WaterTower Theatre Announces the 2019-2020 Season

Addison (TX) – Shane Peterman, Producing Artistic Director, today announced details of the Company’s 2019-2020 Season. This season marks the 24th for WaterTower Theatre, and the first full season programmed by Producing Artistic Director Shane Peterman. The 5-show subscription season includes Jason Robert Brown’s Tony Award-winning musical adaptation, The Bridges of Madison County, Doug Wright’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, I Am My Own Wife, a holiday celebration co-produced with Lone State Circus, Cirque Holidays, and a host of exciting additional programming.

“I’m delighted to present to you my first season as the Producing Artistic Director for WaterTower Theatre!” said Peterman. “Our goal is simple: to build community through diverse storytelling that is both thought-provoking and entertaining. Our 24th season focuses on unique stories across generations, emphasizing the importance of diverse backgrounds and the communities from which these stories are told.”

The 2019-2020 Terry Martin Main Stage Season kicks off with the musical adaptation of the hit 1992 film, Sister Act (October 24 – November 10, 2019), directed by Cheryl Denson and music directed by Adam C. Wright. Filled with powerful gospel music and outrageous dancing, this adaptation brings the film’s iconic flair to life on stage. The season continues with a holiday co-production with Lone Star Circus, Cirque Holidays (December 5-22, 2019), which will celebrate holidays from around the world through a unique blend of theatre and circus. The new year will ring in with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Mary Chase’s play Harvey (February 6-23, 2020), directed by Dick Monday. This American classic follows Elwood P. Dowd and his unique friendship with a six-foot, three-and-one-half-inch invisible rabbit named Harvey. The fourth show of the Main Stage Season follows the astonishing true story of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf in I Am My Own Wife (April 16-May 3, 2020), directed by Ashley Puckett Gonzales. Written by Doug Wright, this Pulitzer Prize-winning play tells the fascinating story of an elegant and eccentric 65-year old German transgender woman who, against all odds, managed to survive survived the Nazi and Communist regimes in East Berlin. The season concludes with The Bridges of Madison County (June 11-28, 2020) with music & lyrics by Jason Robert Brown, book by Marsha Norman, directed by John De Los Santos, and music directed by Vonda K. Bowling. Based on the best-selling romance novel, this touching and powerful story follows the 4-day love affair between an Italian-born housewife and a National Geographic photographer, and how what happens in those four days alters their futures forever.

The five-show Main Stage Season will be enhanced by a limited-run engagement of a musical, to be announced at a later date.

All productions will be staged at the Addison Theatre Centre at 15650 Addison Road, Addison, Texas 75001.

Five-show season subscriptions are on sale starting April 30th. The renewal deadline for current subscribers to keep their same seats or received priority reseating is June 30th. Subscribe or renew by August 1st and receive up to a $26 discount. Subscriptions range in price from $119 (Preview Thurs, Wednesdays and Sundays) to $156 (Thursday, Friday, Saturday). Subscription prices increase after August 1st to $145 (Preview Thurs, Wednesdays and Sundays) and $175 (Thursday, Friday, Saturday). New subscriptions are available by calling the Box Office at 972.450.6232, and renewals can be made by phone or in person. Individual ticket prices for the 2019-2020 Season range in price from $33 - $39. Individual tickets go on sale in September.

For more information on WaterTower Theatre and the 2019 – 2020 Season, visit us online at www.watertowertheatre.org or call the Box Office at 972.450.6232.

THE 2019-2020 SEASON:

A Divine Musical Comedy
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Glenn Slater
Book by Cheri & Bill Steinkellner
Directed by Cheryl Denson
Music Directed by Adam C. Wright

October 24-November 10, 2019

After witnessing a murder, disco diva, Deloris Van Cartier, is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won't be found: a convent! Finding herself at odds with a rigid lifestyle and the uptight Mother Superior, Deloris uses her unique flair and singing talent to inspire the choir, breathing new life into the church and community. In doing so, however, she blows her cover and soon her gangster boyfriend and his cronies are giving chase. But little do they know that they’re about to find themselves up against the power of Deloris’ newfound sisterhood. Filled with powerful gospel music, outrageous dancing, and a truly moving story, Sister Act will have you REJOICING in the power of sisterhood!

“This is a musical that hits all the right spots…” – Associated Press

A Theatrical Circus Spectacular
A Co-Production with Lone Star Circus

December 5-22, 2019

WaterTower Theatre, in partnership with Lone Star Circus, will celebrate the diversity of holidays from around the world through a magical collaboration of theatre and circus with Cirque Holidays! Featuring international stars alongside Dallas’ amazing and entertaining circus talent, audiences of all ages will be treated to incredible acts, ranging from hula-hoops to death defying trapeze stunts all tied together with a charismatic host and hilarious clowns. Forget your troubles this holiday season and get ready for a bright tomorrow!

“Circus is a celebration of life. At this time of the year, soaring acrobatics, gravity-defying feats and the sheer beauty of the human body in action are a means of reminding us what we are able to achieve with hard work and passion, with love and joy.” – Fanny Kerwich, Lone Star Circus

An American Classic
By Mary Chase
Directed by Dick Monday

February 6-23, 2020

This Pulitzer Prize-winning play follows Elwood P. Dowd – a polite man with a very strange best friend. Elwood’s sister, Veta, is concerned her brother’s friend will interfere with her life as a socialite. And who can blame her! Elwood’s friend is a six-foot, three-and-one-half-inch invisible rabbit named Harvey. To avoid future embarrassment, Veta attempts to have Elwood committed, but after her frantic recount of her brother’s condition she finds herself mistakenly committed instead. The truth quickly reveals itself, and the search is on for Elwood and his invisible companion. But Elwood and Harvey’s influence on more than one of the doctors leads Veta to realize that maybe Harvey isn’t so bad after all.

Harvey is a sweet treat.” – The Hollywood Reporter

An Astonishing True Story
By Doug Wright
Directed by Ashley Puckett Gonzales

April 16-May 3, 2020

Based on a true story, and inspired by interviews conducted by the playwright, Doug Wright, over several years, I Am My Own Wife tells the fascinating story of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, an elegant and eccentric 65-year old German transgender woman who, against all odds, managed to survive both the Nazi onslaught and the repressive East German Communist regime. Using more than 30 characters, Wright pieces together Charlotte’s captivating and controversial life. Winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play, I Am My Own Wife is a profound story of survival.

"A truly remarkable experience in the theatre, I Am My Own Wife is a must-see…” – NYTheatre.com

A Musical Romance
Music & Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
Book by Marsha Norman
Directed by John De Los Santos
Music Directed by Vonda K. Bowling

June 11-28, 2020

Based on the best-selling novel, The Bridges of Madison County recalls the unexpected affair of Francesca Johnson, a devoted Italian-born housewife, and Robert Kincaid, a roving National Geographic photographer. Set amidst the cornfields of Iowa in 1965, this sweeping musical romance about the roads we travel and bridges we dare to cross brings to life four sensual, heart-stirring days that will alter Francesca and Robert’s lives forever. With a soaring score by Tony Award-winner, Jason Robert Brown, The Bridges of Madison Country is a touching and powerful story that will leave you breathless.

“Bridges burns brightly.” – Time Out New York


Sister Act
October 24 – November 10, 2019
Pay-What-You-Can Preview: Thursday, October 24
Opening Night: Friday, October 25

Cirque Holidays
December 5-22, 2019
Pay-What-You-Can Preview: Thursday, December 5
Opening Night: Friday, December 6

February 6-23, 2020
Pay-What-You-Can Preview: Thursday, February 6
Opening Night: Friday, February 7

I Am My Own Wife
April 16 –May 3, 2020
Pay-What-You-Can Preview: Thursday, April 16
Opening Night: Friday, April 17

The Bridges of Madison County
June 11-28, 2020
Pay-What-You-Can Preview: Thursday, June 11
Opening Night: Friday, June 12

2019-2020 Season Performance Schedule:

Wednesday - 7:30pm
Thursday - 7:30pm
Friday - 8:00pm
Saturday - 8:00pm
Sunday - 2:00pm

About Shane Peterman, Producing Artistic Director

Shane Peterman is a dynamic leader who recently served as Producer for Lyric Stage over the last five seasons and was instrumental in the relocation of Lyric Stage from Irving to Dallas’ Historic Majestic Theater. Mr. Peterman’s history with WaterTower Theatre dates back to 1999 as an actor and teacher, he has been seen on the WaterTower Theatre stage numerous times. Mr. Peterman has produced over 65 productions and directed over 35 shows in numerous markets around the country including New York City, Denver, Orlando and Minneapolis. Mr. Peterman was central in producing the World Premiere of Pure Country based on the 1992 Warner Brothers film, now being produced at Houston’s Theatre Under The Stars in the spring of 2020. Shane, his wife Erica and partner Kellie Carroll opened The Acting Studio in 2009 which has grown into North Texas’ largest independently owned children’s theatre training and performance program with multiple locations. Mr. Peterman is a native Dallas Texan and currently resides in Trophy Club with his wife and two children.

About WaterTower Theatre

Founded in 1996, WaterTower Theatre (WTT) is one of Texas' leading professional theatre companies and one of the flagship arts institutions in North Texas, having played an important role as a leader in developing new talent and encouraging the growth of the DFW artistic community through its commitment to hiring local artists. WaterTower Theatre is consistently recognized for its artistic excellence by the Dallas Theatre League, DFW Theatre Critics Forum, The Dallas Morning News, The Dallas Observer, D Magazine, and The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, among others. WaterTower Theatre has a subscription base of more than 2,000 subscribers and serves an audience of over 24,000 patrons annually.

WaterTower Theatre is 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. WaterTower Theatre relies on its ticket income and generous donations from individuals, corporations, foundations, and government organizations to produce world-class live professional theatre and to offer community engagement and arts education programs. WaterTower Theatre gratefully acknowledges the support of the Town of Addison, The Shubert Foundation, TACA, Texas Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. WaterTower Theatre’s 2018-2019 Season is also supported, in part, through the generosity of its Producers Circle, including civic, corporate, and foundation donors AMLI Residential, Atmos Energy, FASTSIGNS Carrollton, Frost Bank, ONCOR, Slalom, Veritex Community Bank, Whole Foods, and individual donors Don and Barbara Daseke, The Bob Downs Family, Stan Graner and Jim McBride, Phillip and Janeva Longacre, Tom and Holly Mayer, Kathy Messina and Gary Goodwin, Janiece and Jimmy Niemann, Karol Omlor, Paul and Norma Schultz, Jack and Libby Swindle, Deborah and Craig Sutton, Ron and Donna Whitehead.