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Thursday, March 14, 2024

JANE EYRE Director’s Reflections

A heroine for today, the character Jane Eyre is one of the most compelling in the history of the English novel.

Monday, February 26, 2024

Brandon Weinbrenner on What It Takes to Direct The Nerd

We spoke with Associate Artistic Director Brandon Weinbrenner about Directing The Nerd. Here is what he had to say!

Wednesday, September 6, 2023

Unveiling Alley Theatre’s Little Comedies: An Experiment in Theatrical Fusion

I am pretty sure that Anton Chekhov never imagined an entire evening of five of his short plays, some which he subtitled ‘a joke’ or ‘a vaudeville.’ He did not write them to make up an evening.

Monday, August 28, 2023

Artistic Director’s Reflections on the Alley’s production of AMERICAN MARIACHI

I'm so excited to share José Cruz González's beautiful play with Houston audiences. It is filled with energy, heart, and gorgeous Mariachi music.

Monday, August 14, 2023

Murder By The Book Discussion with Mark Shanahan

Mark Shanahan, adaptor and director of Agatha Christie’s The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, discussed this new adaptation and his love of Agatha Christie at Houston's Murder By The Book bookstore. Here are some of the insights he shared. 

Wednesday, June 21, 2023

Reflections of Artistic Director Rob Melrose: Adaptor, Translator, and Director  

I can hardly contain my excitement in sharing with Houston audiences my two greatest passions: commedia dell’arte and the city of Venice. Commedia dell’arte is a form of drama that originated in Italy from 1550-1750 featuring stock characters wearing masks and improvised comedic bits called lazzi (from the same root as the word lasso because they tie the play together). Cartoons, sitcoms, and the comedies of Shakespeare, Molière, and Goldoni all have their roots in commedia dell’arte.