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Murder on the Orient Express

Full steam ahead classic thriller  


Adapted by Ken Ludwig
Directed by Rob Melrose
July 19 – August 25, 2019

Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express is a plot-twist masterpiece that has thrilled mystery lovers from television, radio, and film. And now audiences have the chance to experience this lush mystery live onstage. Playwright Ken Ludwig (The ThreeMusketeers) adapts the classic thriller that features renowned detective Hercule Poirot and a cast of characters sure to have everyone in the audience guessing just who did it. Don’t miss your shot at being at the scene of this masterpiece crime.

Winter's Tale

Romantic tale of redemption  


By Williams Shakespeare
Directed by Rob Melrose
September 13 – October 13, 2019

This whimsical tale of romance, tragedy, and comedy will take center stage in familiar places for Alley audiences. Set in Texasthis magical tale will be seen through the imaginative eyes of a young, Houstonian child. This play is a sweeping story of wrath and redemption and of lost and then found love. The Resident Acting Company will join together to tell Shakespeare’s beloved fable of hard-won joy and the promise of renewal. 


A raucous comedy of two very new Americans  


By Qui Nguyen
Original Music by Shane Rettig
Directed by Desdemona Chiang
October 4 – November 3, 2019

It’s 1975. Saigon has fallen. He lost his wife. She lost her fiancé. But now in America, a strange new land of cowboys, hippies, and bikers, these two Vietnamese refugees just might find each other. Remixing history and culture into a funny and energetic fantasia, playwright Qui Nguyen creates a contemporary twist on the boy meets girl story that The New York Times hails as “a raucous, immensely moving comedy.” Using his irreverent, infectious style, Nguyen takes audiences on a hilariously rip-roaring ride across 1970s America with a hot soundtrack that serves up hip-hop, sass, and revolution.  

A Christmas Carol

Family holiday tradition

A Christmas Carol

By Charles Dickens
Adapted and Originally Directed by Michael Wilson
Directed by James Black
November 15 – December 29, 2019

A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmasis a family-friendly re-telling of Charles Dickens’ classic story, which follows Ebenezer Scrooge’s journey with the three ghostly spirits who visit him on Christmas Eve. A Christmas Carol instills a powerful message about redemption and the spirit of the holiday season. 

Fully Committed

One-man holiday comedy

Fully Committed

By Becky Mode
Directed by Brandon Weinbrenner
November 26 – December 29, 2019

Becky Mode’s hilarious and delicious comedy, featuring over 40 characters, comes to life in the hands of one man. Meet Sam. He works the reservation line at one of New York's hottest restaurants, where the best food inspires the worst behavior. Coercion, threats, and bribes from a cast of desperate callers, all brought to life by one man, prove they will stop at nothing to land a prime reservation or the right table. While juggling scheming socialites, name‐dropping wannabes, fickle celebrities, and egomaniacal bosses, can he still manage to get home for the holidays? 

Alley All New

free and open to the public


January 17 – 26, 2020

The fifth annual Alley All New Festival features new plays from some of the most exciting voices in contemporary theatre. All Alley All New workshop performances and readings are free and open to the public. Festival packages featuring prime seating, parties with festival artists and meals between performances, will be available for purchase in May. 

Quixote Nuevo

Modern retelling  

Quixote Nuevo

By Octavio Solis
Adapted from Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
Directed by KJ Sanchez
January 17 – February 9, 2020

Directed by Austin, Texas-based KJ Sanchez and starring “Sesame Street’s” Emilio Delgado, Quixote Nuevo is an inspiring reimagining of Cervantes’ Don Quixote by celebrated playwright Octavio Solis. Set in a fictional modern-day Texas border townQuixote and his sidekick embark on an adventure in search of long-lost love. Infused with imagination, Tejano music, and true Texas soul, Quixote Nuevo shows the challenges of living in this modern world all the while in pursuit of a lost dream. The play is a co-production with Hartford Stage and Huntington Theater Company. 

Camp David


Camp David

FEBRUARY 14 – MARCH 15, 2020

From the Texas playwright of the world premiere Alley hit Cleo. Pulitzer Prize winner Lawrence Wright, author of God Save Texas and The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11, offers a behindthe- scenes look at a historical moment whose legacy continues to resonate 41 years later. In the tumultuous 1970s, Middle East peace seemed nearly as impossible as it does today. Yet during 13 days in 1978, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, with the powerful help of U.S. President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Rosalynn Carter, hammered out an agreement that inspired the entire world. Wright’s play delivers a tremendously human look at both the hope and the cost of that historic moment.


Powerful Drama  


By George Orwell
Adapted by Michael Gene Sullivan
Directed by Rob Melrose
March 6 - march 29, 2020

Based on George Orwell’s futuristic novel, 1984 brings us the story of Winston Smith and a stark vision of a world in which freedom of action, word, and thought are controlled by Big Brother. How far are we from realizing Orwell’s nightmare? Are we already there? Can there be more than one truth, more than one set of facts? As the story of Winston’s fight for individual identity unfolds, the vision grows increasingly terrifying as the world it depicts grows uncomfortably familiar. A ferocious and provocative adaptation of one of the most prescient works of literature of the last century. 

Dead Man's Cell Phone

Off the wall comedy  

Dead Man’s Cell Phone

By Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Brandon Weinbrenner
April 17 – May 10, 2020

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 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. 




MAY 8 – JUNE 7, 2020

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 
June 5 – July 5, 2020

A playful new adaptation of Jane Austen’s beloved novel follows the fortunes (and misfortunes) of the Dashwood sisters—sensible Elinor and sensitive Marianne—after their father’s sudden death leaves them financially destitute and socially vulnerable. Set in gossipy late 18th-century England with a fresh new adaptation, 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?

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2019-2020 Season


Rob Melrose, new Artistic Director of the Tony Award®-winning Alley Theatre, announces the Alley’s 2019-20 Season, which includes a world premiere play, three productions directed by Melrose, a co-production, an expanded student matinee program, and dates for the fifth Alley All New Festival.