WaterTower announces lineup for 2014 Out of the Loop Fringe Festival

AztecButcher15WaterTower Theatre announced today the lineup of shows for its 2014 Out of the Loop Fringe Festival, which takes place March 6–16.  The Addison theater will host seven world premieres and several returning favorites, Terry Martin, the artistic director, said. As always, the festival will include dance, theatre, cabaret artists and visual arts

Eighteen artists and performing arts organizations will participate in this year’s festival. Among the  world premieres will be Mozart’s Muse (presented by Jendi Tarde), Beware of Plastics (Actor’s Conservatory Theater), local actress-singer Diana Sheehan in Searching for Gertrude Lawrence and returning gay playwright David Parr’s Express from 59th. Best of Loop will also return this year. 

The gayest of the plays is certainly Falling Man, about a drag queen, a hustler and Jeffrey Dahmer.

Read the full line up after the jump.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

WaterTower unveils fringe fest lineup

WaterTower Theatre’s annual Out of the Loop Fringe Festival starts in just seven weeks, and we now know the lineup of shows. Among the artists and groups represented are playwright Vicki Caroline Cheatwood (whose Ruth was one of my top productions of 2012), who will have a reading of her play Manicures and Monuments; Ayana Hampton presenting the irreverent cabaret The Morning After Show; and David Lee Nelson in his one-man show The Elephant in My Closet, about how he “came out” (as a Democrat) to his archly conservative Republican father.

Returning this year will be community fave Amy Stevenson performing her songs; Diana Sheehan reviving last year’s hit cabaret; gay playwright David Parr, pictured, returning with his new show, Pluto is Listening, and QLive — the performing arts branch of Fort Worth’s Q Cinema — presenting Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays.

The festival runs March 7–17 at the Addison Theatre Centre. Individual tickets are $10 and an all-festival pass runs $65. Presented by WaterTower Theatre.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Out of the Loop: What you should see this week

The Out of the Loop Fringe Festival continues tonight through Sunday, and if you haven’t been yet, try to check out some of the shows. Here’s a rundown:

Tonight (March 7), if you want to get your gay on at the fest, you can choose between an intense Terrence McNally drama, Sweet Eros (presented by Q Live!) or the comic tour of stage divas, A Most Happy Stella. Both start at 7:30 p.m.

Thursday (March 8) offers a one-act by North Texas lesbian playwright Kelsey Ervi, Waking Up, or the acclaimed one-woman cabaret by actress Diana Sheehan.

Friday (March 9) provides your last show to see Sweet Eros, or catch the debut of mime Bill Bowers’ one-man show Beyond Words, pictured. Bowers has been here before, and is terrific. Late night, you can also catch the premiere of the Screw You Revue comedy show.

I’ll post more recommendations Friday.


—  Arnold Wayne Jones