Martice Enterprises says goodbye to Dallas theater but not Dallas itself

Martice's 'Heaven Forbids' from 2007 won a D/FW Theatre Critics Forum award for Outstanding New Play
Martice’s ‘Heaven Forbids’ from 2007 won the D/FW Theater Critics Forum award for Outstanding New Play.

Martice Enterprises will be ending their theater presence the same way they came in. Eight years ago, they debuted with Rick Najera’s “Latinologues,” a hilarious look at Latino life in the U.S. that went on to big success here garnering a 2002 Best of Dallas award by the Dallas Observer and then headed off to Broadway. It’s only fitting that they end their theatrical endeavors with another Rick Najera play. In August, they’ll have the southwest premiere of “Daddy Diaries: Diary of a Dad Man” that examines padre-hood in a “very white world.” Najera will star in the production as well.

Producer Marco Rodriguez spoke with me about Martice’s latest development. “We’ve been doing this for eight years and now we’re kind of moving on. We are moving more into expanding our creative endeavors. Who could ask for more? We’ve done award winning shows, brought people in from all over. We’re excited about this new chapter,” he says.

—  Rich Lopez