JUBILEE UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT – The Fort Worth theater company — opening its African-American version of the Stephen Sondheim musical, Company, tonight — has a new managing director, plus a new marketing and operations manager. Stephen Braun was, most recently, the executive director of Tarrant County ACCESS for the Homeless and will be taking over managing duties, while David Hadlock, who’s worked with the Fort Worth Symphony and the Dallas Theater Center, will do the marketing and the operating. Current managing director Kathleen Ware steps down at the end of this month.
RETURNING TO THE MAYBORN – The Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference starts today (though, sorry, registration is closed) with a line-up of leading nonfiction writers including the great Richard Rhodes (The Making of the Atomic Bomb) and Isabel Wilkerson, the Pulitzer Prize-winner for The Warmth of Other Suns. Among all those top-flight talents visiting Grapevine this weekend are a number of high school students from across the country, winners of the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference National Biography Writing Contest. Nancy Churnin catches up with one – a Townview student who’s back for her second time as a winner.
AND SPEAKING OF HIGH SCHOOLERS — Nancy Churnin also writes about the 18-year-olds who will be appearing in the Junior Players Guild’s production of The Taming of the Shrew, opening next week. (Sorry, this one’s behind the pay wall.) They include a young pair with “a long Shakespearean history” together on stage. A long history at 18? They were in A Midsummer Night’s Dream in middle school.