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Rapid-fire dialogue, physical comedy, 1930’s music, Fred and Ginger-style dancing and…boxing? The Eisemann Center presents Trick Boxing: Swingin’ in the Ring on Thursday, February 11,  a romantic rags-to-riches story about beating the odds and spending time wisely.

The performance by Sossy Mechanics, a critically acclaimed theatre and dance company, brings something different to the stage—two actor/dancers and four nutty puppets who play 16 unique characters.

The Sossy artists, Megan McClellan and Brian Sostek, met while touring together with the dance company Joe Chvala and the Flying Foot Forum. Not long after, they began their creative collaboration after having established independent careers in theater, dance, film and television. Their work in dance and movement-based theater has launched them on a course of national and international touring and acclaim.

 The production is presented in partnership with UT Dallas School of Arts and Humanities and thus, McClellan and Sostek will engage with those students during a week-long residency. These activities at the UT Dallas campus will be held from Saturday, Jan. 30 through Friday, Feb. 12 and will conclude with a student workshop performance at the Eisemann Center at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 12.

Trick Boxing: Swingin’ in the Ring

The story of Danny David, a down-on-his-luck apple seller who is deceived into becoming a boxer by a shady hustler and ends up swinging his way to the championship with the aid of a wily dance hall girl named Bella. Written, directed, choreographed and performed in multiple roles by the duo of Megan McClellan and Brian Sostek, Trick Boxing was described as “stuffed with more tricks than a vaudevillian’s trunk” by the Minneapolis Star Tribune.



  • Thursday, February 11, 8 p.m.
  • Friday, February 12, 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 13, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 14, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Where: Bank of America Theatre at Charles W. Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Dr., Richardson, Texas

Cost: $38–45. Purchase online at or call the Eisemann Ticket Office at 972.744.4650.

Sossy Mechanics

A theater and dance company that combines the energetic and charismatic forces of Brian Sostek and Megan McClellan two seasoned creators and performers who happened to meet one day in a dance company.  Their whimsical sensibilities, exacting standards and cinematic aesthetic have earned them an award-winning reputation for creating “clear, brilliant storytelling,” dances that “recall Fred and Ginger at their most playful” and “magic out of just about nothing.”

Colbea Smith

Colbea Smith is a young professional who grew up in Plano and loves the community she will always consider “home”. She is a proud alumna of Texas State University – Go Bobcats! – who spent most...