A comedy-drama that was supposed to open on Broadway in the 1950s but was canceled after its playwright failed to compromise on its messages about racism, identity and ego in New York theater – c is the opening of the Main Street Theatre’s 2022-23 MainStage season.
The game, mind problem, finally premiered in 2021 and will get its regional premiere in Houston starting in mid-September. After that, it’s a season filled with a Jane Austen crowd favorite / winter vacation The Wickhams – Christmas at Pemberley as well as a regional premiere of a play by Sarah Ruhl The oldest boy. A play by Thomas Gibbons Permanent collection follows in February and best of alladapted by Julie Kramer from Rona Jaffe’s book takes the stage in May.
The crescendo end of the season will be that of Noel Coward Laughter present.
There will be six productions on the Rice Village main stage on Times Boulevard and seven more on its youth theater at MATCH (Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston) on Main
“We’re lucky to have such curious and engaged viewers in Houston,” says founding artistic director Rebecca Greene Udden. “We look forward to producing many new titles never before seen in Houston on both of our stages.”
Still to come in the 2021-22 season at Main Street is Aunt Julia and the screenwriter by playwright Caridad Svich and based on the novel by Mario Vargas-Losa with previews on May 8, 12 and 13 and opening night on May 14, until June 5.
2022-2023 MainStage 47th season
By Alice Childress
September 17 – October 9, 2022
Previews: September 11, 15, 16, 2022
1957. Rehearsals begin for what everyone hopes will be Broadway’s next big hit. But social norms and prejudice collide, and so Wiletta Mayer, a gifted black actress, can finally play the lead role in a Broadway show if she’s willing to compromise her principles. Funny, moving, and ultimately a heartbreaking look at racism, identity, and ego in the high-stakes world of New York theater. This 1955 comedy-drama – slated for Broadway but canceled when the playwright wouldn’t tone down its message – finally made its triumphant premiere in 2021.
The Wickhams – Christmas at Pemberley
By Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon
November 19 – December 18, 2022
Previews: November 17 & 18, 2022
Regency romance in the form of our holiday hit is back! A continuation of Jane Austen’s beloved Pride and Prejudice, servants under the stairs of the grand Pemberley estate find themselves in the middle of yet another holiday scandal. An unwanted visitor has stumbled into the lobby in the middle of the night – Mr. Darcy’s nemesis and Lydia’s incorrigible husband, Mr. Wickham! Lively housekeeper Mrs. Reynolds, Cassie, the resilient new maid, and Brian, the helpless, romantic groomsman, must each balance their holiday preparations with Wickham’s confinement. But soon, everything reaches a boiling point, the festivities turn into chaos and the truth comes out! An utterly delightful holiday tale.
By Thomas Gibbons
February 11 – March 5, 2023
Previews: February 5, 9, 10, 2023
African-American businessman Sterling North has been named the new director of the Morris Foundation. He soon discovers that this world famous art collection includes several important African sculptures hidden in a warehouse. His proposal to add them to the public galleries is opposed by the Foundation’s longtime director of education, true to the idiosyncratic wishes of the late Dr Morris who left direct orders never to change the art. Spurred on by a zealous local journalist, the clash quickly escalates into public accusations of racism and a bitter struggle for control of the collection.
The oldest boy
By Sarah Rühl
April 1 to 23, 2023
Previews: March 26, 30, 31, 2023
An American mother and a Tibetan father have a three-year-old son who is said to be the reincarnation of a Buddhist lama, a spiritual master. When a Tibetan lama and a monk arrive at their home unannounced, asking to take their child for a lifetime of spiritual formation in India, the parents must make a choice that will change their lives and test their strength, their marriage and their heart. The oldest boy is an emotional journey filled with music, dance, puppets, rituals and laughter.
best of all
Adapted by Julie Kramer
Based on the book by Rona Jaffe
May 20 – June 11, 2023
Previews: May 14, 18, 19, 2023
best of all is a new adaptation of Rona Jaffe’s 1958 bestseller about ambitious secretaries in the big city. These girls want exciting careers and great adventures, as well as husbands and children, in due time. Today we call it “having it all”. These girls call it “the best of everything”. And wisely enough, they’re not sure that’s possible.
By Noel Coward
July 15 – August 6, 2023
Previews: July 9, 13, 14, 2023
Noel Coward’s utterly irresistible, semi-autobiographical comedy follows a self-obsessed actor in the midst of a midlife crisis. Constantly satiating his considerable “appetite” for wine, women and sleeping in, London’s favorite theater actor suddenly finds himself caught between passionate ingenues, obsessed playwrights, secret trysts and unexpected twists and turns. A wonderfully comedic exaggeration of the life that swirled around Coward in his prime.
Youth Theater Season 2022-2023
Last stop on Market Street
Based on the book by Matt de la Peña
September 21 – October 22, 2022
Six-year-old CJ reluctantly stays with his rambunctious Nana, and she takes him on a loud, gritty, and just plain weird bus! Guided by his larger-than-life Nana, CJ travels a little closer to his roots and sees that things aren’t always what they seem. It’s a hip-hop, eclectic, heart-pounding, heart-pounding ride.
Music by Richard Rodgers
Book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
November 11 – December 23, 2022
Suited for the stage with plenty of warmth and more than a touch of hilarity, this romantic fairy tale continues to warm the hearts of young and old alike. This Delighted version is inspired by the 1997 teleplay.
The Lightning Thief: The Musical by Percy Jackson
Adapted from the book by Rick Riordan
January 26 – February 17, 2023
When teenage Percy Jackson discovers he’s a demigod, he and his friends embark on an epic journey to find Zeus’ missing lightning bolt and prevent a war between the gods. This dynamic musical adaptation of Rick Riordan’s bestseller is for fans of all ages!
Miss Nelson is missing
Based on the books of Harry Allard
March 1 – April 7, 2023
“The kids in room 207 misbehaved again. Spit stuck to the ceiling. Paper airplanes whizzing through the air. It was the worst educated class in the whole school. But when Miss Nelson disappears and the evil substitute Miss Viola Swamp takes her place, the children are so desperate that they hire a detective to find Miss Nelson in this goofy thriller!
James and the giant peach
Based on the book by Roald Dahl
April 19 – May 20, 2023
After his parents are tragically killed by a rhinoceros, James is sent to live with his gruesome aunts, Spiker and Sponge. The contents of a magic bag transform an old peach tree into a portal to an incredible adventure with a host of fantastical creatures on a giant peach!
Junie B. Jones: Toothless Marvel
Based on the book series by Barbara Park
June 8 – July 30, 2023
One of Junie B.’s upper front teeth is loose, and that’s bad news, folks. What if she looks like toothless Uncle Lou? And even worse, what is this tooth fairy thing? On top of all that, this Meanie Jim invited everyone in room nine to his birthday party on Saturday except Junie B.! Should she throw her own birthday party six months early just to not invite Jim? Or should she just move to “It’s a Small World After All” at Disneyland!
Spring Break 2023
Don’t let the pigeon drive the bus! Musical comedy !
Based on the book by Mo Willems
March 14 – 18, 2023
When a bus driver takes a break on the route, a very unlikely volunteer pops up to take the driver’s seat: a pigeon! And you’ve never encountered one like this before! Excerpt from the award-winning book Caldecott Honor, Don’t let the pigeon drive the bus! Musical comedy ! is sure to have everyone flapping their wings with its innovative mix of songs, silliness and feathers.
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