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.

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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

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The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical

The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical

Book by Joe Tracz
Music & Lyrics by Rob Rokicki
Adapted from the book, THE LIGHTNING THIEF, by Rick Riordan

When teenager Percy Jackson discovers he’s a demigod, he and his friends embark on an epic journey to find Zeus’ missing lightning bolt and prevent a war among the gods. This dynamic rock musical is for Percy fans of all ages!

Recommended for 5th Grade and older. Please be aware that the words “damn” and “ass” are used in this production.

LOCATION

MATCH
3400 Main Street
Houston, TX 77002
Directions

PERFORMANCES AND TICKETS

Weekend & Holiday Performances:
Ticket Prices: $20 – $35

Sundays, January 29 & February 19, 2023 at 2:30pm

PERFORMANCE ADDED!
Sunday, February 12 & 19, 2023 at 2:30pm and 7:00pm

Fridays, February 3 & 10, 2023 at 7:00pm

Saturday, February 4, 2023 at 1:30pm

Open to the Public

School Matinees:
School Group Tickets: $8.00 each (discount for Title I schools)

Thursday, January 26 – Friday, February 17, 2023
Performances are at 9:30am & 11:45am

Audio Described

January 29 at 2:30pm
Audio Described Performance

Advance Reservations Required for Audio Described (7 days minimum). Click here to reserve.

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February 19 at 2:30pm
ASL Performance

HELPFUL INFO

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

Running Time: 2 hours hours including one 20 minute intermission.

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

Recommended for 5th Grade and older.
Children under the age of 3 (including sleeping babies) are not allowed in the theater.

Main Street Theater BIPOC Fellowship Program

 Main Street Theater BIPOC Fellowship Program

Main Street Theater’s Fellowship Program is a paid artistic leadership development program for early-career BIPOC individuals. Fellows will be assigned to one production either with the MainStage or Theater for Youth programs in their area of interest (Directing, Design, or Stage Management) while being given access to additional professional development opportunities within the Main Street Theater organization. Applications open January 1, 2023.

In addition, Fellows will participate in cohort meetings led by Main Street Theater’s Artistic Inclusion and Community Engagement Director. As part of the Fellowship cohort, participants will receive hands-on experience and mentorship from accomplished Houston-based theater professionals. Through this program, Fellows will develop important leadership skills and build a network for their future work.

Houston Chronicle feature on the Fellowship

Houston Arts Journal feature on the Fellowship

Application Information & Important Dates

Application Deadline | Rolling
Candidate Interviews | Rolling
Fellowship Date Range | August 2023 – August 2024

See full application below.

Eligibility

  • Identifies as Black, Indigenous, Person of Color
  • Resides in Houston or the surrounding area
  • Must have reliable transportation
  • Applicant’s experience must indicate their intention to pursue a professional career in theater
  • Applicants can be college students

Compensation

  • $1,500 stipend is provided to each Fellow

Benefits 

  • Professional development and networking opportunities
  • Complimentary tickets to Main Street Theater productions
  • Mentorship opportunities at Main Street Theater and in the Houston theatre community

For more information, please contact Sloane Teagle, Artistic Inclusion and Community Engagement Director, at steagle@mainstreettheater.com

Apply:

MST BIPOC Fellowship Program Application

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APPLICATION MATERIALS FOR UPLOAD:

  • Letter of Interest, no longer than two (2) pages, that addresses the following:
    • Why are you interested in the Fellowship? What attracts you to this particular Fellowship?
    • What are your goals as an artist? Where do you want to be in a year? How will this Fellowship help you achieve your goals?
    • Tell us about yourself: your experiences, dreams. What do you bring to this cohort of Fellows, mentors, and Main Street Theater staff?
    • Why are you a fit for this particular Fellowship?
    • Have you been mentored, or mentored someone before?
  • Resume or curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from arts professionals
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    Miss Nelson Is Missing

    Miss Nelson Is Missing

    Based on the books by Harry Allard

    “The kids in Room 207 were misbehaving again. Spitballs stuck to the ceiling. Paper planes whizzing through the air. They were the worst-behaved class in the whole school.” But when Miss Nelson disappears and the mean-looking substitute Miss Viola Swamp takes her place, the children are so desperate they hire a detective to find Miss Nelson in this wacky whodunit hit!

    Recommended for Kindergarten and older.

    LOCATION

    MATCH
    3400 Main Street
    Houston, TX 77002
    Directions

    PERFORMANCES AND TICKETS

    Weekend & Holiday Performances:
    Ticket Prices: $18 – $28

    Sundays, March 5 & 12, 2023 at 12:30pm and 3:30pm
    Saturdays, March 25 & April 1, 2023 at 10:30am and 1:30pm
    Friday, April 7 at 1:30pm
    Open to the Public

    School Matinees:
    School Group Tickets: $8.00 each (discount for Title I schools)

    Mondays – Fridays:

    March 1 – April 6, 2023
    Performances are at 9:30am, 11am & 12:30pm
    (No 12:30pm on March 1 & no performances March 13 – 18)

    Sensory Friendly icon

    April 7 at 10:30am
    Sensory-Friendly/Relaxed Performance

    Audio Described

    March 12 at 12:30pm
    Audio Described Performance
    Advance Reservations Required (7 days minimum). Click here to reserve.

    ASL Performance icon

    April 1 at 1:30pm
    ASL Performance

    PLAN YOUR VISIT

    Seating Charts
    Parking/Dining

    Running Time: TBD

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

    Recommended for Kindergarten and older.
    Children under the age of 3 (including sleeping babies) are not allowed in the theater.

    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.