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Houstons Main Street Theatre Announces 2021 and 2022 Season

Main Street Theater in Houston has an audience of curious, intelligent people hungry for theater that takes them beyond the ordinary.

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Houstons Main Street Theatre Announces 2021 and 2022 Season
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Houstonand#39;s Main Street Theater, conveniently located  on Times Blvd. in Rice Village and as art of the Midtown Arts andamp; Theater Center on Main Street, provides some of the best theater experiences for all ages. Founded in 1975, Main Street Theaterand#39;s MainStage produces professional, intimate, literary plays for adults; its Theater for Youth produces professional, engaging productions based on children’s literature for families and school groups, both in-house and on tour around Texas; and they offer Education and Outreach programs on-site and at satellite locations around the Greater Houston area for youth aged 4 – high school. 

Main Street Theater has an audience of curious, intelligent people hungry for theater that takes them beyond the ordinary. Theyand#39;ve also introduced over a million children to the thrill of live performance andamp; shown countless more the rewards of making theater themselves.

Main Street Theater has announced their Mainstage season for 2021 and the beginning of 2022. The performances are as follows:
March 27 to April 18 - DOG ACT - By Liz Duffy Adams 
The post-apocalyptic wilderness was never funnier! Follow the adventures of Zetta Stone, a traveling performer, and her companion Dog (a young man undergoing a voluntary species demotion) as they wander through the former northeastern United States. Zetta, Dog and their little vaudevillesque troupe are on their way to a gig in China, assuming they can find it. A theatrical, darkly comic variation on the classic doomsday genre that hysterically and poignantly celebrates the need for language and stories when civilization has fallen into chaos. Recommended for mature audiences due to profanity, violence, and adult situations. Houston audiences will have a wonderful opportunity to sample Liz Duffy Adams’ work when the Alley Theatre offers the world premiere of her newest play, Born with Teeth, around the same time as Main Street’s production of Dog Act. For more information and tickets, check out the event page here

“Peppered with astonishing and exhilarating eruptions of storytelling and wondrous plays within the play.” —San Francisco Chronicle “Liz Duffy Adams has a few tricks that put her a notch above your average Brechtswept wasteland: A genuinely crystalline ear for rough, poetic dialogue; a handful of simple, honest themes — possibilities for kindness in a savage world, guilt as a luxury and a form of selfishness — in lieu of sprawling world-building…” —New York Magazine

 

May 15 to June 13, 2021 // Previews: May 9, 13, andamp; 14
MASTER CLASS - By Terrence McNally
Directed by Andrew Ruthven
Inspired by a series of master classes the great diva conducted at Juilliard toward the end of her career, this fiery drama puts Maria Callas at center stage again as she coaxes, prods, and inspires students—”victims” as she calls them—into giving the performances of their lives while revealing her own. As she slips off into memories, we experience her days at La Scala, her marriage to Meneghini, and her great doomed love for Aristotle Onassis. But the dazzling theatricality comes from Callas’ emotional explosions, her cutting wit, and the soaring music as each student sings an aria that exposes the Divina’s vulnerabilities … and her genius. For more information and tickets, check out the event page here

 

July 17 to August 8
THE REAL INSPECTOR HOUND - By Tom Stoppard
Attending the premiere of a new murder mystery, two feuding theater critics soon find themselves drawn into the play-within-a-play! In the hilarious spoof of Agatha Christie-style mysteries that follows, the mists roll in around isolated Muldoon Manor, and the critics become implicated in the lethal activities of an escaped madman. It’s brilliant comedy as only Tom Stoppard can do!

“The Real Inspector Hound is an exceedingly clever lampoon, sharply in focus…” —The New York Times “What absurd fun Tom Stoppard created when he let fantasies run wild.” —Evening Standard “Witty and delicious parody of the fog bound whodunit.” —Guardian “A tour de force of theatrical metaphysics.” —Daily Mail “A masterpiece…. Stoppard mines murder mystery conventions and strikes gold.” —Independent on Sunday

For more information and tickets, check out the event page here

 

Fall 2021 (Dates to be announced)
DARWIN IN MALIBU - Regional Premiere - By Crispin Whittell
Malibu, California. The present. One hundred and twenty years after his death, Charles Darwin (‘the Devil’s Chaplain’) is hanging out at a beach house overlooking the Pacific with a girl young enough to be his daughter. His peace is rudely disrupted when his old friend Thomas Huxley (‘the Devil’s Disciple’) washes up on the beach, closely followed by the Bishop of Oxford, Samuel Wilberforce. These three find themselves entangled in an enthralling and thought-provoking comedy about God, science — and plastic surgery.

“A hoot and a half…Wonderfully entertaining.” —Financial Times (London). “Fiercely intelligent…an exceptionally spry play with big ideas and a big heart. You should see it—not just because it’s there, but because we are here.” —Guardian (London)
For more information and tickets, check out the event page here

 

February 2022
MOTHER OF THE MAID - Regional Premiere - By Jane Anderson

In this riveting new play, Jane Anderson reimagines Joan of Arc’s epic tale through the eyes of her mother. Isabelle Arc is a sensible, hard-working, God-fearing woman. Her headstrong daughter, on the other hand, communes with Saint Catherine, wears men’s clothing, and prepares to lead the French army into battle. Motherhood in the fifteenth century isn’t easy! Isabelle closely follows the baffling yet awe-inspiring journey of her curious, extraordinary daughter. Isabelle remains steadfast in her love and presence for daughter to the end, facing her own fears and doubts about her own faith along the way.

“…the quietly piercing, luminous new play…” —New York Stage Review “Full of Discovery. Powerful and Stunning” —New York Magazine “Witty and Piercing. Jane Anderson perfectly melds comedy and drama.” —Daily Beast
For more information and tickets, check out the event page here


Main Street Theater – Rice Village
2540 Times Blvd. Houston, Texas 77005
(713) 524-6706

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January 31, 2021
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