2020-21 Season

2021 Spring Digital Season

The Digital Season reintroduces Houstonians to classics
with translations by Artistic Director Rob Melrose
and celebrates Alley All New Alumni and Houston writers.
Digital productions available online for at least six months from launch date.

Play titles and dates subject to change.

A Christmas Carol

New to the Alley  

A Christmas Carol

By Charles Dickens 
Adapted by Doris Baizley 
Directed by Brandon Weinbrenner
FREE DIGITAL PRODUCTOIN
december 4 - December 27, 2020

A highly inventive, digital adaptation of the Dickens classic, pared down to its essential elements. A resident company of actors assemble online to perform a new production of the heartwarming Christmas story. With everyone performing from home, creating a magical world of holiday make-believe is no easy feat. The socially distanced troupe brings this holiday classic to imaginative new heights. It will be A Christmas Carol like no other. The free virtual production of A Christmas Carol, presented by ConocoPhillips, is a gift to the entire Houston area.

 

The Stronger

Short Play – New Translation of a Classic

The Stronger

By August Strindberg
Translated and Directed by Rob Melrose
January 15 – February 7, 2021

Two rival actresses run into each other at a café on Christmas night. One seems to have everything: a husband, children, prosperity, and shopping bags laden with Christmas gifts. The other sits silently at her table not speaking a word. As events unfold, it becomes clear that things aren’t what they seem, and it is perhaps the silent one who has everything…has stolen everything. Alley Resident Acting Company members Elizabeth Bunch and Melissa Pritchett duel it out to determine which of them is The Stronger.

A Half-Sheet of Paper

Short Play – New Translation of a Classic

A Half-Sheet of Paper

By August Strindberg
Translated and Directed by Rob Melrose
January 22 – February 14, 2021

One of Strindberg’s best loved short stories is now available for English-speaking audiences to enjoy. A man is moving out of his apartment and makes one last check through the empty spaces to make sure nothing has been forgotten. By the telephone, he finds a small sheet of paper full of notes and scribblings that calls forth a flood of memories of the highs and lows of his two years living there. Perhaps no short story better encapsulates Tennyson’s maxim “’Tis better to have loved and lost / than never loved at all.” Alley Resident Acting Company Member Chris Hutchison beautifully guides us through this poignant experience.

 

The Man With The Flower In His Mouth

Short Play – New Translation of a Classic

The Man With The Flower In His Mouth

By Luigi Pirandello
Translated and Directed by Rob Melrose
February 12– March 14, 2021

Two strangers meet at a train station in the middle of the night. At first, their concerns seem the petty worries of the everyday, but as the two men get to know each other better, the subject turns to life, death, and the meaning of existence. It is the play that inspired Edward Albee’s masterpiece The Zoo Story. Luigi Pirandello won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1934 and is considered to be one of the most innovative dramatists who ever lived.

 

Medea

Full length classic

Medea

By Euripides
Translated by Mary-Kay Gamel
Directed by Rob Melrose
March 5 – April 4, 2021

Sexual jealousy, betrayal, revenge, and murder! One of the first plays ever written remains one of the most gripping. Medea has sacrificed everything for her marriage to Jason. Now he has his eye on a younger potential bride. Watch as Medea makes him pay dearly for his infidelity.

 

El Chucho Town Forever

Short Play – Alley All New Alumni 

El Chucho Town Forever

By Isaac Gómez
Directed by Laura Moreno
April 2 – May 2, 2021

Janie and Miguel are long-time assistant managers at a big box store in El Paso right by the Zaragoza Bridge to Juárez, Mexico. The memorial service is tonight. It didn’t happen at their store, but it could have. Should they go? Will they go? Written by Texas playwright Isaac Gómez (commissioned author of the upcoming What-a-Christmas! at the Alley).

 

Choosing Love

Short Play – Alley All New Alumni 

Choosing Love

By Chisa Hutchinson
April 2 – May 2, 2021

A man escapes the rain by walking into a psychic’s shop. She has a towel waiting. He accepts a reading. It may, or may not, change his life. A short play by the author of Amerikin (Alley All New Festival 2019 and on track for production in a future season).

 

Man. Kind

Short Play – Alley All New Alumni 

Man. Kind

By Don X. Nguyen
Directed by Brandon Weinbrenner
April 9 – May 9, 2021

A cave man on a plateau. He invents fire. A cavewoman arrives. She invented fire yesterday. She wants his help. But he knows bad things happen when people start to band together. This short play reunites playwright Don X. Nguyen and director Brandon Weinbrenner following the reading of The Supreme Leader (Alley All New Festival 2019).

 

For Steve Wozniak on His 67th Birthday

Short Play – Alley All New Alumni 

For Steve Wozniak on His 67th Birthday

By Jiehae Park
April 9 – May 9, 2021

Meet Steve. And Steve. And Steve. One turns 67 today. One is dead. Two are famous. A play for three women from the singular mind of Jiehae Park, author of The Aves (Alley All New Festival 2020).

 

Old Black and White Hollywood

Full Length Play – Alley All New Alumni 

Old Black and White Hollywood

By ShaWanna Renee Rivon
April 16 - May 16, 2021

Hollywood, 1954. Black comedienne Doris Jean is performing at an after-hours club and catches the eye of producer Samuel Stahr. His T.V. show featuring a former radio star is floundering; Doris Jean may be just what The Eva Rose Show needs. Doris refuses to play a maid and is cast as one anyway. But the two women connect and make a delightful comedy duo. Still, how high can a talented Black woman rise in old black and white Hollywood? A new play by Houston author and former LA actor ShaWanna Renee Rivon.

 

An Enemy of the People

Full Length classic

An Enemy of the People

By Henrik Ibsen
Translated from the Norwegian by Paul Walsh
Directed by Rob Melrose
April 30 – May 30, 2021

What does it mean to be a Public Enemy? Dr. Stockman wants to keep his community safe by shutting down the town’s economy while making the necessary changes in the poisoned water supply to make sure it is safe. His brother, the mayor, fights with all his might to keep the economy open despite the health risks. According to him, the time and money to make the water supply safe would ruin the economy and bankrupt the town. Does this sound familiar? Join us for Ibsen’s particularly timely classic.

 

Pariah

Short Play – New Translation of a Classic 

Pariah

By August Strindberg
Translated and Directed by Rob Melrose
June 4 – July 4, 2021

Two archeologists marvel over a chest of gold artifacts one of them has found. Moral questions about what to do with this gold rise to the surface as troubling questions about the men’s criminal pasts are probed to their very depths. Strindberg was highly influenced by the work of Edgar Allen Poe while writing this play, especially Poe’s mesmerizing story The Cask of Amontillado (beautifully read by David Rainey in our Chills and Thrills Series).