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2021-22 Season

Alley TheaTre Celebrates 
75th Anniversary Season

 The Alley Theatre’s celebratory return to live performances includes three world premiere plays, a world-premiere musical, and a Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

 When founder Nina Vance started this Theatre in 1947, she sent out 214 penny postcards and stated ‘It’s beginning! Houston, this is your Theatre.’ For the 75 Anniversary and beyond, the Alley is committed to being a Theatre for all Houstonians.
 

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The Alley’s team has been diligently planning this celebratory return. The Alley will continue to monitor Houston’s COVID-19 cases and vaccinations as the safety of guests, staff, and artists are of the utmost concern. As the Theatre begins to reopen, the Alley will keep guests updated on any changes to subscription packages, seating capacities, ticketing options, and safety protocols for returning. 

Sweat

Pulitzer Prize Winner 

SWEAT

By Lynn Nottage  
Directed by Rob Melrose  
Associate Directed by Eileen J. Morris  
Produced in collaboration with The Ensemble Theatre  
Hubbard Theatre
October 1 – 24, 2021 

Filled with humor and tremendous heart, Sweat tells the story of three women who have spent their lives sharing drinks, secrets, and laughs while working together on the factory floor. But when layoffs and picket lines begin to chip away at their trust, they find themselves pitted against each other in a heart-wrenching fight to stay afloat. 

 

72 Miles to Go...

Gripping Family Drama  

72 MILES TO GO… 

By Hilary Bettis 
Directed by José Zayas
Neuhaus Theatre 
October 15 – November 14, 2021 

72 miles. It’s the distance between Tucson, Arizona and Nogales, Mexico—and the distance between a recently deported mother and her American-born husband and children. 72 miles to go… follows one family over a decade as they grow up, fall in love, fight in wars, and fight for each other. This play by Hilary Bettis (“The Americans”) returns to the Alley following development in the 2019 Alley All New Festival and its world premiere Off-Broadway.  

 

A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens’  

A CHRISTMAS CAROL 

Adapted by Doris Baizley  
Directed by Brandon Weinbrenner 
Hubbard Theatre
November 19 – December 29, 2021

A highly inventive adaptation of the Dickens classic pared down to its essential elements. A resident company of actors assemble to perform a new production of the heartwarming Christmas story. When two of the troupe’s actors can’t arrive in time for the performance, others step in to create a magical world of holiday make-believe. It will be  A Christmas Carol  like no other. 

 

HIGH SCHOOL PLAY: A NOSTALGIA FEST

World Premiere Comedy 

HIGH SCHOOL PLAY: A NOSTALGIA FEST

By Vichet Chum  
Directed by Tiffany Nichole Greene
Hubbard Theatre  
January 21 – February 13, 2022 

It’s senior year in Carrollton, Texas, and Riverside High School's competitive theatre troupe is climbing back to the top from last year's unprecedented loss. Dara is trying to rally his teammates, while new kid Paul disrupts Dara's complete understanding of himself and his small-town suburban life. When coaches Dirkson and Blow make a bold choice for the one-act play competition and the community takes issue, friends and rivals duke it out and find themselves in this uniquely Texan and thoroughly universal coming of age comedy by Texan playwright Vichet Chum, directed by Houston native Tiffany Nichole Greene. Developed in the 2020 Alley All New Festival. 

 

Amerikin

World Premiere Play  

AMERIKIN

By Chisa Hutchinson  
Directed by James Black  
Neuhaus Theatre
February 11 – March 13, 2022 

Developed as part of the 2019 Alley All New Festival.  Jeff Browning, a new father desperate for community, casually follows his buddy’s advice and tries to join a white supremacist group…but the results of his ancestry test prove surprising.  Amerikin follows Jeff as serious consequences come knocking and the line between "us" and "them" gets incredibly blurry.   

Sense and Sensibility

Classic Romantic Favorite  

SENSE AND SENSIBILITY 

By Kate Hamill  
Based on the novel by Jane Austen  
Directed by Adriana Baer 
Hubbard Theatre
March 4 – 27, 2022 

 

A playful new adaptation of Jane Austen’s beloved novel follows the fortunes (and misfortunes) of the Dashwood sisters—sensible Elinor and hypersensitive Marianne—after their father’s sudden death leaves them financially destitute and socially vulnerable. Set in gossipy late 18th-century England, with a fresh female voice, the play is full of humor, emotional depth, and bold theatricality.  Sense and Sensibility examines our reactions, both reasonable and ridiculous, to societal pressures. When reputation is everything, how do you follow your heart?  

Dead Man's Cell Phone

Off-the-Wall Comedy  

DEAD MAN’S CELL PHONE

By Sarah Ruhl  
Directed by Brandon Weinbrenner
Hubbard Theatre  
April 15 – May 8, 2022 

An incessantly ringing cell phone in a quiet café. A stranger at the next table who has had enough. And a dead man. So begins Dead Man’s Cell Phone, a wildly imaginative comedy by MacArthur “Genius” Sarah Ruhl (The Clean House). An off-the-wall play about the odyssey of a woman forced to confront her own assumptions about morality, redemption, and the need to connect in a technologically obsessed world.  

 

Born With Teeth

World Premiere Play 

BORN WITH TEETH  

By Liz Duffy Adams  
Directed by Rob Melrose
Neuhaus Theatre  
May 6 – June 5, 2022 

An aging authoritarian ruler, a violent police state, a restless polarized people seething with paranoia: it’s a dangerous time for poets. Two of them—the great Kit Marlowe and the up-and-comer Will Shakespeare—meet in the back room of a pub to collaborate on a history play cycle, navigate the perils of art under a totalitarian regime, and flirt like young men with everything to lose. One of them may well be the death of the other. Developed in the Alley All New Reading Series. 

 

Noir

World Premiere Musical 

NOIR 

A new musical 
Music by Duncan Sheik 
Book by Kyle Jarrow 
Lyrics by Kyle Jarrow and Duncan Sheik 
Directed by Darko Tresnjak 
Noir is produced by special arrangement with Robert Cole, Mary Beth O’Connor, Carl Moellenberg. and LuckyGodot LLC.
Hubbard Theatre 
June 2 – July 3, 2022 

A heartbroken man never leaves his apartment, finding his only solace in the music on the radio. Then a couple moves in next door.  Eavesdropping becomes his new entertainment - and his new obsession.  Soon he finds himself drawn into a web of love, lies, deceit, and danger. Inspired by early radio plays and classic film noir, this new musical is written by Broadway artists Duncan Sheik (Spring Awakening) and Kyle Jarrow (SpongeBob SquarePants) and directed by Darko Tresnjak (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder). 

 

Alley Al New Festival

sixth Annual  

ALLEY ALL NEW FESTIVAL  

June 15 – 26, 2022  

New plays in development from some of the most exciting voices in contemporary theatre. All readings and workshops are free and open to the public.