Proudly based in Dallas, Texas Audacity Theatre Lab is a platform for the imaginations of a collective of individual theatre artists. The artists of ATL are empowered to use the company as an outlet for the creation of new theatre projects, be they bold re-imaginings of existing works or the incubation and exploration of completely original works for the stage.
[Dallas, TX] – Audacity Theatre Lab has announced the World-Premiere of Jaymes Gregory’s new stage adaptation
of the original 1940 Charlie Chaplin satire The
Great Dictator at the 2017 Festival of Independent Theatres running July
14- August 5th.
The Great Dictator will be adapted and directed by Jaymes Gregory. The play is set
in the fictional country of “Tomania” which has fallen to the tyrant dictator
Hynkel and his party, the double cross. A group of Jewish citizens led by a
barber who is identical to the ruthless dictator, rebel and seek out peace.
Featuring a four-person cast made up of Steph Garrett, Chad Cline,
Leslie Patrick and Robert Shores the show will be staged to have each character
represent antipodal traits using mask, mime, and an expressionist setting. Costumes
by Jamie Little Puente. Stage management by Victoria Irvine. Jaymes Gregory
designs and directs his own adaptation.
As for bringing to the stage this cinema classic, Gregory cited
the current political and social landscape as part of the impetus for tackling
“As I was working on the
adaptation, I quickly realized I couldn’t do a piece in the time we live called
The Great Dictator and not fill it with at least some topical material,”
Gregory said. “I couldn’t ignore current politics, but the piece offered so
much to explore. It hits on perspectives of human kindness, equality, crime, nationalism
and on and on.”
“It has become a great outlet for not
only myself, but the cast,” said Gregory. “I think we all are looking for a
vehicle through which to say something. This project ended up being that for
myself, the cast, and, hopefully, will be for the audience as well.”
The Great Dictator is playing as part of the 19th
Annual Festival of Independent Theatres at the Bath House Cultural Center, 521
E. Lawther Drive, Dallas TX 75218.
Performances are July 21 at 8:00 pm, July 22 at 5:00 pm, July 27 at 8:00 pm, July
29 at 5:00 pm, August 4 at 8:00 pm, and August 5 at 2:00 pm. Tickets
available at: http://www.festivalofindependenttheatres.com/tickets.html
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