Our Season

Our 2022 Season is comprised of four dynamic productions, spanning countries of origin, regions of America, and various eras, that highlight the universality of the human condition and the sameness of the issues in human relationships that, regardless of time and place, make a work a classic. Each, immediately relevant in the times they were written, when viewed by the lens of the passage of time, have a complexity of relevance to be discovered. Enjoyed as a season, the programming is designed to enable audiences to deep dive and explore their own perspectives, over the course of the content presented, while perhaps even changing a few along the way.

MARCH 18-APRIL 9
The Margo Jones Theatre-Fair Park
LOOK BACK IN ANGER
by John Osborne
Directed by Jackie Kemp
Starring Joey Folsom as Jimmy Porter

A realist kitchen sink drama, focusing on the relationship of protagonist, Jimmy Porter, his wife Alison and their friends. Jimmy, an intelligent and educated man with working class roots, and a fascination with playing jazz trumpet, stands outside the border of the middle class with Alison, of upper middle-class upbringing, who married down. Embittered and disdainful, Jimmy’s dissatisfaction and disillusionment with life takes a dark turn into wanting others to feel the pains of the disenfranchised, with Alison often the target of his need to make others feel small in order to create his imagined rightful station. Her undisclosed pregnancy only making matters worse. 

 

John Osborne’s realist cornerstone profiles the sorrows, despondency, and anger of the working class. Post WWII, this English work encapsulated an entire generation of 20-30-year-olds who viewed revered and established institutions with disdain, and coined their popular description as “angry young men”, landing it on many lists of the best plays of the 20th century. Using the entry point of the relationship between a married couple, and their friends, the play examines the tinderbox of a life that is created by a sense of hopelessness for what the future holds.

MAY 20-JUNE 11
The Margo Jones Theatre-Fair Park
SEX, GUNS, AND VODKA
Anton Chekhov’s Untitled Play
Adapted and Directed by Joey Folsom

Mikhail Platonov, a bumbling romancer, brings on his own doom through his seductions of a widow with a robust libido, her idealistic stepdaughter, and an earnest student, in a work that comically skewers the hypocrisy and frivolity of provincial life and the search for happiness.


Having remained untitled and going undiscovered until two decades after his death, Anton Chekhov turns a farcical eye to a Russian retelling of the story of Don Juan. Although written while he was still a medical student, prior to becoming a master dramatist, all of the Chekhovian wit, rich characterizations, and his thematic staples are aptly present in this tale of a new to town schoolmaster and the bored provincial women who vie for his affection. It wouldn’t be Chekhov without parties, suicide attempts, and affairs, and this farce has them all.  Although a fresh and high energy new adaptation, Chekhov’s trademark blending of the tragic and comic to depict what shapes life and the passions and frailties of human nature still take center stage.

AUGUST 26-SEPTEMBER 11
The Karol Omlor Studio Theatre-Addison Theatre Centre
CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF
by Tennessee Williams
Starring Terry Martin as Big Daddy
Directed by Susan Sargeant

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With a romanticism rooted in reality, a story unfolds of a night in the Mississippi Delta, as the Pollitt family gathers to celebrate the birthday of its aging and ailing patriarch, Big Daddy. His two sons vie for an inheritance with former football hero, Brick, also contending with his wife’s. Maggie-the Cat’s, unbridled sexuality and the nature of his own, in a relationship burdened by repressed love.

 

A benchmark of the modern American canon, the Pulitzer Prize Winner for Drama in 1955, and the play the legendary Tennessee Williams considered his favorite of his works, CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF is a study in mendacity. This southern telling of a family in crisis brings to the stage some of the most iconic characters of American theatre, while the work, rich in symbolism, examines the themes of truth, lies, sexual desire, repression, and decay against the backdrop of familial relationships, social mores and morality. Starring a patriarch of Dallas theatre, Terry Martin, as one of drama’s most iconic patriarchs, Big Daddy.

NOVEMBER 11-NOVEMBER 26
The Margo Jones Theatre-Fair Park
DUTCHMAN
by Amiri Baraka
Directed by Dennis Raveneau

On a New York Subway car there is a confrontation that begins playfully and flirtatiously between Clay, a young, middle-class Black man and Lula, a white woman who approaches him. Their conversation builds rapidly in suspense and symbolic resonance until it becomes something else entirely, ultimately ending fatally.

 

The 1964 Obie Award Winner for Best Off-Broadway Play is an explosive, allegorical, one act drama written by poet Amiri Baraka (who was then writing under his birth name, LeRoi Jones). It uses the device of a single, highly stylized and symbolic encounter to demonstrate the tensions present between Black and white Americans during the tumultuous 1960s and to illustrate the political, societal, and psychological conflicts facing Black men in America.