2014 Summer Conservatory
Posted on March 17, 2014 by Kelsey Ervi

WaterTower Theatre's two week, fun-filled Summer Conservatory will introduce your 6-18 year-olds to others who share their love of acting, singing and dancing! It's a wonderful experience for children and teens! . At the Summer Performing Arts Conservatory, we go beyond the traditional idea of a summer
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Venus In Fur

April 27 - May 18
Studio Theatre
by David Ives
A Circle Theatre Production

The critically acclaimed production comes to WaterTower Theatre with the same cast: Allison Pistorius as Vanda and Chris Hury as Thomas. When Vanda arrives several hours late to her audition for a play based on a nineteenth-century erotic novel, The Director , Thomas, is less than impressed. But Vanda’s masterful performance flips the script on Thomas’ expectations and turns the session into a tango for dominance between actress and director, woman and man. Hailed as “seriously smart and very funny” by The New York Times , Venus in Fur is an engaging study of the politics of sex and power that’s guaranteed to charm and mesmerize. This play contains adult content and language.

now playing   

April 11 - May 4
by George C. Wolfe
Adapted from three short stories by Zora Neale Hurston
Music by Chic Street Man

Sponsored by Rainmaker Advertising

Spunk is a wild, bluesy wail—three stories by the great Harlem Renaissance writer Zora Neale Hurston, adapted into a staggeringly theatrical play by George C. Wolfe, who won an Obie for its 1989 off-Broadway premiere production. A trio of vignettes of African-American life in the first half of the 20th century, Spunk is a raucous, charming, blues-infused look at love, revenge, jealousy, and the fine art of the hustle.

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Cast and Creative Team for SPUNK Announced!

WaterTower Theatre Producing Artistic Director Terry Martin today announced the cast for  Spunk running April 11 – May 4, 2014 on the Main Stage at the Addison Theatre Centre.  Directed by Akin Babatundé, the cast features Liz Mikel (Blues Speak Woman)and Joshua Bridgewater, Tiffany Denise Hobbs, Marcus Mauldin, and Calvin Roberts as The Folk.

 Spunk is sponsored, in part, by Rainmaker Advertising. 

Making their WaterTower Theatre debuts in this production areJoshua Bridgewater, andTiffany Denise Hobbs.  

The creative team for Spunk  includes Akin Babatundé as Director and Co-Choreographer, Kristen Bond as Co-Choreographer,  Set Designer Jeff Schmidt, Costume Designer Michael Robinson, Lighting Designer Jason Foster, Sound Designer Jordana Abrenica, Properties Designer Gillian Salerno-Rebic, Dramaturg Vicki  Caroline Cheatwood, Stage Manager Jayme Marrs, Assistant Stage Manager Kristin Van Sickle, and Assistant to the Director Ptosha Storey

Spunk previews Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12; Pay What You Can performance is Sunday, April 13; and opensMonday, April 14, running through May 4.  Press/Media night is Monday, April 14 at 7:30 pm.




Written by George C. Wolfe

Adapted for the stage from three short stories by Zora Neale Hurston

Music by Chic Street Man

Director/Co-Choreographer: Akin Babatundé

Co-Choreographer: Kristen Bond
Assistant to the Director:  Ptosha Storey
Stage Manager:  Jayme Marrs
Assistant Stage Manager:  Kristin Van Sickle
Set Design:  Jeff Schmidt
Costume Design:  Michael Robinson
Lighting Design:  Jason Foster
Properties Design:  Gillian Salerno-Rebic
Dramaturg:  Vicki Caroline Cheatwood
Sponsored by Rainmaker Advertising

Performance Schedule:


Show Run Dates: Friday, April 11 – Sunday, May 4, 2014

Preview Dates: Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12 at 8pm

Pay What You Can: Sunday, April 13 at 7:30pm

Opening Night: Monday, April 14 at 7:30pm


Wednesdays & Thursdays: 7:30pm
Fridays: 8pm
Saturdays: 2pm (April 26 and May 3 only) & 8pm
Sundays: 2pm


Ticket Prices:
            Single Tickets: $20 – $40
            Preview Tickets: $20 (Note: Sunday, April 13 is “Pay What You Can”)


How/Where to Buy Tickets:
www.watertowertheatre.orgor 972-450-6232 or in person at
WaterTower Theatre Box Office (Tuesday – Friday, 12pm to 6pm) 
Addison Theatre Centre
15650 Addison Road
Addison, Texas 75001

About Akin Babatundé
Akin Babatundé is a busy theater actor and director, including Marley and Fezziwig in A Christmas Carol at the Dallas Theater Center, and creating an original musical, Blind Lemon, about the famous blues musician.

He spent eight years as an artist in residence at Brown University. Both he and his brother Obba Babatundé trained at the National Black Theatre in Harlem, and within a short time were invited to join its touring company. They both were also teachers at Harriet Tubman School for a time.  He has been acting since the mid-'70s and has worked extensively at such theatres as Providence, R.I.'s Trinity Repertory Company, the Alley Theatre in Houston, Florida Stage, the Dallas Theater Center, La MaMa E.T.C. in New York and WaterTower Theatre.

He is the star of several solo pieces which include Of Ebony Embers, based on the Harlem Renaissance, which he toured nationwide and in the Caribbean, and Before the Second Set: A Visit With Satchmo. His first one-man show, Zig-Zag, which played in Berlin in 1985, was a series of monologues from Shakespearean classics, including The Merchant of Venice and King Lear.


About Nora Zeale Hurston
Zora Neale Hurston—novelist, folklorist, and anthropologist—was known during the Harlem Renaissance for her wit, irreverence and folk writing style.  She won second prize in the 1925 literary contest of the Urban League’s journal, Opportunity, for her short story “Spunk,” which also appeared in The New Negro. Hurston published three novels, three books of folklore, short stories, an autobiography, a one-act play and several librettos; nonetheless, she died, largely forgotten and living in poverty.  Today, her depiction of the beauty and wholeness of black American culture is fully appreciated, and her writing and influence have been restored to their rightful place in American letters.


About Terry Martin (Producing Artistic Director)
Multi-award winning Director Terry Martin is in his 14th season as Producing Artistic Director of WaterTower Theatre where he has overseen more than 85 productions.

Some of his more than 60 directing credits at WTT include The Mystery of Irma Vep, Putting It Together, The Grapes of Wrath, Spring Awakening, Rockin’ Christmas Party, Our Town, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Black Pearl Sings!, The Full MontyAs You Like It, Almost, Maine, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Man of La Mancha, Humble Boy, The Crucible, Take Me Out, A Country Life (which he adapted from Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya and won the 2005 Rabin Award – Best New Play), Cabaret, It Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues, Company, An Inspector Calls, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, The Laramie Project, You Can't Take It With You, Book of Days, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (2002 Rabin Award – Director of a Play), Sweeney Todd (2002 Rabin Award Nomination – Director of a Musical), Desire Under the Elms, Ravenscroft, Rockin’ Christmas Party (2000, 2001), Enter the Guardsman (2001 Rabin Award Nomination – Director of a Musical), Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill andLittle Shop of Horrors (2000 Rabin Award Nomination – Director of a Musical) among others. For Plano Repertory Theatre, he has directed Journey’s End (2000 Rabin Award – Director of a Play), Dracula, La Bête, Little Shop of Horrors andPump Boys and Dinettes. Terry was named "Best Theater Director" in the Dallas Observer's "Best of Dallas 2002."

He has appeared on stage at WTT in Our Town,Blackbird (2008 Dallas Fort Worth Theatre Critics’ Forum Award),The Woman in Black, Dinner with Friends, The Guys, Bash: Latterday Plays (2002 Rabin Award Nomination - Actor in a Play) and at PRT in The Only Thing Worse You Could Have Told Me… (1998 Rabin Award – Actor in a Play, 1998 Dallas Theater Critics Forum Award), The Woman in Black (2000 Rabin Award Nomination – Actor in a Play), and Lonely Planet.

After growing up in south Alabama, Terry spent 12 years in New York City working in theatre, television and film. While there, he directed and acted at The Village Theatre Company, Carnegie Hall Studios and Theatre at St. Marks as well as television appearances on ABC’s One Life to Live and NBC’s To Serve and Protect. He holds a BFA from the University of Alabama and has trained professionally with Sanford Meisner, Fred Kareman, Wynn Handman, Sally Johnson and Lehmann Byck. Terry presently teaches on-going acting classes in the Sanford Meisner Technique at WTT, as well as having served as Adjunct Professor of Acting at the University of Texas at Dallas.


About WaterTower Theatre
Now in its 17th season, WaterTower Theatre began life in 1996 with 136 brave subscribers. Today, with over 2000 subscribers and a budget of $1.3 million, it consistently earns rave reviews in The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer, and other local publications. With 104 Dallas Theatre League Leon Rabin Award Nominations and 28 wins to its credit, as well as 17 Dallas Fort Worth Theatre Critics Forum Awards, WaterTower Theatre is home to the finest local talent.

WaterTower Theatre has produced 5 world premiere productions and 16 regional premiere productions to date. WaterTower Theatre's tradition of world premiere programming includes the musicals Song of Motherhood and Blind Lemon: Prince of Country Blues. Dramatic world premieres include Free Fall with Sandy Duncan, Baptized to the Bone by Dave Johnson (which is enjoying healthy post-WaterTower Theatre life) and A Country Life, Producing Artistic Director Terry Martin’s southern adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya. Both Blind Lemon and A Country Life earned WaterTower Theatre a Dallas Theatre League Leon Rabin Award for Best New Work.

WaterTower Theatre is committed to nurturing emerging talent and expanding audiences. The annual Out of the Loop Fringe Festival strives to present new work by local and national writers. A major part of WaterTower Theatre’s education program partners professional artists and technicians with students at our Summer Performing Arts Conservatory, where students ages 8 - 18 learn “life skills through theatre skills.” In addition, master classes and workshops for professional performers offer an opportunity for continued education at the local level.

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