Former Barrister Nick Even Named WaterTower Theatre’s General Manager

Change takes place quickly. No sooner had WaterTower Theatre’s General Manager Greg Patterson announced his departure than the board announced his replacement. It will be blonde, legal eagle Nick Even, who proclaimed his love of the arts when he resigned from the law profession to pursue his arts passion after 30 years.

Nick Even (File photo)

According to Nick, “I am thrilled to share that as of October 1, 2017, I will begin serving as Managing Director of WaterTower Theatre. For my friends outside the Metroplex, WTT is a leading professional theatre company here in North Texas and – as fate would have it – served as my entry into arts non-profit boards after moving from New York. Eventually, I served as Board President in 2008. The theater has developed substantially since then, both financially and artistically, and I could not be more excited to help lead it in its next era of growth.

“I will be joining WTT’s recently named Artistic Director Joanie Schultz. Joanie came to WTT at the first of the year from Chicago, where she was Associate Artistic Producer at Victory Gardens Theater and a freelance director at both the Goodman and Steppenwolf, among numerous other theaters. Joanie has already been cited for Outstanding Direction by the Dallas-Fort Worth Theater Critics Forum for her WTT directorial debut: ‘Hit the Wall.’

“WTT’s new season will open officially on Monday, October 16 with the regional premiere of ‘Pride and Prejudice,’ adapted from the Jane Austen novel by Kate Hamill, so I will be wasting no time in getting up to speed. 

“Other season programming includes The Great Distance Home (world premiere) by Kelsey Leigh Ervi; Elliot, a Soldier’s Fugue (regional premiere) by Quiara Alegría Hudes; Bread (world premiere) by Regina Taylor; Jason Robert Brown‘s musical “The Last Five Years; and Hand to God” (regional premiere) by Robert Askins. The season will also include “Detour,” a four-day festival of new work in March 2018. It’s a diverse and exciting season, to be sure. If you’d like to read more, you can visit: https://watertowertheatre.org/coming-soon.”

Sounds like Nick is already settling into his new role as things are shaking up north of LBJ.

MySweetCharity Opportunity: State Of Mind

According to Second Thought Theatre‘s State of Mind Co-Chairs Jennifer Swift and Nick Even,

Nick Even (File photo)

Jennifer Swift (File photo)

In case you’ve not been yet, Second Thought Theatre is a risk-taking local company performing at Bryant Hall, an intimate black-box theater on the Kalita Humphreys Theater campus on Turtle Creek. Second Thought’s current production of the new play “The Necessities” by SMU’s (and Yale’s) Blake Hackler, directed by Joel Ferrell runs until Saturday, July 29. 

To fund its expanded four-production season for 2018, Second Thought will host its annual “State of Mind” fundraiser on Friday, November 3, at 7:00 p.m. at Sammons Center for the Arts.

The evening will feature a performance by Dallas performance musical theater powerhouse Patty Breckenridge, described by D Magazine as “utterly entertaining.” She was heralded by The Dallas Morning News for her “brilliant” portrayal of Diana in “Next to Normal” (Uptown Players).  She was seen in the world premiere of “Fortress of Solitude” at Dallas Theatre Center and WaterTower Theatre’s world premiere of “Creep, delivering a performance described by the Morning News as a “feisty force of nature.” Ms. Breckenridge will be joined at the State of Mind gala by actor, TV host and producer Rob McCollum, serving as Master of Ceremonies.

A kickoff party for State of Mind underwriters and patrons will be held on Thursday, October 12, at the Turtle Creek home of Lila and Emmett Murphy.

Second Thought Theatre empowers top local theater artists to take risks and showcases writers who tackle difficult questions. Its performers have been regularly cited on the annual “Best of” lists by D Magazine, Dallas Observer and the Dallas/Fort Worth Theater Critics Forum. Second Thought’s 2017 season included two area premieres and one world premiere and its 2018 season of four plays – to be announced in the next month – promises to be equally memorable.

For more information on Second Thought Theatre, visit http://secondthoughttheatre.com. To purchase tickets for the State of Mind gala or to be added to the invitation mailing list, call 972.450.6232.

 

Lynn McBee And Nick Even To Co-Chair Dallas Opera’s First Sight/First Night

Is there anything that Lynn McBee is not chairing? Word just arrived that she and legal eagle Nick Even will co-chair the Dallas Opera’s First Sight/First Night this fall.

Nick Even and Lynn McBee*

Nick Even and Lynn McBee*

Dallas Opera General Director/CEO Keith Cerny said, “The Dallas Opera is truly grateful for the support and involvement of Chairs Lynn McBee and Nick Even. It is only through the dedication and commitment of these generous philanthropists that organizations like ours can thrive to successfully serve our audiences and community. With the enthusiasm and wide range of experience these accomplished individuals bring to our season-opening events, we are prepared to be both dazzled and delighted!”

According to Lynn, “I’m truly delighted to be a part of the wonderful events that open the Dallas Opera’s 2014-2015 Season! It’s a pleasure to work with and represent an organization that not only brings magnificent opera to the stage, but also enriches our community by touching thousands with its education and outreach programs.”

The two-day fundraising activities will kick off Thursday, October 23, at 11 a.m. with First Sight Fashion Show and Luncheon at the Winspear with a Rhonda Sargent Chambers-produced fashion show featuring “the iconic Italian designer Roberto Cavalli.” In addition to the Cavailli fashions will be six “custom-made gowns created by nationally renowned Dallas based designers — each reflecting the theme of one of the operas to be presented during the 2014-2015 ’Heights of Passion’ season.” The gowns will be auctioned off later by Heritage Auctions to benefit the Dallas Opera.

The next night (Friday, October 24) the First Night Pre-performance dinner will take place starting at 5:30 p.m., with the red carpet arrival of VIP guests and models displaying the six designer gowns unveiled at the Thursday luncheon.

Following a three-course supper prepared by Wolfgang Puck Catering in “a beautifully appointed tent on the approach to the” Winspear Opera House, the Linda and Mitch Hart Season Opening Night Performance of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro will take place.

To close out the evening, DJ Lucy Wrubel will supervise the music at the First Night After Party following the performance.

Nick added, “There is something for everyone to enjoy with the season kick-off events from the fashion show and luncheon, to the pre-opera dinner, the performance itself and the after party. If you haven’t yet experienced the fun and inspiration that comes from the extraordinary events that the Dallas Opera produces, this is a great season to get involved!”

It should be a very fun and fashionable two days with Lynn and Nick at the helm. Last year’s luncheon proved to be a surprise when an “operatic flash mob” surprised guests at their tables. There are presently tickets and sponsorship opportunities available, so now is a good time to lock down a table.

Oh, you’re probably wondering what the 2014-2015 DO season will offer. Good question. The answer is:

  • October 24, 26 (m), 29, November 1, 7 and 9 (m), 2014 — The Marriage of Figaro
  • October 30, November 2 (m), 5 and 8, 2014 — Salome
  • January 30, February 1 (m), 4 and 7, 2015 — La Wally**
  • January 30, February 1 (m), 4 and 7, 2015 — Everest**
  • March 13, 15 (m), 18, 21, 27 and 29 (m), 2015 — La Bohème
  • April 10, 12 (m), 15 and 18, 2015 — Iolanta
* Photo provided by the Dallas Opera
** Double bill