Dallas Theater Center will present the American premiere of Canadian playwright David Young's Inexpressible Island and the world premiere of Octavio Solis' Dreamlandia in the 1999-2000 season.
The subscription package includes five productions, including Inexpressible Island, a drama about six men cut off from the 1912 Antarctic expedition, where the elements create both danger and wonder.
The playwright is currently represented in Canada with Glenn, his four-actor bio of Glenn Gould, at the Stratford Festival in Ontario.
Also offered as a non-subscription show are A Christmas Carol (Nov. 26-Dec. 26 at DTC's Arts District Theater) and the Big D Festival of the Unexpected, which offers intimate experimental shows and events (yet to be announced) including a full production of Dreamlandia, written by Solis (DTC's Santos & Santos) and directed by DTC artistic director Richard Hamburger.
Dreamlandia is inspired by Calderon's Spanish fantasy-drama Life is a Dream (circa 1638). A DTC commission and winner of a Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays grant, the play is set in the borderlands between Mexico and Texas where narcotics, NAFTA, immigration and cultural clashes are part of the tensions. The work had a reading in a previous Big D Festival. The season includes:
* Dinah Was, the Dinah Washington musical revue by Oliver Goldstick, directed by David Petrarca, in a co-production with Arena Stage and Northlight Theatre. Sept. 8-Oct. 3 at the Kalita Humphreys Theater.
* The Seagull, Chekhov's play about artistic yearning, expression and suffering, directed by Richard Hamburger. Oct. 20-Nov. 14 at the Humphreys.
* A Christmas Carol,the Dickens classic adapted by Gerald Freedman, directed by Jonathan Moscone. Nov. 26-Dec. 26 at the Arts District Theater.
* The Mystery of Irma Vep, the Charles Ludlam gothic comedy spoof, directed by Jonathan Moscone. Jan. 12-Feb. 6, 2000 at the Humphreys.
* Inexpressible Island by David Young, directed by Preston Lane. Feb. 16-March 12, 2000 at the Arts District Theater.
* Big D Festival of the Unexpected, a slate of performances, new work and solo artists, including a staging of Octavio Solis' Dreamlandia. Spring 2000.
DTC plays to 100,000 theatregoers every season. The Kalita Humphreys Theater, one of the company's two mainstage spaces, is one of only three existing theatres designed and built by Frank Lloyd Wright.
For information about Dallas Theater Center, call (214) 522-8499.
-- By Kenneth Jones