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.

“Seldom do you see a play in which one second you empathize with one character, only to be challenged in your thinking by the utterances of another. It is stellar theater.” – Houston Chronicle

“Well-rounded performances and relevant, insightful conversations about the impact of art and art’s role in shaping perception” – Houston Press

“’Permanent Collection’ paints a brilliant exploration of the fate of art in our time and of our struggles to secure it in ‘our’ corner. Make time to study it.
Houston Chronicle/Conroe Courier

Houston Press Interview with Steven J. Scott


Main Street Theater – Rice Village
2540 Times Blvd.


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


Seating Charts
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 Carmina Vavra and Hu’nee B!


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

Production Sponsor