Attend the first read-through of the script with the artists. (Free)
Opening Night Pre-Show Discussion with the Designers (Free)
After-parties following Friday and Saturday night shows (Included with ticket)
Post-show Discussion Series (Free)
Bring a group of 20 people or more, and enjoy a private reception with the cast after the show (included with ticket); some restrictions apply.
Special Events TBA.
Part of the Art Events for Copenhagen
Every Saturday Night: Join the cast for a drink on the house at the After Party! Each week is a special event, including a champagne reception on Opening Night, Feb. 11, and a "Cast Party" closing weekend, Mar. 11. Included with ticket price.
February 26: John Lienhard, originator of The Engines of Our Ingenuity and Prof. Emeritus of Engineering and of History at the University of Houston, will give a post-show talk followed by an open discussion with the artists and audience. FREE and open to all. Even if you are not seeing the play on this day, you are welcome to attend.
By Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Jonathan Gonzalez
With Lindsay Ehrhardt, Shannon Emerick, Elizabeth Keel, and Bree Welch
2 Staged Readings on Inauguration Day, January 20
10am at MST – Rice Village, 2540 Times Blvd.
7pm at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 1805 W. Alabama (at Woodhead)
FREE and open to all (please note: adult language and content)
As part of a nationwide initiative, Main Street Theater presented 2 staged readings of Lauren Gunderson's THE TAMING on Inauguration Day, January 20. More than 40 theaters across the country are participating.
Tweetering, pandashrews, and undying giddiness for James Madison -- what else could you expect to find at a Miss America pageant? In this hilarious, raucous, all-female "power-play" inspired by Shakespeare's Shrew, contestant Katherine has political aspirations to match her beauty pageant ambitions. All she needs to revolutionize the American government is the help of one ultra-conservative senator's aide on the cusp of a career breakthrough, and one bleeding-heart liberal blogger who will do anything for her cause. Well, that and a semi-historically-accurate ether trip.
“With the sea change in America already swirling I thought ‘Write, girl! Write!’ But then I thought, ‘I think you already wrote about this. And it’s called The Taming.’ I wrote this all-female political farce to laugh with the painful truth about extremism on both sides, to toy with our country’s history and wrestle with its foundational imperfections,” writes playwright Lauren Gunderson. “And I wrote it before HAMILTON so my Hamilton jokes were legit and trendsetting :)”
With these performances of The Taming, we also introduce a new engagement series at MST:
Theater Anywhere is Main Street Theater’s community engagement program designed to make theater more accessible to diverse audiences in the Houston area. Plays that are part of Theater Anywhere transform non-traditional theater spaces into artistic arenas. MST works with area organizers and leaders of different organizations to collaborate on artistic projects that best serve the needs of their specific communities. Just as many neighborhoods have a corner post office, corner store, and little league team, Theater Anywhere strives to ensure they have a corner theater as well.