Houston, TX 77002
The Alley Theatre, founded in 1947 by pioneering educator Nina Vance, is a professional resident theatre company. Recipient of the 1996 Special Tony Award, the Alley performs year-round in its two-theatre complex at home in downtown Houston, and has toured 40 American cities and abroad.
Nine towers and open-air terraces give the Alley Theatre a castle-like quality. Inside, a beautiful staircase spirals from the entrance vestibule to the second-floor lobby. The theatre includes two stages: the Hubbard Stage and the Neuhaus Arena Stage, seating 824 and 296 respectively.
The Alley Theatre plans to break ground on its $46.5 million renovations in summer 2014, and to do so, it will move its 2014-15 season to the University of Houston campus.
All performances for the 2014-2015 season will be staged at UH’s Wortham Theatre, a 565-seat venue located just off Cullen Boulevard on UH’s main campus inside the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts building.
Alley Theatre Schedule
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (May 23 to Jun. 15, 2014)
The irresistible new comedy by Christopher Durang, won both the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play and the Drama Desk Award, and is currently a smash-hit on Broadway. Vanya and his sister Sonia live a quiet life in the farmhouse where they grew up. But their sister Masha escaped many years ago and became a famous movie star! When Masha returns unannounced with her 20-something boy toy, Spike, so begins an unforgettable weekend of rivalry, regret, and generally hilarious racket. By the end of their impromptu family reunion, this lovable bunch won’t ever be the same.
Good People (May 30 to Jun. 29, 2014)
Nominated for a 2011 Tony Award for Best Play, Good People is a funny, tough and tender story about the insurmountable class divide. When Margie Walsh loses her job at a South Boston dollar store, she reaches out to her old flame Mike, a neighborhood boy who escaped and became a successful doctor. Margie's attempt to hit Mike up for a job takes on a surprising twist when she realizes the power a secret from Mike's past holds. From Pulitzer Prize-winner David Lindsay-Abaire, Good People looks at the extraordinary consequences of choosing to hold on to the past or leave it behind. “Thoroughly absorbing ... Good People is good stuff” (Variety) and one of the finest new American plays.
The Good Woman of Setzuan (May 30 to Jun. 29, 2014)
Can we practice goodness and create a world to sustain it? In Brecht’s comic, intriguing epic play, this question is raised by one of his most entertaining characters, Shen Teh, the good-hearted, penniless prostitute who is forced to disguise herself as a savvy businessman named Shui Ta to master the ruthlessness needed to be a “good person” in a brutal world. Recommended for mature audiences.
The Hollow (Jul. 5 to Aug. 4, 2014)
A weekend gathering at The Hollow family estate of Lady Lucy and Sir Henry Angkatell explodes in the murder of one of their guests, physician John Cristow. When the good doctor is found shot, almost everyone is suspect with opportunity and motive including his dim but loyal wife, his current mistress, and his ex-mistress, who lives on a neighboring estate. Don’t miss this classic Christie whodunit filled with brilliantly eccentric characters. Recommended for general audiences.
The Old Friends (Aug. 15 to Sep. 7, 2014)
By award-winning Texas playwright Horton Foote, The Old Friends is called “transcendent” by the New York Post, named the “critic’s pick” by The New York Times and given “five stars” by Bloomberg. Matriarch Mamie Borden and the remaining members of two longtime Texas farming families await a visit from Mamie's son Hugo and his wife Sybil. When Sybil arrives with alarming news, old friends on opposing sides must confront the issues surrounding legacy, loyalty, and the meaning of happiness that have hounded them for generations. Elizabeth Ashley and Hallie Foote (Dividing the Estate, 2011) are in this production helmed by Michael Wilson, director of the Alley’s acclaimed productions of Horton Foote's Dividing the Estate, The Trip to Bountiful, and The Carpetbagger’s Children. The Old Friends is an absorbing and vital chapter in Foote's beloved, distinctly American body of work. Contains mature themes.
Dracula, The Original Vampire Play (Oct. 3 to Nov. 2, 2014)
Featuring iconic costume and set designs by Edward Gorey, The Alley’s production is based on the original 1927 Broadway adaptation of the classic thriller that marvelously balances the menace of the horror tale with sophisticated satire. Alley Theatre Resident Company members Jay Sullivan, Jeffrey Bean and James Black lead the cast. Suitable for general audiences.
A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas (Nov. 21 to Dec. 24, 2014)
Houston's seasonal favorite the Houston Press described as having "Spectacular London sets ... the inimitable Dickens' tale - spiced with the usual fog and an unusual twist on the ghosts past, present and future." A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas follows Ebenezer Scrooge's journey with the three ghostly spirits that visit him on Christmas Eve. A Christmas Carol instills a powerful message about redemption and the spirit of the holiday season. Suitable for general audiences.
As You Like It (Jan. 9 to Feb. 8, 2015)
“All the world’s a stage” for this play about romance, mistaken identity and passionate adventures. One of Shakespeare’s greatest comedies, As You Like It traces the separate and intertwining journeys of Rosalind and Orlando, who have each been banished from their home and family. Independently, they each set out with a faithful friend and loyal servant and make their way through the dark Forest of Arden where Rosalind’s father had previously been banished. Rosalind is disguised as the boy Ganymede, when she meets up with Orlando deep in the forest. Lovers discover lovers, fathers find daughters, brothers reclaim brothers, people are changed and evil is converted in this delightful story of love. Suitable for general audiences.
All My Sons (Mar. 27 to Apr. 19, 2015)
All My Sons, Arthur Miller’s first commercial success, was inspired by a true story about a successful businessman who sold the government defective airplane parts during World War II. The play takes place following World War II, as the Keller family desperately hopes that their son Larry, who was missing in action three years earlier, returns home. As their other son prepares to propose to the woman he loves, who was Larry’s girlfriend when he went missing, the Kellers confront realities as family secrets are revealed. All My Sons will be the Alley Theatre’s 13th production of a Miller play. Contains mature themes.
Tristan & Yseult (Apr. 24 to May 24, 2015)
Britain’s innovative and exciting theatre company Kneehigh makes their Texas debut with a wonderfully inventive, utterly timeless, delightful tale of love. Cornish King Mark rules with his head, until he falls head over heels for his enemy’s sister. Based on the ancient tale, Tristan & Yseult revels in forbidden desires, broken hearts and grand passions. Seen through the eyes of the 'Unloved,' Tristan & Yseult blends comedy, live music and tender truths in an irresistible night of love! For mature audiences, adult language and sexual situations.
The Foreigner (Jun. 12 to Jul. 19, 2015)
The Foreigner is one of the most popular and most requested comedies in the Alley’s history. In the marvelously funny comedy, Alley Resident Company member Jeffrey Bean leads the cast, directed by James Black. This comic gem is set in a remote fishing lodge in Tighman County, Georgia, where socially awkward Charlie discovers intriguing and dangerous secrets under the guise of a foreigner who speaks no English. Suitable for general audiences.