Dallas, Texas 75218

Echo Theatre, which performs plays written by women, continues its new season of readings and performances. The 10th anniversary season, which features 6 readings and 2 fully produced plays, continues with the staged reading of WHY WE HAVE A BODY by Claire Chafee on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Bath House Cultural Center, 521 E. Lawther Dr. (off Northcliff) at White Rock Lake. Admission is free. Donations are accepted. Call 214-904-0500 or visit http://www.echotheatre.org.

This Fall, come along as we journey into Echo’s history for a look back at three of the extraordinary plays that helped establish Echo’s unique place in Dallas’ theatrical landscape. Did you miss them the first time? Did you love them the first time? Either way, don't miss this twice in a lifetime chance as Echo Re-Reads!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007
WHY WE HAVE BODY by Claire Chafee
Two young women ache for the return of their lost mother, who left home years ago to "get lost." In a collage of scenes four women speak alternately to us and to each other as they try to live with absence and longing, with great distance and too much closeness. Originally presented January 14 - 30, 1999

About Echo Theatre

Echo Theatre was founded in the fall of 1997 by Suzy Blaylock, Pam Myers-Morgan, and Linda Marie Ford. It is the theatre’s mission to unearth the power of the female theatrical voice by presenting a wide array of works written by women for the stage. For years, theatre seasons at all levels of production have been programmed primarily with works by male playwrights, often resulting in an absence of the female voice. Integrating exciting design concepts and exceptional acting with material that probes gender identity and social structures, Echo Theatre exists to shift that balance.

Current producing partners Brandi Andrade, Terri Ferguson, Pam Myers-Morgan, and Lisa Taylor work together to bring the female voice to urgent, exciting, and challenging life through main stage productions and staged readings of plays by women, classic to contemporary.

• Presented the work of over EIGHTY female playwrights to Dallas audiences as the only Dallas company devoted exclusively to the production of theatrical works written by women
• Received over FORTY Rabin awards and nominations, Critics’ Forum Awards and citations in End of Year “Best of …” Lists
• Commissioned six new pieces, produced fifteen full-length plays, presented six original performance art works, participated in fourteen short play festivals, and mounted over FIFTY performance readings as part of its innovative series, ECHO READS …
• Offered a number of community outreach programs, including high school internships, free ticket program for clients of local women’s shelters, free children’s theatre workshops at matinee performances, and discussion panels following all readings and many mainstage shows
• Employed over 250 actors, 80 directors, 120 designers and technicians, and 60 playwrights, musicians and choreographers
• Maintained a high level of acting and design excellence, while presenting challenging and exciting plays by women
• Performed benefit performances for The Lymphoma Research Foundation, The Art and Music Fund of Northaven United Methodist Church, The American Red Cross, The Degolyer Library at SMU, The Family Place, New Beginnings, The Jewish Federation Women’s Division, and Hockaday School

Official Website: http://echotheatre.org

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