Trouble in Mind

Trouble in Mind

Regional Premiere
By Alice Childress

1957. Rehearsals begin on what everyone hopes will be Broadway’s next big hit. But social norms and prejudices collide, and so Wiletta Mayer, a gifted Black actress, will finally get to play the lead role in a Broadway show if she’s willing to compromise her principles. Funny, moving, and ultimately a shattering look at racism, identity, and ego in the high-stakes world of New York theatre. This 1955 comedy-drama—planned for Broadway but canceled when the playwright wouldn’t tone down its message—finally made its triumphant premiere in 2021.

“With an engrossing history, a superlative cast, and a message that cannot be ignored, Main Street Theater’s “Trouble in Mind” is not simply a period piece from the 1950s, but a riveting commentary on race, art, and power that will leave you thinking long after the show is over.” Houston Chronicle review

“Main Street Theater should be lauded – again (as with their regional premieres of Coast of Utopia, Wolf Hall, Light in the Piazza) – for their prescience in bringing this lost masterpiece to Houston. Trouble in Mind is glorious theater.” Houston Press review

“This is a powerful production of a fine play. However much it may at times unsettle, it is a troubling of the mind much to be desired.” Conroe Courier review

More about the play’s history:

Before it opened Off-Broadway in New York in 1955, one of the white, male producers made playwright (and director) Alice Childress change the ending, which she did – though she knew it was wrong – and of course, the end is the one part of the show the New York Times didn’t care for. Then the play was optioned for Broadway IF Ms. Childress rewrote it to be more palatable for white people. For 2 years, she worked on it, trying to please the producers. But after reaching a point where she couldn’t even recognize her own play anymore, Alice Childress stopped. And the play never made it to Broadway… UNTIL last year at the Roundabout Theatre in New York when Trouble in Mind made its glorious Broadway debut. Now Main Street Theater is honored to give the play its regional premiere.

LOCATION

Main Street Theater – Rice Village
2540 Times Blvd.
Directions

PERFORMANCES AND TICKETS

Sept 17 – Oct 16, 2022
Previews: Sept 11, 15, & 16, 2022

Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 3:00pm

Tickets: $35 – $59
(Previews: $15 – $20)

Open Captioning

Sunday, Oct 2, 2022 at 3pm
Open “in-sync” Captioned Performance

HELPFUL INFO

Seating Charts
Parking/Dining

Running Time: 2 hours 15 minutes with one intermission.

Please note: no outside food/snacks are allowed at the theater. You may purchase concessions at the show.

Children under the age of 9 are not allowed in the theater.

Part of the Art Logo

Special opportunities for each of the MainStage productions to help you connect with the work at MST in new ways.

 

PART OF THE ART Series Events for Trouble in Mind

Tuesday, August 23 at 6:45pm: Join us for a free, first read-thru of Trouble in Mind at our Rice Village location, 2540 Times Blvd. You get to be a fly on the wall for the very first rehearsal, hearing the cast read the play aloud for the first time together. To RSVP, please click here. Following the CDC’s current recommendations while taking into account that Houston is currently at a High Community Risk Level, masks are recommended. 

Tuesday, September 27 at 6:30pm: Join us for our next DEBI Discussion (Diversity, Equity, Belonging, and Inclusion) moderated by Tamara Siler, professional actor and Deputy Director of Admission, Access and Inclusion at Rice University. Panelists include local artists S. Denise O’Neal, Crystal Rae, Steven J. Scott, and Manning Mpinduzi-Mott. We’ll explore the ways BIPOC artists navigate the Houston theater landscape. The event is free and open to all artists. Just register here: bit.ly/MSTDEBISept

       

Thursday, October 9: Join us for a pre-show Happy Hour with the one and only Carmina Vavra!

Sunday, October 9: Join us for a post-show discussion featuring some of Houston’s outstanding Black actresses: Tamara Siler, Rachel H. Dickson, Tené Carter, Ansonia Jones, Sloane Teagle, and Michele Harrell.

Free Beer Fridays, sponsored by Saint Arnold’s! Have a beer on us after the show!

This production is generously supported in part by:

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The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley

The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley

SEASON ADD-ON
By Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon

 

Now available to watch online as well!

Regency romance is back with our favorite literary couple and their entertaining relations: Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy! Continuing Jane Austen’s beloved Pride and Prejudice, the below stairs servants at the grand Pemberley estate find themselves in the midst of a holiday scandal. An unwelcome visitor has stumbled into the hall in the middle of the night—Mr. Darcy’s nemesis and Lydia’s incorrigible husband, Mr. Wickham! Mrs. Reynolds, the bustling housekeeper, Cassie, the resilient new serving girl, and Brian, the helplessly romantic groomsman, must each balance their holiday preparations with keeping Wickham confined. But before long, everything reaches a boiling point, festivities spiral into chaos, and the truth comes to light! An utterly delightful holiday tale.

 

“Main Street Theater’s The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley is a loving extension of the Jane Austen universe.” -Houston Chronicle

“Ultimately, the play, like much of the holiday season, is about belonging: finding the place where one is accepted, understood, and forgiven as well as judging those who reject belonging at all and seek only to justify and pleasure themselves. Pemberley’s secret of happiness is made to lie in its ability to empower the weak and turn away the selfish. In short, it is a play about holiday hope.” —Houston Chronicle/Conroe Courier

LOCATION

Main Street Theater – Rice Village
2540 Times Blvd.
Directions

PERFORMANCES

Nov 19 – Dec 18, 2022
Previews: Nov 17 & 18, 2022
No performance Thanksgiving Day, November 24

Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 3:00pm

Tickets: $39 – $59

Open Captioning

Sunday, Nov 20 at 3pm
Open “in-sync” Captioned Performance

HELPFUL INFO

Seating Charts
Parking/Dining
Learn more about available discounts here.

Running Time: 2 hours includeing one 15 minute intermission.

Please note: no outside food/snacks are allowed at the theater. You may purchase concessions at the show.

Children under the age of 9 are not allowed in the theater.

Part of the Art Logo

Special opportunities for each of the MainStage productions to help you connect with the work at MST in new ways.

 

PART OF THE ART Series Events for The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley

Monday, October 24 at 6:45pm: Join us for a free, first read-thru of The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley at our Rice Village location, 2540 Times Blvd. You get to be a fly on the wall for the very first rehearsal, hearing the cast read the play aloud for the first time together. To RSVP, please click here

Thursday, December 8: Join us for a pre-show Happy Hour with the one and only, Carmina Vavra! Happy Hour starts at 6:45pm. The play starts at 7:30pm.

Free Beer Fridays, sponsored by Saint Arnold’s! Have a beer on us after the show!

Producing Partner

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Permanent Collection

Permanent Collection

By Thomas Gibbons

African-American businessman Sterling North is the new director of the Morris Foundation, a world-famous art collection. When North proposes to change the permanent collection display by adding eight pieces of African art from storage, a battle ensues with the long-time Education Director who is devoted to protecting Morris’ vision. Spurred on by a zealous local journalist, the clash quickly escalates to public accusations of racism and a bitter struggle for control of the collection.

“Gibbons’ intellectually charged drama is a beautifully balanced dialectic that treats a complicated and emotional issue without cheap conclusions… Sophisticated and deft, it is a provocative treatment of the unanswerable.” (Los Angeles Times)

LOCATION

Main Street Theater – Rice Village
2540 Times Blvd.
Directions

PERFORMANCES AND TICKETS

Feb 11 – Mar 5, 2023
Previews: Feb 5, 9, 10, 2023

Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 3:00pm

Tickets: $35 – $59

Open Captioning

Sunday, Feb 12, 2023 at 3pm
Open “in-sync” Captioned Performance

HELPFUL INFO

Seating Charts
Parking/Dining
Learn more about available discounts here.

Running Time: 2 Hours including a 15 minute intermission

Please note: no outside food/snacks are allowed at the theater. You may purchase concessions at the show.

Children under the age of 9 are not allowed in the theater.

Part of the Art Logo

Special opportunities for each of the MainStage productions to help you connect with the work at MST in new ways.

 

PART OF THE ART Series Events for Permanent Collection

January 17, 2023 at 6:45pm: Join us for a free, first read-thru of Permanent Collection at our Rice Village location, 2540 Times Blvd. You get to be a fly on the wall for the very first rehearsal, hearing the cast read the play aloud for the first time together. To RSVP, please click here

February 19, 2023: Join us for a post-show discussion with Misty Flores, Assistant Curator, Rienzi, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston. Even if you’re not seeing the production on this date, you’re welcome to join us. Plan to arrive at the theater around 5pm.

February 26, 2023: Join us for a post-show discussion with the director, assistant director, and cast. Even if you’re not seeing the production on this date, you’re welcome to join us. Plan to arrive at the theater around 5pm.

 

Thursday, March 2: Join us for a 6:45pm pre-show Happy Hour with the one and only Carmina Vavra!

Free Beer Fridays, sponsored by Saint Arnold’s! Have a beer on us after the show!

Production Sponsor

THE HUMPHREYS FOUNDATION

The Oldest Boy

The Oldest Boy

Regional Premiere
By Sarah Ruhl

An American mother and a Tibetan father have a three-year-old son believed to be the reincarnation of a Buddhist lama, a spiritual master. When a Tibetan lama and a monk come to their home unexpectedly, asking to take their child away for a life of spiritual training in India, the parents must make a life-altering choice that will test their strength, their marriage, and their hearts. The Oldest Boy is a richly emotional journey filled with music, dance, puppetry, ritual, and laughter — it’s Sarah Ruhl at her imaginative best.

“Ms. Ruhl’s drama is among the most easily accessible from this poetic, venturesome playwright… yet it is marked by Ms. Ruhl’s inquisitive intelligence, clean-lined eloquence and spiky humor.” – The New York Times

LOCATION

Main Street Theater – Rice Village
2540 Times Blvd.

PERFORMANCES AND TICKETS

Apr 1 – 23, 2023
Previews: Mar 26, 30, 31, 2023

Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 3:00pm

Tickets: $35 – $59

Open Captioning

Sunday, Apr 2, 2023 at 3pm
Open “in-sync” Captioned Performance

HELPFUL INFO

Seating Charts
Directions

Please note: no outside food/snacks are allowed at the theater. You may purchase concessions at the show.

Children under the age of 9 are not allowed in the theater.

The Best of Everything

The Best of Everything

Regional Premiere
Adapted by Julie Kramer
Based on the book by Rona Jaffe

Imagine “Madmen” meets “Sex and the City!” The Best of Everything is the new adaptation of Rona Jaffe’s 1958 bestseller about ambitious secretaries in the big city. These girls want thrilling careers and grand adventures—and husbands and children too, in due time. Today we call that “having it all.” These gals call it “the best of everything.” And wisely enough, they’re not sure it’s possible.

“It’s Stage Door in a Mad Men world, with a jigger of Peyton Place, and Kramer treats its soapiness like a bubble bath whose froth conceals some pretty dirty water.” —Time Out NY “This clever adaptation of Rona Jaffe’s novel is an absolute treat… The Best of Everything nimbly lives up to its title.” —TheaterMania.

LOCATION

Main Street Theater – Rice Village
2540 Times Blvd.

PERFORMANCES

May 20 – Jun 18, 2023
Previews: May 14, 18, 19, 2023

Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 3:00pm

Tickets: $35 – $59

Open Captioning

Sunday, May 21, 2023 at 3pm
Open “in-sync” Captioned Performance

HELPFUL INFO

Seating Charts
Directions

Please note: no outside food/snacks are allowed at the theater. You may purchase concessions at the show.

Children under the age of 9 are not allowed in the theater.

Present Laughter

Present Laughter

By Noël Coward

Noël Coward’s totally-irresistible and semi-autobiographical comedy follows a self-obsessed actor in the midst of a mid-life crisis. Forever indulging his considerable “appetite” for wine, women, and sleeping late, the London theatre’s favorite leading man suddenly finds himself caught amongst doting ingénues, obsessed playwrights, secret trysts, and unexpected twists. A marvelously comic exaggeration of the life that whirled around Coward in his heyday.

LOCATION

Main Street Theater – Rice Village
2540 Times Blvd.

PERFORMANCES AND TICKETS

July 15 – Aug 6, 2023
Previews: July 9, 13, 14, 2023

Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 3:00pm

Tickets: $39 – $59

Open Captioning

Sunday, July 16, 2023 at 3pm
Open “in-sync” Captioned Performance

HELPFUL INFO

Seating Charts
Directions

Please note: no outside food/snacks are allowed at the theater. You may purchase concessions at the show.

Children under the age of 9 are not allowed in the theater.