On the Run: Main Street Theater Presents Love and Information

Posted by: Staffon 2016/2/18 16:50:00 879 reads Main Street Theater Presents the Regional Premiere of Caryl Churchill’s
Love and Information
February 13 – March 5, 2016

MST – Rice Village

Main Street Theater (MST) continues its 40th Anniversary Season with the regional premiere of Love and Information by Caryl Churchill, a whirlwind of 57 scenes about how we love and what we know. Director Philip Hays describes this unique play as an “onslaught of human moments” with which audiences will easily identify and through which audiences will readily engage with the piece.

Someone sneezes. Someone can’t get a signal. Someone won’t answer the door. Someone put an elephant on the stairs. Someone’s not ready to talk. Someone hates irrational numbers. Someone told the police. Someone got a message from the traffic light. Someone’s never felt like this before. Playwright Caryl Churchill (Cloud Nine, Top Girls) has been pushing theatrical boundaries for over fifty years. Love and Information, features 57 brief yet memorable scenes that make up a world where data inspires obsession and FaceTime conversations and selfies threaten to replace human contact.

In this fast-moving kaleidoscope of scenes, more than a hundred characters try to make sense of what they know and how they love.

About this Production
Philip Hays is the director of Love and Information. The cast includes Shelby Blocker, Brittny Bush, Greg Cote, Patricia Duran, Dain Geist, Haley Hussey, Jovan Jackson, Brandon Morgan, Mateo Mpinduzi-Mott, Regina Ohashi, Molly Searcy, Rebecca Tindel-Bivens, and David Wald

The design team includes Ryan McGettigan (set design), Philip King (lighting design), Macy Lyne (costume design), Alex Worthington (sound design), and Rodney Walsworth (properties design). Lauren T. Smith is the Production Stage Manager.

Cast Photo by Blueprint Films

February 13 - March 6, 2016
Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays - 7:30pm
Sundays - 3:00pm

About Caryl Churchill
Most widely known for her plays Cloud Nine, Top Girls, and Serious Money (all of which garnered Obie Awards), Caryl Churchill has explored difficult territory throughout her career. As playwright Mark Ravenhill said of Churchill: “Of course it's possible to trace recurring themes in Churchill's work - alienation between parent and child, the possibility and failure of revolution. But it is the variety of her work that is most striking. As Von Mayenburg says: ‘With each play, she discovers new genres and forms. She then discards them and moves on, opening up possibilities for other playwrights to explore. I think many people writing today don't even realize they've been influenced by her. She's changed the language of theatre. And very few playwrights do that.’" Churchill was also the recipient of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for Fen, Serious Money, and a runner-up for Top Girls. She won the Evening Standard award for Serious Money as well. In 2010, Ms. Churchill was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.

Part of the Art Series
Main Street Theater has an audience engagement initiative, the Part of the Art Series, which provides special opportunities for people to connect with MST’s work in new ways. Part of the Art events for Love and Information include:
· Feb. 13 at 6:45pm: Opening Night pre-show discussion with the director and designers. Free and open to all, whether you are seeing the play that night or not.
· After-parties following Saturday night performances beginning Feb. 13 (included in ticket price)
· Feb. 21: Free Post-show discussion with the artists following the matinee. This event is free and open to all; even if you are not attending the performance that day, you’re welcome to come.

About Main Street Theater
Now in its 40th Anniversary Season, Main Street Theater provides theater experiences for all ages. Founded in 1975, our MainStage produces professional, intimate, literary plays for adults and operates under an Actors’ Equity Association union contract; our Theater for Youth produces professional, engaging productions based on children’s literature for families and school groups, both in-house and on tour around Texas; and we offer Education and Outreach programs on-site and at satellite locations around the Greater Houston area for youth aged 4 – high school. We work out of 2 brand new facilities: our Rice Village home on Times. Blvd., and as part of the MATCH (Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston) on Main Street.

Main Street Theater is a member of Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national service organization for not-for-profit theaters, of Theatre for Young Audiences/USA (formerly ASSITEJ), the world theatre network of theatre for children and young people, and a founding member of Houston Arts Partners. Main Street Theater is funded in part by grants from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, and the Texas Commission on the Arts.