WaterTower Theatre's Terry Martin Returns to Acting for a Big Role at Dallas Theater Center
Casting news for local plays isn't usually headline-worthy. Unless, that is, the artistic director from one major theater is cast as an actor in a much-anticipated production at another major theater. That's the inside-baseball scoop about WaterTower Theatre honcho Terry Martin showing up as the lead in Dallas Theater Center's upcoming Next Fall, which opens April 13 at Kalita Humphreys Theater.
Martin will co-star with DTC company member Steven Walters (who's also the playwright and founding member of Second Thought Theatre, currently running his play Pluck the Day). It will be Martin's official DTC debut, though he's participated in some readings of plays there over the past few years. He hasn't been onstage as an actor since playing the Stage Manager in Our Town, which he directed at WaterTower in 2010.
"I auditioned," says Martin about how he got the role in Next Fall. The Tony-nominated play by Geoffrey Nauffts tells the story of Adam, an older agnostic gay man (to be played by Martin) who falls in love with Luke, a young devout Christian (Walters). When the younger man is injured in an accident, Adam must battle Luke's Bible-thumping parents, who don't approve of the men's relationship and want to deny Adam access to the hospital room.
Former DTC company member Candy Buckley will return to the Kalita Humphreys stage for the first time in 18 years to play the role of Arlene, Luke's mother. SMU acting professor Michael Connelly will play Luke's father, Butch.
DTC Artistic Director Kevin Moriarty will direct.
What was it about this play that lured Martin to the audition?
"Kevin has called me about the possibility of reading for a number of things since he saw me in the limited run of WaterTower's production of Blackbird back in 2008," says Martin. "But in the past, the timing has not been ideal with my schedule here at WaterTower. I was thrilled that it turned out that my schedule this time around would allow me to be seriously considered. Add to it that Next Fall is a really remarkable and timely play.I get a chance to work with a group of actors all of whose work I am awed by. I have been a big fan of Candy Buckley since I saw her in DTC's The Cherry Orchard years ago. And to be directed by Kevin ... how lucky am I? I frankly am excited and a bit scared at the prospect of acting without having to negotiate and split my focus between acting and producing. I haven't done that in well over a decade. It will be a like a well-deserved vacation. I hope I haven't forgotten how."
In other casting news at Dallas Theater Center, the four actors who'll star in the production of Yasmina Reza's Tony winner God of Carnage are all DTC company members. They are Hassan El-Amin, Matthew Gray, Christina Vela and Sally Nystuen-Vahle. It will be directed by Joel Ferrell and opens May 11, also at Kalita Humphreys Theater on Turtle Creek.
For tickets to either production, call 214-880-0202.