her drawing. The Nasher was packed with families on this particular Saturday, which was a joy to witness.

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