Upcoming Auditions!

Denton Performance Lab is excited to announce auditions for TONIC by Matthew Schipper, Saturday, 4 May from 1-6pm in the TWU Rehearsal Hall. Roles for three (3) men and one (1) woman. This staged reading will be a part of the Denton Community Theatre Second Annual METHOD AND MADNESS NEW PLAY FESTIVAL.

No appointment necessary but please RSVP if you plan on coming and need a specific time.

Performance will take place on May 30 at the Point Bank Black Box in downtown Denton.


TONIC pulls the loftiest of human ideals and conundrums down to the level of the twenty-something plebeian. The characters explore the effects of dogma, artistic passion, and predisposition on day-to-day modern life while hunkered in a dive bar, nosing hungrily in a slippery and uncertain conversational slop trough.

IMMANUEL: Blocked writer searching for a muse.

MAE: His significant other. Neglected by both Immanuel and the muse.

PETER: MAE’s friend from High School. Falling in love with his new boyfriend.

SID: PETER’s new boyfriend. College student.

DPL is also looking for interested actors to devise a new piece this summer, performances in late July. Come be a part of this unique experience!

Actors 17+ may apply to participate!

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Spring Break

35 Denton

This past weekend was 35 Denton around here and things were pretty packed. I live in the neighborhood across from UNT so we are far enough away that we didn't get a lot of traffic but when headed downtown, blocked off streets and extra folks made for an interesting trek. Saturday, I went to a panel discussion hosted by Kevin Roden, the young city councilman who is connected with all of the creatives acting as movers and shakers in the community. What I found interesting is that the discussion focused almost solely on the connection between music, UNT and the creatives who are able to make a living doing what they do. The comment was made that cities like Richardson, Plano and Frisco do better on paper when it comes to the creative class because there are more opportunities for people working as scientists, programmers and the like in those areas and in Denton, creatives are more apt to be doing their creating at night rather than paying the bills with them. 

Theatre and performance other than music didn't really factor into the discussion but i talked with the Spiderweb Salon folks for a while after the panel and solved all of the problems of the world. So it goes. I guess the challenge that faces groups that are more rooted to one spot is that, no matter how wonderful the universities are for Denton, when summer rolls around finding an audience is really difficult! So, we are committing to working with the community and educational communities to bringing some much needed reciprocity into the mix!

Opportunities for you:

We are working with Denton Community Theatre's Method and Madness play festival at the end of may and will be directing one of the winning scripts for a staged reading. If you are interested in participating, head over to the contact page and let us know. We are also working on some more guerrilla style theatre projects in the near future and we are looking for actors/performers that would be interested in participating there as well. Please let us know if you are interested!


Beginning a little bit late

Here we go with a new venture! With the death of Posterous, I am taking this opportunity to rebrand a couple of things. Firstly, Denton Performance Lab is the new umbrella organization supporting Stage Directions Blog and the Listenings reading series. This summer, we hope to present the first of many DPL Performance Series installments producing new plays and devised works and possibly some old favorites and who knows what else, it is a lab after all. 

Keep watching this space for information and while I migrate all of the content from Stage Directions to the new host, look for a podcast from the next Listenings event this weekend.