Alysssa Gardner, Calvin Scott Roberts (front), Janelle Lutz, Seth Womack, and Linda Leonard star in WaterTower Theatre's Creep. Photo by Kelsey Leigh Ervi.

A Victorian Creep Show Premieres at WaterTower Theatre

A new Dallas musical about a legendary London menace.

The homegrown musical that kicks off WaterTower Theatre’s season took its creator, Donald Fowler, six years to produce. It began when, while noodling on his Casio keyboard, he realized that he was writing about a famous serial killer. Sort of.

“It is my own tale, told within what we think we know about Jack the Ripper,” Fowler says. After a staged reading at WaterTower’s Out of the Loop Fringe Festival in 2010, it took another five years of writing and rewriting in earnest to see a full production.

Creep is a bloody, percussion-heavy thriller that Fowler says is “period, but pushed forward” to convey the idea that the social and moral quandaries that plagued the Victorian era still persist.

GO SEE IT
Creep
Oct. 2-25
WaterTower Theatre at Addison Theatre Centre
15650 Addison Rd., Addison, TX 75001

A version of this article appears in the October issue of D Magazine.

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