Working In The Theatre: Colossal – Dallas, TX

In this third installation of Colossal, the production moves to the Dallas Theater Center in Dallas, Texas. As the production travels the country, watch how the production transform to fit this new space including an emphasis on the choreography, theatrical surprises, and diversity in casting.

Nan Barnett, the Executive Director of National New Play Network shares a glimpse into how the National New Play Network functions in terms of allowing the work to reinvent itself in a new environment which often includes major changes in staging and rewrites.

Colossal, a new play written by Andrew Hinderaker tells the story of a star football player at the U of Texas, son of a modern dancer. Described as the Anti-Billy Elliott, Colossal expresses masculinity through emotional and physical journeys of the performers by integrating the languages of football, disabilities, and dance.

See part one in Olney, MD here:
See part two in Minneapolis, MN here:
The National New Play Network, through its flagship initiative, the Continued Life of New Plays Fund (CLNPF), supports three or more theaters that choose to mount the same new play within a 12-month period. The result is a Rolling World Premiere, in which a playwright develops a new work with multiple creative teams in different communities. The playwright is part of the process, working on the script and making adjustments based on what is learned from each production. Colossal will premiere in 5 theatres across the country in 2014-2015—journeying to Maryland, Minnesota, Texas, Massachusetts, and Louisiana.

To find out more about the National New Play Network and where you can find the next Colossal please visit­s.

American Theatre Wing’s Working in the Theatre documentary series features the most fascinating people on the stage, behind the scenes, and in the audience. From Tony Awards® and Obie Awards® winning artists to the next generation of theatre makers, we capture theatre’s inner-workings, industry luminaries, and unique stories that surround important work.