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
Never the Sinner (Feb. 21 to Mar. 16, 2014)
Playwright John Logan – who received three Academy Award nominations and wrote the recent James Bond film Skyfall, and won the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critic Circle and Drama League awards for his play Red (Alley production, 2012) – returns to the Alley with the play that launched his career. Never the Sinner is about two boys who commit a murder – not for gain, or out of passion – just to do it, just to experience the thrill. Based on the infamous 1924 trial of Leopold and Loeb, Never the Sinner is their story, and the story of one of the most famous American lawyers and civil libertarians, Clarence Darrow. In the case of a lifetime, Darrow is called in to defend the monstrous and try to win freedom for the depraved. Recommended for mature audiences.
Communicating Doors (Apr. 4 to 27, 2014)
Award-winning playwright Alan Ayckbourn (House & Garden, 2002) returns to the Alley in this ingenious comic tour de force where Back to the Future meets Hitchcock. In 2024 Phoebe, a “private personal services consultant,” finds herself with an elderly client in a posh hotel room – she opens the wrong door and finds herself running for her life. Soon she is confronting her own past by way of a woman named Ruella, and the two join forces to prevent a murder, while Phoebe's gradual friendship with that remarkable woman changes the future for both of them. Eleven plays penned by Alan Ayckbourn have been produced by the Alley, including the American premiere of Henceforward in 1987. Alan Ayckbourn has been inducted into the American Theatre’s Hall of Fame, received the 2010 Critics’ Circle Award for Services to the Arts, became the first British playwright to receive both Olivier and Tony Special Lifetime Achievement Awards and was knighted in 1997 for services to the theatre. Recommended for adults due to language.
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.