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If you're a 2014-2015 subscriber or Impresario, you may already have received your renewal information for 2015-2016 -- and if you haven't, rest assured that it's on its way to you! Of course you can always renew by phone, fax, mail or in person, but you can also do it easily (and at any hour) with this simple, secure online form.
And if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 713.527.0123!
Not currently a subscriber, but looking for information on our new season or interested in a new subscription or Impresario membership? Stay tuned this month for updates via our website and email list!
I program a season much like the construction of a great play. Thus, we open big, take some twists and turns along the way, pause somewhere in the middle to reflect more intimately on some core themes, and finish with a huge finale that seeks to create a larger context for everything we’ve done. The entire 2014-2015 season has been about great risk and great courage. Every play this year has asked us to dare and to trust. With Mack and Mabel, we risk more and reach farther than we ever have. And at this very moment, we are preparing the show to be performed in Houston for the first time in more than 20 years.
In the midst of our tech process, I am filled with emotions as we craft, shape and challenge ourselves to bring the play alive. And while the complexity of the production is staggering at times, the dominant emotion I feel is joy. There read on...
“I cannot explain it…The music is so true to the works we know by the great composers that she would have to be the most fantastic expert on every branch of music to even try and make it up. There are some things we cannot explain. This is one of them.”
- Malcolm Troup, professor at the London Guildhall School of Music
Born in 1916, Rosemary Brown believed from early childhood that she was in contact with the spirits of dead composers, who eventually dictated their unfinished works to her. She became a media sensation in the 1970s, and published three books about her experiences, as well as copious musical compositions. The veracity of her claims has been debated by musical and psychological experts, many of whom point to the "substandard" nature of the compositions as proof that they are false. Some believers, on the other hand, suggest that any flaws are due to issues with communication from the Great Beyond. The blog Strange Company sums up the latter opinions:
"...skeptics have never convincingly explained how a woman with only a handful of childhood piano lessons, a disinterest in classical works, and a general musical inaptitude was able to compose these works at all."
In the end, whatever the truth or fiction of Rosemary's claims, her story provides ample inspiration for The Spiritualist, Robert Ford's self-described mix of "music, intrigue, comedy and theatricality" - with a hint of a love story thrown in for good measure.
As 2015 begins, we're excited to take that "repertory" part of our name to the max by presenting two complementary works performed in the same theater on alternating days. The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe and Character Man will utilize the same design team and share essential technical elements, yet the theatre will be transformed from one night to the next to create a unique environment for each piece.
Both one-person tour-de-force performances, the plays tell very different stories but share a common thematic thread. Taken together, they invite audiences into adventures of the theatrical imagination created by two truly extraordinary performers, neither of whom might usually be considered a lead actor. Character Man is a paean to these often unsung heroes who create the background and foundation for the main story, adding texture, nuance and contrast to the central events. And in many ways, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe is read on...
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO US!
Like Santa's elves, we've worked long and hard behind the scenes on THIS surprise... and lo and behold, Christmas came early for the Stages family and friends this year!
We are overjoyed to announce that on December 19 we completed the purchase of our longtime residence at 3201 Allen Parkway from the City of Houston. We officially own our home! We are immensely grateful to all our advocates and supporters, past and present, who helped make this achievement possible. And this is just the beginning - stay tuned in the New Year for more news about the future of Stages Repertory Theatre!
Season tickets are still available for our 2014-2015 season!
Yes, a couple of shows have already come and gone, but we are happy to either pro-rate your new subscription OR substitute tickets to another show of your choice.
A season subscription gets you cool benefits like:
- Locked-in low prices
- Flexible scheduling
- Free ticket exchanges
- Priority seating
- Discounts for guests
More than that, when you become a subscriber, your commitment plays a vital part in helping us make art. Your investment makes Houston a better place! Go ahead, give yourself a pat on the back. You’re a Stages Star!
MainStage subscription - 6 tickets, $210
All In subscription - 12 tickets, $360
We are thrilled to announce that even our additional performances of David Adjmi's Marie Antoinette have officially sold out!
We hope you got to experience this incredible production - we'll be sad to see it go. Here's a quick look at Marie for posterity:
THE COMPLETE PACKAGE: DINNER & A SHOW
This package includes your ticket to one of our summer shows (Pete 'n' Keely or Full Gallop) AND a delicious three-course meal at Tony Mandola's Gulf Coast Kitchen, which is just up the street from Stages.
Purchase though the Stages box ofice and we'll set up your restaurant reservation - you just show up and enjoy!
$75 TOTAL PER PERSON *
To reserve, email email@example.com or call 713.527.0123.
* Does not include tax or gratuity. Price for Full Gallop Salon Seating is $80.