New Musicals Bella and Hood Will Make World Premiere at Dallas Theater Center | Playbill

News New Musicals Bella and Hood Will Make World Premiere at Dallas Theater Center Dallas Theater Center's 2016-17 season will include two world-premiere musicals: Bella: An American Tall Tale by Kirsten Childs; and Hood, a fresh take on the tale of Robin Hood by Douglas Carter Beane and Lewis Flinn.

Artistic director Kevin Moriarty announced that the season will also feature the critically acclaimed Constellations and The Christians; the classic historical drama Inherit The Wind; a reimagined Greek tragedy, Electra; the holiday classic A Christmas Carol; and a new work with a title to be announced.

"Our 2016-2017 season continues DTC’s commitment to producing new work that will launch in Dallas and then continue on to further life across the country; unique, fresh productions of classic plays that use theatrical space in surprising ways; premieres of award-winning plays that speak meaningfully to our lives; and programming designed to engage our diverse community in ongoing conversations about ourselves and the world in which we live," said Moriarty in a statement. "I am so looking forward to welcoming writers Kirsten Childs, Douglas Carter Beane and Lewis Flinn back to Dallas to create new works, and I am eager to continue DTC’s exploration of Greek tragedies. It’s going to be quite a year at DTC!"

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Season details, according to the Dallas venue, follow:


Aug. 24- Oct. 9, 2016

Wyly Theatre • Studio Theatre

By Nick Payne

Directed by Wendy Dann

When a theoretical physicist and a beekeeper meet, their spellbinding, romantic journey breaks the boundaries of the space/time continuum.           

Bella: An American Tale

Sept. 22- Oct. 23, 2016

Wyly Theatre • Potter Rose Performance Hall

Book, Lyrics, and Music by Kirsten Childs

Directed by Robert O’Hara

Set in the Old West with an unforgettable, soulful score, this world-premiere musical comedy written by Kirsten Childs (FLY) tells the tale of Isabella “Bella” Patterson, a young black woman in late 19th-century America. When Bella boards a train west to meet her Buffalo soldier sweetheart, she encounters the most colorful and lively characters ever to roam the Western plains. Bullets and fists will fly, heads and hearts will break, but – blessed with a big heart, and a voluptuous figure – Bella will breeze on through it all. World Premiere produced in association with Playwrights Horizons, New York.

A Christmas Carol

Nov. 23– Dec. 28, 2016

Wyly Theatre • Potter Rose Performance Hall

By Charles Dickens  

Adapted by Kevin Moriarty

Directed by Steven Michael Walters

Scrooge is back! And he’s as cranky as ever! Come kick off the holiday season with us as A Christmas Carol returns to the Wyly Theatre. In this delightfully re-imagined take on Dickens’ enduring classic, the audience is immersed in the story, with magical ghosts flying above, scary ghosts bursting out of the floor, and snow falling from the sky. Full of traditional Christmas hymns in fresh, toe-tapping musical arrangements, joyful bursts of choreography, and eye-popping special effects.

TO BE ANNOUNCED                                                                             

Dec. 7, 2016– Jan. 22, 2017

Wyly Theatre • Studio Theatre

Information on this new play will be announced soon.                  

The Christians

Jan. 26– Feb. 19, 2017

Kalita Humphreys Theater

By Lucas Hnath 

Directed by Joel Ferrell

Pastor Paul’s church wasn’t always this big. In twenty short years, it had grown from a small, mom-and- pop operation into a full-blown mega-church with thousands of members, a coffee shop and a parking lot so big you could get lost in it. But today, Pastor Paul has a new message for his devoted flock—one that will turn the entire congregation on its head. You’ll recognize the hymns, the live choir and the preacher at the pulpit. But you’ve never heard a sermon quite like this before.


April 4– May 28, 2016

AT&T Performing Arts Center • Strauss Square

By Euripides  

Adapted and Directed by Kevin Moriarty

Electra’s mother murdered her father, and Electra just can’t let it go. With the return of her brother Orestes, the siblings seek justice... or is it vengeance? Lust, murder, and fury explode in this tale of familial betrayal. Building on DTC’s breathtaking approaches to Greek tragedies (Oedipus el Rey, Medea), expect the unexpected in this one-of-a-kind production that will take the audience on a journey through the grounds of AT&T Performing Arts Center’s Annette Strauss Artist Square. Observe intimate scenes between characters while hearing commentary about the play’s meaning through individual headphones that will be provided for each audience member, creating an experience that is simultaneously public and private.

Inherit the Wind

May 16 - June 18, 2017 

Kalita Humphreys Theater

By Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee 

Directed by Kevin Moriarty

When science and faith collide, who wins? When a public school teacher is arrested for teaching Darwin’s theories of evolution to his sophomore students, two powerhouse lawyers face off in a court of law. The nation watches as science and faith collide, bringing a small southern town to its knees. Inspired by the infamous Scopes Monkey Trial, DTC’s innovative, contemporary production of this classic American drama is as timely today as it was at its 1954 Dallas world premiere.


June 29– Aug. 6, 2017

Wyly Theatre • Potter Rose Performance Hall

By Douglas Carter Beane and Lewis Flinn                           

Directed by Douglas Carter Beane

“Sometimes the best way to deal with new problems is to look at an old story.” Inspired by the timeless tales of Robin Hood and Sherwood Forest, this brand new, musical comedy is rich with romance, jokes, songs, sword fights, dancing—and even an archery contest! Brought to you by the dynamic creative team behind DTC’s critically-acclaimed 2010 production of Give It Up! (Broadway’s Lysistrata Jones), Hood will make you laugh, stir your soul, and steal your heart. 

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