Marfa-licious: The Ballroom Is The Place To Be
Big things are happening on the cultural scene in Marfa, Texas these days. The last unspoiled outpost of the West (if you don’t believe us, just pick up a New York Times – they write about Marfa often). What’s new? Dallas-based veteran director/actor John S. Davies announced that he has cast the two major roles in Ballroom Marfa’s “The Reading” – which features Andrew Lanham’s screenplay, The Jumper of Maine. The story, of a paramedic with Tourette's Syndrome who is forced to come to terms with his life and condition when he falls in love, will be presented at Marfa’s historic Crowley Theater at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 26th. The Reading is a new and vital component of Ballroom Marfa’s film program showcasing the emerging screenwriter.
We’re talking about a very talented bunch here. Drew Wall, playing the lead role of Oliver, is currently a producing partner and resident artist of Second Thought Theatre in Dallas. Wall received the Outstanding Performance as an Actor Award by the DFW Critics Forum (2009), was named Best Young Actor by the Dallas Observer (2009), and won the Best Male Supporting Performance from D Magazine/Best in Theater (2010). His most notable roles have included: Ronnie Birnbaum in The Dog Problem (Undermain Theatre, Dallas), PFC Evan Davis in Defiance (Theatre Three), and Warren in This is Our Youth (Theatre Three).
The role of Meredith has been awarded to Dallas veteran actress, Angie Bolling. With a resume including roles in Friday Night Lights, Swingtown, Prison Break, Walker Texas Ranger, RoboCop 3, Dallas, and A Woman of Independent Means – just to name a few – Bolling is a seasoned professional in both the film and theatre worlds.
Lanham’s screenplay was selected from the group of 2010 Nicholl Fellowship winners. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting is considered by many as the world’s most esteemed screenwriting competition. Ballroom Marfa’s distinguished Filmmakers’ Selection Committee, comprised of Academy Award winning screenwriter Diana Ossana, executive producer and screenwriter Andrew Marlowe, and pioneering agent, entertainment executive and Producer Robert Shapiro. Shapiro is scheduled to attend the event and will be moderating the Q&A with Lanham and Davies after the performances.
The performances are free; yet as seating is limited, reservations are strongly advised. To make a reservation, please call 432-729-3600, or visit ballroommarfa.org. It will be worth the drive. Tell them The Society Diplomat sent you.