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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...
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.
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...
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...
OPEN AUDITIONS FOR HOUSTON ACTORS
Stages Repertory Theatre will hold 2016-2017 Season Auditions for Houston actors are on Thursday, May 26 and Friday, May 27. 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 16, 2016. 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, May 26
Friday, May 27
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 16, 2016.
Every moment of your life is an amalgam of innumerable choices: choices you have made, choices that others have made for you, and choices that rise from the ceaseless motion of the universe. The very act of reading this brief letter rises from such a confluence of choices. You stand right now at the busy intersection of what to do, what will happen and what can be. And you are not alone there. Plays, as the reflection of our lives, are built from a conspiracy of choices. The characters in a play interact with each other and the world through the choices they make—scene by scene, moment by moment. And we, the audience, witness the consequences of those choices with a desire to understand ourselves and others more fully. This is the bold ambition of great theatre.
Our 2016-2017 Season shines a light on these defining moments. Take, for example, De Kus (The Kiss) a bold Dutch play about two strangers who decide to walk together in the darkening woods. Or consider a pair of young read on...