The metroplex had a niche for every kind of theater market except one; seniors, those individuals who love to attend live theater productions but need transportation, assistance, or couldn’t drive at night. Dallas’ only matinee series, One Thirty Productions was created to fulfill that need.
One Thirty Productions was born eight years ago after the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs began looking for opportunities for programming for seniors. The result was a matinee series of plays with particular appeal to seniors who enjoy an afternoon outing.
The Director of the City’s Office of Cultural Affairs, approached Marty Van Kleeck, Manager of the Bath House Cultural Center, for her input, knowing of Van Kleeck’s long affiliation with the Granbury Opera House. Ms. Van Kleeck quickly enlisted the help of two former Granbury Opera House colleagues, Larry Randolph, an accomplished director, designer and actor and Gene Raye Price, a skilled actress, and marketing director. The three founded One Thirty Productions in August, developed a series of three shows and mounted the first production (Driving Miss Daisy) in December. The City of Dallas provided $10,000 in seed money to establish the theater company. Now in its eighth season, the company operating under an Actor’s Equity Guest Artist contract produces 3-4 shows a season and plays to over 3600 patrons each year.
Since its organization in 2007, the Company has received critical acclaim for its work which features some of the finest acting, design and directing talent in the Metropolitan area. One Thirty Productions has presented an annual season of three shows, entries into the Festival of Independent Theaters, participated in the Uptown 2012 Pride Festival and has partnered with WingSpan Theatre Company in a series of staged readings. One Thirty’s seasons have included Pulitzer Prize winning literature, comedies, musicals and the production of seven world premiers of new scripts. One Thirty’s premier of Wedding Bells, was nominated for a National Theater Critics Forum Award for the best professional production of a new script produced outside of New York City. Wedding Belles and The Mystery of Miz Arnette, which the company premiered in 2011, have both been published by Samuel French Inc. The Company’s 2013 premier of The 47 Ford was the third play in a trilogy produced by One Thirty. The trilogy written by Austin Playwright Ellsworth Schave began with Under A Texaco Canopy which received a 2009 Dallas/ Ft Worth Critics Forum Award for best new Play.
One Thirty Productions is committed to offering quality entertainment at an affordable price. The company’s commitment to good literature and enviable quality of work in all elements of production and its passion for its audience distinguishes One thirty Productions among Dallas’ growing theater family.