Dallas’ theatre community is abuzz about one of this year’s Festival selections, On The Eve.
Written by Dallas actor Michael Federico and composed by Shawn and Seth Magill of local band Home by Hovercraft, On the Eve imagines a dystopian future where words are secret and sacred, and you can time-travel via hot-air balloon. (Marie Antoinette shows up too.) It first got a staged reading in 2011, then a workshop production at Fair Park in 2012. Theatre Three scooped it up for its mainstage season in 2014.
“Lee Trull and Kevin Moriarty from Dallas Theater Center approached us after they saw the show at Theatre Three in 2014, and offered to sponsor On the Eve for NAMT festival submission,” says Shawn Magill, co-composer and Home by Hovercraft keyboardist. “We submitted last year and made it to the second round. This year DTC graciously offered to sponsor the show again and we re-submitted with minor revisions. We were extremely excited to find out we are in the finals, and are so grateful for the love and support from the Dallas theater community.”