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Join the hottest LGBTQ theatre event in town! ActOUT is in its eleventh season with a variety of events and productions that will once again have Houston’s LGBTQ community talking. Patrons enjoy fabulous pre-performance mixers with music, socializing, complimentary cocktails and appetizers. The place to see and be seen, ActOUT is sure to be a great night on the town.

This pre-curtain event starts at 6:00 PM and is FREE with your ticket to the Thursday night performances listed below. Each production begins at 7:30 p.m. To buy ActOUT tickets, required for this event,  purchase online or call the box office at 713.220.5700, then enter 1. For more information, please e-mail tinab@alleytheatre.org or call 713.315.3399.

Upcoming ACTOUT Events

The Three Musketeers

JUNE 13
Ken Ludwig's

THE THREE MUSKETEERS

ADAPTED FROM THE NOVEL BY ALEXANDRE DUMAS
PRE-CURTAIN EVENT AT 6:00 PM
PERFORMANCE AT 7:30 PM

All for one and one for all! A swashbuckling romp of romance, danger, and comedy, perfectly suited for the whole family. Alexandre Dumas’ timeless tale springs to life as the young D’Artagnan, joined by his sister Sabine, discovers honor amid intrigue and high-stakes adventure when he meets the famous Three Musketeers. En garde for this action- and humor-packed summer hit. 

Murder on the Orient Express

August 8
EXXONMOBIL SUMMER CHILLS

Agatha Christie’s MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS

Adapted by Ken Ludwig
Directed by Rob Melrose
PRE-CURTAIN EVENT AT 6:00 PM
PERFORMANCE AT 7:30 PM

Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express is a plot-twist masterpiece that has thrilled mystery lovers from television, radio, and film. And audiences now 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

September 26  

THE WINTER’S TALE

By Williams Shakespeare
Directed by Rob Melrose
PRE-CURTAIN EVENT AT 6:00 PM
PERFORMANCE AT 7:30 PM

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.

Fully Committed

December 5

Fully Committed

By Becky Mode
Directed by Brandon Weinbrenner
PRE-CURTAIN EVENT AT 6:00 PM
PERFORMANCE AT 7:30 PM

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?  

Quixote Nuevo

January 30

Quixote Nuevo

By Octavio Solis
Adapted from Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
Directed by KJ Sanchez
PRE-CURTAIN EVENT AT 6:00 PM
PERFORMANCE AT 7:30 PM

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. 

1984

March 19

1984

By George Orwell
Adapted by Michael Gene Sullivan
Directed by Rob Melrose
PRE-CURTAIN EVENT AT 6:00 PM
PERFORMANCE AT 7:30 PM

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

April 30  

Dead Man’s Cell Phone

By Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Brandon Weinbrenner
PRE-CURTAIN EVENT AT 6:00 PM
PERFORMANCE AT 7:30 PM

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.  

Sense and Sensibility

June 18  

Sense And Sensibility

By Kate Hamill
Based on the novel by Jane Austen
Directed by Adriana Baer 
PRE-CURTAIN EVENT AT 6:00 PM
PERFORMANCE AT 7:30 PM

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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