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Posted on March 26, 2017 by Kelsey Ervi

René Moreno 1959-2017 WaterTower Theatre Board and Staff offer their deepest condolences to the friends and family of  René Moreno.   René was a longtime colleague of WaterTower's and he will be greatly missed by all. Our thoughts and prayers are with the DFW
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Native Gardens

Regional Premiere
June 2 - 25, 2017
A new comedy by Karen Zacarías
Directed by David Lozano

Gardens and cultures clash, turning friendly neighbors into feuding enemies in this funny Regional Premiere, written by Karen Zacharias, one of the most prominent Latina playwrights working today.  Pablo, a high-powered lawyer, and doctoral candidate Tania, his very pregnant wife, are realizing the American dream when they purchase a house next door to community stalwarts Virginia and Frank. But a disagreement over a longstanding fence line soon spirals into an all-out war of taste, class, privilege and entitlement. The hilarious results guarantee no one comes out smelling like a rose.
coming later - Canterbury Family Main Stage   
Hit the Wall

Regional Premiere
July 28 - August 20, 2017
By Ike Holter
Directed by Joanie Schultz

Media Sponsors include  Dallas Observer  and  Dallas Voice

The show follows a diverse group -- including an African-American drag queen, a butch lesbian, a fiercely funny gay duo, and a bigoted gay-bashing cop, among many others -- as a joyful evening at a gay nightclub, following the death of the iconic Judy Garland, is brutally interrupted by a police raid that touches off days of violent protests.  Hit the Wall  premiered in 2012 at Chicago's famed Steppenwolf Theatre.  Hit the Wall  transports audiences to the Stonewall Riots in New York's Greenwich Village on June 27-28, 1969, when a routine police raid on an underground gay hotspot became a foundational moment for the modern gay rights movement. Featuring a howling live rock band that evokes the era's proto-punk music and fast-paced, sharp dialogue, the vivid theatrical re-imagination focuses on ten unlikely revolutionaries, each claiming in turn "I was there."

Hit the Wall  is recommended for mature audiences only due to adult content and language.
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Announcing Details for the 2017 Spotlight Gala

Addison… WaterTower Theatre’s Gala Chair Barbara Daseke today announced details of the 2017 Spotlight Gala.  The theme of the event is New York nightlife brought to our very own Spotlight Lounge.  WaterTower Theatre’s 2017 Spotlight Gala will be held on Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 at 7 pm, at the Marriott Quorum Hotel in Addison.  The 2017 Spotlight Gala is chaired by Barbara Daseke and will honor past Gala Chairs April Bosworth, Anita Braun, Nicholas Even, Laree Hulshoff, Corky Pledger, Deborah Staggs, Allie Theisen, and the WaterTower Theatre Main Stage Naming Donors Liese and Michael Canterbury, and Angie and James Canterbury.  

WaterTower Theatre is proud to welcome Regina Taylor as an Honored Guest and Speaker.  Ms. Taylor’s play Bread will received its World Premiere at WaterTower Theatre during the 2017-2018 Season.

Entertainment for the evening features the crooning melodies of Max Hartman with special appearances by Janelle Lutz and Sarah Elizabeth Price.

The fundraising event will be held at the Dallas/Addison Marriott Quorum Hotel, 14901 Dallas Pkwy, Addison, Texas 75001.

Underwriting levels are:  Executive Producer - $12,000; The Producer - $6,000; The Director - $3,000 and individual tickets sold at $250 per person.

For more information on the 2017 Spotlight Gala, please contact Gregory Patterson, Managing Director, at 972.450.6227 or  or Garrett Reeves, Development and Media Relations Manager, at 972.450.6275 or

To-date, underwriters include:

Executive Producer:
Don and Barbara Daseke
Laree Hulshoff and Ben Fischer
Jimmy and Janiece Niemann
Norma and Paul Shultz

The Producer:
Rosalind and Mervyn Benjet
Liese and Michael Canterbury
Angie and James Canterbury
Larry McCallum

The Director:
The Town of Addison
Frost Bank
April Bosworth
Goody Goody Liquor, Inc.
Stan Graner and Jim McBride
Rodney Hand / Addison Magazine
Mary Kay, Inc.
Robert Mayer, Jr.
Kathleen A. Messina and Gary W. Goodwin
Karol Omlor
Oncor/Grace Daniels
Gregory Patterson
Eileen and Neil Resnik

Valet parking underwritten by Slalom.
Patron Gift underwritten by Mary Kay, Inc., and Addison Magazine
Cork Pull and Wine sponsored Goody Goody Liquor, Inc.
VIP Patron and Underwriter's party sponsored by the Marriott Quorum, Addison

About the Gala Chair, Barbara Daseke
Barbara Daseke is the owner of Barbara Elliott Interiors and, with her husband Don, has been a long-time resident of Addison.   She is a member of the WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors and has served as Chair of the Spotlight Gala on several occasions, most recently in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2016.  She also serves as Co-Chair of WaterTower Theatre's President Circle.  Barbara is one of the most dynamic non-profit fundraisers in North Texas, and has led fundraising events for organizations such as the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Museum of Art, Southern Methodist University, and TACA. Barbara currently serves on the Boards of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, TACA , SMU Meadows School of the Arts, and the Dallas Zoo. Barbara is a charter member of WOW! (Women of WaterTower Theatre).

About the Gala Honorary Chairs
In celebration of WaterTower Theatre’s 20 year history, WTT has chosen to honor past Spotlight Gala Chairs over the 10 year history of this dynamic fundraising event.  Former Chairs of the annual fundraiser are April Bosworth, Anita Braun, Barbara Daseke, Nicholas Even, Laree Hulshoff, Corky Pledger, Deborah Staggs, and Allie Theisen. 

About WaterTower Theatre
Founded in 1996, WaterTower Theatre (WTT) is one of Texas' leading professional theatre companies and one of the flagship arts institutions in North Texas, having played an important role as a leader in developing new talent and encouraging the growth of the DFW artistic community through its commitment to hiring local artists. Led by Artistic Director Joanie Schultz and Managing Director Gregory Patterson, it is consistently recognized for its artistic excellence by the Dallas Theatre League, DFW Theatre Critics Forum, The Dallas Morning News, The Dallas Observer, D Magazine, and The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, among others.  WaterTower Theatre has a subscription base of more than 2,000 subscribers and serves an audience of over 22,000 patrons annually.

WTT Alumni currently working on Broadway/Internationally  include Akron Watson (The Color Purple), Brian Gonzales (One Man, Two Guvnors and Disney’s Aladdin), Major Attaway (the new Genie in Disney’s Aladdin), Cedric Neal (West End, Motown), Anthony Fortino (First National Tour, Fun Home), John Campione (First National Tour, The Bridges of Madison County), Traci Lee (First National Tour, Beautiful), Clinton Greenspan and Jeremy Davis (First National Tour, Disney’s Aladdin), and in many regional theatres across the country.  Respected local actors such as Denise Lee, Liz Mikel, Gary Lynn Floyd, Zak Reynolds, Kyle Igneczi, Diana Sheehan, Pam Dougherty, and Emily Scott Banks credit WTT for nurturing their professional careers.

WaterTower Theatre is 501(c)(3) non-profit organization as designate by the IRS.  Like all arts organizations, WaterTower Theatre relies on both ticket income and donations from individuals, corporations, foundations, organization and government to produce world-class live professional theatre and offer community outreach and arts education programs. WaterTower Theatre gratefully acknowledges the support of The Town of Addison, TACA, Texas Commission on the Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, and the Shubert Foundation.  WaterTower Theatre is supported, in part, through the generosity of corporate, foundation and individual donors such as Atmos Energy, The Canterbury Family, Don and Barbara Daseke, Ben Fischer and Laree Hulshoff, FastSigns Carrollton, Paul and Norma Shultz, Frost Bank, Liberty Capital Bank, Mary Kay Inc., Janiece and Jimmy Niemann, The Nissan Foundation, Pinnacle, Slalom, Table 13, The Civic League, The President's Circle, the WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors, The Corporate Council, and Women of WaterTower Theatre

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