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The Book of Mary

Ted Swindley Theatre Workshop in association with Dirt Dogs UNLEASHED

The Book of Mary

Written by and Starring Mary Hooper, Directed by Ted Swindley

World Premiere of an exciting new play by a Legendary Houston Theatre Artist!

The Book of Mary (It Costs a Lot to Be Real), is an autobiographical one-woman show, written by and starring Houston’s own Mary Hooper, and directed by Ted Swindley, founder of Houston’s STAGES theatre and author of the popular musical, Always…Patsy Cline. It’s a raucous ride: from her Beaumont beginnings as a shy child of deaf parents, her timely escape to the gay neighborhood of Montrose in the 70s and 80s, to her adventures onstage in Houston’s way off Broadway theatre scene. Both funny and poignant, The Book of Mary is a love letter to the diva in us all.

The Book of Mary is made possible by the generosity of Sue Smith.Read more

PLAGIO (Cheaters)

Gente de Teatro

PLAGIO (Cheaters)

a comedy by Jean-Pierre Martinez

Plagio (Cheaters) is a rather amoral take on the literary world.

Since the publication of his first novel, Alex, the recipient of a prestigious award, has been basking in his reputation as an author in vogue while collecting his copyright money. He is about to become the recipient of the Cruz de Caballeros de las Artes y las Letras Award bestowed by the Ministry of Culture. His wife Gloria, whose fortune and connections played a big role in enhancing his reputation is helping him get his speech ready for the ceremony. However, this is exactly the moment when Alex receives the unexpected visit of an unknown woman who could put his “success story” in jeopardy.Read more

Miss Nelson is Missing

The kids in Room 207 were misbehaving again. Spitballs stuck to the ceiling. Paper planes whizzing through the air. They were the worst-behaved class in the whole school.” But when Miss Nelson disappears and the mean-looking substitute Miss Viola Swamp takes her place, the children are so desperate they hire a detective to find Miss Nelson in this wacky whodunit hit!Read more


The Catastrophic Theatre


By Sarah Kane, Regional Premiere

Love me or kill me.

Sarah Kane’s brief, boundary breaking career prompted the terms “a theatre of extremes” and “an ethics of catastrophe.” In a former university, society’s “undesirables” are imprisoned and subjected to a series of tortures designed to test the limits of human love on the battlefield of the human body. Explosively aching, hauntingly poetic, and disarmingly tender, Cleansed is a fever-dream fable of unimaginable brutality and miraculous beauty. This whiplash for the soul comes soaked through with hope. Cleansed is undeniably a love story. Given this country’s immediate threat to the bodies and lives of those that look, live, or love in ways that deviate from the most conservative societal ‘norms’, 25 years after it was written, Cleansed feels nightmarishly prescient.

The regional premiere of Cleansed is co-directed by Jason Nodler and T Lavois Thiebaud with production design by Afsaneh Aayani and James Templeton, reuniting the team that created last season’s production of Kane’s 4.48 Psychosis, which The Houston Press called “an imaginative bulldozer of a production” and “a testament to the collaborative work that happens when two theater artists [Thiebaud and Nodler] are performing at the top of their game.”Read more


An Art-infused Open Mic featuring Non Conformity & Community!

7:30 PM - 8:00 PM... THE MIXER 

Experience the sound of DJ LoQi spinning the hottest Neo Soul, R&B music that will stimulate your mind, body, and soul as you arrive for your heART&SOUL experience.



James Just born in New Orleans, La is an Artist. Period.

Since he was able to pick up a pencil he’s been drawing or writing short stories to accompany the pictures.

He started writing Poetry at the age of sixteen as a past time and after a family friend heard him recite one, he invited him to True Brew Cafe’ where he performed his first open mic.

He became enraptured in the experience and was soon a frequent on the New Orleans Poetry scene even getting a chance to perform at the Jazz Festival.

Creating has been his life’s work, his spiritual practice. In 2019 he launched Casa de Vintage Soul ‘The house that dreams built’ A lifestyle brand which currently offers luxury skincare, shirts, hats and novelty items.

‘I believe I was born to create. So, naturally, I am most at peace in that process. I believe that by recognizing, owning and mastering my own power… others will be inspired to do the same.’ -J. Just

SPOKEN WORD + MOVEMENT + SONG + VISUAL ART = Where the ARTS merge!Read more

Steel Magnolias

Set in the fictional northwestern Louisiana parish of Chinquapin, the play opens at Truvy's in-home beauty parlor where a group of women regularly gather. They discuss Shelby's upcoming wedding to her fiancé, Jackson. The plot covers events over the next three years relating to Shelby's Type 1 diabetes, and with how the women cope with their conflicts, while remaining friends: Shelby's decision to have a child despite jeopardizing her health, Clairee's friendship with the curmudgeon Ouiser; Annelle's transformation from a shy, anxious newcomer in town to a good-time girl then repentant revival-tent Christian; and Truvy's relationships with the men in her family. Read more