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

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.

Jeffrey Seller
Jeffrey Seller (Photo by Aubrey Reuben)

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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