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2024 Fade to Black Festival


FADE TO BLACK PLAY FESTIVAL RETURNS FOR ITS 12TH  SEASON!!!

The Fade To Black Play Festival celebrates 12 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

Tamarie's TEXAS Toast!

The Catastrophic Theatre

Tamarie's TEXAS Toast!

World Premiere, written by Tamarie Cooper & Patrick Reynolds

Tamarie and her merry band of musical maniacs are taking on the great state of Texas. 27 installments of all-new, full-scale original Tamarie Cooper musicals and there’s never been one about Texas? What? We’ve been saving it for you.

Expect huge dance numbers, massive songs, and gigantic belly laughs. Why? Because everything’s bigger in Texas, you tourist. This scorched, humid, political hornet's nest is ripe for spoofing from the collective minds of Cooper and Patrick Reynolds. Bank on douchey Austin tech bros, horny toads, the Alamo, sticker burrs, the TEA, and a certain governor, bless his heart. Plus, all the actual wonders that Texas has to offer: Tex-Mex, big hair, What-a-Burger, and the best city in the Lone Star State, H-Town, Baby! 

Tamarie's Texas Toast is both a toast and a roast of all things Texas. As always, Tamarie will be joined by a live band and a cast of Houston's funniest performers, bringing you an entirely original and completely irreverent musical bonanza. All from the bottom of Tamarie's Texas-sized heart. Read more

The Gospel Wiz

Another Tabb Production Presents

The Gospel Wiz

Written and produced by Yvette Tabb. Back by Popular Demand for ONE NIGHT ONLY!

The Gospel Wiz is not only a stage play, it’s a ministry with a narrative of healing, redemption, and inspiration is created an expressed through the form of storytelling, dance and music. This vision was brought forth to help inspire, encourage and enlighten others in their faith base communities!Read more

Nuestra Señora de las Nubes

Con dos maletas como únicas pertenencias, Oscar y Bruna, originarios de un país ficticio, alternando constantemente realidades presentes y recuerdos pasados, comparten anécdotas de su experiencia como exiliados, sus sueños, necesidades, frustraciones, deseos, amores, olvidos y recuerdos. Nuestra Señora de las Nubes mapea la experiencia de la diáspora como una condición existencial de desarraigo permanente, en este caso inspirada en la historia del exilio latinoamericano. El exilio, en esta obra, se convierte no sólo en la pérdida física de la propia patria, sino en la erosión de la capacidad de permanecer dentro de los propios recuerdos. La memoria, como una especie de empresa conjunta, permite entonces la construcción de un nuevo territorio al que pertenecer, una nueva patria del afecto donde sobrevivir, añorar y recordar.Read more

Melville & Hawthorne

Thunderclap Productions

Melville & Hawthorne

A John Steven Kellett Memorial Series Production – World Premiere

WORLD PREMIEREMelville & Hawthorne follows the year and a half that authors Herman Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne spent living near each other while Melville wrote Moby Dick (which is dedicated to Hawthorne). It is based entirely on historical fact, filling in gaps to chronicle their growing feelings for each other. The play explores racial equality, sexual liberation, social justice, freedom, and the impact of literature on political events. This production, directed by Andrew Ruthven, is the latest from Thunderclap’s award-winning John Steven Kellett Memorial Series.Read more

The Color Purple

The Garden Theatre

The Color Purple

Music and Lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bray; Book by Marsha Norman

The Garden Theatre and The Sankofa Collective have joined forces to bring the beautiful story of The Color Purple to the stage. This musical adaptation of Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel spotlights Celie, a downtrodden young woman whose personal awakening over the course of 35 years forms the arc of this epic story. With a joyous score featuring jazz, ragtime, gospel, African music and blues, The Color Purple is a story of hope, a testament to the healing power of love, and a celebration of life.Read more

Treasure Island

Creative Movement Practices

Treasure Island

by Robert Louis Stevenson; Adapted for the Stage by Sarah Sneesby

You are cordially invited to join us on an adventure as we sail through Davy Jones' Locker to find Treasure Island! Just like Stevenson's classic tale, our production promises sword fights, pirates, mutiny, and treasure as we follow our protagonist, Jem Hawkins though a coming-of-age adventure. This show has been written for adults, and then finessed with kids in mind to create an All-Ages Family Encouraged adventure that promises to delight and entertain across the generations! Read more

Assassins

The Garden Theatre

Assassins

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim; Book by John Weidman

A multiple Tony Award-winning theatrical tour-de-force, Assassins combines Sondheim's signature blend of intelligently stunning lyrics and beautiful music with a panoramic story of our nation's culture of celebrity and the violent means some will use to obtain it, embodied by America's four successful and five would-be presidential assassins. Bold, original, disturbing and alarmingly funny, Assassins is perhaps the most controversial musical ever written.

Assassins lays bare the lives of nine individuals who assassinated or tried to assassinate the President of the United States, in a one-act historical musical that explores the dark side of the American experience. From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, writers, Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman, bend the rules of time and space, taking us on a nightmarish roller coaster ride in which assassins and would-be assassins from different historical periods meet, interact and inspire each other to harrowing acts in the name of the American Dream.Read more

Who's Holiday!

The Garden Theatre

Who's Holiday!

By Matthew Lombardo; Starring Chaney Moore

You saw her last when she was just two
Celebrate the holidays with Cindy Lou Who.
Pull up a seat and fill up your cup
‘Cause your favorite little Who is all grown up.

Who's Holiday! Is a wildly funny and heartfelt adults-only comedy that tells the story of Cindy Lou Who, now all grown up and residing in a beaten-down trailer in the snowy hills of Mount Crumpit, as she recalls (in between bong rips) that Christmas Eve she first met the Grinch and the twisted turn of events her life has now taken.Read more

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