Oak Cliff Cultural Center & Lantino Cultural Center Present

The Oak Cliff Cultural Center & Latino Cultural Center



Stand-Up Tragedy


December 7 - 16, 2017 at Latino Cultural Center, Dallas, TX


DALLAS - (11/06/17)


The Oak Cliff Cultural Center and the Latino Cultural Center, in collaboration with local theater artists Stephanie Cleghorn Jasso and Ruben Carrazana, proudly present Stand-Up Tragedy, a play by Bill Cain. For the first time, two of Dallas' cultural centers are teaming up to produce a professional theatrical production from the ground up. With a cast of professional actors and local high school students, raps, basketball games, and only an empty space to tell the story with audience seating onstage, Stand-Up Tragedy is an adrenaline-pumping and intense theatrical experience that is not to be missed.



Set in a Catholic school on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, Stand-Up Tragedy is a play that tells the story of a group of young students and the teachers whose job it is to help them graduate, but they all face one seemingly insurmountable obstacle: the statistics that say that most of these kids are not going to make it.
In the words of playwright Bill Cain: “We live in a country—the most prosperous in the history of the world—where one of the leading causes of death of non-white young men is violence. In spite of the terrible truths that confront them, these students and teachers turn up daily and try to pass on a better world at 3:00 than they found at 8:00 that morning. They’re not cynics. They’re heroes—every one of them. I have tried to write the story of what I saw and heard while teaching in the same way that I saw it—packed and pulsing with life. Not well-made and neatly organized, but chaotic, muscular, frequently very funny, relentless, with moments of deep understanding emerging when the sheer volume of city-sound explodes into silence."


Stand-Up Tragedy is directed by Ruben Carrazana, starring Brian Witkowicz, Christopher Dontrell Piper, Jackie Kemp, Omar Padilla, Carson Wright, and an ensemble made up of local high school students Zachary Bosh, Angelica Carmona, Caleb Glaspie, Colby Glaspie, Aden Jemaneh, Iris Maya, Jessy McCarthy, Martin Francisco Mendoza, Cyena Rojas, and Hipolito Tapia. Stephanie Cleghorn Jasso is the assistant director, Juliana Dellasanta is the stage manager, Aaron Johansen is the lighting designer, and Jeff Colangelo is the fight choreographer.


Who: Oak Cliff Cultural Center and Latino Cultural Center

What: Stand-Up Tragedy by Bill Cain

Where: Latino Cultural Center, 2600 Live Oak St, Dallas, TX, 75204

Dates: Opening Night: Thursday, December 7 at 8:00pm

Regular Performances:

Friday, December 8 at 8:00pm

Saturday, December 9 at 8:00pm

Thursday, December 14 at 8:00pm

Friday, December 15 at 8:00pm

Saturday, December 16 at 8:00pm


Tickets: Available at the door or online at:


Adults: $10   

Students: $5




Bill Cain


Bill Cain is the author of How to Write a New Book for the Bible, which premiered in the 2011-2012 season at Berkeley Repertory Theatre and Seattle Repertory Theatre. His play 9 Circles was awarded the Sky/Cooper Prize by Marin Theatre Company where it received its world premiere production. It has gone to productions around the country including theaters in Boston, Denver, and Los Angeles. His play Equivocation received its world premiere production at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and its New York premiere at Manhattan Theatre Club, as well as being produced at the Geffen Playhouse (Ovation Award for Best Play), Seattle Repertory, Marin Theatre, and Arena Stage. Other works include Stand-Up Tragedy, which earned six LA Critics Awards (including best production and distinguished writing) for its premiere at the Mark Taper Forum before moving around the country and eventually to Broadway. Screen credits include the series Nothing Sacred (co-creator/writer/producer) which aired on ABC, an adaptation of Clover for the Hallmark channel and HBO, Nightjohn, which was named best American film of the year by The New Yorker, Thicker Than Blood (TNT), which was an adaptation of Stand-Up Tragedy, Everything That Rises (starring Mandy Patinkin), Papa's Angels (starring Scott Bukula, Cynthia Nixon, and Eva Marie Saint), and Sounder. He is the founder of the Boston Shakespeare Company, where he was Artistic Director for seven seasons, directing most of the Shakespeare canon. Awards include: Steinberg New Play Award (first ever recipient two years in a row), multiple Edgerton grants, Helen Hayes Awards, the Joe A. Callaway Award, a Peabody, the WGA Award for Episodic Drama and a Christopher Award, among others.




The Oak Cliff Cultural Center


The Oak Cliff Cultural Center (OCCC) is dedicated to fostering the growth, development, and quality of multicultural arts within the City of Dallas by emphasizing innovative visual and performing arts as well as other multidisciplinary arts events. The Center includes an art gallery and multi-purpose studio, and offers exhibitions, workshops, art, music, and dance classes, summer camps, and cultural festivals for all ages.
OCCC is located next to the historic Texas Theatre on Jefferson Boulevard. It's open Tuesday through Friday from 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM, and on Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
The Oak Cliff Cultural Center is a is a division of the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs and a member of the Dallas Art Dealers Association.


The Latino Cultural Center


The Latino Cultural Center (LCC) hosts more than 300 cultural events a year. In addition to producing and presenting an annual calendar of performing, visual art, and educational programs, the Center offers unique opportunities for artists and cultural organizations to present their work.
The LCC is available for rent to nonprofit organizations that share the Center's mission of promoting Latino art and culture. The Center includes a 300 seat theater, a gallery, sculpture courtyards, a multipurpose room, and a plaza for outdoor events. The LCC opened September 16, 2003 and was designed by Ricardo and Victor Legorreta.
The LCC receives support from the Friends of the LCC, a nonprofit arts organization designed to provide financial support and enhance LCC programming.
The Latino Cultural Center is a division of the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs and a member of the Dallas Art Dealers Association.


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