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Clybourne Park

Dirt Dogs Theatre Co.

Clybourne Park

by Bruce Norris, Directed by Ron Jones

An homage to Lorraine Hansberry’s 1959 play, A Raisin in the Sun, Clybourne Park examines the evolution of a Chicago neighborhood over a 50-year time span. Act One takes place in 1959, as white community leaders anxiously try to stop the sale of a home to a Black family. Act Two is set in the same house in 2009, as the now predominantly African American neighborhood battles to hold its ground in the face of gentrification. With the same cast appearing in both acts, Clybourne Park examines how people and places evolve over time and play different roles in society’s progress—or the hindrance thereof.

Originally staged Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons in 2010, Clybourne Park is one of two plays to receive the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and both the Olivier and Tony Awards for Best New Play.Read more

The Importance of 'BEIN' EARNEST

Oscar Wilde meets Scarlett O’Hara! 

In 1892 the author of the classic British comedy, The Importance of Being Earnest visited Charleston, South Carolina while on his lecture tour of America shortly after his play had become the sensation of the London stage. This event has inspired acclaimed playwright/director Ted Swindley, to adapt this now beloved comedy to the antebellum city which prides itself on its Southern hospitality and sophisticated manners of Charleston. Join us for an evening of raucous fun as we present a staged reading of this experimental treatment of the play that Oscar Wilde called “A serious comedy for trivial people!”Read more

2022 Student Playwright Festival

Three playwrights from three Houston area high schools premiere their one-act plays at the 2022 Dirt Dogs Theatre Co. Student Playwright Festival: 

Stay Sunny by Pearl Reagler, directed by Curtis Barber: Four teenagers join a group phone call to try and make sense of a mysterious impending disaster.

Absquatulate: To leave without saying goodbye. by Alexandra Askew, directed by Holly Vogt Wilkison: A family struggling with the unexpected loss of one of their own must learn how to live with each other as their dynamics shift and tensions rise while they grieve.

 

Hand Me Downs by Kaleigh Medlow, directed by E.J.: The journey of three generations of Black women is explored as the women hand down a blouse from daughter to daughter, while simultaneously handing down generational trauma and tendencies.Read more

Fade to Black Play Festival - 10th Season

FADE TO BLACK PLAY FESTIVAL RETURNS FOR ITS 10TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON!!!

The Fade To Black Play Festival celebrates 10 seasons of amazing festival performances! We are Houston's first and only national short play festival to spotlight the new works of African-American playwrights. Our play festival is the hippest, hottest play festival you'll ever experience! Be There!Read more

Coyote on a Fence

Dirt Dogs Theatre Co.

Coyote on a Fence

Written by Bruce Graham, Directed by Malinda L. Beckham

Illiterate yet affable, Bobby Reyburn loves to do impressions and watch soap operas. He’s also a member of the Aryan nation sitting on death row, convicted of an unimaginable hate crime. John Brennan is an articulate, well-educated convict and editor of the prison newspaper, The Death Row Advocate. Following executions, John publishes obituaries that tell the stories of the executed but never mentions the crimes committed. John's writing draws national attention and the interest of a journalist who wants to do a story about him. As each awaits his final fate under the watchful eye of their female guard, they confront, comfort, and change each other. Inspired by the story of a real-life Texas death row inmate, Coyote on a Fence explores the questions: Can one be redeemed in the final hours of life? Is everyone redeemable even if they aren’t seeking redemption?Read more

Cruel Intentions: The 90's Musical

The Garden Theatre

Cruel Intentions: The 90's Musical

Created by Jordan Ross and Lindsey Rosin

Based on the iconic film starring Reese Witherspoon, Ryan Phillippe and Sarah Michelle Geller, Cruel Intentions: The ’90s Musical pulls you into the manipulative world of Manhattan’s most dangerous liaisons: Sebastian Valmont and Kathryn Merteuil. Fueled by revenge and passion, the diabolically charming step-siblings place a bet on whether or not Sebastian can deflower their incoming headmaster’s daughter, Annette Hargrove. As the two set out to destroy the innocent girl— and anyone else who gets in their way — they find themselves playing a perilous game with only one rule: Never fall in love.

Featuring your favorite throwback hits by artists like Boyz II Men, Christina Aguilera, REM, 'NSYNC, and, of course, Britney Spears, this sexy, hilarious, and so-very-cruel musical is “the ultimate night out” (Entertainment Weekly).

This production is not suitable for young audiences, and would be given an R rating. Parental discretion is advised. Read more

A Midsummer Night's Dream

In this classic Shakespeare play, four Athenians run away to the forest only to have Puck the fairy make both of the boys fall in love with the same girl. The four run through the forest pursuing each other while Puck helps his master play a trick on the fairy queen. In the end, Puck reverses the magic, and the two couples reconcile and marry.Read more

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