Main Street Theater Announces 2020-21 Season
Main Street Theater (MST)'s 45th Season will include six (6) productions on its MainStage and seven (7) at its Theater for Youth for 2020-2021. Founding Artistic Director Rebecca Greene Udden leads the theater to this noteworthy milestone.
"It's hard to believe this fall marks our 45th Season," says Udden, who founded the company on Main Street at Autry House in 1975. "To celebrate, we're bringing audiences and artists together for a thrilling new season of productions that can't be experienced anywhere else in Houston. At MST, we believe in the transformative power of theater. With this in mind, it's our great joy to announce our 2020-21 Season."
MST's MainStage season will open with the wildly whimsical and equally intelligent Darwin in Malibu by Crispin Whittell, directed by Udden. It's a meeting of the minds when Charles Darwin, Thomas Huxley, and the Bishop of Oxford, Samuel Wilberforce, meet on the beach in Malibu a century after their deaths! For the holidays, Main Street will remount The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon, a Jane Austen fan favorite from the 19/20 season. 2021 will start with a wry exploration of what it might have been like to be Joan of Arc's mother in Jane Anderson's riveting new play, Mother of the Maid. Then MST will revive the uniquely bizarre and wonderful post-apocalyptic vaudeville comedy, Dog Act by Liz Duffy Adams, produced last by MST in 2012. Dog Act will run simultaneously with the world premiere of Adams' Born with Teeth at The Alley Theatre. Up next is the dynamic play, The Best of Everything, based on the book by Rona Jaffe. Imagine "Madmen" meets "Sex and the City..." The 45th Season will close in the summer of 2021 with Tom Stoppard's absurdly hilarious The Real Inspector Hound.
Main Street's Theater for Youth reaches over 130,000 children, educators, and family members yearly through its professional Theater for Youth whose productions are often based on literature children are reading at home or at school. The 2020-2021 season will include Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat, A Little House Christmas, The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963, Pete the Cat, and Charlotte's Web. The Summer 2021 production is TBA. MST will tour Dragons Love Tacos throughout Texas in the spring of 2021.
Subscriptions are available for both stages at MainStreetTheater.com or 713-524-6706. Captioned performances are also available on the MainStage. Sensory Friendly/Relaxed performances along with ASL interpreted and audio-described shows are available at the Theater for Youth.
Darwin in Malibu
By Crispin Whittell
Sept 12 - Oct 11, 2020
Previews: Sept 6, 10, 11
Malibu, California. The present. One hundred and twenty years after his death, Charles Darwin ('the Devil's Chaplain') is hanging out at a beach house overlooking the Pacific with a girl young enough to be his daughter. His peace is rudely disrupted when his old friend Thomas Huxley ('the Devil's Disciple') washes up on the beach, closely followed by the Bishop of Oxford, Samuel Wilberforce. These three find themselves entangled in an enthralling and thought-provoking comedy about God, science - and plastic surgery.
The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley
By Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon
Nov 21 - Dec 20, 2020
Previews: Nov 19 & 20
Regency romance is back with our favorite literary couple and their entertaining relations: Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy! Continuing Jane Austen's beloved Pride and Prejudice, the below stairs servants at the grand Pemberley estate find themselves in the midst of a holiday scandal. An unwelcome visitor has stumbled into the hall in the middle of the night-Mr. Darcy's nemesis and Lydia's incorrigible husband, Mr. Wickham! Mrs. Reynolds, the bustling housekeeper, Cassie, the resilient new serving girl, and Brian, the helplessly romantic groomsman, must each balance their holiday preparations with keeping Wickham confined. But before long, everything reaches a boiling point, festivities spiral into chaos, and the truth comes to light! An utterly delightful holiday tale.
Mother of the Maid
Feb 6 - 28, 2021
Previews: Jan 21, Feb 4 & 5
In this riveting new play, Jane Anderson reimagines Joan of Arc's epic tale through the eyes of her mother. Isabelle Arc is a sensible, hard-working, God-fearing woman. Her headstrong daughter, on the other hand, communes with Saint Catherine, wears men's clothing, and prepares to lead the French army into battle.
Motherhood in the fifteenth century isn't easy! Isabelle closely follows the baffling yet awe-inspiring journey of her curious, extraordinary daughter. Isabelle remains steadfast in her love and presence for daughter to the end, facing her own fears and doubts about her own faith along the way.
Mar 27 - Apr 18, 2021
Previews: Mar 21, 25. 26
The post-apocalyptic wilderness was never funnier! Follow the adventures of Zetta Stone, a traveling performer, and her companion Dog (a young man undergoing a voluntary species demotion) as they wander through the former northeastern United States. Zetta, Dog and their little vaudevillesque troupe are on their way to a gig in China, assuming they can find it. A theatrical, darkly comic variation on the classic doomsday genre that hysterically and poignantly celebrates the need for language and stories when civilization has fallen into chaos. Recommended for mature audiences due to profanity, violence, and adult situations.
Houston audiences will have a wonderful opportunity to sample Liz Duffy Adams' work when The Alley Theatre offers the world premiere of her newest play, Born with Teeth, around the same time as Main Street's production of Dog Act.
The Best of Everything
Adapted by Julie Kramer
Based on the book by Rona Jaffe
May 15 - Jun 13, 2021
Previews: May 9, 13, 14
Imagine "Madmen" meets "Sex and the City!" The Best of Everything is new adaptation of Rona Jaffe's 1958 bestseller about ambitious secretaries in the big city. These girls want thrilling careers and grand adventures-and husbands and children too, in due time. Today we call that "having it all." These gals call it "the best of everything." And wisely enough, they're not sure it's possible.
The Real Inspector Hound
By Tom Stoppard
Jul 17 - Aug 8, 2021
Previews: Jul 11, 15, 16
Attending the premiere of a new murder mystery, two feuding theater critics soon find themselves drawn into the play-within-a-play! In the hilarious spoof of Agatha Christie-style mysteries that follows, the mists roll in around isolated Muldoon Manor, and the critics become implicated in the lethal activities of an escaped madman. It's brilliant comedy as only Tom Stoppard can do!
Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat
Adapted by Katie Mitchell
Based on the book by Dr. Seuss
Sept 22 - Oct 24, 2020
"The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play. So we sat in the house. All that cold, cold, wet day." So begins the wildly popular Dr. Seuss classic that generations of children have read. But never fear, the Cat in the Hat appears, along with Thing One and Thing Two (bringing mayhem and fun!), to take Sally, her brother, and the fish on a madcap adventure!
A Little House Christmas
Adapted by James DeVita
Based on the LITTLE HOUSE books by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Nov 3 - Dec 19, 2020
The beloved Ingalls family that has captured the hearts of children for generations share their struggles and joys of pioneer life. Join Mary and Laura in this holiday classic about family, friendship and the Christmas spirit.
The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963
Adapted by Reginald André Jackson
Based on the book by Christopher Paul Curtis
Jan 20 - Feb 13, 2021
It's 1963 and the Watsons, an African-American family, journey from Flint, Michigan to Birmingham, Alabama to take their troublesome son, Byron, to live with his grandmother, a trip that lands them in one of the darkest moments in America's racial history. A fictionalization of the 1963 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, Curtis' novel won the Newbery Honor and the Coretta Scott King Awards.
Pete the Cat
Book and Lyrics by Sarah Hammond
Music by Will Aronson
Based on the Pete the Cat series of books by Kimberly and James Dean
Feb 23 - Apr 3, 2021
Everybody loves Pete, the groovy, guitar playing cool cat. Everyone but Jimmy, the world's most organized second grader. But all that changes when Pete the Cat and Jimmy take a once-in-a-lifetime road trip. The whole family will love Pete's hilarious, jazzy antics in this toe-tapping musical!
Based on the book by E. B. White
Adapted by Joseph Robinette
Apr 13 - May 14, 2021
The tender story of a wise and kind spider named Charlotte who devises a plan to save her friend, Wilbur the pig.
Charlotte's Web is the "just about perfect" tale of friendship, love and life.
Dragons Love Tacos
By Ernie Nolan
Based on the book by Adam Rubin with illustrations by Daniel Salmieri
On Tour: Feb 9 - May 21, 2021
At the MATCH: Feb 16 - 20, 2021
Dragons love tacos. They love chicken tacos, beef tacos, great big tacos, and teeny tiny tacos. Unfortunately, where there are tacos, there is also salsa. And if a dragon accidentally eats spicy salsa... well, watch out!! The silly, dragon-dancing journey about first impressions and trying new things is a recipe for laughs and fun!