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  • 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 Native Gardens

Monday, April 24 at 6:45pm: Free first read-through of Native Gardens. Attend the very first rehearsal of the production, and hear the artists explore the script together for the first time. There is no charge to attend. Just arrive at our theater in Rice Village about 6:40pm on Monday evening. We'll watch/hear the first part, take a break and have a glass of wine with the actors, reconvene for the second half, and then leave the actors to continue their rehearsal without us. Please RSVP to shannon@mainstreettheater.com by Monday morning, April 24.

Saturday, May 20 at 6:45pm: Opening Night Pre-Show Discussion with the director and designers. Get an inside look at the production and the process that has led up to Opening Night. Free and open to all. No need to RSVP.

After-parties following all Saturday night performances: Enjoy a free drink with the cast after the show! Included in ticket price.

Post-Show Discussion: TBD.

Earlier This Season...

Part of the Art Events for Grand Concourse

Monday, March 6 at 6:40pm: Free first read-through of Grand Concourse. Attend the very first rehearsal of the production, and hear the artists explore the script together for the first time. There is no charge to attend and no need to RSVP. Just arrive at our theater in Rice Village about 6:40pm on Monday evening. We'll watch/hear the first part, take a break and have a glass of wine with the actors, reconvene for the second half, and then leave the actors to continue their rehearsal without us.

After-parties following all Saturday night performances: Enjoy a free drink with the cast after the show! Included in ticket price.

April 2: The Rev. Steve Capper, Vicar and CEO of Lord of the Streets, will give a post-show reflection followed by an open discussion with the artists and audience. Since 1990, Lord of the Streets has welcomed and addressed the holistic needs of those who are homeless in Houston's downtown and Mid-town. FREE and open to all. Even if you are not seeing the play on this day, you are welcome to attend.

The Taming
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 participated.

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 :)”

For more information, please email shannon@mainstreettheater.com.

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.

For more information about Theater Anywhere, please email jonathan@mainstreettheater.com.

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