Opening night of any show is nerve-wracking. What if someone forgets their lines? Or walks onstage at the wrong cue? What if the lights don't work or the music won't play? It can make even the most polished professional feel the urge to nervous puke all over their shoes. Now imagine sitting in the back row on opening night of your first foray as a professional director, just a year out of college, at one of the most beloved theaters in Dallas. This was the seat Miranda Parham took at opening night of Second Thought Theatre's Nocturne, but if you'd caught her eye, it didn't show signs of fear. Her show was ready and would go on to earn rave reviews from critics, including the Dallas Observer's Elaine Liner.
As we dig into the heartbeat of the Dallas arts, it's easy to find first timers in all arenas. Artists here are getting off their asses and creating opportunities, many of them at an age that most of us wouldn't associate with the word "professional." Parham follows Key in a new series, Five Under 25, which highlights local artists in an age bracket that will almost certainly remind you of your wasted youth. Swallow your self-pity and read on about her work on Nocturne, playing a gay Ebenezer Scrooge, and setting her sights on Los Angeles.More »