THANK YOU for Supporting
The Echo Theatre
20th Anniversary Season
September 2017 - December 2018
Our Main Stage Shows have ended.
Join us for our Salon Series, Echo Reads.
SHOW 1 - Concluded!
An Echo Theatre / Denise Lee Onstage Co-production
by Lynn Nottage
Winning Playwright of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Ruined
and the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Sweat
Directed by Pam Myers-Morgan
September 8-23, 2017
M. Denise Lee as Mama Nadi
and Tyrees Allen as Christian
(members, Actors Equity Association)
A haunting look at the resilience of the human spirit during a time of civil war. A cast of 4 women and 7 men portray shattered people that Americans only hear about through occasional news reports. Since the civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo began, an estimated 6 million deaths have occurred due to fighting, malnutrition and disease. Life expectancy for men is 47, for women, 51. Rape is commonly used as a weapon of war to tear communities apart.
In the playwright's words...
"In Ruined, Mama Nadi gives three young woman refuge and an unsavory means of survival. As such, the women do a fragile dance between hope and disillusionment in an attempt to navigate life on the edge of an unforgiving conflict. My play is not about victims, but survivors. Ruined is also the story of the Congo. A country blessed with an abundance of natural beauty and resources, which has been its blessing and its curse."
SHOW 2 - Concluded!
Ladies and Gentlemen - This is the Swan Song for Her Song!
Catch it this year before it disappears into the mists of time forever.
The Echo Room presents:
Music and Dance Revue
Conceived & Developed by
Annie Benjamin, Kateri Cale, Lorena Davey, Terri Ferguson,
and Shelby-Allison Hibbs with Book by Scott A. Eckert
Winner of the 2014 DFW Critics Forum Award for Best New Work
Directed by Pam Myers-Morgan
February 8-24, 2018
From parlor songs to the daring days of Tin Pan Alley to the moaning blues that hit you deep in your soul, music is the universal language. Over the decades, women lyricists and composers helped compose the soundtrack of our country. The fictional Echo Room supper club celebrates the Great American Female Songbook. Environmental theater at its finest!
Note from the Creative Team...
A celebration of women's lyrics and compositions, HER SONG is a guaranteed good time. Women's contributions to the American musical canon are surprising and myriad; you'll hear standards and delightful "new" numbers. HER SONG is a great Valentine's Month night on the town for fun-loving friends, multi-generational family outings, and, of course, sweethearts. Buy your tickets before it disappears into the mists of time forever!
Show 3 - Concluded!
A co-production with Soul Rep Theatre
June 15-16, 21-23, 28-30, 2018
A WORLD PREMIERE
Written by Anyika McMillan-Herod
Directed by Anyika McMillan-Herod & Tonya Holloway
June 15-30, 2018
Bath House Cultural Center
This beautifully poetic play follows four breast cancer survivors. Each woman has her own story, her own emotional journey, and her own method of survival. When presented at the March 2018 Echo Reads, the audience had such an amazingly strong reaction to this play, that we decided to give it a full production. We are pleased to announce we will be collaborating with Soul Rep Theatre to co-produce this invincible new play!
Anyika McMillan-Herod is a Dallas playwright, poet, essayist, journalist, novelist, and actress. She is an alumna of Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and Prairie View A&M University. She also studied acting in California Institute of the Arts' graduate Acting program.
Anyika is a co-founder of Soul Rep Theatre Company, currently the resident theater company at the South Dallas Cultural Center. She has conducted writing workshops and seminars for youth and adults in creative writing and journaling as a positive tool of expression.
She is the recipient of journalism honors awarded by Black Texas news organizations for her work with The Dallas Examiner in the mid 90's, an Yvonne Ewell Emerging Leader Award, and an award from a Texas Library Association for her work in developing the first Teen Wise Centers for the Dallas Public Library in the late 90's.
Anyika has worked in development for the last twenty years, as well, with Soul Rep Theatre Company and St. Philip's School and Community Center.
Show 4 - Concluded.
The REGIONAL PREMIERE of the latest play by the writer of Precious Little and The (Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence!
by Madeleine George
directed by David Fisher
September 6-22, 2018 / Dallas Pride Month Play
In this truly wild new comedy, the Greek god Dionysus returns to Earth as "Diane", a lesbian landscape gardener from Vermont on a mission to gather followers and restore the Earth to its natural state. Where to begin? How about with a planned community in New Jersey and the housewives who love it?
Viewer Discretion Advised.
In the Playwright's words:
"I was eager to write a play that both rolls out a welcome mat in front of the theater - inviting people in and making jokes that specifically enfranchise them - and also offers people the chance to interrogate their own feelings about these climatic shifts that are happening whether we’re ready for them or not."