Tales of an unhappy man

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Robert Linder, left, plays the role of Henry in “Carter Stubbs Takes Flight.” Kasey Tackett plays the title role in the play, a commissioned work by Denton’s Sundown Collaborative Theatre. The play opens in one week, runs for two weekends in Denton, and closes in Dallas.
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Sundown premieres fresh play,‘Stubbs,’ by TWU alum

Sundown Collaborative Theatre, Denton’s busiest indie theater company, will open its upcoming show April 11.

Sundown Collaborative commissioned Carter Stubbs Takes Flight from Dallas writer Brad McEntire. The play finds Carter Stubbs in the quicksand of good old American ennui. He’s unhappy. His wife is unhappy. And Stubbs’ job isn’t the height of excitement either. When a handful of misfortunes hit at once, Stubbs opens the escape hatch. He lands on a strange Pacific island, where he can examine his true nature without being molested by the obligations of gainful employment or the happily-ever-afters promised by tradition. The play comes to the crucial question: Can Carter Stubbs make a new life?

Tashina Richardson directs.

McEntire gathered his theater education from the College of Santa Fe in New Mexico before venturing to Denton, where he earned a degree in playwrighting at Texas Woman’s University. He’s a familiar face in the North Texas theater scene, as the founding artistic director of Audacity Productions from 1999 to 2006. He’s now the artistic director of Audacity Theatre Lab, a post he’s held since 2008.

— Lucinda Breeding

CARTER STUBBS TAKES FLIGHT

Who: Sundown Collaborative Theatre

What: a fable by Brad McEntire

When: 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, April 11-13, 8 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, April 18-21, and 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, April 25-27

Where: April 11-13 and April 18-21 performances are at Green Space Arts Collective, 529 Malone. April 25-27 performances are at Nouveau 47, 1121 1st Ave. in Dallas.

How much: $10 for adults, $8 for students and senior citizens. For reservations, call 940-220-9302. Rated R for mature themes and strong language.

 


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