Bishop Arts Theatre Center (BATC) is thrilled to announce the regional premiere production of Idris Goodwin’s poignant play, Bars & Measures. The production will be directed by Jiles King II and opens April 14, 2022 through May 1, 2022. Bars & Measures tell the story of two brothers, both musicians.
The classical pianist is Christian. The jazz bassist is Muslim. When Bilal is accused of being a terrorist and jailed awaiting trial, Eric tries to stay connected by pushing aside his own classical aspirations in order to learn big brother's jazz style. Separated by prison bars and religious convictions, the brothers scat and be-bop through their shared language of music. As his brother's trial progresses, Eric becomes disillusioned and struggles to decide if he believes the charges levied against his beloved older brother, or if false accusations make him a beleaguered martyr to a prejudiced, paranoid nation.
The cast is made up of five talented, local artists - Christian Wilson, Marena Riyard, Alexander Johshi, Eric Carter, and Laila Kharrat – under the direction of Jiles King II. Mr. King is an accomplished theater, television & film director and producer. He is the Producing Executive Director of the Urban Arts Collective and dfwblackarts.com where he produces the annual Irma P. Hall Black Theatre Awards, now in its 5th year. Jiles returns to the BATC stage for the fourth time to lead the creative team in this searing production.
The performance will be held in-person at the Bishop Arts Theatre Center located at 215 S. Tyler Street, Dallas, TX 75208. Face masks are encouraged but not required, however, proof of vaccine status is mandatory or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the ticketed show. Covid tests will be made available free of charge. All cast, crew members, staff, and volunteers have been fully vaccinated. For detailed safety protocols, visit BATC’s Safety At The Bishop webpage.
Tickets can be purchased online anytime at www.bishopartstheatre.org or by calling the box office at (214) 948-0716, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Individual tickets range from $18 to $30. Discount tickets are available for groups of 15 or more and may be purchased by calling the box office. Our 2021/2022 season is made possible by the generosity of our sponsors: City of Dallas Office of Arts & Culture, National Endowment for the Arts, Embrey Family Foundation, George & Fay Young Foundation, Eugene McDermott Foundation, Fay Slover Fund (Boston Foundation), TACA, Communities Foundation of Texas, and Dallas Tourism Public Improvement District.
About Bishop Arts Theatre Center (BATC)
Nestled in the heart of Dallas’ Oak Cliff community, the Bishop Arts Theatre Center is an award-winning, multidisciplinary arts organization. Founded in 1993, the mission of the organization is to cultivate a diverse and vibrant arts community committed to social impact while creating opportunities for local and emerging artists to develop new, contemporary, and lasting works that celebrate the diversity and resiliency of our community. BATC offers a full season of in-person and virtual theatre performances, jazz concerts, a speaker series, and year-round arts education programs. Each year, the theatre impacts nearly 35,000 people nationwide.