Casa Mañana will join in the 50th anniversary commemorations of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Jr., this fall, with a play taken from the transcripts during the 48 hours in which his killer, Lee Harvey Oswald, was in custody in Dallas.
The play, Dennis Richard's Oswald: The Actual Interrogation, is part of Casa's 2013-14 Broadway season, its 55th , that was announced this week.
The play, which has had productions in California and Illinois, will have its regional premiere at Casa, Nov. 9-17, 2013. The play is taken from accounts and transcripts in the two days from when Oswald was captured at the Texas Theatre to when he was killed by Jack Ruby.
Casa joins other area arts groups commemorating the JFK tribute, including the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the Nasher Sculpture Center, which have both commissioned music compositions that will be premiered in November. The Fort Worth Opera has also commissioned a JFK opera, but that won't debut until 2016.
Casa's new season begins with a revival of Fort Worth native Roger Miller's Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in September, followed by Oswald; and in 2014 continues with the first locally produced professional production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's hit musical Cats in March; and then the favorite Always...Patsy Cline in May.
Season extras include an Apprentice Production of the terrific musical Side Show, based on the true story of conjoined twins and Vaudeville hits Daisy and Violet Hilton; the third show in the Greater Tuna series, Red, White and Tuna (not with Joe Sears and Jaston Williams); and an event called Bad Boys of Broadway: In Concert, featuring show tunes by villains in Broadway musicals.
Here's the season rundown. All shows are at Casa Mañana Theatre in the Cultural District:
Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Sept. 21-29, 2013
Oswald: The Actual Interrogation, Nov. 9-17, 2013
Cats, which is based on stories by T.S. Elliot, March 1-9, 2014
Always...Patsy Cline, May 31-June 9, 2014
Side Show, July 26-28, 2013
Red, White and Tuna, Aug. 22-25, 2013
Bad Boys of Broadway: In Concert, Jan. 10-12, 2014
Subscribers will have Side Show included in the subscription; and can also add on Red White and Tuna. Season tickets are on sale now, with packages starting at $159 per person. For more info, visit www.casamanana.org or call 817-332-2272 extension 3.