What the Constitution Means to Me

What the Constitution Means to Me

Regional Premiere

By Heidi Schreck

Fifteen year old Heidi earned her college tuition by winning Constitutional debate competitions at American Legion posts across the United States. In this hilarious, hopeful and achingly human new play, she resurrects her teenage self in order to trace the document’s profound impact on women’s bodies—starting with her great-great-grandmother, a mail-order bride who died under mysterious circumstances. This witty and searingly personal exploration breathes new life into our founding document and imagines how it will shape the next generation of American women. Shannon Emerick will play Heidi.

Schreck’s timely and galvanizing play became a sensation off-Broadway before transferring to Broadway where it received two Tony Award nominations among countless other accolades, including Finalist for a Pulitzer Prize.

Content warning: We want to be sensitive to our audience members. Please note that What the Constitution Means to Me contains strong language and discussions of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, and abortion and its stigmatization. If you have questions regarding this content warning, please click here to email the theater.

LOCATION

Main Street Theater – Rice Village
2540 Times Blvd.
Houston, TX 77005
Directions

PERFORMANCES AND TICKETS

September 16 – October 15, 2023
Previews: September 10, 14 & 15, 2023

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

Tickets: $39 – $59

Open Captioning

September 17 at 3:00pm
Open “in-sync” Captioned Performance

HELPFUL INFO

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

Running Time: 90 minutes with no 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.

Join us Sunday, October 1 following the matinee for a discussion with Maisha Colter, MSW, JD, Chief Executive Officer of AVDA. Even if you are seeing the play on another day, you are welcome to join us. Just plan to arrive at the theater about 5:00pm.

AVDA is a nonprofit organization that has served the Houston community for 40 years with the mission to end family violence by advocating for the safety and self-determination of victims, promoting accountability for abusers and fostering a community response to abuse. AVDA is dedicated to providing multilingual, transformational, life saving services to survivors of abuse and their families.

Join us Sunday, October 8 following the matinee for a discussion with consultant Tracie Jae, Lead Rebel of The Quiet Rebel. Her discussion will focus on a unique approach to the Constitution, exploring the founding document as a strategic plan created for our country in 1787. Even if you are seeing the play on another day, you are welcome to join us. Just plan to arrive at the theater about 5:00pm.

Jae’s work in the world is creating incremental and organic shifts to the status quo. Grace-filled and authentic conversations are essential to fostering greater understanding, building trust and peaceful coexistence. The expertise of her proprietary approach is based on evidence-based practices in clinical and cognitive psychology, communications research, and focusing on what makes us fully human, at both our best and worst.

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

Thursday, October 5 at 6:45pm: Join us for Pride Night on Thurs, Oct. 5 at 6:45pm before the 7:30pm performance of WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO ME! Pre-show happy hour & special entertainment + post-show Karaoke Cabaret with fabulous actors Brock Hatton, Scott Lupton, and Chaney Moore!

Special thanks to our media sponsor OutSmart Magazine.

Production Angels

Jane Evans and Jack Blaylock

Production Partners

Jan-Claire Phillips and Jerome Kendall
Gwen E. Richard, Attorney at Law
Patricia VanAllan
The Women of Houston’s Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates

Additional Supporters

Mr. Robin C. Gibbs
Toombs Imel & Associates, PLLC – Divorce & Family Law
Mr. Herrick Sovany
Ms. Myra Wilson

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Georgiana and Kitty: Christmas at Pemberley

Georgiana and Kitty: Christmas at Pemberley

Regional Premiere

By Lauren Gunderson & Margot Melcon

It’s finally here! The final installment of the Christmas at Pemberley trilogy follows two close friends: Mr. Darcy’s younger sister, Georgiana, and the youngest Bennet sister, Kitty. It is Christmastime at Pemberley and the pair impatiently await the imminent arrival of Henry Grey, Georgiana’s shy, secret correspondent. When Henry enters a family holiday in full force and is met by the unwelcoming presence of Mr. Darcy, Georgiana fears her chance at love will be lost forever. But somehow, love always finds a way!

Main Street has previously produced the first two plays in the trilogy, Miss Bennet and The Wickhams, both of which became hits and holiday favorites for many families across Houston and beyond.

LOCATION

Main Street Theater – Rice Village
2540 Times Blvd.
Houston, TX 77005
Directions

PERFORMANCES AND TICKETS

EXTENDED THROUGH DECEMBER 23!
Many performances are sold out or very close to it!
November 18 – December 23, 2023
Previews: November 16 & 17, 2023

Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 3:00pm
Wednesday, November 22 at 7:30pm
Monday, December 18 at 7:30pm
No performance Thursday, November 23

Tickets: $49 – $59

Open Captioning

November 26 at 3:00pm
Open “in-sync” Captioned Performance

HELPFUL INFO

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

Running Time: 2 hours and 20 minutes including 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.

Monday, October 23, 2023 at 7:30pm: Join us for a free, first read-thru of Georgiana and Kitty 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. Connect with the production from it’s very beginning and then see the arc of the process when you come back to see the full show. 

PRIDE NIGHT! December 7, 2023 at 6:45pm:

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26 Miles

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26 Miles

Regional Premiere

By Quiara Alegría Hudes

The custody battle left them estranged for eight years. The road trip destination is two thousand miles across the country. The mother’s skin is brown; the teenage daughter’s skin is white. So what if reality’s nipping at their heels? This reunited pair runs frantically and hilariously from the secrets in their lives, hunting valuable antiques, chasing arctic explorers, getting lost in Wyoming’s wilderness – and finding their way again as mother and daughter.

Alegría Hudes won the Pulitzer Prize for Water by the Spoonful and was a Pulitzer finalist for her play Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue which Main Street Theater produced in 2020. For the screen, Alegría Hudes adapted her Tony Award-winning Broadway musical In the Heights into a major motion picture and wrote Vivo, an animated feature, both with collaborator/composer Lin-Manuel Miranda.

LOCATION

Main Street Theater – Rice Village
2540 Times Blvd.
Houston, TX 77005
Directions

PERFORMANCES AND TICKETS

February 10 – March 3, 2024
Previews: February 4, 8 & 9, 2024

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

Tickets: $35 – $59

February 10 at 7:30pm: Opening Night with a pre-show Song and Drum performance by Houston Aztec Dance and a post-show reception with tamales from Tejas Taco House!

March 2: Closing Weekend Party in the lobby after the show (a smaller version of the Opening Night reception)

Open Captioning

February 11 at 3:00pm
Open “in-sync” Captioned Performance

HELPFUL INFO

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

Running Time: Approx. 90 minutes with no 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.

Tuesday, January 16 at 7:30pm: Join us for a free, first read-thru of 26 Miles 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. Connect with the production from it’s very beginning and then see the arc of the process when you come back to see the full show. 

Sunday, February 18: Join us following the matinee for a discussion with Lacey Tezino, Founder & CEO of Passport Journeys and community expert on mother/daughter relationships.

Sunday, February 25: Join us following the matinee for a discussion with the play’s director, Amelia Rico, along with members of the cast and more. We’ll hear about Ms. Rico’s vision of the play and how that informed the creation of the production, along with thoughts from the actors – and questions from the audience!

Everyone is welcome, regardless of whether you are seeing the play that day. Just plan to arrive at the theater about 4:30pm.

     

Thursday, February 29 at 6:45pm: Join us for Pride Night before the 7:30pm performance of 26 MILES! Pre-show happy hour & special entertainment + post-show Karaoke Cabaret with fabulous Houston actors!

Special thanks to our media sponsor OutSmart Magazine.

 

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

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Stagolee and the Funeral of a Dangerous Word

Stagolee and the Funeral of a Dangerous Word

World Premiere

By Thomas Meloncon

The play takes place in an office in a small town in East Texas where the local NAACP chapter is planning a funeral for the “N word”. At the same time, a bigoted white man is on his way to that same office to have a frank discussion with the legendary Stagolee, a black man known for his swagger. The two men have had a fight at their workplace, and this “conversation” is actually a court-ordered intervention, facilitated by a visiting Jewish psychologist. This new play examines different points of view along the racial divide and does so without judgement, ultimately bringing its characters into a better understanding of each other. A world premiere production of nationally recognized Houston playwright Thomas Meloncon’s newest work. Recommended for mature audiences due to profanity.

Thomas Meloncon is an Associate Professor of Theatre in the Visual and Performing Art Dept. in the College of Liberal Arts and Behavioral Sciences at Texas Southern University. He is the author of plays that have been produced nationally and internationally. His poetry publications include Recollections and Poetry in E Minor. His list of plays includes, Johnnie B. Goode published in Acting Up and Getting Down: An Anthology of African American Playwrights of Texas, published by University of Texas Press, The Man Who Saved New Orleans published in Callaloo: A Journal of African Diaspora Arts and Letters by John Hopkins University Press. His popular stage plays include The Diary of Black Men, Whatever Happened to Black Love, If Beds Could talk, Jump the Broom, and Where Were You in ’65, to name a few. Mr. Meloncon is the Narrator on the recent Fade to Black “Thank You, Ten” documentary film, celebrating their 10 years of mentoring and producing new African American playwrights from across the U.S. He is the featured poet on several Jazz musical albums, and his folksong, “Ain’t Gonna Wait Too Long” can be heard in season 3 episode 6 of the TV series SNOWFALL. His many awards include The TSU IMPACT Award, TSU COLABS Best Faculty Mentor Award-Theatre, Induction into the Kashmere High School Alumni Hall of Fame, two certificates of Congressional Recognition, A Resolution from The State of Texas, A Bronze Medallion from the City of Houston, the Creative Writing Award from the Houston Chapter of the National Association of Black Journalist, Community Service Award from the Houston Area Women’s Center, and the Excellence in Community Health Education Award from The Duncan Cancer Center at Baylor College of Medicine.

LOCATION

Main Street Theater – Rice Village
2540 Times Blvd.
Houston, TX 77005
Directions

PERFORMANCES AND TICKETS

March 30 – April 21, 2024
Previews: March 24, 28 & 29, 2024

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

Tickets: $35 – $59

Open Captioning

April 7 at 3:00pm
Open “in-sync” Captioned Performance

HELPFUL INFO

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

Running Time: 2 hours and 15 minutes including 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.

Monday, March 4 at 7:30pm: Join us for a free, first read-thru of Stagolee and the Funeral of a Dangerous Word 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. Connect with the production from it’s very beginning and then see the arc of the process when you come back to see the full show. Registration has closed.

Sunday, April 7: Join us following the matinee for a discussion with the playwright himself, Thomas Meloncon (see bio above).

Sunday, April 14: Join us following the matinee for a discussion with consultant Tracie Jae, Lead Rebel of The Quiet Rebel. We’ll explore the question, “To whom does language belong?”

Everyone is welcome, regardless of whether you are seeing the play that day. Just plan to arrive at the theater about 5:30pm. Free to all.

 

Pride Night: Apr. 18 at 6:45pm Join us for our a pre-show Happy Hour & post-show entertainment! Featuring Tamara Siler, Trey Morgan Lewis, Chaney Moore with songs from The Color Purple, La Cage Aux Folles, A New Brain, Dream Girls, and more!

Happy Hour will include a $5 drink special – Sorel Hibiscus Mules – and Antoni Porowski’s Baked Turkey, Mac and Cheese (and a no turkey option!)

Special thanks to our Pride Night Sponsor: OutSmart Magazine

Closing Weekend Party: Apr. 20 in the lobby after the show

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

Community Partners

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Taking Steps

Taking Steps

By Alan Ayckbourn

A tongue-tied solicitor has bitten off more than he can chew overseeing the sale of a crumbling, possibly haunted house that, um, used to be a brothel. Then in the course of one hectic night and morning, two couples, the solicitor and realtor, each immersed in their own personal problems, end up in more of a mess than ever. And it all happens in a highly ingenious and original theatrical setting in which all the rooms, passages and stairs of this three-story house are on a single level. Did we mention there’s a ghost?! Let’s just say that in this British farce by the brilliant Alan Ayckbourn, hilarity definitely ensues!

When the play first premiered, on the original opening night of Alan Ayckbourn’s wildly hilarious farce, the laughter was so loud it broke the theater’s PA system!

LOCATION

Main Street Theater – Rice Village
2540 Times Blvd.
Houston, TX 77005
Directions

PERFORMANCES AND TICKETS

May 18 – June 16, 2024
Previews: May 12, 16 & 17, 2024

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

Tickets: $35 – $59

Open Captioning

June 9 at 3:00pm
Open “in-sync” Captioned Performance

HELPFUL INFO

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

Running Time: TBD

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.

Monday, Apr. 22 at 7:30pm: Join us for a free, first read-thru of Taking Steps 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. Connect with the production from it’s very beginning and then see the arc of the process when you come back to see the full show. RSVP list is now closed.

Thursday, June 6 at 6:45pm:  Join us for our pre-show Happy Hour & post-show entertainment! Special thanks to our media sponsor OutSmart Magazine.

June 15: Closing Weekend Party in the lobby after the show

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

EFRAÍN CORZO AND ANDREW BOWEN

RODNEY & MARY KOENIG

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The Woman in Black

The Woman in Black

By Stephen Mallatratt
Based on the novel by Susan Hill

“It was nine-thirty on a Christmas Eve…” Arthur Kipps is obsessed with a curse he believes has been cast over him and his family by the specter of a “Woman in Black,” for it is believed that anyone who sees her will die. He hires a skeptical young actor to help him tell his terrifying story to exorcise the fear that grips his soul. Things begin innocently enough, but as they reach further into Arthur’s darkest memories, they find themselves caught up in a world of eerie marshes and moaning winds… Susan Hill’s acclaimed ghost story is alive and well in this spine-tingler of a play!

LOCATION

Main Street Theater – Rice Village
2540 Times Blvd.
Houston, TX 77005
Directions

PERFORMANCES AND TICKETS

July 13 – August 11, 2024
Previews: July 7, 11 & 12

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

Tickets: $39 – $59

Open Captioning

July 14 at 3:00pm
Open “in-sync” Captioned Performance

HELPFUL INFO

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

Running Time: TBD

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.

June 17 at 7:15pm: Join us for a free, first read-thru at our Rice Village location. 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. Connect with the production from it’s very beginning and then see the arc of the process when you come back to see the full show.

Aug. 1 at 6:45pm: Join us for our a pre-show Happy Hour & post-show entertainment! Special thanks to our media sponsor OutSmart Magazine.

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

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