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2020-21 Season


A New Comedy   


Based on the screenplay by Jonathan Lynn  
Written by Sandy Rustin  
Additional Material by Hunter Foster and Eric Price  
Based on the Paramount Pictures Motion Picture  
Based on the Hasbro board game CLUE  
Directed by Brandon Weinbrenner
September 18 - October 25, 2020

It’s a dark and stormy night, and you’ve been invited to a dinner party. Murder and blackmail are on the menu when six guests assemble at Boddy Manor for a night they’ll never forget…if they make it out alive. Was it Mrs. Peacock in the study with the knife? Or Colonel Mustard in the library with the wrench? Based on the cult movie and the classic board game, Clue is the ultimate whodunit that will leave you dying of laughter and keep you guessing until the final twist. 


World Premiere


By Chisa Hutchinson 
Directed by James Black 
October 16 - November 15, 2020

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. Developed as part of the 2019 Alley All New Festival. 

A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas


A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas

By Charles Dickens
Adapted and Originally Directed by Michael Wilson
Directed by James Black
November 20 - December 30, 2020

Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Alley premiere of Michael Wilson’s adaptation. A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas is a thrilling, 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.

Alley All New

Alley All New Festival

January 21 - January 31, 2021

The sixth 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 soon.


World Premiere Musical 


A new musical  
Music by Duncan Sheik  
Book by Kyle Jarrow  
Lyrics by Kyle Jarrow and Duncan Sheik  
Directed by Darko Tresnjak
By Special Arrangement with Robert Cole, Mary Beth O’Connor, and Carl Moellenberg
January 21 - February 21, 2021  

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 (The SpongeBob Musical) and directed by Darko Tresnjak (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder). 

Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery

A Comedy-Mystery  
Ken Ludwig’s   

Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery

By Ken Ludwig  
Directed by Eleanor Holdridge
March 12 - April 4, 2021

Get your deerstalker cap on - the play’s afoot! Comedic genius Ken Ludwig (The Three Musketeers, Murder on the Orient Express) transforms Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic The Hound of the Baskervilles into a murderously funny adventure. The male heirs of the Baskerville line are being dispatched one by one, but Sherlock Holmes is on the case! To find the killer, Holmes and Watson must brave the desolate moors before a family curse dooms its newest heir. Our intrepid investigators try to escape a dizzying web of deceit, silly accents, and disguises, as five actors portray more than forty characters. Join the fun and see how far from elementary the truth can be.  

Born with Teeth

World Premiere Play 

Born With Teeth

By Liz Duffy Adams 
Directed by Rob Melrose 
April 2 - May 2, 2021

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. 

Dead Man's Cell Phone

Off the wall comedy  

Dead Man’s Cell Phone

By Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Brandon Weinbrenner
April 30 - May 23, 2021 

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, Eurydice). 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. 

Waiting for Godot

Comedy Classic 

Waiting for Godot

By Samuel Beckett
Directed by Rob Melrose
May 21 - June 20, 2021

Voted “the most significant play of the 20th century,” Waiting for Godot is Nobel Prize-winning playwright Samuel Beckett’s masterpiece. In this wickedly funny, frequently moving existential play, two men, Didi and Gogo, meet near a tree to wait for the arrival of the mysterious Godot, who never seems to come. They discuss their philosophies, debate their lots in life, question why they were put on earth, and encounter three characters, Lucky, Pozzo, and a messenger boy, who all engage in enlightening conversations about the human condition and uproarious physical comedy as they wait…and wait…and wait for Godot.

High School Play: A Nostalgia Fest

Nostalgic Comedy   

High School Play: A Nostalgia Fest

By Vichet Chum  
Directed by Tiffany Nichole Greene 
June 11 - July 4, 2021 

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. Co-produced with Dallas Theater Center.

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2020-2021 Season


Rob Melrose, Artistic Director of the Tony Award®-winning Alley Theatre, announces the Alley’s 2020-21 Season.