Beat the heat and find a seat in these theatres in June!
Ten Ways on a Gun
by Dylan Lamb
Based on The Ballad of Tommy Freely conceived by Jessica Person & The Soul Motion Architects
Preview, June 23-25 @ 8pm
Opening, Sunday, June 26 @ 3pm
Industry Night, June 27 @ 8pm
Thursdays-Saturdays @ 8pm
Saturday Matinees @ 3pm
thru July 9th
Tommy Freely, a troubled Brooklynite, buys a gun (online) in an attempt to regain control over his life; but before he can get that sweet, sweet release his girlfriend FREAKS. Desperate, Tommy opts to “timeshare” the gun with his deadbeat coworkers at his dead-end telemarketing job. The result? Tragically hilarious calamity. Meanwhile, Jessica Person, the floundering director of The Soul Motion Architects theatre and dance ensemble, catches wind of Tommy’s plight. Desperate for a breakthrough performance, she pursues his story at all costs. The result? Tragically hilarious calamity. This is a play, about Jessica’s play, about Tommy’s story, about that gun. The results remain to be seen…
For tickets and more information visit Landing Theatre Company.
SILENCE!, the Musical
Music and Lyrics by Jon Kaplan and Al Kaplan
Book by Hunter Bell
Direction by Chris Patton
Music Direction by Eduardo Guzman
Choreography by Eric Dano
Stage Management by Lauren Hainley
June 9, 10, 11, 13, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25 at 8pm and June 19 at 3pm
The Houston Premiere of SILENCE!
All seats are reserved and assigned. Tickets are $37.50, Senior and student reserved seating is $32.50 and groups of 6 or more reserved seating is $27.50
“Silence is Golden. In the same way that “Book of Mormon” shocks audience members out of their seats with songs that push the envelope, “Silence!” knocks it out of the park with numbers that pay tribute to moments in the film” – New York Post
“Hilarious takedown! Makes those naughty ditties in The Book of Mormon seem like trunk songs dropped from The Sound of Music” – New York Times
For ticket and more information visit Obsidian Theatre.
A PARTY WITH NO AGENDA: A PERFORMANCE BY SONDRA PERRY
Friday June 17th, 7PM MATCH HOUSTON- Matchbox 4
In episode 17, Season 27 of The Simpsons, after Mr. Burns’s continued refusal to acknowledge the hard work and affection of Smithers, his right hand man, Homer throws a party inviting the gay men of Springfield in hopes of finding Smithers a boyfriend. A banner welcoming the guests reads ‘A Party With No Agenda.’ In this directly indirect wink and a nudge of a performance, Perry and the audience will work through how ideology, didacticism, and abstraction are visualized through bodies and popular culture.
A Party With No Agenda is presented in conjunction with the exhibition SHEILA PEPE invites SONDRA PERRY – Put me down Gently: A Cooler Place + I’m Afraid I Can’t Do That. The exhibition is a commissioned installation by Sheila Pepe that serves as an open meeting space and platform for several events, including a video installation by MFAH Core Fellow Sondra Perry. With an interest in carving out space within solo exhibitions for young artists, Pepe invited Perry, working in video and performance, to respond to her augmented reinstallation of Put me down Gently, 2015. Each artist worked autonomously, yet their projects were hinged by shared resources, the color blue and an investment in improvisation within institutional frameworks. The exhibition evolved and two installations emerged – tethered to each other by ongoing conversations on craft, class, race, place and screens of projection.
For FREE tickets and more information visit MATCH Houston
MAIN STREET THEATER
SHREK THE MUSICAL
JUNE 18th – JULY 31st
Main Street Theater Box Office:(713) 524-6706
Based on the DreamWorks
Animation Motion Picture and
the book by William Steig
Book and Lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire
Music by Jeanine Tesori
Directed by Jimmy Phillips
Music Direction by Steven Jones
Join us in the summer of 2016 for the wildly popular musical, Shrek, the story of a swamp-dwelling ogre and his silly donkey who fight a fearsome dragon, rescue a feisty princess, and learn that real friendship and true love aren’t just for fairy tales!
Recommended for Pre-Kindergarten and up.
Children under the age of 3 (including sleeping babies) are not allowed in the theater.
For tickets and more information visit Main Street Theatre or MATCH Houston.
JUNE 3 THROUGH JULY 3
BY GARSON KANIN
DIRECTED BY JONATHAN MOSCONE
SUITABLE FOR GENERAL AUDIENCES.
The play is a great American comedy about politics and the power of female persuasion. Set in one of the finest hotels in Washington D.C., Born Yesterday tells the story of Harry Brock, a hot-tempered and corrupt tycoon, and Billie Dawn, his ex-showgirl mistress as they navigate the Washington political scene. Billie, possessing a brash and over-the-top personality, gets an extreme makeover from a political reporter hired by her bullying boyfriend. She receives more than a history lesson when she learns what Harry really is and what he wants. Born Yesterday is a delicious screwball classic.
Join us for programs that connect you with other theatre lovers, our artists, and what is on stage on a whole new way:
June 5: $10 Tix
June 5: Captioned Performance
June 11 & 14: Artist TalkBack
June 16: ActOUT
June 19: Audio Described Performance
For tickets and more information visit Alley Theatre.
Wordsmyth Theatre Co. Presents Views on Race
Wordsmyth Theatre Co., in association with the Dramatists Guild and hosted by Stages Repertory Theatre, present Views on Race: a series of staged readings about race by three Houston playwrights.
June 10th – June 12th
Complaint Box and/or Good Times by Abby Knoenig
When an unexpected guest visits their beach house, three estranged sisters – who have come together to clean it out – are forced to confront their sense of identity and their relationship to race.
All the Dying Voices by Reginald Edmunds
A black teenage boy is found hanging from a swing set and protesters are convinced that a white cop lynched him. A young black up-and-coming district attorney must resolve the case before a fast-approaching mayoral election.
Rebel Yell by Ted Swindley
Set against the backdrop of a Civil War Confederate veterans’ home in 1920, Rebel Yell tells a shocking story about racism in the Jim Crow South. Caught between his white supremacist grandfather and his liberal, anti-racist father, a young man is forced to choose between the two most important men in his life with devastating results.
For tickets and more information visit Stages Theatre.
Museum of Dysfunction VIII:A Showcase of Original Shorts
June 23 – 25, 2016 (Group I)
June 30 – July 2, 2016 (Group II)
All shows are at 8:00pm
Pay-What-You-Can, $10 suggested admission
Studio 101, 1824 Spring Street, Houston, TX 77007
WARNING: Some adult situations and language
Mildred’s Umbrella Theatre Company and Wordsmyth Theatre proudly present Museum of Dysfunction VIII: A Showcase of Shorts. Now in its eighth year, this annual short play festival features new pieces by playwrights from across the nation and produced by the professional actors and designers in the Mildred’s Umbrella Company. With over 200 submissions this year, only the top nineteen will be produced over two consecutive weekends. The first group of nine plays will run June 23 – 25 and the second group of ten will run June 30 – July 2.
“We love bringing new voices to Houston,” says MU Artistic Director Jennifer Decker, “and each year we get to pack in a bunch of them into two weekends. It’s a little chaotic and crazy, but it’s fun in the end.” The plays touch on several topics but all stay within the Mildred’s Umbrella aesthetic of quirky, dark, and edgy. Each play runs under fifteen minutes and features a minimal set, cast, and technical requirements to highlight the scripts’ strengths.
Featured amongst the playwrights are several local faces, including Emily Neves, Helen Stewart, Brandy Reichenberger, Warren Holleman, and Hannah Wolfe, a student the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Other playwrights whose work was selected are: Shannon Murdoch, Olivia Dawson, Connie Schindewolf, LH Grant, Jack Gilhooley, James McClindon, Alyson Mead, Jason Rainey, Arthur M. Jolly, Tom Coash, Philip Kaplan, Carl Williams, and Suzanne Bailie. The plays will be directed by MU company members Bree Bridger, Rod Todd, Ron Reeder, Jennifer Decker, and Lisa Villegas, with local artists Ananka Kohnitz, Adriana Dominguez, and Peter Ton rounding out the directors’ roster.
For tickets and more information visit Mildred’s Umbrella Theatre Company.
Fade to Black
June 16th – June 18th
Shabach Enterprise (a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization) presents Fade To Black: Houston’s first play festival ever to showcase the new works of African American playwrights!
Each year we select the plays of ten finalists from around the U.S. and produced them before a live audience. On the last day of the festival, a grand prize winning playwright (chosen by audience votes) will be announced.
2016 Finalists are:
Tina Burnside, Minneapolis, MN. – “JUST A ROPE?”
Director: Dabrina Sandifer
Kim El, Pittsburgh, PA. – “OF NINE TALES”
Director: Sharna Shirl
Joe A. Lewis, Silver Spring, MD. – “GREATER GOOD”
Director: Errol Anthony Wilks
Russell Nichols, Vallejo, CA. – “THERE ONCE WAS A JACK IN THE BOX: A MAD SCIENTIST’S LAMENT”
Director: Ezekiel Morgan
Angela Y. Rice, Houston, TX. – “A CHILD SHALL LEAD THEM”
Director: Yvonne Phillips-Dupree
Anthony Roberts, Brooklyn, NY. – “THE KISS OF AUSET”
Director: Freddie Buckner
Stacey Rose, Bronx, NY. – “SUMMER ’89 PRELUDE”
Director: Norma J. Thomas
Dana Stringer, Atlanta, GA. – “LOOTER”
Director: Erika Walton
Caron Tate, Los Angeles, CA. – “SPELLCHECK”
Director: Kelvin Douglas
Marlow Wyatt, Los Angeles, CA. – “SWEETIE’S CONFESSION”
Director: Tonyai Palmer
Winner receives a cash prize!
For tickets and more information visit Fade to Black