Only seemed right that the world premiere of “Creep” should take place the month which is filled with pumpkins, spooks and scary stuff. But before Donald Fowler’s musical debuted at WaterTower Threatre on Sunday, October 4, Barbara and Don Daseke hosted a seated supper for 125 guests at Table 13.
In keeping with the feel of the Jack the Ripper theme, napkins were red, and so were the floral centerpieces. Luckily, the filet mignons were cooked medium instead of rare. Didn’t want to take the theme too literally.
Margo Keyes surprised Barbara by showing up with husband Jim Keyes. Originally, Jim had been slated to fly to Denver, but he pushed back the start time to join the Dasekes for dinner. And, no, the airlines didn’t charge him extra to change his trip. In addition to painting and running companies, Jim flies his own plane.
While talk of the night ranged from Saturday night’s Cattle Baron’s Ball, the Rangers edging closer to the American League Division title, and the Cowboys playing in New Orleans, the main chatter was “Creep.”
WaterTower’s Greg Patterson introduced playwright/composer/lyrist Donald, who looked like a proud father. He expressed his sincere appreciation for so many including Heather Alexander, Nick Even, WaterTower Producing Artistic Director Terry Martin, director Kate Galvin and the entire WaterTower team, because “I have been known to be a bit of a control type.”
Donald then recalled how over the years his “project” came about, thanks to support by old friends and new. “Thank you for being here and for being on my side for so long,” he added. “You’ve made it very comfortable for me.”
He then turned the mic over to Nick Even, who acknowledged the great support by many like the Dasekes, Hal and Diane Brierley, Lynn and Allan McBee, and Laree Hulshoff and Ben Fischer, proving that North Texas is thriving with innovative talent and generous philanthropists who appreciate and support such undertakings.
After dessert, the guests like Rachel and John Michell and Hamilton Sneed headed to WaterTower Theatre for the two-act musical that will continue through Sunday, October 25. At WaterTower, 200 guests caught the colorful performance. Better get your tickets now. Thursday, October 22nd, is already sold out!