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2016-2017 Canterbury Family Main Stage Season
Hit the Wall

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

Sponsored by Skinny Pizza and GALA North Texas
Media Sponsors include Dallas Observer and Dallas Voice

The show follows a diverse group of young people 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.

Peg - Kelsey Leigh Ervi*
Tano - Joshua Gonzales*
Carson - Walter Lee*
Cop - Gregory Lush*
Roberta - Camille Monae
Newbie - Stephen Rosenberger
Mika - Rashaun Sibley
Cliff - Garret Storms*
Madeline - Jacie Hood Wenzel
A-Gay - Brandon Whitlock

Band (The Mystiks):
Ivan Dillard - Composer/Guitar/Vocals
Gerard Bendiks - Drums
Lina Reyne - Bass

Creative Team:
Director - Joanie Schultz
Assistant Director - Tiffany Navarro
Stage Manager - Caron Grant*
Assistant Stage Manager - Monika Zimmerman*
Set Designer - Jocelyn Girigorie
Costume Designer - Ryan Matthieu Smith
Lighting Designer - Jason Foster
Sound Designer - Kellen Voss
Properties Designer - Bradley Gray
Music Coordinator - Shawn Magill
Fight Choreographer - Jeff Colangelo
Dramaturg - Kyle Eric Bradford

*denotes member of AEA


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 Zacarias, 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.

Tania De Valle - Stephanie Cleghorn Jasso
Pablo Del Valle - Ivan Jasso
Virginia Butley - Lois Sonnier Hart*
Frank Butley - John S. Davies*

Creative Team:
Director - David Lozano

Stage Manager – Caron Grant*
Assistant Stage Manager - Hillary Collazo Abbott

Set Designer – Clare Floyd Devries
Costume Designer - Giva Taylor

Lighting Designer – Dan Schoedel
Sound Designer – Kellen Voss
Properties Designer - Bradley Gray

Dramaturg – Kyle Eric Bradford

*denotes member of AEA


The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens, and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord

Regional Premiere
April 14 - May 7, 2017
By Scott Carter
Directed by Emily Scott Banks

A Founding Father, a Victorian novelist, and a Russian revolutionary walk into a… stop if you’ve heard this one. Join us for a laugh-out-loud, whip-smart new comedy as Discord takes the third U.S. President, the author of A Christmas Carol, and the author of War and Peace, locks them in a room with ‘no exit’, and has them hash out their views of scripture and the true meaning of existence.  A blistering battle of wits from Scott Carter, Executive Producer of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, this perceptive new comedy examines what happens when great men of history are forced to repeat it. 

Thomas Jefferson - Ian Ferguson*
Charles Dickens - John-Michael Marrs*
Count Leo Tolstoy - Jeremy Schwartz*

Creative Team:
Director - Emily Scott Banks

Stage Manager – Caron Grant*
Assistant Stage Manager - Joe Heike

Set Designer – Bradley Gray
Costume Designer – Sylvia Fuhrken Marrs
Lighting Designer – JoJo Percy
Sound Designer – Kellen Voss
Dialect Coach – Anne Schilling
Dramaturg – Kyle Eric Bradford

*denotes member of AEA

Parade in Concert

March 25, 2017
Book by Alfred Uhry
Music & Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
Directed by Kelsey Leigh Ervi
Musical Directed by Scott A. Eckert

Sponsored by Kathleen A. Messina and Gary W. Goodwin, Laree Hulshoff and Ben Fischer, Mesero, and the Dallas Holocaust Museum

Inspired by the true events surrounding the 1913 murder trial of Leo Frank, a Brooklyn-raised Jew living in Georgia who is wrongly convicted of the murder of 13-year old Mary Phagan, Parade is filled with soaring music and a heart-wrenching story, offering a moral lesson about the dangers of prejudice and ignorance that should not be forgotten.  Amid religious intolerance, political injustice and racial tension, the stirring Tony Award-winning Parade explores the endurance of love and hope. 

Leo Frank – Seth Womack*
Lucille Frank – Sarah Elizabeth Price*
Hugh Dorsey – Greg Hullett
Jim Conley – Winston Daniels*
Frankie Epps – Kyle Montgomery*
Britt Craig – Kyle Igneczi*
Governor Slaton – Alex Ross*
Old Confederate Soldier/Judge Roan – Stan Denman*
Mary Phagan - Jad Saxton
Tom Watson/Others – Luke Longacre*
Newt Lee/Others – Jeremy Davis
Young Soldier/Others – Alex Heika
Mrs. Phagan/Others – Sara Shelby-Martin
Iola Stover/Others – Molly Welch
Mrs. Slaton/Others – Victoria Teague
Monteen/Others – Allison Bret
Minnie/Others – Whitney Coulter
Ensemble – Justin Duncan, Aubrey Ferguson, Ian Mead Moore

Creative Team:
Director – Kelsey Leigh Ervi
Musical Director – Scott A. Eckert
Stage Manager - Maggie Soch Hayden*
Assistant Stage Manager - Monika Zimmerman*
Set Designer – Bradley Gray
Lighting Designer – Dan Schoedel
Sound Designer – Kellen Voss

*denotes member of AEA

The 24-Hour Plays: WaterTower Theatre

Saturday, February 25 - 8pm

Playwrights, directors and actors will come together to create 4 brand new plays in just 24 hours. Four playwrights will be chosen via submission, after which they will be assigned a director and a group of actors who will then inspire them to write a 15-minute play. The 24-Hour Plays will culminate in a one-time only performance at 8pm on Saturday, February 25 in the Canterbury Family Main Stage where each of the new plays will be performed for the public! The 24-Hour Plays serves to provide an opportunity for local artists to work collaboratively to create new works.

Shelby-Allison Hibbs
Janielle Kastner
Brigham Mosley
Steven Young

Abigail Birkett
Jeff Colangelo
Anastasia Munoz
Joanie Schultz

Kia Boyer
Magdiel Carmona
Caroline Cole
Shawn Gann
Steph Garret
Jeremiah Johnson
Alexandra Lawrence
Doak Rapp
Garrett Reeves
Kelly Stewart
Nicholas Wanjohi
Kennedy Waterman

Silent Sky

Regional Premiere
January 20 - February 12, 2017
A new play by Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Kelsey Leigh Ervi

Sponsored by Atmos Energy, Slalom Consulting and Dallas Women's Foundation

This new play by Lauren Gunderson blends humor and romance in a riveting exploration of the life and career of celebrated astronomer Henrietta Swan Leavitt (1868-1921), who fearlessly asserted herself in the male-driven, turn-of-the-century world of science and academia. A true story of discovery, Silent Sky invites us to join Leavitt and the real women "computers" working at the dawn of modern astronomy as they explore the magic of the universe in what is an historic journey of love, science and determination. 

Henrietta Leavitt - Anastasia Munoz*
Margaret Leavitt - Sarah Elizabeth Price
Peter Shaw - Mitchell Stephens
Annie Cannon - Marianna Galloway
Williamina Fleming - Shannon J. McGrann*

Creative Team:
Director - Kelsey Leigh Ervi
Stage Manager - Caron Gitelman Grant*
Assistant Stage Manager - Connor John
Set Designer - Clare DeVries
Costume Designer - Sylvia Fuhrken Marrs
Lighting Designer - Leann Burns
Sound Designer - Ryan Joyner
Assistant Sound Designer - Stephen Hersack
Properties Designer - Matthew Duvall
Composer - Layne Lynch
Dialect Coach - Anne Schilling
Dramaturg - Kyle Eric Bradford

*denotes member of AEA

Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash

Regional Premiere
October 7 - 30, 2016
Created by Richard Maltby Jr., Conceived by William Meade, Orchestrations by Steven Bishop and Jeff Lisenby
Directed by B.J. Cleveland
Musical Directed by Sonny Franks

Sponsored by FastSigns Carrollton and Relax the Back Addison

This unique musical explores love, faith, success, and struggle, using the iconic songbook of Johnny Cash.  Featuring his most memorable songs, a company of five actor/musicians celebrate the life of “the Man in Black” with his trademark strength, humor, and honesty.  Perennial hits such as “A Boy Named Sue,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Ring of Fire,” and “I Walk The Line" combine to show the journey of every man and woman’s walk between hope and despair. Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash is an experience sure to lift your heart and stir your soul.  

Eddie - Spencer Baker
Mark - Ian Ferguson*
David - Sonny Franks*
Trenna - Katrina Kratzer
Jason - Brian Mathis*

Creative Team:
Director - B.J. Cleveland
Musical Director - Sonny Franks

Stage Manager – Caron Grant*
Assistant Stage Manager - Alissa Tiffin

Set Designer – Bradley Gray
Costume Designer – Amanda Capshaw
Lighting Designer – Leann Burns
Sound Designer – Scott Guenther
Properties Designer – Kyle Montgomery
Dramaturg – Kyle Eric Bradford

*denotes member of AEA

Holiday Extra!
Sister's Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi's Gold

December 2 - 23, 2016
by Maripat Donovan with Marc Silvia and Jane Morris
Musical Directed by Mark Mullino

Sponsored by Frost Bank

It’s “CSI: Bethlehem” in this holiday mystery extravaganza, from the author of Late Nite Catechism, as Sister takes on the mystery that has intrigued historians throughout the ages – whatever happened to the Magi’s gold?   With gifts galore and bundles of laughs, Sister’s Christmas Catechism is sure to become the newest addition to your holiday traditions.

Sister - Nonie Newton Riley 
Vocalist - Sarah Elizabeth Price

Creative Team:
Musical Director - Mark Mullino
Production Manager - Caron Gitelman Grant
Backstage Crew - Monika Zimmerman
Lighting Designer - Clay Van Winkle
Technical Supervisor - Bradley Gray

WaterTower Theatre
at the Addison Theatre Centre
15650 Addison Road
Addison, Texas 75001
PH: 972.450.6230
FX: 972.450.6244
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