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I’ve just been asked, yet again, why I elected to work on Driving Miss Daisy – the implication being that the show is a chestnut and we’ve all been there and done that. It is a question I understand in principle. But it is a question based on experiences and assumptions about the piece that are in opposition to my own.
I first encountered the play in 1986 in a fantastic production starring Ellen Burstyn and Bill Cobbs. I was in college in Chicago and I remember I went by myself and I sat dead center in the fourth row at the Briar Street Theatre. As a young acting student, it was life-changing to watch amazingly accomplished actors bring such complex people to life; I actually believe my affinity for understatement in performance was born that night. Beyond my recollection of the actors’ great work, I remember walking back up Halsted Street – at the time a more run-down thoroughfare through Chicago’s heart – filled with a sad pain about ongoing racial divide in America. And for 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!
We're excited, delighted and really quite thrilled to announce our first two shows of the 2013-2014 season! So without further ado, here they are folks, coming soon to a theatre near you (ahem, that's us), our Summer 2013 blockbusters:
Late Nite Catechism Las Vegas: Sister Rolls the Dice
by Maripat Donovan and Marc Silva
Denise Fennell returns as Sister in the latest Late Nite installment.
July 24 - September 1, 2013
The Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps & Gowns
written and created by Roger Bean
A brand new chapter in the Wonderettes story!
Tickets now available for performances
July 10 - August 4, 2013
We've got a limited number of tickets available at regular prices as part of our special announcement pre-sale, but since 'tis the season of giving we've gone one step further and created some dynamite holiday gift packages that will guarantee everyone on your list has a happy holiday! Gift certificates are valid for ANY seat in ANY regular performance read on...
Bloggers, we know that you volunteer your time to pursue your love of writing and of sharing what’s-what around your town (or are you vacationing here? Welcome to H-town, friend!).
At Stages, we want to include many people in the dialogue about how and why we make art, and tha'ts why we're so excited to launch a new initiative to help you, our blogger-friends, have access to the work we do on stage. We also know that you have an impact on your readership, and how social media has changed the landscape of how we all communicate (wait…I guess that’s been happening for a while…), so we want to provide you with some information and an incentive to join us at the theatre, then continue the dialogue when you go home (or anyway, lights out and ya can't stay here).
Here at the theatre, our patrons are invited to participate in post-show dialogues with the artistic team on the first Sunday matinee of each MainStage show – see a show, have a chat, grab dinner with friends = perfect! We read on...