Alley Theatre announces new publish-pandemic time and ‘fun’ is the phrase

People trip their bicycles past the Alley Theatre on Thursday, March 19, 2020 in Houston. 

Photograph: Brett Coomer, Houston Chronicle / Workers photographer

A sneaky lender robber, a parlor mystery, a marriage from the sea: The recently declared 76th time at the Alley Theatre functions an eclectic lineup of the common, the new and the newly imagined. With the pandemic taking part in havoc more than the last couple a long time of are living arts and amusement, the Alley, a person of the country’s most prestigious regional firms, is hoping higher than all for some enjoyable.

“I feel like the final couple of decades have been fairly rough for a good deal of persons,” Alley creative director Rob Melrose stated in an interview. “We genuinely felt the require for persons to collect and laugh and delight in daily life again.”

To that conclusion, the Alley options a combine of planet premieres, revamped favorites and other operates from playwrights outdated and new. Among the highlights:

Time-opener “Clue,” the whodunnit charmer dependent on the well-liked film, published by Sandy Rustin with supplemental material by Hunter Foster and Eric Price tag.

Edward Albee’s Pulitzer-profitable “Seascape,” in which the “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” playwright imagines a meeting concerning an more mature married couple and a pair of sea creatures, all of them dealing with turning details and seeking to determine out what’s following.

“Cowboy Bob,” a entire world premiere musical (music and lyrics by Jeanna Phillips, reserve and further lyrics by Molly Beach front Murphy), about a pleasant woman who turns into a financial institution robber with the enable of a faux beard, sunglasses and 10-gallon-hat.

“Torera,” also a environment premiere, written by Monet Hurst-Mendoza, about a woman bullfighter in Mexico butting up against societal anticipations.

Nobel Prize winner Derek Walcott’s adaptation of “The Odyssey,” in which the playwright adds tones and rhythms from his Caribbean roots to Homer’s timeless tale of a warrior’s lengthy journey home.

Melrose’s aims for the coming period, apart from finishing it without having interruption, are to preserve the Alley’s large benchmarks founded above the previous quite a few decades, and to replicate Houston’s diversity with what it provides on the stage.

“If Houston is everybody’s metropolis, how do we make the theater a lot more inclusive so that all the people today of Houston sense represented?” Melrose asks. “That indicates the individuals who are crafting the plays, the individuals who are acting in the plays, and the men and women who are building the plays. We want the theater to actually seem like Houston.”

Below is the full routine. For extra data, visit

“Clue”: July 22 – Aug. 28 in the Hubbard Theatre. Published by Sandy Rustin with added Content by Hunter Foster and Eric Value. Directed by Brandon Weinbrenner.

“Lend Me a Soprano” (entire world premiere): Sept. 16 – Oct. 9 in the Hubbard Theatre. Penned by Ken Ludwig. Directed by Eleanor Holdridge.

“Seascape”: Oct. 14 – Nov. 13 in the Neuhaus Theatre. Written by Edward Albee. Directed by Nathan Winkelstein.

“A Xmas Carol” (world premiere adaptation): Nov. 18 – Dec. 30 in the Hubbard Theatre. Penned by Charles Dickens. Tailored and directed by Rob Melrose.

“What-A-Xmas!” (globe premiere): Dec. 2 – Dec. 24, in the Neuhaus Theatre. Penned by Isaac Gómez. Directed by KJ Sanchez.

TBA, Jan. 20 – Feb. 12, 2023, in the Hubbard Theatre.

“Cowboy Bob”: March 3 – March 26, 2023, in the Hubbard Theatre. Tunes and Lyrics by Jeanna Phillips, book and extra lyrics by Molly Beach Murphy. Directed by Annie Tippe.

“The Odyssey”: March 24 – April 23, 2023, in the Neuhaus Theatre. Written by Derek Walcott. Directed by Christopher Windom.

“Sherlock Holmes and the Situation of the Jersey Lily”: April 14 – Could 7, 2023, in the Hubbard Theatre. Composed by Katie Forgette. Directed by Brandon Weinbrenner.

“Torera” (planet premiere): Might 12 – June 11, 2023, in the Neuhaus Theatre. Written by Monet Hurst-Mendoza. Directed by Tatiana Pandiani.

“The Servant of Two Masters” (planet premiereadaptation): June 9 – July 2, 2023, in the Hubbard Theatre. Translated, tailored, and directed by Rob Melrose. From the initial play in Italian by Carlo Goldoni. 

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”: Jan. 23 – Feb. 5, 2023, during the Houston group. Prepared by William Shakespeare, directed by Rob Melrose.

Chris Vognar is a Houston-primarily based writer.

  • Chris Vognar

    Chris Vognar is a reporter for the Houston Chronicle.