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I first read Who Am I This Time? (& Other Conundrums of Love) in March of 2015, the day after Stages’ production of Aaron Posner’s play Stupid F**king Bird closed. I was driving Aaron to the airport, during which time he literally sent me the script for Who Am I? from his phone. I read it that afternoon on my kindle - I too on a plane going somewhere. What struck me powerfully in that moment was the fascinating juxtaposition of the two plays, which were written back-to-back. Bird is a powerful, angry play about the failures of theatre to impact the world, and Who Am I? is a sweet love letter to the theatre and its magical power to move us deeply - sometimes in ways we can't understand. Taken as a set, the plays are exact opposites of each other - a mirror of a mirror if you will. I loved Who Am I? immediately and I wanted to produce it right away, but by that time the season for last year was set so it took until now to bring it to life.
It is important to note that two years have read on...
Conundrum— that’s quite a mouthful! Merriam-Webster defines it as, “a seemingly unanswerable question,” while the OED adds, “a paradoxical, insoluble and enigmatic problem.” Our Narrator will soon tell you, “Our subject tonight…is love.” What better word then, to describe our topic? Not only does it describe the dilemma of defining the indescribable magic of “love,” but it captures perfectly the more perplexing
dilemma of our story, which deals with finding the balance between our expectations of love while remaining open to the unexpected.
Although love takes many forms, we’ll be focusing predominantly on romantic love. Aaron Posner, the playwright, has cleverly crafted his play, interweaving three short stories by Kurt Vonnegut, which explore different stages of love, starting with the first blush of love, followed by its breathless lusty aspects and ending with the mature love of a long-term marriage. Vonnegut wrote, “I read once that the ancient Egyptians had fifty words read on...
Something to Talk About
For a limited time, Stages once again offers the "Get Talking" series:
A series of 3 fascinating new plays that are sure to wake you up, shake you up and get you talking!
Showcasing some of today's most exciting playwrights - distinctive new voice Elizabeth Irwin, award-winning Rebecca Gilman and rising star Jethro Compton - the plays in our Get Talking series open up a world of possibilities for conversation and consideration and give you a taste of what's happening at the forefront of American Theatre. These are shows to debate with friends, so round up a lively group and get talking!
3-PLAY Get Talking Package* - $60
For a limited time only, you can get tickets for our full "Get Talking" series (includes My Mañana Comes and Luna Gale and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance) for just $60! This is a great deal - you save up to 49% off single ticket prices!
*Good for standard and economy seats and cannot be combined with other offers. Offer expires February 28, 2017.
The newest Honky Tonk Angel, Christina Edwards Wells (Charilee Chess), fills us in on everything that makes her tick!
Full given name: Christina Frances Edwards Wells
Hometown: Pasadena, Texas
Zodiac sign: Sagitarius - December baby
Audition song: "His Eye is On the Sparrow"
Special skills: I speak Spanish, I type over 80 words per minute and I can restart your heart if it stops beating.
First Broadway show ever saw: I won tickets on 99.1 FM when i was 16 years old and I went to see South Pacific right here in Houston. The most amazing memory because I didn't feel like an audience member... the entire time I kept thinking " I need to do this".
Favorite show tune: "I'm the Greatest Star" from Funny Girl
Most played song on your iPod: All the music from Honky Tonk!!
One CD you couldn't live without: The soundtrack to the The Bodyguard #longlivewhitney
Last book you read: Rapid Interpretation for EKG's
Must-see TV show: Friends!!!
Last good movie you saw: The Danish read on...
Over the past year, with the leadership of the Board of Directors, Stages has begun implementation of a visionary new plan that seeks to make critical investments in Houston's theatre community creating a more robust ecosystem for artists and audiences to thrive. Staging our Future will transform our community and invigorate Stages' mission of advancing theatre and enlivening community to make a more vibrant Houston. Philanthropic support from individuals like you and Houston's generous foundation and corporate community makes this possible!
As we enter the holiday season, a time of giving, please consider pledging your support to Stages’ Giving Tuesday campaign. Tuesday, November 29, is Giving Tuesday, a National Day of Giving that follows Black Friday and Cyber Monday. After a tremendously successful Giving Tuesday last year, Stages is launching a campaign this year to raise $10,000 in support of the regional premiere production of The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, opening in read on...
Carolyn Johnson, director of Panto Wonderful Wizard, chats about all things Panto and Stages!
Carolyn, you're a Panto pro at this point! What do you love about Panto?
I love that there is a particularly direct exchange of energy with the audience in a Panto. In more traditional theatre, you don't often get to engage audience members and allow their input to significantly shape a performance. In addition, Pantos are, simply, pure exuberant fun. I love so many genres of theatre and the fact that, as an artist, you can make people think, or consider an alternate reality, right from the safety of their seat. But there's nothing like just making people laugh. We may slip in a more serious idea or two, but for the most part, Panto is about tapping into the kid in each of us, reminding us what it's like to just let go and enjoy. I rarely laugh more than when I'm involved with a Panto -- whether I'm onstage or in the rehearsal room.
Why is Panto important?
There are so many read on...
As The Marvelous Wonderettes: Dream On enters its final week, Christina Stroup (Betty Jean aka "The Purle One") sat down and shares all the facts about her that you've been dying to know!
Christina Stroup in The Marvelous Wonderettes: Dream On. Photo by Bruce Bennett.
Full given name: Christina Michelle Stroup
Hometown: George Town, Grand Cayman
Zodiac sign: Pisces
Audition song: "Alone" by Heart, "Lights" by Journey, or "The World Goes Round" by Kander and Ebb.
Special skills: Impersonations (if you saw Panto Snow Queen last year, you saw my Celine Dion), whistle tones.
First Broadway show ever saw: Fosse
Favorite show tune: "Stay With Me", from Into the Woods
Most played song on your iPod: "You Matter To Me" - Sara Bareilles and Jason Mraz
One CD you couldn't live without: Any Sara Bareilles or Celine Dion album.
Last book you read: The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron
Must-see TV show: read on...
On a recent trip to Rotterdam, I was discouraged to learn that a world-renowned Cathedral was closed to the public on the one day I would be in the city. A kindly docent attempted to lift my spirits with tales of other important sites and she mentioned a place she loved as a little girl. She told me she hadn’t been to the place in forty years, that she remembered riding her bike there as a child, and that she didn’t even quite know how you got there any more – or if there was any “there” left at all. But I was intrigued enough by her whimsical memories to set off without any map in the general direction of Delphs Harbor.
It was a warm day and the city was bustling, crowded café conversations filling every street. I walked picturesque blocks and blocks that are likely never photographed. I went through a Chinatown, a Little India, Little Ireland. I passed a flock of rainbow flags and big seats of government. I walked along canals, past large public art displays and I stopped once read on...