SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts has chosen the best photos from William Shakespeare’s The Tempest as reimagined by a Meadows Prize winner.
Dallas Theater Center and SMU Meadows / Ignite Arts Dallas, in association with the AT&T Performing Arts Center, presented the musical adaptation as a community participation project conceived by 2015 Meadows Prize winner Lear deBessonet during her residency in the Meadows School. The show was directed by Kevin Moriarty, with book, music and lyrics by Todd Almond.
The production showcased 200 Dallasites from all over the city, who shared the stage with professional actors. The unique staging vividly retold the Bard’s well-loved story of the marooned Prospero, who commands spirits, creates apparitions and manipulates the elements to take revenge on his enemies – and in the process awakens in Miranda, his teenage daughter, her first experience of love.
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A collaboration between the Dallas Theater Center (DTC) and the Division of Theatre in SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts brings to life a collection of 15th-century mystery plays based on the Book of Genesis that were among the first ever written in the English language.
Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Noah and other Biblical characters are part of In the Beginning, which features Meadows Theatre students performing with Dallas Theater Center actors in a co-production directed by DTC Artistic Director Kevin Moriarty. The show’s original run has been extended, and performances are scheduled for Feb. 10-15 and Feb. 17-22, 2009.
In addition to playing the Biblical characters in text taken directly from the first 10 chapters of the Bible, the cast portrays real-life members of the Dallas community sharing insights into Genesis.
All performances are held in the DTC’s Kalita Humphreys Theatre, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd. The show is performed without an intermission and contains partial nudity. Ticket prices are $16-$60; discounts for SMU faculty, staff and students are available. Purchase tickets online or, for the SMU discount, call the Dallas Theater Center at 214-522-8499.
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(Above, clockwise from left, Dallas actor Cedric Neal, senior Marcus Stimac and M.F.A. candidate Abbey Siegworth in the DTC production of In the Beginning. Photo by Brandon Thibodeaux.)