We are so proud of what YSC member Mara is up to. Mara Richards Bim received her 200-hour teacher training here at YS in 2014 and is a voice coach for current teacher training participants. She is the founder of Cry Havoc, a director, an adjunct faculty member at Eastfield College, and a consultant for Dallas ISD’s Department of Theatre and Dance. For three seasons she managed the education programs at Dallas Theater Center including Project Discovery (2013 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award). Before returning to Texas in 2012, Mara spent 15 years working in NYC theatre including at the nationally recognized New Victory Theater as well as The Joyce Theater and MCC Theater. She also is a NY certified theatre teacher (Pre-K through 12).
Cry Havoc’s most recent production, Shots Fired, was about the Dallas police shooting in 2016.
“Cry Havoc’s teen actors convey as much depth, empathy and emotion as any adult actors onstage in Dallas and likely anywhere. These are kids to watch.” – Dallas Observer
“Never have I seen an audience that wasn’t predominantly white at a theater. Cry Havoc has tapped into something that appeals to different kinds of theatergoers. It is a conversation to be had. There is no agenda to this play, just real voices from the Dallas community.” – Dallas Observer
“Shots Fired, is another remarkable entry from a theater company that only has, with this show, four productions under its belt….That fact that it comes from high school kids says much about Bim’s vision for this company. The city is taking notice; Cry Havoc has only been giving public performances for a year and a half, and has already received its first TACA grant, which is huge.” TheaterJones
- Interview with Mara about the creation of Cry Havoc and Shots Fired.
- Feature in Dallas Morning News
- Feature in American Theatre Magazine:
- Review in Dallas Observer
We invite you to support her amazing cause and the incredible teens involved at their next production which starts this week!
The Great American Sideshow
Opens August 4th and runs through August 12th
created by Cry Havoc Theater Company
In this political allegory, Otto Barron is the new owner of The American Sideshow. Along with the carnival barker Narcissa, he sets out to sow discord and wreak havoc all in the name of making the sideshow great again. The pair convinces some of the carnival performers to embrace Barron’s version of reality. Those who refuse to go along with Barron’s vision begin disappearing until there is no one left who remembers how The Great American Sideshow began or what it once stood for.
All tickets $15. Recommended for middle school and above.
To purchase tickets and for more information visit www.cryhavoctheater.org.