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Acclaimed local actors Kim Tobin and Philip Lehl, founders of Brave Dog Theatre Company, are starting a new group and they want your help choosing a name.

(Art Attack knows from experience that this is a particularly challenging process. Feelings get hurt; fights break out. It isn't pretty.)

According to a press release:

The vision for the new company is to bring to the Houston community a wide range of visionary works. In a desire to bring the highest caliber of acting to the stage, Lehl and Tobin follow the acting techniques and traditions passed on to them by Sanford Meisner and Stella Adler. "We want to reach back to the plays of the past as well as works from the present and bring what we view to be some of the great works of theatre to Houston audiences," Tobin says. "In our desire to bring great plays to the community," Lehl adds, "we also aim to bring exciting new premiere works to our patrons."

And free tickets, too.

Whoever submits the winning name will receive two free tickets to the company's first two productions.

If you're unfamiliar with Tobin and Lehl's work, Tobin runs the Kim Tobin Acting Studio and recently received accolades for her performance in Brave Dog's holiday production of Reckless, and Lehl is a veteran actor who's performed with The Alley, Stages, TUTS, Houston Shakespeare Festival, Main Street and Horse Head Theatre.

Art Attack is definitely excited to hear what the new group has planned.

Now let's just hope they don't name it something stupid like "Hush Puppy Theatre."

Or "Drama Squad."

(All submissions for the new company name must be received by midnight February 14, 2011. The name will be announced February 16th, 2011, along with Lehl and Tobin's selected inaugural production. Name submissions should be sent to nameourtheatrecompany@gmail.com)


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