This is Modern Art

This is Modern Art
By Idris Goodwin & Kevin Coval
Oct 27-Nov. 19th

Following Houston’s 2nd Annual Mural Festival, The Landing Theatre Company present's Idris Goodwin and Kevin Coval’s This Is Modern Art.

Commissioned by Steppenwolf and developed at The Kennedy Center’s New Voices/New Visions, This is Modern Art gives us a glimpse into the anonymous lives of graffiti artists and asks us to question the true purpose of art.

Based on true events, the “Look Over Here” (LOH) graffiti crew is willing to risk anything for their art. Called vandals, criminals, even creative terrorists, these Chicago graffiti artists set out night after night to make their voices heard and alter the way people view the world. But when the crew finishes the biggest graffiti bomb of their careers, the consequences get serious and spark a public debate asking, “Where does art belong?”

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Dry Land presented by Mildred's Umbrella

by Ruby Rae Spiegel
October 20 - November 5, 2016

Mildred’s Umbrella Theatre Company continues its 2016-2017 season with the regional premiere of Dry Land by recent Yale graduate and Susan Smith Blackburn Prize finalist Ruby Rae Spiegel. Set in a high school locker room, the play centers on the awkward friendship borne out of crisis between two teen girls on the precipice of adulthood.

Amy and Ester are an unlikely pair – Amy is brash and blunt while Ester is the more unassuming of the two – who are forced together in trying to solve the problem of Amy’s unplanned pregnancy. The result is an honest, unflinching and often hilarious portrayal of teenage distress that has won accolades from critics and audiences alike.
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Firecracker Productions presents BECKY SHAW by Gina Gionfriddo

Becky Shaw follows a newlywed couple who fixes up two romantically challenged friends: wife's best friend, meet husband's sexy and strange new co-worker. When an evening calculated to bring happiness takes a dark turn, crisis and comedy ensue in this wickedly funny play that asks what we owe the people we love and the strangers who land on our doorstep.
Becky Shaw won the 2009 Outer Critics Circle Award, and was a finalist for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and the Lucille Lortel Award and Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play. Gina Gionfriddo was a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for another play-"Rapture, Blister, Burn".

Kelsey McMillan returns to Firecracker Productions to direct Becky Shaw, after previously directing ‘No Exit’ and ‘Belleville’. McMillan most recently directed ‘El Nogalar’ with Obsidian Theater.

“Firecracker has allowed me to work on shows that really delve into the fragility of human relationships, which I love in a script.” McMillan says. “Becky Shaw is no different; it is a darkly funny and realistic exploration of how our actions can have unintended consequences in each others lives.”

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THE REDEMPTION SERIES –12 original short plays in response to crisis in America

The Landing Theatre Company opens the 2016-17 season with THE REDEMPTION SERIES –12 original short plays in response to crisis in America.
September 22 – October 1, 2016

The Landing Theatre Company (LTC), Houston’s professional company dedicated to advancing American Playwriting, opens their 2016-17 season with THE REDEMPTION SERIES: 12 original short plays in response to crisis in America. In the wake of national tragedies such as the massacre at PULSE Night Club in Orlando, FL and the continuing fatal police shootings, LTC put out a national call for new plays that explore how we come together and move forward in times of crisis. Featuring plays from notable writers from around the country, we seek to find answers to these questions through laughter, tears, and community.


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True West - presented by 4th Wall...

True West
by Sam Shepard
September 9 - September 30, 2016

@Studio 101

4th Wall Theatre Company (formerly Stark Naked Theatre Company) opens its 2016-2017 season on September 9th with Sam Shepard’s Tony-nominated masterpiece, True West—a modern American classic exploring themes of sibling rivalry, art as commerce, and what it means to ‘be a man.’

Like a runaway train, this dark comedy about two brothers and their mutual resentment takes audiences on a thrill ride into the dark side of the human psyche, with laughs and unexpected moments of revelation along the way.
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The Burnin'

The Burnin'
September 9 - September 18, 2016 @MATCH

Progress Theatre presents The Burnin'. Written and Directed by Cristal Chanelle Truscott; Original Music by Heather Christian and Cristal Chanelle Truscott; Choreography by Millicent Johnnie, Tiffany Gilbert and the Progress Theatre Ensemble.

It’s 1940 in the fictional City of Antebellum. As the African American community prepares for the return of hometown hero Band Man, scheduled to play at the local juke, the White American community organizes it’s Annual Pilgrimage Pageant; a celebration of Southern hierarchy as it was “Before the War.”

Fast forward 75 years and post-Great Migration, urban residents in the metropolis of Sittay gather to critique the policies and politics behind contemporary headlines at a spoken word/hip hop spot.
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