THE WILD PARTY; THE MUSICAL
Book, Music, & Lyrics by Andrew Lippa
October 10 – 27
Decadence and excess are the life of the party in this jazzy 1920’s musical juggernaut. Based on Joseph Moncure March’s 1928 steamy love triangle of the same name, this darkly brilliant show features one of the most exciting, pulse-racing scores ever written. It’s the party to end all parties with a slew of colorful guests living on the edge in Prohibition-era Manhattan. A hardboiled Jazz Age tragedy full of love, jealousy, and violence.
Some parties are to die for.
This show is recommended for mature audiences due to drug and alcohol abuse, violence, and sexual content.
BLACK NATIVITY; THE MUSICAL
By Langston Hughes
December 5 – 22
For 16 years, Langston Hughes’ story of the birth of Christ has transformed the Bishop Arts Theatre stage into a gathering that unites artists and audiences of different ages, backgrounds, and beliefs through the heart-stirring power of song, story, and dance. With a joyous inspirational score, Black Nativity is an Oak Cliff tradition that shares this unforgettable story of the Nativity through compelling gospel music and the beautiful poetry of Langston Hughes.
Some babies are born King.
LOVING AND LOVING
By Beto O’Byrne
Developed with Meropi Peponides
February 5 – February 23
Inspired by the true love story between Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple from Virginia, who were arrested in 1958 for being married, this play examines the landmark Supreme Court Case, Loving v. Virginia. Beginning in the present day and flashing back to the 1950’s and 60’s, this historical story is told from a 21st Century perspective and puts a human face on this famous court case and the ongoing legacy in a multiracial America.
Some love stories do change the world.
Presented by Communities Foundation of Texas.
THE WOMEN WHO COMPOSE FOR BROADWAY
By Marjorie Hayes
March 19 – April 5
Back for a fifth year, Down For #TheCount honors The Women Who Compose for Broadway, an evening of musical entertainment featuring the music of Nell Benjamin, Nancy Ford, Micki Grant, Mary Rodgers, Brenda Russell, Lucy Simon, Kay Swift, Jeanine Tesori, and more. Over the course of the last century, little recognition has been given to the women who compose Broadway scores and the barriers they have faced. Created by director, actor, UNT Professor, Marjorie Hayes, the show shines a light on these ground-breaking women who have made their mark on the Broadway stage. With a bit of historical context, the show celebrates the depth, breadth, and wit of their heart-stopping music.
Sometimes a song can bring change.
Curse of the Puerto Ricans
by Rosa Fernandez
April 30 – May 17
Julia Rodriguez has sacrificed everything for her family comprised of her alcoholic father, her miserable mother, her absentee older sister and her lively little sister. When “the one that got away” re-enters her life and asks her to run away with him to California, she begins to question if she’s made a mistake. Dealing with themes of familial obligation and identity within the Hispanic community, Curse of the Puerto Ricans follows one family’s dysfunctional Christmas celebration.
Some families have Kodak moments, others have Prozac moments.