Erin Malone Turner is among the recipients of TACA’s New Works 2.0 grants (Courtesy photo)

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TACA announces $125,000 in New Works 2.0 grants

On Tuesday, The Arts Community Alliance (TACA) – announced the 2022 recipients of its New Works Fund that focuses support on new works of performing, literary and visual art in varying stages of development by BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color), LGBTQ+, and female artists. The five arts organization recipients with multidisciplinary new works will share the $125,000 distribution made possible by Anne Davidson, The Texas Instruments Foundation and The Sapphire Foundation.

“I am overjoyed to support these exciting new works as the Presenting Sponsor of the 2022 TACA New Works Fund,” Anne Davidson said in the announcement. “New artistic work is the lifeblood of our community and I look forward to seeing these five projects come to life.”

Launched in 2012, the TACA New Works Fund was established to support innovative new works of art in Dallas County with the intention to amplify and cultivate artists underrepresented in their respective artistic genres and endeavors. Since its inception, the fund has provided $1,025,000 in grants to support 33 new works of art in North Texas.

“We are humbled to provide support to such an exciting slate of new work projects being developed by organizations and artists of diverse backgrounds,” Terry D. Loftis, Donna Wilhelm Family president and executive director of TACA mentioned in the press release. “We are also excited that this year’s fund is supporting new works in varying stages of development. New works often come to life through the sheer will and passion of artists until their final stages. We look forward to supporting these projects in their infancy and see what their creativity yields without the weight of financial worry. Providing funding access to BIPOC, LGBTA+ and female artists ensures that our impact reaches across all sectors of our creative community.”

The five 2022 New Works Fund grantees are:

Arts Mission Oak Cliff: $20,000 for No Strings by Seth Magill, Anastasia Muñoz, Kirschen Wolford;

Cara Mía Theatre Co.: $20,000 for Orígenes/Origins by Sorany Gutierrez, Frida Espinosa Müller, David Lozano, and Alicia Martínez Álvarez;

Dallas Black Dance Theatre: $30,000 for T A B E R N A C L E by Chanel DaSilva;

Dallas Children’s Theater: $25,000 for Life Doesn’t Frighten Me by Paige Hernandez;

Soul Rep Theatre Company: $30,000 for a new play by Erin Malone Turner.

Second Thought announces departure of its director of operations

In an email announcement on Tuesday, Second Thought Theatre announced that after 15 years, its DO Drew Wall will leave the company for new opportunities.

We cannot convey the gratitude and appreciation we have for all he’s done, and we can’t wait to see the amazing things he will do everywhere he goes,” the theater stated in the email. “Drew, thank you for a decade and a half of helping to bring challenging theatre and exemplary artistic leadership to our STT community! You will be extremely missed!”

The email included Wall’s resignation letter he addressed to STT donors and his Second Thought family. In the letter he mentioned he will step down from his poition at the end of the calendar year. Wall recalled his own history with the company.

From Wall’s letter:

I am so proud of what we have accomplished together. Over the last 15 years, we’ve grown the annual organizational budget by over $175,000, added a full season’s worth or surplus funds for protection, graduated to a union compliant Actors’ Equity Theater with full health and benefit opportunities for union members, expanded stipends for designers and non-union artists, and produced some of the most highly regarded stage theater in the DFW metroplex. There were certainly many years of trial and hardship we weathered along the way, but here we stand with an opportunity to cement Second Thought’s place in our local artistic ecosystem for the next 15 years and beyond. On my way out the door, I hope each and every one of you will offer the same grace, trust, and respect to Carson, Richard, and the new staff members who will be replacing me.
STT’s final show for this year is One Flea Spare set to open Oct. 26.

Eisemann Edge Project will debut this September

AHT 3D Studio LightSquad members Eduardo Garcia, Koby Wheeler and Daniel Sample working on the projection mapping for ’20 Years in 20 Minutes’ from a computer at UT Dallas. (Courtesy photo by Minnish Photography)

The new immersive projection experience, 20 Years in 20 Minutes,  created by the UT Dallas School of Arts, Humanities, and Technology (AHT) 3D Studio LightSquad  will be unveiled on Sept. 8 at the Charles W. Eisemann Center for Performing Arts . The installation will be available for viewing Sept.  9-30. The project highlights the Eisemann Center during its 20th Anniversary Celebration.

“We very much like the goal of continuing to progress and lead the arts toward new and innovative discoveries as technology reshapes our senses, perceptions and reality,” Ann and Charles Eisemann said in a statement on Monday. “We think this will help grow new artistic leadership and create something new that will last into the future and help the arts innovate over time.”

From the Eisemann:

The experience will explore the Eisemann Center’s immense impact on the art landscape of Richardson and the greater North Texas area. Throughout its 20-year history, the Eisemann Center has shaped the cultural fabric of the region both inside the doors of the Eisemann Center through its signature events, as well as through community programming outside its doors. This composition seeks to explore that impact, as well as the impact the Eisemann Center will continue to have for many more years to come.

The immersive video project is part of a multiyear, interactive arts experience that is funded by the Eisemann Edge Endowment Fund, which was started with a $250,000 donation from community benefactors and civic leaders Ann and Charles Eisemann. A joint initiative of the city of Richardson, the Eisemann Center and the School of Arts, Humanities, and Technology (AHT), the program is intended to leverage a wide array of creative abilities and technological platforms that will engage new audiences, enabling them to explore the arts and to build on the Richardson community’s distinctive high-tech heritage. Proceeds from ticket sales for 20 Years in 20 Minutes will go to the endowment fund.

Show announcements

(Back row/left to right) John Marshall, Maximilian Swenson, Sean Sicard, Landry Beckley and (front row) Eric Berg star in Theatre Arlington’s ‘Biloxi Blues.’ (Courtesy photo by Eric Younkin)

Theatre Arlington has a case of the Biloxi Blues

Theatre Arlington’s next production will be Biloxi Blues by Neil Simon. The show will open Aug. 19 and run through Sept. 4.

The show is directed by Larry W. Cure and stars Eric Berg as Eugene Morris Jerome, Caleb De La Torre as Roy Selridge, Maximilian Swenson as Joseph Wykowksi, Sean Sicard as Don Carney, John Marshall as Arnold Epstein, Michael Phillip Thomas as Sgt. Merwin J. Toomey, Landry Beckley as James Hennesey, Rhonda Triana as Rowena and Lauren Floyd as Daisy Hannigan.

The creative crew includes Kevin Brown (Set Designer), Bryan Stevenson (Lighting Designer), Victoria Esquibell (Sound Designer), Janice Pennington (Costume Designer), Robin Dotson (Properties Designer) and Angie Glover (Scenic Artist) with stage manager Maria Leon Hickox, assistant SM Stephanie Metz and assistant director Jacob Oderberg.

From TA:

The second in Simon’s semi-autobiographical trilogy, Biloxi Blues was the winner of the 1985 Tony Award for Best Play. Local actor Eric Berg who captured the hearts of Theatre Arlington’s patrons in 2019 when he portrayed Eugene Jerome in their production of Brighton Beach Memoirs reprises his role as Eugene, a young army recruit during WW II. When the audience first met Eugene he was coping with adolescence in 1930’s Brooklyn, but it is now 1943 and he finds himself in basic training in Biloxi, Mississippi, learning about life and love while dreaming about being a writer.

Ticket sales are open and available here.

Broadway Dallas announces The Book of Mormon as 2022-2023 season option

FILE PHOTO: ‘The Book of Mormon.’ (Courtesy photo by Joan Marcus)

The word was out on socials earlier this week but in a press release Thursday, Broadway Dallas announced the national tour of The Book of Mormon will play a one-week engagement from Aug. 1-6, 2023. The Tony-winning musical will be at the Music Hall at Fair Park. Seats can be guaranteed now for the show by subscribing to the 2022/23 Germania Insurance Broadway Serires. The musical will be offered as an option to the season subscription.

Single ticket sales will be announced at a later date. Group tickets of 10 or more are available now by calling 214-426-4768 or emailing

From Broadway Dallas:

The Book of Mormon features book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone. The Broadway production is directed by Parker and Casey Nicholaw, and choreographed by Nicholaw. Set design is by three-time Tony Award winner Scott Pask, costume design is by two-time Tony Award winner Ann Roth, lighting design is by five-time Tony Award winner Brian MacDevitt and sound design is by two-time Tony Award winner Brian Ronan. Orchestrations are by Tony Award winner Larry Hochman and two-time Tony Award winner Stephen Oremus. Music direction and vocal arrangements are by Oremus.

Since opening on March 24, 2011,The Book of Mormon has become one of the most successful shows in Broadway history, breaking the Eugene O’Neill Theatre house record more than 50 times. In addition to nine Tony Awards including Best Musical and the Grammy for Best Musical Theatre Album,The Book of Mormon won five Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical, the NY Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, the Drama League Award for Best Musical and four Outer Critics Circle Awards including Best Musical.

Opening this week:

J. Alexander Langley of 6 O’Clock Dance Theatre (Courtesy photo)

PNC Patio Sessions: Sam Wood, 5:30 p.m. today in Sammons Park.

Bishop Arts Theatre: Curse of the Puerto Ricans, today-Aug. 28.

The Romeros Guitar Quartet, 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Meyerson

Theatre Arlington: Club Cabaret featuring A Salute to Sondheim, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Onstage in Bedford: Educating Rita, Friday-Aug. 28

Stolen Shakespeare Guild: Private Lives, Friday-Aug. 28.

6 o’Clock Dance Theatre: 6×6: The Choreographers’ Showcase, 2 and 8 p.m., Saturday at the Latino Cultural Center, pictured. 

Stomping Ground Theater: Sassy Night Laugh, 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

Studio 22: Summer Dance Socials – Two Step, 7 p.m. Wednesday at Sammons Park.

The Lost Boy Presents: Cabaret, Wednesday-Aug. 27 at Arts Mission Oak Cliff.

Onstage now:

Art Centre Theatre: You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (adult cast), through Sunday.

Rockwall Summer Musicals: The Sound of Music, through Sunday at RHS Performing Arts Center.

Jubilee Theatre: Dreamgirls, through Sunday at Bass Hall.

Art Centre Theatre: You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, through Sunday.

Theatre Frisco: Something Rotten, through Sunday.

Rover Dramawerks: The Underpants, through Aug. 20 at the Cox Playhouse.

Hip Pocket Theatre: When We Were Very Young, through Aug. 21.

–Rich Lopez