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Curse of the Puerto Ricans by Rosa Fernandez

August 11 – 28, 2022
(In-person)

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. World Premiere.

UPCOMING 2022-2023 SEASON SHOWS

FAIRVIEW

by Jackie Sibblies Drury

Directed by Jiles King

In partnership with Undermain Theatre

October 21 – November 6, 2022

At the Frasier household, preparations for Grandma’s birthday party are underway. Beverly is holding on to her sanity by a thread to ensure this party is perfect, but her sister can’t be bothered to help, her husband doesn’t seem to listen, her brother is MIA, her daughter is a teenager, and maybe nothing is what it seems. A regional premiere, Fairview is a searing examination of families, drama, family dramas, and the insidiousness of white supremacy.

*Subscribers/Donors to Undermain Theatre, please reach out to Undermain Theatre directly for your ticket reservations*

BLACK NATIVITY

Directed by Bridget Moore

In partnership with B MOORE DANCE

December 2 – December 18, 2022

This hand-clapping, toe-tapping, finger-snapping theatrical wonderment, inspired by Langston Hughes’s retelling of the Nativity story, returns to the BATC stage for its 18th anniversary. Black Nativity is a holiday favorite enjoyed by the entire family.

1619 PROJECT, One-Act Festival

Directed by Gabrielle Kurlander

February 10 – 26, 2023

In late August 1619, a ship arrived in the British colony of Virginia with a cargo of twenty to thirty enslaved people from Africa. Their arrival led to the barbaric and unprecedented system of American chattel slavery that would last for the next 250 years. This is sometimes referred to as the country’s original sin, but it is more than that: It is the source of so much that still defines the United States.

This one-act festival features 8 commissions by local and national playwrights that weave together stories that explore the legacy of slavery in present-day America.

OTHELLO

Adapted by Franky Gonzalez

Directed by Albert Wash & Zetra Goodlow

May 5 – 21, 2023

An adaptation conceived and developed at the Bishop Arts Theatre Center, taking Shakespeare’s Othello and reimagining the play’s hero as a wealthy black woman living in Dallas, Texas.

ONE YEAR IN EGYPT

Written by Camika Spencer

Directed by Sheridan Singleton

August 11 – 26, 2023

The world premiere of “One Year In Egypt” details the journey of writer and Oak Cliff native, Camika Spencer, during her first time abroad as a middle school ESL teacher in Al Giza, Egypt, during the same year she turned 50. This show is frank, funny, emotional, and informative, as she narrates her personal transformation while deconstructing the myths associated with how she romanticized Africa as a “woke” woman who’d never been to the Motherland – thus a wake-up call.
One Year in Egypt is a brief look at race, colorism, geography, history, sexism, class, and education being brought to the front and dealt with in a wonderful technologically enhanced moment on stage.