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As the creator and writer of Always...Patsy Cline and the founding artistic director of Stages, I am overwhelmed with great happiness to be back home again with this stellar production of the show that has given so much joy to thousands of people all over America and beyond. (Even now the play is enjoying its second national tour of Australia!). It is so very hard for me to believe that you are experiencing this enduring piece of musical theatre on the very same stage where it came to life in its very first performances.
The year was 1988, and, not surprisingly, it was a very long, hot summer in Houston. The city was in the midst of a severe economic downturn and Stages was barely surviving. Two months before this show opened, the theatre’s air conditioning system had ceased working and performances of our current shows had to be cancelled. It is an understatement to say that it was a very difficult moment in the theatre’s young history (it was our 10th anniversary season). read on...
A unique invitation for Stages patrons!
You're invited to an unforgettable evening of food, wine and conversation at Américas River Oaks as we celebrate Stages Repertory Theatre's production of The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, running May 24 - June 25.
Join Stages Artistic Director Kenn McLaughlin, along with Liberty Valance stars David Matranga, Adam Noble, Josh Morrison and Bree Welch, for an intimate dinner and conversation.
David Cordúa, Executive Chef of Cordúa Restaurants, and Alex Padilla, Executive Chef of the Original Ninfa's on Navigation, will host the evening with a specially designed five-course menu, including wine pairings.
Tuesday, June 6 at 7:00pm
Américas River Oaks
2040 West Gray
The mouth-watering menu includes:
- SALMON TIRADITO - wild scottish salmon, malt onion, soy vinaigrette, scallion paired with Cordua Ave Sauvignon Blanc
- SEARED DIVER SCALLOPS - fresh corn puree, prosciutto & salsify chips, beurre blanc, chive paired with Rombauer read on...
OPEN AUDITIONS FOR HOUSTON ACTORS
Stages Repertory Theatre will hold 2017-2018 Season Auditions for Houston actors are on Thursday, June 1 and Friday, June 2. Auditions are for AEA and non-AEA adult actors, ages 18 and older. Auditions are by appointment only, and may be scheduled beginning Monday, May 22, 2017. Actors should prepare one monologue that is one to three minutes in length and bring a current headshot and resume. No phone calls please.
Thursday, June 1
Friday, June 2
By Appointment Only
Stages Repertory Theatre
3201 Allen Parkway, Suite 101
Houston, TX 77019
To obtain an appointment, e-mail contact information (name, phone number, and indicate whether you are a member of AEA) to firstname.lastname@example.org on or after Monday, May 22, 2017.
Mission Date: 2017-2018.
My favorite movie as a small child was a sci-fi wonder called Fantastic Voyage. In the film, a team of scientists in a submarine-like vessel are shrunk and then injected into the bloodstream of a dying diplomat. Their mission: to eradicate a hideous virus that threatens the man’s life, and by extension, all life on the planet! Along the way they encounter any number of spectacular adventures, including a stunning sequence where they travel through the man’s heart. I must have seen this film 30 times, returning to the theatre over and over again with my brothers. I look back now and I realize the film contains everything I adore in storytelling: suspense, imagination, intelligence, history and a bold eye on the future. And some big surprises, too!
In fact, surprise is my favorite element of storytelling, and I promise that the shows in our 2017-2018 Season will offer many a surprising moment! Channeling the spirit of adventure that has inspired read on...
Full Throttle Professional Theatre Training
The Young Actors Conservatory (YAC) is a unique summer intensive that offers conservatory-style training for Houston-area middle and high school students. Led by recognized theatre professionals, YAC master classes encourage participants to explore every facet of dramatic production.
Using a total immersion method, students develop scripts; create costumes, sets and props; design lights and sound; learn movement and voice techniques; and rehearse and perform roles. Building on what they’ve learned, students focus on a central theme to conceptualize, write, design and perform an original theatre piece, combining the students’ own material with texts taken from the work of well-known writers. The program culminates in a fully realized production of this work at Stages Repertory Theatre. Mark your calendars now and plan on joining us to see all of our talented conservatory participants for FREE!
HIGH SCHOOL YAC
Mondays through Fridays, read on...
WHEN LOVE LIVES NEXT DOOR
Change is difficult for all of us and major transitions in life are never easy. We find they are usually filled with stress, anxiety and, of course, some fear of the unknown. They do, however, become a bit easier when the transition is a path we have chosen for ourselves, instead of having it thrust upon us unexpectedly by outside influences. That is how the story of Elaine Adams and Steve Carroll begins.
In 2013 Elaine and Steve, along with their respective spouses, had signed up for future residency in the new expansion of Brazos Towers at Bayou Manor, where Houston’s savvy seniors move when they seek to turn their retirement into their own “re-inspire-ment”. Their individual goals for the future were the same. Move with their spouses to a community they chose together, while they were still young enough to enjoy the vibrant lifestyle available to them, to a place where they could be comfortable for many years to come. They would also have read on...
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...