There is Never a Reference Point
Performance at UTD Feb. 16-19

RICHARDSON, Texas (Feb. 2, 2006) — The story of a woman diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder will serve as the basis for the production There is Never a Reference Point, which will debut at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16.  

The work is based on the writings and watercolors of artist Jamie Dakis.  Thomas Riccio, artistic director of UTD’s media and performance program, StoryLab, is producing the show.

Different from a traditional play, the production is a 35-minute long experience during which attendees will be guided through a presentation featuring Dakis’ various personalities.  A different actor, who will appear in his or her own unique “environment,” will portray each personality.  The environments are an installation work produced by an array of talented local artists, including Titus O’Brien, Ludwig Schwartz, Scott Trent, Kyle Wadsworth and members of the OH6 collective, Polly Perez, Kristen Macy, Timothy Stokes and Shelby Cunningham.  Elicia Brandon and Greta Poulsen will create the video and media backgrounds.  Jeff Stover, UTD’s technical director and a Rabin Award winner, along with Matthew Unkenholz, assistant technical director, will design additional sets and lighting.

Performances will run through Feb. 19 with shows at 7, 7:45, 8:30, and 9:15 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and at 2, 2:45, 3:30 and 4:15 p.m. on Sunday.  All performances are free, but due to adult language and mature content, the production is recommended for adult audiences only.

Additional information about the production can be found at, and more information about StoryLab and Riccio can be found at

For information about the many musical, arts, theatre, dance and other performances and exhibitions held throughout the year at UTD, please call 972-UTD-ARTS (972-883-2787), e-mail [email protected], or visit the School of Arts and Humanities’ Web site at  Persons with disabilities needing special accommodations may call 972-883-2982, Texas Relay Operator: 1-800-RELAYVV.

About UTD

The University of Texas at Dallas, located at the convergence of Richardson, Plano and Dallas in the heart of the complex of major multinational technology corporations known as the Telecom Corridor®, enrolls nearly 14,500 students.  The school’s freshman class traditionally stands at the forefront of Texas state universities in terms of average SAT scores.  The university offers a broad assortment of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs.  For additional information about UTD, please visit the university’s website at