The Dallas Theater Center's New Season: Fortress of Solitude, Les Mis and More

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First up at the Wyly: Clybourne Park.
By now it's clear that Dallas Theater Center artistic director Kevin Moriarty wishes he could fly. This season he has two shows back-to-back with "Fly" in the title: Fly by Night, set during the 1965 New York City blackout, opens at April 26 at Kalita Humphreys Theater; and Fly, opening at the Wyly Theatre July 2, is a new musical retelling of Peter Pan, complete with actors flying over the audience's heads. Moriarty also had Superman winging it in the Wyly a few years ago for his revival of the old musical It's a Bird ... It's a Plane ... It's Superman.

In this morning's announcement of DTC's 2013-'14 season, the theme of human flight is back again with The Fortress of Solitude, a world premiere musical about motherless Brooklyn boys Dylan and Mingus, who develop super powers, including the ability to fly. (The title of the show references Superman's North Pole getaway spot.) Co-produced with Manhattan's Public Theater, Fortress, set in 1970s Brooklyn, opens next March in the Wyly, one of three shows in the "Contemporary Series" part of DTC's new season. Four other shows form the "Classic Series."

Next season at the Wyly opens in October with Bruce Norris' 2011 Pulitzer-winning drama Clybourne Park, playing in repertory with Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun. Both plays take place in the same Chicago house, with Clybourne Park's first act set in 1959 before the events of A Raisin in the Sun, and the second act 50 years later in 2009. (Raisin deals with a black family's fight to buy a home in a white middle-class neighborhood.)

A reboot of a Greek tragedy, Oedipus el Rey, will open in January 2014 in the Wyly's upstairs rehearsal space (where Red is playing now). Written by MacArthur Genius Grant winner Luis Alfaro, it moves the mythical tragedy to South Central Los Angeles, following a family of ex-cons through scenes of violence and accidental incest. Moriarty will direct.

In the late 1970s DTC put a Sherlock Holmes play on its schedule every season, always wildly popular with audiences. How could a man named Moriarty resist bringing Holmes back, especially with all the renewed interest in the character thanks to the British TV series on PBS starring Benedict Cumberbatch, the Robert Downey films and the CBS series Elementary? DTC will present Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, directed by Moriarty and opening next April, the regional premiere of Steven Dietz's adaptation based on an 1899 play by William Gillette and Holmes' creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Les Misérables will be the big summer family musical in June 2014. Yes, it's been here on two separate national tours, high schools have being putting on the junior version for years and the 2012 movie wore out its welcome. But Moriarty promises DTC's production of the Boubil-Schönberg show will be a different experience when it's staged in the 550-seat Wyly. Oui, s'il vous plait.

And DTC just can't let go of A Christmas Carol, though Moriarty will be doing a new one after using the same Richard Hellesen adaptation for the past eight years. Moriarty is writing his own take on the Dickens tale, cutting it to 90 intermission-free minutes and setting it for the first time in the Wyly (opening November 21). There will be music and, says Moriarty, falling snow and ghosts that fly.

No surprise there.

Season subscriptions for DTC start at $105; or subscribe to the Classic Series for $60 and the Contemporary Series for $45. Charge online at DallasTheaterCenter.org or by phone at 214-880-0202.

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