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Alley Theatre Adds World Premiere of Theresa Rebeck’s Comedy Fool to the 2013-2014 Season
- 8/14/2013

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August 14, 2013

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Alley Theatre Adds World Premiere of Theresa Rebeck’s Comedy Fool to the 2013-2014 Season 
- Fool will run February 21 through March 16, 2014 on the Alley’s Hubbard Stage.

HOUSTON – Alley Theatre Artistic Director Gregory Boyd is delighted to announce that the Alley Theatre will produce the premiere of Theresa Rebeck’s new play Fool during the 2013-2014 Season, February 21 through March 16, 2014, opening February 26.  This production replaces Never The Sinner which will be postponed to a future season.

In Rebeck’s new comedy, two kings get together and place a wager on their fools – a jester competition, and the funniest one gets to keep his head.  Two evil minions have a lot to say about this, but not as much as the kitchen wench.  And what's the queen been up to all night?  A dramatical comical farcical tragical play about power, love, laughter and death, set in a medieval kitchen. Recommended for mature audiences due to language.   

Fool is the fifth play by Theresa Rebeck to be produced by the Alley, starting with the hugely successful Bad Dates in 2005, which Arts Houston called “dazzling.” In 2007 the Alley produced The Scene, called tightly written, sharply observed, and all too true . . . first-rate social satire” by the Houston Chronicle. The “cunningly crafted suspense comedy” (Houston Chronicle) Mauritius followed in 2009. The Alley Theatre’s most recent production of Rebeck’s work was the “juicy black comedy” (Variety) What We’re Up Against in 2012.

In the past two seasons, Pulitzer Prize nominee Theresa Rebeck’s comedies, Seminar and Dead Accounts opened on Broadway. Seminar received rave reviews including: “the funniest show on Broadway” (WOR), “surprising and witty” (Wall Street Journal), “enormously entertaining” (Variety) and “one of Rebeck’s best works” (Associated Press).  USA Today called Dead Accounts “Rebeck’s most robustly entertaining Broadway entry to date, with dialogue that crackles and purrs.” Rebeck’s writing is described by the NY Daily News as showing “smarts, topicality and zingy dialogue” and the Houston Press writes “Rebeck’s dialogue is deliciously rich with wry observations about the current human condition.”  In addition to writing and producing for Law & Order: Criminal Intent and NYPD Blue, she is the creator of the NBC drama SMASH and one of its executive producers.  Her play, The Scene, which the Alley produced in 2007, has been turned into a feature film titled Seducing Charlie Barker in 2010.  She was named one of the 150 Fearless Women in the World by Newsweek in 2011.

The Alley’s subscription season includes five plays on the Hubbard Stage and three plays on Neuhaus Stage, all produced in the Alley’s two-theatre complex at 615 Texas Avenue in downtown Houston. 

ALLEY THEATRE’S 2013-2014 SEASON INCLUDES:
Please note: play titles and dates are subject to change.

The Greatest American Comedy

You Can’t Take It With You
By Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman
Hubbard Stage
September 20 to October 20, 2013

This Pulitzer Prize-winning classic by the team of Kaufman and Hart (The Man Who Came to Dinner, 2009) is perhaps the greatest American comedy ever written. Alice Sycamore must introduce her fiancé’s strait-laced mother and father to her rather more eccentric family. When the wildly different families meet, the worlds of the wealthy, uptight Kirbys and the off-kilter Sycamores collide. At first the Sycamores seem mad, but it is not long before we realize that if they are mad, the rest of the world is madder.   Kaufman and Hart’s hilarious You Can’t Take It With You features the Alley Resident Company of Actors. Recommended for general audiences.

Sexy, provocative comedy
Venus in Fur
By David Ives
Neuhaus Stage
October 11 to November 10, 2013

Theatrical mastermind David Ives’ sexy, provocative comedy, Venus in Fur, is an electrifying game of cat and mouse between a young actress and a demanding playwright-director that blurs the lines between fantasy and reality, seduction and power, love and sex. “Role-playing takes on a whole new meaning” (New York Post) in this “don’t miss” play The Wall Street Journal says is “deadly serious, madly funny … you won't see a funnier play this season, or a smarter one.” Recommended for mature audiences.

Riveting new American play
Other Desert Cities
By Jon Robin Baitz
Hubbard Stage
January 10 to February 2, 2014

A riveting new play by Pulitzer Prize nominee and creator of TV's hit drama Brothers & Sisters, Jon Robin Baitz’s Other Desert Cities was named the Outstanding Play by the Outer Critics Circle and called “the best new play on Broadway” by The New York Times. After a six-year absence, Brooke Wyeth returns home to Palm Springs to celebrate Christmas with her parents, brother and aunt. The warm desert air turns chilly when news of her upcoming memoir threatens to revive the most painful chapter of the family’s history. The New York Daily News calls this dysfunctional family drama “a winner … funny and fierce, invigorating and intelligent.” Recommended for mature audiences.

Freud meets C.S. Lewis in this thrilling tête-à-tête
Freud’s Last Session
By Mark St. Germain
Neuhaus Stage
January 24 to February 23, 2014

Freud’s Last Session centers on legendary psychoanalyst Dr. Sigmund Freud, who invites a little-known professor C.S. Lewis, (who later wrote the children’s classic The Chronicles of Narnia), to his home in London.  Lewis, expecting to be called on the carpet for satirizing Freud in a recent book, soon realizes Freud has a much more significant agenda. On the day England enters World War II, Freud and Lewis clash on the existence of God, love, sex, and the meaning of life. “The humor is plentiful” (The New York Times) in this “thrilling” (Variety) tête-à-tête. Recommended for general audiences.

World Premiere Comedy
Fool
By Theresa Rebeck
Hubbard Stage
February 21 to March 16, 2014

In Rebeck’s new comedy, two kings get together and place a wager on their fools – a jester competition, and the funniest one gets to keep his head.  Two evil minions have a lot to say about this, but not as much as the kitchen wench.  And what's the queen been up to all night?  A dramatical comical farcical tragical play about power, love, laughter and death, set in a medieval kitchen. Recommended for mature audiences due to language.   


Science Fiction Comedy

Communicating Doors

By Alan Ayckbourn
Hubbard Stage
April 4 to April 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 mature audiences due to language.

Irresistible new comedy, 2013 Tony Award Winner - Best Play
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
By Christopher Durang
Hubbard Stage
May 23 to June 15, 2014

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, 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. Recommended for mature audiences due to language.

Sharp, funny new  play about character and class
Good People
By David Lindsay-Abaire
Neuhaus Stage
May 30 to June 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 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 leaving it behind.  “Thoroughly absorbing ... Good People is good stuff” (Variety) and one of the finest new American plays.   Recommended for mature audiences.


HOLIDAY PRODUCTIONS:

Houston's Holiday Favorite
A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas
By Charles Dickens
Adapted and Originally Directed by Michael Wilson
Directed by James Black
Hubbard Stage
November 15 – December 26, 2013

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.  Recommended for general audiences.

David Sedaris' Irreverent Holiday Comedy

The Santaland Diaries

By David Sedaris
Adapted for the stage by Joe Mantello
Directed by David Cromer
Neuhaus Stage
November 29 – December 31, 2013


Back by popular demand, Todd Waite reprises his role as Houston’s favorite holiday elf. A compact, one-character comedy, The Santaland Diaries is a hilarious cult classic featuring comic encounters during the height of the holiday crunch. NPR humorist and best-selling author of Me Talk Pretty One Day and Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, David Sedaris has become one of America's pre-eminent humor writers. Recommended for mature audiences due to language and subject matter.  

ABOUT THE ALLEY THEATRE
The Alley Theatre, one of America’s leading not-for-profit theatres, is a nationally recognized performing arts company that is focused on collaborating with resident actors, visiting artists, directors, designers, dramaturgs, and authors to cultivate the new voices, new work, and new artists of the American theatre. Under the direction of Artistic Director Gregory Boyd and Managing Director Dean R. Gladden, the Alley has also brought its productions to 40 American cities, and to Berlin, Paris, St. Petersburg, and New York’s Lincoln Center, as well as to major European festivals (including two in one season at the Venice Biennale), and Broadway. As a recipient of the Special Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre, the Alley creates a wide-ranging repertoire and innovative productions of classics, neglected modern plays, and premieres, as well as new works that will become classics for the future developed through the Alley’s New Play Initiative. The Alley’s productions are built and rehearsed in the Alley Theatre Center for Theatre Production – a 75,000-square-foot facility adjacent to the theatres themselves and are performed on the 824-seat Hubbard Stage and the 310-seat Neuhaus Stage. The Alley continues to pave the way for Houston audiences to experience thought-provoking, diverse and transformative theatre produced and performed by its professional company year round. 

TICKET AND SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION
Part of the Alley’s mission is to produce thought-provoking and diverse works that should be experienced by all. Theatre lovers can experience these plays for as little as $26 each! Season tickets may be purchased at alleytheatre.org, at the Alley Theatre Box Office, 615 Texas Avenue, or by calling 713.220.5700. Individual tickets will be available for purchase on August 28, 2013, at alleytheatre.org, at the Alley Theatre Box Office, 615 Texas Avenue, or by calling 713.220.5700. Groups of 10 or more can receive special concierge services and select discounts by calling 713.220.5700 and asking for the group sales department.

AUDIENCE PROGRAMS

ACT OUT
ActOUT is Houston's premiere group for GLBT theatre fans and their friends. Patrons enjoy pre-show mixers with fellow gay and lesbian subscribers, who gather to meet their favorite Alley artists and enjoy complimentary cocktails and appetizers. ActOUT events take place at the Alley for each Hubbard Stage production and are free with the purchase of a subscription or ticket to the show. For more information, call 713.228.9341 ext. 556. ActOUT dates for the 2013-2014 season are:

You Can’t Take It With You: Thursday, October 3
Other Desert Cities: Thursday, January 23

Fool
: Thursday, March 6
Communicating Doors: Thursday, April 17
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
: Thursday, June 5

TALKBACKS
Alley patrons are invited to attend post-show TalkBacks with the cast and members of the artistic staff on select Tuesdays. These question-and-answer sessions are held immediately after the evening performance. Talkback dates for the 2013-2014 season are:

You Can’t Take It With You: Tuesday, October 1
Venus in Fur: Tuesday, October 22
Other Desert Cities: Tuesday, January 21
Freud’s Last Session: Tuesday, February 4

Fool
: Tuesday, March 4
Communicating Doors: Tuesday, April 15
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
: Tuesday, June 3
Good People: Tuesday, June 10

ALLEY $10 TIX
The Alley's $10 Tix program rewards patrons who bring a specified item for a designated charity with the opportunity to purchase up to two tickets in the B section for a minimum of $10 each. Purchase in person at the box office (615 Texas Ave.) on the designated day listed below, beginning at 11:00 a.m. Cash or check only. The partnering organizations for $10 Tix will be announced at a later date. Patrons may purchase tickets in person only to the Sunday preview matinee, the Tuesday preview performance or the first Thursday performance after opening night. Visit
www.alleytheatre.org for more information. Alley Theatre $10 Tix dates for the 2013-2014 season are:

You Can't Take It With You: Saturday, Septemeber 21
Other Desert Cities: Saturday, January 11
Fool: Saturday, February 22
Communicating Doors: Saturday, April 5
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike: Saturday, May 24

ALLEY INTERACT
InterACT is the Alley Theatre’s newest pre-show mixer for groups of 10 or more. Groups interact with their own members and members of other theatre-loving groups while enjoying music, complimentary cocktails and appetizers provided by Frankie B. Mandola's Catering and Damian's Cucina Italiana.

You Can't Take It With You: Septemeber 24
Other Desert Cities: January 16
Fool: February 27
Communicating Doors: April 10
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike: May 29


SCENE
Scene, Alley Theatre’s new young professionals group, brings together people in their
20s and 30s interested in engaging with the Theatre through attending performances, social events and exclusive behind the scenes opportunities. Scene membership includes three performances, pre-show happy hours and post-show TalkBacks with Alley actors and artists! For A seating, the package is $180, $35 per ticket and $75 membership fee.  For B seating, the package is $144, $23 per ticket and $75 membership fee.  Scene dates for 2013-2014 are:

Venus in Fur: Thursday, November 7
Fool:
Tuesday, March 4
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike:
Tuesday, June 3, 2014

AUDIO DESCRIPTION AND CAPTIONING
The Alley offers open-captioned performances for patrons with low hearing and audio described performances for patrons with low vision. Please visit
www.alleytheatre.org or call 713.220.5700 for more information. Performances for the 2013-2014 season are:

You Can’t Take It With You: Sunday, September 22 (open captioned & audio described)
Venus in Fur: Sunday, October 13 (open captioned)
A Christmas Carol: Sunday, November 17 (open captioned & audio described)
Other Desert Cities: Sunday, January 12 (open captioned & audio described)
Freud’s Last Session: Sunday, January 26 (open captioned)

Fool
: Sunday, February 23 (open captioned & audio described)
Communicating Doors: Sunday, April 6 (open captioned & audio described)
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
: Sunday, May 25 (open captioned & audio described)
Good People: Sunday, June 1 (open captioned)

ALLEY E-MAIL CLUB
Join the Alley Theatre e-mail club to receive exclusive ticket offers, contests, casting updates, new information about upcoming productions, education and community events, pre-show mixers and other special events. To register, visit
www.alleytheatre.org.

Projects at the Alley Theatre are funded in part by a grant from the City of Houston and the Texas Commission on the Arts. The Alley Theatre is supported by the 2013-2014 Season sponsor United Airlines, the official airline of the Alley Theatre.

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