This New Dallas Theater Project Will Take Place in an Abandonded Crack House, Possibly Serve Food
I ran into Dead White Zombies' director/writer/overlord Thomas Riccio a few weeks back while in line at Lakewood Theater. We were waiting to watch a human suspension, but that isn't why Riccio was excited. Fresh off an educational/spiritual excursion to India, he was vibrating with creative energy. Somewhere en route between East and West he'd finalized the idea for his next production, and it's taking him (and us) into an abandoned crack house.
Last time, in Dead White Zombies land...
The group he reps, Dead White Zombies, is a performance art/theater/installation ensemble, known to inhabit unconventional spaces, then redesign them to fill their theatrical needs. Riccio said his newest show, T.N.B., would take place in an old home of nefarious connection. He already had his eyes on one Singleton Blvd. address that was in especially rough shape -- he smiled when he mentioned the human feces still marinating in certain rooms. Hazmat would need to come through, he explained, before it would be deemed Safe For Art.
That property didn't stick. There were electrical issues. The walls had been ransacked for copper. Soon he located another West Dallas "drug-stash" and has now christened it the site of his new show, T.N.B. According to this afternoon's press release, previews begin the last weekend of May and are limited to audiences of 15. Those small groups will venture through the ancient residence together.
The plot is loose and odd (in typical D.W.Z. fashion), and is described as "a world premiere site-specific performance installation inspired by indigenous healing rituals that works to exorcise the demons that haunt the African-American male."
The show also features an "identical" twin brother, played by white guy, Ochre House actor/puppeteer, Justin Locklear.
Riccio also mentioned his hopes of using the home's old kitchen to prepare food during the show, which nobody in their right mind will dare consume. Here's the entire press release: