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Thursday, September 14, 2023

Artistic Director Rob Melrose on the Alley’s Resident Acting Company

Our nine RAC actors are the only actors in this project which is nice both for company-building and to celebrate one of the last acting companies in the American Theatre, something both Richard and I feel should be cherished.

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.

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.