WHAT THE DEUCE! A Dreamy Double-Dose of Drama

Double your pleasure, double your fun. Double your impact?

Waiting For Lefty by Upstart Productions. Stephanie Garrett, Robby Gemaehlich

With the NEA, NEH and PBS funding at risk under a wildcat Republican administration in DC, it’s hard not to worry how the arts will survive and thrive. Two Best of the Region theatre companies have linked resources to offer audiences a special two-fer deal this weekend that won’t empty pocketbooks but will support regional art and give you a glimpse into art’s future. Upstart Productions, undergoing a welcome resurgence, and Fun House Theatre and Film’s ’s The Basement, stepping into its first spotlight, present a special offer: attend Upstart Productions mounting of Clifford Odet’s Waiting for Lefty Thursday night, March 23, using PAY-WHAT-YOU-WANT pricing and receive FREE admission to The Basement’s Saturday, March 25, matinee of Kenneth Lonergan’s This Is Our Youth, directed by 16 year old respected theatre artist Kennedy Waterman. The two companies offer a novel bargain aimed at making their productions accessible to a wide range of patrons and exposing both existing audience bases to a new company. Upstart Theatre’s Artistic Director Joe Folsom and Fun House Theatre’s Producer Bren Rapp feel it makes an excellent match for an exciting weekend of theatre.

Talk about the good old, bad old days of live theatre? In 1935, thanks to federally funded support, genius playwright Clifford Odets launched his signature work Waiting For Lefty, a gritty salute to the American working class subjugated to a system run by leaders without conscience. In light of today’s daily White House tweets and penurious announcements handed out for public consumption, he might have written the play last week. Upstart Theatre performs Waiting For Lefty in Ash Studios’ rough hewn warehouse space near Fair Park, where the audience sits elbow to elbow with characters working themselves up to going on strike. At many hundreds of productions of “Lefty” since 1935 audiences have felt compelled to join in as the cabdrivers unite yelling “Strike!” at play’s conclusion. Today, the word “resist” lurks on the evening breeze floating just behind the actors marching out to the street.

This Is Our Youth from The Basement. Doak Rapp, Tex Patrello

Under the artistic direction of Joe Folsom, Upstart Productions has set a goal to make Dallas a major cultural center through the discovery and cultivation of emerging artists. Since their founding in 2008 and evident now in their current resurgence, the company is known for creating distinct, innovative and compelling theater. The Basement, recently launched as a subsidiary of innovative Fun House Theatre and Film is comprised of some of the most critically acclaimed young actors in this region. The groundbreaking training they have received under Artistic Director Jeff Swearingen’s guidance sets them apart from the majority of their peers and displaced them as artists with capabilities well beyond their years with the sort of roles traditionally made available to them. The combined energy of what these two companies are trying to accomplish makes for interesting speculation as to what audiences may witness emerging over the next few years….

Take in Upstart Theatre’s mounting of Clifford Odet’s Waiting for Lefty, directed by David Meglino, Thursday night, March 23, taking advantage of this company’s PAY-WHAT-YOU-WANT pricing model and receive FREE admission to The Basement’s Saturday, March 25, matinee of Kenneth Lonergan’s This is Our Youth.

It is more than a natural fit that these two companies are co-promoting their current offerings. Upstart Productions, founded in 2008, is an artistically ambitious company dedicated to the creation of distinct, innovative and compelling theater. They aim is to help make Dallas a major cultural center through the discovery and cultivation of emerging artists. The Basement is a new company that is a subsidiary of widely lauded Fun House Theatre and Film, known for its dedication to developing the next generation of performing artists. The new company, founded by some of the most critically acclaimed young actors the area has ever embraced, is on a mission of their own to take control of their own artistic development while exposing a new generation to live theater with the goal of making them lifelong arts patrons. Clear symbiosis exists with these two complimentary missions. “By combining our efforts, we can take advantage of the opportunity to remove an often too present economic barrier to experiencing theater, as well as expose our existing audience bases to new companies.” Joe Folsom, Artistic Director of Upstart Productions.

 

Waiting for Lefty

By Clifford Odetts

8:00p.m. Thursday, March 23

Pay-What-You-Want at the door (or make a minimum $15 donation in advance at http://upstarttheater.com/donate/

Ash Studios

3203 Ash Lane

Dallas, Texas 75226

About Upstart Productions: http://www.upstarttheater.com

 

This Is Our Youth

An exploration of transit, spanning the chasm between adolescence and adulthood as a tough but sensitive snapshot of 48 hours in the lives of three young people, raised privileged and liberal during their attempt to make it out into the world at the dawn of the Reagan Era.

2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 25

Admission is free with your playbill flyer from Thursday night’s Waiting for Lefty

Stone Cottage Theatre at Addison Conference and Theatre Center

15650 Addison Road

Addison, Texas 75001

About The Basement: http://www.thebasement.funhousetheatreandfilm.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT THE DEUCE! A DREAMY DRAMA DOUBLE-Hitter

 

Double your pleasure, double your fun. Double your impact. With the NEA, NEH and PBS funding at risk under a wildcat Republican administration in DC, it’s hard not to worry how the arts will survive and thrive. Two Best of the Region theatre companies have linked resources to offer audiences a special two-fer deal this weekend that won’t empty pocketbooks but will support regional art and give you a glimpse into art’s future. Upstart Productions, undergoing a welcome resurgence, and Fun House Theatre and Film’s ’s The Basement, stepping into its first spotlight, present a special offer: attend Upstart Productions mounting of Clifford Odet’s Waiting for Lefty Thursday night, March 23, using PAY-WHAT-YOU-WANT pricing and receive FREE admission to The Basement’s Saturday, March 25, matinee of Kenneth Lonergan’s This Is Our Youth, directed by 16 year old respected theatre artist Kennedy Waterman. The two companies offer a novel bargain aimed at making their productions accessible to a wide range of patrons and exposing both existing audience bases to a new company. Upstart Theatre’s Artistic Director Joe Folsom and Fun House Theatre’s Producer Bren Rapp feel it makes an excellent match for an exciting weekend of theatre.

 

 

Talk about the good old, bad old days of live theatre? In 1935, thanks to federally funded support, genius playwright Clifford Odets launched his signature work Waiting For Lefty, a gritty salute to the American working class subjugated to a system run by leaders without conscience. In light of today’s daily White House tweets and penurious announcements handed out for public consumption, he might have written the play last week. Upstart Theatre performs Waiting For Lefty in Ash Studios’ rough hewn warehouse space near Fair Park, where the audience sits elbow to elbow with characters working themselves up to going on strike. At many hundreds of productions of “Lefty” since 1935 audiences have felt compelled to join in as the cabdrivers unite yelling “Strike!” at play’s conclusion. Today, the word “resist” lurks on the evening breeze floating just behind the actors marching out to the street.

Under the artistic direction of Joe Folsom, Upstart Productions has set a goal to make Dallas a major cultural center through the discovery and cultivation of emerging artists. Since their founding in 2008 and evident now in their current resurgence, the company is known for creating distinct, innovative and compelling theater. The Basement, recently launched as a subsidiary of innovative Fun House Theatre and Film is comprised of some of the most critically acclaimed young actors in this region. The groundbreaking training they have received under Artistic Director Jeff Swearingen’s guidance sets them apart from the majority of their peers and displaced them as artists with capabilities well beyond their years with the sort of roles traditionally made available to them. The combined energy of what these two companies are trying to accomplish makes for interesting if not direct speculation as to what audiences will be witness emerging over the next few years….

 

Take in Upstart Theatre’s mounting of Clifford Odet’s Waiting for Lefty, directed by David Meglino, Thursday night, March 23, taking advantage of this company’s PAY-WHAT-YOU-WANT pricing model and receive FREE admission to The Basement’s Saturday, March 25, matinee of Kenneth Lonergan’s This is Our Youth.

 

It is more than a natural fit that these two companies are co-promoting their current offerings. Upstart Productions, founded in 2008, is an artistically ambitious company dedicated to the creation of distinct, innovative and compelling theater. They aim is to help make Dallas a major cultural center through the discovery and cultivation of emerging artists. The Basement is a new company that is a subsidiary of widely lauded Fun House Theatre and Film, known for its dedication to developing the next generation of performing artists. The new company, founded by some of the most critically acclaimed young actors the area has ever embraced, is on a mission of their own to take control of their own artistic development while exposing a new generation to live theater with the goal of making them lifelong arts patrons. Clear symbiosis exists with these two complimentary missions. “By combining our efforts, we can take advantage of the opportunity to remove an often too present economic barrier to experiencing theater, as well as expose our existing audience bases to new companies.” Joe Folsom, Artistic Director of Upstart Productions.

 

Waiting for Lefty

By Cliffor Odetts

 

8:00p.m. Thursday, March 23

Pay-What-You-Want at the door (or make a minimum $15 donation in advance at http://upstarttheater.com/donate/

 

Ash Studios

3203 Ash Lane

Dallas, Texas 75226

 

Learn more about Upstart Productions: http://www.upstarttheater.com

 

This Is Our Youth

An exploration of transit spanning the chasm between adolescence and adulthood, A tough but sensitive snapshot of 48 hours in the lives of three young people, raised privileged and liberal during their attempt to make it out into the world at the dawn of the Reagan Era.

2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 25

Admission is free with your playbill flyer from Thursday night’s Waiting for Lefty

 

Stone Cottage Theatre at Addison Conference and Theatre Center

15650 Addison Road

Addison, Texas 75001

 

Learn more about The Basement: http://www.thebasement.funhousetheatreandfilm.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT THE DEUCE! A DREAMY DRAMA DOUBLE-Hitter

 

Double your pleasure, double your fun. Double your impact. With the NEA, NEH and PBS funding at risk under a wildcat Republican administration in DC, it’s hard not to worry how the arts will survive and thrive. Two Best of the Region theatre companies have linked resources to offer audiences a special two-fer deal this weekend that won’t empty pocketbooks but will support regional art and give you a glimpse into art’s future. Upstart Productions, undergoing a welcome resurgence, and Fun House Theatre and Film’s ’s The Basement, stepping into its first spotlight, present a special offer: attend Upstart Productions mounting of Clifford Odet’s Waiting for Lefty Thursday night, March 23, using PAY-WHAT-YOU-WANT pricing and receive FREE admission to The Basement’s Saturday, March 25, matinee of Kenneth Lonergan’s This Is Our Youth, directed by 16 year old respected theatre artist Kennedy Waterman. The two companies offer a novel bargain aimed at making their productions accessible to a wide range of patrons and exposing both existing audience bases to a new company. Upstart Theatre’s Artistic Director Joe Folsom and Fun House Theatre’s Producer Bren Rapp feel it makes an excellent match for an exciting weekend of theatre.

 

 

Talk about the good old, bad old days of live theatre? In 1935, thanks to federally funded support, genius playwright Clifford Odets launched his signature work Waiting For Lefty, a gritty salute to the American working class subjugated to a system run by leaders without conscience. In light of today’s daily White House tweets and penurious announcements handed out for public consumption, he might have written the play last week. Upstart Theatre performs Waiting For Lefty in Ash Studios’ rough hewn warehouse space near Fair Park, where the audience sits elbow to elbow with characters working themselves up to going on strike. At many hundreds of productions of “Lefty” since 1935 audiences have felt compelled to join in as the cabdrivers unite yelling “Strike!” at play’s conclusion. Today, the word “resist” lurks on the evening breeze floating just behind the actors marching out to the street.

Under the artistic direction of Joe Folsom, Upstart Productions has set a goal to make Dallas a major cultural center through the discovery and cultivation of emerging artists. Since their founding in 2008 and evident now in their current resurgence, the company is known for creating distinct, innovative and compelling theater. The Basement, recently launched as a subsidiary of innovative Fun House Theatre and Film is comprised of some of the most critically acclaimed young actors in this region. The groundbreaking training they have received under Artistic Director Jeff Swearingen’s guidance sets them apart from the majority of their peers and displaced them as artists with capabilities well beyond their years with the sort of roles traditionally made available to them. The combined energy of what these two companies are trying to accomplish makes for interesting if not direct speculation as to what audiences will be witness emerging over the next few years….

 

Take in Upstart Theatre’s mounting of Clifford Odet’s Waiting for Lefty, directed by David Meglino, Thursday night, March 23, taking advantage of this company’s PAY-WHAT-YOU-WANT pricing model and receive FREE admission to The Basement’s Saturday, March 25, matinee of Kenneth Lonergan’s This is Our Youth.

 

It is more than a natural fit that these two companies are co-promoting their current offerings. Upstart Productions, founded in 2008, is an artistically ambitious company dedicated to the creation of distinct, innovative and compelling theater. They aim is to help make Dallas a major cultural center through the discovery and cultivation of emerging artists. The Basement is a new company that is a subsidiary of widely lauded Fun House Theatre and Film, known for its dedication to developing the next generation of performing artists. The new company, founded by some of the most critically acclaimed young actors the area has ever embraced, is on a mission of their own to take control of their own artistic development while exposing a new generation to live theater with the goal of making them lifelong arts patrons. Clear symbiosis exists with these two complimentary missions. “By combining our efforts, we can take advantage of the opportunity to remove an often too present economic barrier to experiencing theater, as well as expose our existing audience bases to new companies.” Joe Folsom, Artistic Director of Upstart Productions.

 

Waiting for Lefty

By Cliffor Odetts

 

8:00p.m. Thursday, March 23

Pay-What-You-Want at the door (or make a minimum $15 donation in advance at http://upstarttheater.com/donate/

 

Ash Studios

3203 Ash Lane

Dallas, Texas 75226

 

Learn more about Upstart Productions: http://www.upstarttheater.com

 

This Is Our Youth

An exploration of transit spanning the chasm between adolescence and adulthood, A tough but sensitive snapshot of 48 hours in the lives of three young people, raised privileged and liberal during their attempt to make it out into the world at the dawn of the Reagan Era.

2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 25

Admission is free with your playbill flyer from Thursday night’s Waiting for Lefty

 

Stone Cottage Theatre at Addison Conference and Theatre Center

15650 Addison Road

Addison, Texas 75001

 

Learn more about The Basement: http://www.thebasement.funhousetheatreandfilm.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT THE DEUCE! A DREAMY DRAMA DOUBLE-Hitter

 

Double your pleasure, double your fun. Double your impact. With the NEA, NEH and PBS funding at risk under a wildcat Republican administration in DC, it’s hard not to worry how the arts will survive and thrive. Two Best of the Region theatre companies have linked resources to offer audiences a special two-fer deal this weekend that won’t empty pocketbooks but will support regional art and give you a glimpse into art’s future. Upstart Productions, undergoing a welcome resurgence, and Fun House Theatre and Film’s ’s The Basement, stepping into its first spotlight, present a special offer: attend Upstart Productions mounting of Clifford Odet’s Waiting for Lefty Thursday night, March 23, using PAY-WHAT-YOU-WANT pricing and receive FREE admission to The Basement’s Saturday, March 25, matinee of Kenneth Lonergan’s This Is Our Youth, directed by 16 year old respected theatre artist Kennedy Waterman. The two companies offer a novel bargain aimed at making their productions accessible to a wide range of patrons and exposing both existing audience bases to a new company. Upstart Theatre’s Artistic Director Joe Folsom and Fun House Theatre’s Producer Bren Rapp feel it makes an excellent match for an exciting weekend of theatre.

 

 

Talk about the good old, bad old days of live theatre? In 1935, thanks to federally funded support, genius playwright Clifford Odets launched his signature work Waiting For Lefty, a gritty salute to the American working class subjugated to a system run by leaders without conscience. In light of today’s daily White House tweets and penurious announcements handed out for public consumption, he might have written the play last week. Upstart Theatre performs Waiting For Lefty in Ash Studios’ rough hewn warehouse space near Fair Park, where the audience sits elbow to elbow with characters working themselves up to going on strike. At many hundreds of productions of “Lefty” since 1935 audiences have felt compelled to join in as the cabdrivers unite yelling “Strike!” at play’s conclusion. Today, the word “resist” lurks on the evening breeze floating just behind the actors marching out to the street.

Under the artistic direction of Joe Folsom, Upstart Productions has set a goal to make Dallas a major cultural center through the discovery and cultivation of emerging artists. Since their founding in 2008 and evident now in their current resurgence, the company is known for creating distinct, innovative and compelling theater. The Basement, recently launched as a subsidiary of innovative Fun House Theatre and Film is comprised of some of the most critically acclaimed young actors in this region. The groundbreaking training they have received under Artistic Director Jeff Swearingen’s guidance sets them apart from the majority of their peers and displaced them as artists with capabilities well beyond their years with the sort of roles traditionally made available to them. The combined energy of what these two companies are trying to accomplish makes for interesting if not direct speculation as to what audiences will be witness emerging over the next few years….

 

Take in Upstart Theatre’s mounting of Clifford Odet’s Waiting for Lefty, directed by David Meglino, Thursday night, March 23, taking advantage of this company’s PAY-WHAT-YOU-WANT pricing model and receive FREE admission to The Basement’s Saturday, March 25, matinee of Kenneth Lonergan’s This is Our Youth.

 

It is more than a natural fit that these two companies are co-promoting their current offerings. Upstart Productions, founded in 2008, is an artistically ambitious company dedicated to the creation of distinct, innovative and compelling theater. They aim is to help make Dallas a major cultural center through the discovery and cultivation of emerging artists. The Basement is a new company that is a subsidiary of widely lauded Fun House Theatre and Film, known for its dedication to developing the next generation of performing artists. The new company, founded by some of the most critically acclaimed young actors the area has ever embraced, is on a mission of their own to take control of their own artistic development while exposing a new generation to live theater with the goal of making them lifelong arts patrons. Clear symbiosis exists with these two complimentary missions. “By combining our efforts, we can take advantage of the opportunity to remove an often too present economic barrier to experiencing theater, as well as expose our existing audience bases to new companies.” Joe Folsom, Artistic Director of Upstart Productions.

 

Waiting for Lefty

By Cliffor Odetts

 

8:00p.m. Thursday, March 23

Pay-What-You-Want at the door (or make a minimum $15 donation in advance at http://upstarttheater.com/donate/

 

Ash Studios

3203 Ash Lane

Dallas, Texas 75226

 

Learn more about Upstart Productions: http://www.upstarttheater.com

 

This Is Our Youth

An exploration of transit spanning the chasm between adolescence and adulthood, A tough but sensitive snapshot of 48 hours in the lives of three young people, raised privileged and liberal during their attempt to make it out into the world at the dawn of the Reagan Era.

2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 25

Admission is free with your playbill flyer from Thursday night’s Waiting for Lefty

 

Stone Cottage Theatre at Addison Conference and Theatre Center

15650 Addison Road

Addison, Texas 75001

 

Learn more about The Basement: http://www.thebasement.funhousetheatreandfilm.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT THE DEUCE! A DREAMY DRAMA DOUBLE-Hitter

 

Double your pleasure, double your fun. Double your impact. With the NEA, NEH and PBS funding at risk under a wildcat Republican administration in DC, it’s hard not to worry how the arts will survive and thrive. Two Best of the Region theatre companies have linked resources to offer audiences a special two-fer deal this weekend that won’t empty pocketbooks but will support regional art and give you a glimpse into art’s future. Upstart Productions, undergoing a welcome resurgence, and Fun House Theatre and Film’s ’s The Basement, stepping into its first spotlight, present a special offer: attend Upstart Productions mounting of Clifford Odet’s Waiting for Lefty Thursday night, March 23, using PAY-WHAT-YOU-WANT pricing and receive FREE admission to The Basement’s Saturday, March 25, matinee of Kenneth Lonergan’s This Is Our Youth, directed by 16 year old respected theatre artist Kennedy Waterman. The two companies offer a novel bargain aimed at making their productions accessible to a wide range of patrons and exposing both existing audience bases to a new company. Upstart Theatre’s Artistic Director Joe Folsom and Fun House Theatre’s Producer Bren Rapp feel it makes an excellent match for an exciting weekend of theatre.

 

 

Talk about the good old, bad old days of live theatre? In 1935, thanks to federally funded support, genius playwright Clifford Odets launched his signature work Waiting For Lefty, a gritty salute to the American working class subjugated to a system run by leaders without conscience. In light of today’s daily White House tweets and penurious announcements handed out for public consumption, he might have written the play last week. Upstart Theatre performs Waiting For Lefty in Ash Studios’ rough hewn warehouse space near Fair Park, where the audience sits elbow to elbow with characters working themselves up to going on strike. At many hundreds of productions of “Lefty” since 1935 audiences have felt compelled to join in as the cabdrivers unite yelling “Strike!” at play’s conclusion. Today, the word “resist” lurks on the evening breeze floating just behind the actors marching out to the street.

Under the artistic direction of Joe Folsom, Upstart Productions has set a goal to make Dallas a major cultural center through the discovery and cultivation of emerging artists. Since their founding in 2008 and evident now in their current resurgence, the company is known for creating distinct, innovative and compelling theater. The Basement, recently launched as a subsidiary of innovative Fun House Theatre and Film is comprised of some of the most critically acclaimed young actors in this region. The groundbreaking training they have received under Artistic Director Jeff Swearingen’s guidance sets them apart from the majority of their peers and displaced them as artists with capabilities well beyond their years with the sort of roles traditionally made available to them. The combined energy of what these two companies are trying to accomplish makes for interesting if not direct speculation as to what audiences will be witness emerging over the next few years….

 

Take in Upstart Theatre’s mounting of Clifford Odet’s Waiting for Lefty, directed by David Meglino, Thursday night, March 23, taking advantage of this company’s PAY-WHAT-YOU-WANT pricing model and receive FREE admission to The Basement’s Saturday, March 25, matinee of Kenneth Lonergan’s This is Our Youth.

 

It is more than a natural fit that these two companies are co-promoting their current offerings. Upstart Productions, founded in 2008, is an artistically ambitious company dedicated to the creation of distinct, innovative and compelling theater. They aim is to help make Dallas a major cultural center through the discovery and cultivation of emerging artists. The Basement is a new company that is a subsidiary of widely lauded Fun House Theatre and Film, known for its dedication to developing the next generation of performing artists. The new company, founded by some of the most critically acclaimed young actors the area has ever embraced, is on a mission of their own to take control of their own artistic development while exposing a new generation to live theater with the goal of making them lifelong arts patrons. Clear symbiosis exists with these two complimentary missions. “By combining our efforts, we can take advantage of the opportunity to remove an often too present economic barrier to experiencing theater, as well as expose our existing audience bases to new companies.” Joe Folsom, Artistic Director of Upstart Productions.

 

Waiting for Lefty

By Cliffor Odetts

 

8:00p.m. Thursday, March 23

Pay-What-You-Want at the door (or make a minimum $15 donation in advance at http://upstarttheater.com/donate/

 

Ash Studios

3203 Ash Lane

Dallas, Texas 75226

 

Learn more about Upstart Productions: http://www.upstarttheater.com

 

This Is Our Youth

An exploration of transit spanning the chasm between adolescence and adulthood, A tough but sensitive snapshot of 48 hours in the lives of three young people, raised privileged and liberal during their attempt to make it out into the world at the dawn of the Reagan Era.

2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 25

Admission is free with your playbill flyer from Thursday night’s Waiting for Lefty

 

Stone Cottage Theatre at Addison Conference and Theatre Center

15650 Addison Road

Addison, Texas 75001

 

Learn more about The Basement: http://www.thebasement.funhousetheatreandfilm.com

 

WHAT THE DEUCE! A DREAMY DRAMA DOUBLE-Hitter

 

Double your pleasure, double your fun. Double your impact. With the NEA, NEH and PBS funding at risk under a wildcat Republican administration in DC, it’s hard not to worry how the arts will survive and thrive. Two Best of the Region theatre companies have linked resources to offer audiences a special two-fer deal this weekend that won’t empty pocketbooks but will support regional art and give you a glimpse into art’s future. Upstart Productions, undergoing a welcome resurgence, and Fun House Theatre and Film’s ’s The Basement, stepping into its first spotlight, present a special offer: attend Upstart Productions mounting of Clifford Odet’s Waiting for Lefty Thursday night, March 23, using PAY-WHAT-YOU-WANT pricing and receive FREE admission to The Basement’s Saturday, March 25, matinee of Kenneth Lonergan’s This Is Our Youth, directed by 16 year old respected theatre artist Kennedy Waterman. The two companies offer a novel bargain aimed at making their productions accessible to a wide range of patrons and exposing both existing audience bases to a new company. Upstart Theatre’s Artistic Director Joe Folsom and Fun House Theatre’s Producer Bren Rapp feel it makes an excellent match for an exciting weekend of theatre.

 

 

Talk about the good old, bad old days of live theatre? In 1935, thanks to federally funded support, genius playwright Clifford Odets launched his signature work Waiting For Lefty, a gritty salute to the American working class subjugated to a system run by leaders without conscience. In light of today’s daily White House tweets and penurious announcements handed out for public consumption, he might have written the play last week. Upstart Theatre performs Waiting For Lefty in Ash Studios’ rough hewn warehouse space near Fair Park, where the audience sits elbow to elbow with characters working themselves up to going on strike. At many hundreds of productions of “Lefty” since 1935 audiences have felt compelled to join in as the cabdrivers unite yelling “Strike!” at play’s conclusion. Today, the word “resist” lurks on the evening breeze floating just behind the actors marching out to the street.

Under the artistic direction of Joe Folsom, Upstart Productions has set a goal to make Dallas a major cultural center through the discovery and cultivation of emerging artists. Since their founding in 2008 and evident now in their current resurgence, the company is known for creating distinct, innovative and compelling theater. The Basement, recently launched as a subsidiary of innovative Fun House Theatre and Film is comprised of some of the most critically acclaimed young actors in this region. The groundbreaking training they have received under Artistic Director Jeff Swearingen’s guidance sets them apart from the majority of their peers and displaced them as artists with capabilities well beyond their years with the sort of roles traditionally made available to them. The combined energy of what these two companies are trying to accomplish makes for interesting if not direct speculation as to what audiences will be witness emerging over the next few years….

 

Take in Upstart Theatre’s mounting of Clifford Odet’s Waiting for Lefty, directed by David Meglino, Thursday night, March 23, taking advantage of this company’s PAY-WHAT-YOU-WANT pricing model and receive FREE admission to The Basement’s Saturday, March 25, matinee of Kenneth Lonergan’s This is Our Youth.

 

It is more than a natural fit that these two companies are co-promoting their current offerings. Upstart Productions, founded in 2008, is an artistically ambitious company dedicated to the creation of distinct, innovative and compelling theater. They aim is to help make Dallas a major cultural center through the discovery and cultivation of emerging artists. The Basement is a new company that is a subsidiary of widely lauded Fun House Theatre and Film, known for its dedication to developing the next generation of performing artists. The new company, founded by some of the most critically acclaimed young actors the area has ever embraced, is on a mission of their own to take control of their own artistic development while exposing a new generation to live theater with the goal of making them lifelong arts patrons. Clear symbiosis exists with these two complimentary missions. “By combining our efforts, we can take advantage of the opportunity to remove an often too present economic barrier to experiencing theater, as well as expose our existing audience bases to new companies.” Joe Folsom, Artistic Director of Upstart Productions.

 

Waiting for Lefty

By Cliffor Odetts

 

8:00p.m. Thursday, March 23

Pay-What-You-Want at the door (or make a minimum $15 donation in advance at http://upstarttheater.com/donate/

 

Ash Studios

3203 Ash Lane

Dallas, Texas 75226

 

Learn more about Upstart Productions: http://www.upstarttheater.com

 

This Is Our Youth

An exploration of transit spanning the chasm between adolescence and adulthood, A tough but sensitive snapshot of 48 hours in the lives of three young people, raised privileged and liberal during their attempt to make it out into the world at the dawn of the Reagan Era.

2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 25

Admission is free with your playbill flyer from Thursday night’s Waiting for Lefty

 

Stone Cottage Theatre at Addison Conference and Theatre Center

15650 Addison Road

Addison, Texas 75001

 

Learn more about The Basement: http://www.thebasement.funhousetheatreandfilm.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT THE DEUCE! A DREAMY DRAMA DOUBLE-Hitter

 

Double your pleasure, double your fun. Double your impact. With the NEA, NEH and PBS funding at risk under a wildcat Republican administration in DC, it’s hard not to worry how the arts will survive and thrive. Two Best of the Region theatre companies have linked resources to offer audiences a special two-fer deal this weekend that won’t empty pocketbooks but will support regional art and give you a glimpse into art’s future. Upstart Productions, undergoing a welcome resurgence, and Fun House Theatre and Film’s ’s The Basement, stepping into its first spotlight, present a special offer: attend Upstart Productions mounting of Clifford Odet’s Waiting for Lefty Thursday night, March 23, using PAY-WHAT-YOU-WANT pricing and receive FREE admission to The Basement’s Saturday, March 25, matinee of Kenneth Lonergan’s This Is Our Youth, directed by 16 year old respected theatre artist Kennedy Waterman. The two companies offer a novel bargain aimed at making their productions accessible to a wide range of patrons and exposing both existing audience bases to a new company. Upstart Theatre’s Artistic Director Joe Folsom and Fun House Theatre’s Producer Bren Rapp feel it makes an excellent match for an exciting weekend of theatre.

 

 

Talk about the good old, bad old days of live theatre? In 1935, thanks to federally funded support, genius playwright Clifford Odets launched his signature work Waiting For Lefty, a gritty salute to the American working class subjugated to a system run by leaders without conscience. In light of today’s daily White House tweets and penurious announcements handed out for public consumption, he might have written the play last week. Upstart Theatre performs Waiting For Lefty in Ash Studios’ rough hewn warehouse space near Fair Park, where the audience sits elbow to elbow with characters working themselves up to going on strike. At many hundreds of productions of “Lefty” since 1935 audiences have felt compelled to join in as the cabdrivers unite yelling “Strike!” at play’s conclusion. Today, the word “resist” lurks on the evening breeze floating just behind the actors marching out to the street.

Under the artistic direction of Joe Folsom, Upstart Productions has set a goal to make Dallas a major cultural center through the discovery and cultivation of emerging artists. Since their founding in 2008 and evident now in their current resurgence, the company is known for creating distinct, innovative and compelling theater. The Basement, recently launched as a subsidiary of innovative Fun House Theatre and Film is comprised of some of the most critically acclaimed young actors in this region. The groundbreaking training they have received under Artistic Director Jeff Swearingen’s guidance sets them apart from the majority of their peers and displaced them as artists with capabilities well beyond their years with the sort of roles traditionally made available to them. The combined energy of what these two companies are trying to accomplish makes for interesting if not direct speculation as to what audiences will be witness emerging over the next few years….

 

Take in Upstart Theatre’s mounting of Clifford Odet’s Waiting for Lefty, directed by David Meglino, Thursday night, March 23, taking advantage of this company’s PAY-WHAT-YOU-WANT pricing model and receive FREE admission to The Basement’s Saturday, March 25, matinee of Kenneth Lonergan’s This is Our Youth.

 

It is more than a natural fit that these two companies are co-promoting their current offerings. Upstart Productions, founded in 2008, is an artistically ambitious company dedicated to the creation of distinct, innovative and compelling theater. They aim is to help make Dallas a major cultural center through the discovery and cultivation of emerging artists. The Basement is a new company that is a subsidiary of widely lauded Fun House Theatre and Film, known for its dedication to developing the next generation of performing artists. The new company, founded by some of the most critically acclaimed young actors the area has ever embraced, is on a mission of their own to take control of their own artistic development while exposing a new generation to live theater with the goal of making them lifelong arts patrons. Clear symbiosis exists with these two complimentary missions. “By combining our efforts, we can take advantage of the opportunity to remove an often too present economic barrier to experiencing theater, as well as expose our existing audience bases to new companies.” Joe Folsom, Artistic Director of Upstart Productions.

 

Waiting for Lefty

By Cliffor Odetts

 

8:00p.m. Thursday, March 23

Pay-What-You-Want at the door (or make a minimum $15 donation in advance at http://upstarttheater.com/donate/

 

Ash Studios

3203 Ash Lane

Dallas, Texas 75226

 

Learn more about Upstart Productions: http://www.upstarttheater.com

 

This Is Our Youth

An exploration of transit spanning the chasm between adolescence and adulthood, A tough but sensitive snapshot of 48 hours in the lives of three young people, raised privileged and liberal during their attempt to make it out into the world at the dawn of the Reagan Era.

2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 25

Admission is free with your playbill flyer from Thursday night’s Waiting for Lefty

 

Stone Cottage Theatre at Addison Conference and Theatre Center

15650 Addison Road

Addison, Texas 75001

 

Learn more about The Basement: http://www.thebasement.funhousetheatreandfilm.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Double your pleasure, double your fun. Double your impact. With the NEA, NEH and PBS funding at risk under a wildcat Republican administration in DC, it’s hard not to worry how the arts will survive and thrive. Two Best of the Region theatre companies have linked resources to offer audiences a special two-fer deal this weekend that won’t empty pocketbooks but will support regional art and give you a glimpse into art’s future. Upstart Productions, undergoing a welcome resurgence, and Fun House Theatre and Film’s ’s The Basement, stepping into its first spotlight, present a special offer: attend Upstart Productions mounting of Clifford Odet’s Waiting for Lefty Thursday night, March 23, using PAY-WHAT-YOU-WANT pricing and receive FREE admission to The Basement’s Saturday, March 25, matinee of Kenneth Lonergan’s This Is Our Youth, directed by 16 year old respected theatre artist Kennedy Waterman. The two companies offer a novel bargain aimed at making their productions accessible to a wide range of patrons and exposing both existing audience bases to a new company. Upstart Theatre’s Artistic Director Joe Folsom and Fun House Theatre’s Producer Bren Rapp feel it makes an excellent match for an exciting weekend of theatre.

 

 

Talk about the good old, bad old days of live theatre? In 1935, thanks to federally funded support, genius playwright Clifford Odets launched his signature work Waiting For Lefty, a gritty salute to the American working class subjugated to a system run by leaders without conscience. In light of today’s daily White House tweets and penurious announcements handed out for public consumption, he might have written the play last week. Upstart Theatre performs Waiting For Lefty in Ash Studios’ rough hewn warehouse space near Fair Park, where the audience sits elbow to elbow with characters working themselves up to going on strike. At many hundreds of productions of “Lefty” since 1935 audiences have felt compelled to join in as the cabdrivers unite yelling “Strike!” at play’s conclusion. Today, the word “resist” lurks on the evening breeze floating just behind the actors marching out to the street.

Under the artistic direction of Joe Folsom, Upstart Productions has set a goal to make Dallas a major cultural center through the discovery and cultivation of emerging artists. Since their founding in 2008 and evident now in their current resurgence, the company is known for creating distinct, innovative and compelling theater. The Basement, recently launched as a subsidiary of innovative Fun House Theatre and Film is comprised of some of the most critically acclaimed young actors in this region. The groundbreaking training they have received under Artistic Director Jeff Swearingen’s guidance sets them apart from the majority of their peers and displaced them as artists with capabilities well beyond their years with the sort of roles traditionally made available to them. The combined energy of what these two companies are trying to accomplish makes for interesting if not direct speculation as to what audiences will be witness emerging over the next few years….

 

Take in Upstart Theatre’s mounting of Clifford Odet’s Waiting for Lefty, directed by David Meglino, Thursday night, March 23, taking advantage of this company’s PAY-WHAT-YOU-WANT pricing model and receive FREE admission to The Basement’s Saturday, March 25, matinee of Kenneth Lonergan’s This is Our Youth.

 

It is more than a natural fit that these two companies are co-promoting their current offerings. Upstart Productions, founded in 2008, is an artistically ambitious company dedicated to the creation of distinct, innovative and compelling theater. They aim is to help make Dallas a major cultural center through the discovery and cultivation of emerging artists. The Basement is a new company that is a subsidiary of widely lauded Fun House Theatre and Film, known for its dedication to developing the next generation of performing artists. The new company, founded by some of the most critically acclaimed young actors the area has ever embraced, is on a mission of their own to take control of their own artistic development while exposing a new generation to live theater with the goal of making them lifelong arts patrons. Clear symbiosis exists with these two complimentary missions. “By combining our efforts, we can take advantage of the opportunity to remove an often too present economic barrier to experiencing theater, as well as expose our existing audience bases to new companies.” Joe Folsom, Artistic Director of Upstart Productions.

 

Waiting for Lefty

By Cliffor Odetts

 

8:00p.m. Thursday, March 23

Pay-What-You-Want at the door (or make a minimum $15 donation in advance at http://upstarttheater.com/donate/

 

Ash Studios

3203 Ash Lane

Dallas, Texas 75226

 

Learn more about Upstart Productions: http://www.upstarttheater.com

 

This Is Our Youth

An exploration of transit spanning the chasm between adolescence and adulthood, A tough but sensitive snapshot of 48 hours in the lives of three young people, raised privileged and liberal during their attempt to make it out into the world at the dawn of the Reagan Era.

2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 25

Admission is free with your playbill flyer from Thursday night’s Waiting for Lefty

 

Stone Cottage Theatre at Addison Conference and Theatre Center

15650 Addison Road

Addison, Texas 75001

 

Learn more about The Basement: http://www.thebasement.funhousetheatreandfilm.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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