Jeffrey Seller Will Stage Fly, New Musical Take On Peter Pan Myth, for Dallas Theater Center Season

By Adam Hetrick
29 Mar 2012

Jeffrey Seller
Jeffrey Seller
Photo by Aubrey Reuben

A fresh take on the Dracula legend by Roberto Auguirre-Sacasa, the new Peter Pan-inspired Rajiv Joseph-Bill Sherman musical Fly, and Kristoffer Diaz's Pulitzer Prize-finalist play The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity will fill-out the 2012-13 season at the Dallas Theater Center.

The season will open with The Second City Does Dallas, a send-up of all things Dallas by the renowned improv group, that will run Aug. 19-Oct. 6. Jaime Castañeda will direct Diaz's The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, the acclaimed racial allegory about a black prize-fighter's over-the-top battle with success, which runs Oct. 19-Nov. 25.

DTC artistic director Kevin Moriarty will stage King Lear, running Jan. 18-Feb. 17, 2013; which will be followed by John Logan's Tony-winning Mark Rothko drama Red, under the direction of Joel Ferrell, Feb. 8-March 10, 2013.

Aguirre-Sacasa ("Glee," Spider-Man, It's a Bird... It's a Plane... It's Superman) has authored The Dracula Cycle, a three-act retelling of Bram Stoker's classic, that will be staged by Moriarity March 15-April 28, 2013.



The new musical Fly By Night, by Will Connolly, Michael Mitnick and Kim Rosenstock, will run April 26-May 26, 2013, under the direction of Bill Fennelly.

Here's how it's billed: "Sometimes it takes a blackout to see the light... A star-crossed prophecy. Two charming sisters and a luckless sandwich maker. A lot of music. Just not a lot of light. Conceived by Rosenstock (Tigers Be Still) and written by her with songwriters Connolly and Mitnick, this darkly comic and rock-musical romance follows a trio of young New Yorkers as they pine for love, and grope for flashlights, in the epic blackout of 1965."

The final production will be Fly, a new musical adaptation of J.M. Barrie's "Peter Pan," that will run July 2-Aug. 18, 2013. Tony Award-winning producer Jeffrey Seller (In the Heights, Rent, Avenue Q) will make his directorial debut on the production that has a score by Tony-winning In the Heights orchestrator/arranger Sherman and choreography by Tony winner Andy Blankenbuehler (In the Heights). Playwright Joseph (Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo) penned the new adaptation, which brings the story to an adult level.

The annual production of A Christmas Carol, directed and choreographed by Joel Ferrell, will return Nov. 25-Dec. 24.

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