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Announcing the 2013 MasterMind Winners

This year's winners danced, sang or delivered their lines in spectaculer fashion. For which we give each entity out thanks, admiration and a check for $2,000.

Stark Naked is now in the middle of its second season, with productions of Yasmina Reza's God of Carnage and Shakespeare's Macbeth scheduled for the spring. Choosing the season is an admittedly difficult task for the pair.

"We agonize over that sort of stuff because we want to do quality work, but we have to keep an eye on filling the seats," says Lehl. "Our next production, God of Carnage, has some title ­recognition."

Tobin adds, "The Alley did a production of it recently, but Houston artists weren't part of the show. The actors were all brought in from out of town. And that's fine, but we wanted to do the show with Houston artists. So yes, you may have seen the show before, but you haven't seen it with Houston actors. And yes, you might have seen Macbeth before, but we think we're going to do something you haven't seen before."

Opera in the Heights Artistic Director Enrique Carreón-Robledo is balancing adventurous programming with measured financial management.
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Opera in the Heights Artistic Director Enrique Carreón-Robledo is balancing adventurous programming with measured financial management.
The daughter of Roberta Stokes, one of the founders of modern dance in Houston, Karen Stokes is invested in cultivating the next generation of dancers, choreographers and audience members.
Photo by Jeff Myers
The daughter of Roberta Stokes, one of the founders of modern dance in Houston, Karen Stokes is invested in cultivating the next generation of dancers, choreographers and audience members.

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"Macbeth is going to feel like real people," says Lehl. "That's the difference."

"Our mantra is having a real experience in an imaginary circumstance," says Tobin. "Hopefully it will feel like you're sitting there and watching a real experience."

Stark Naked's home theater is located in the Spring Street Studios art complex, something Tobin took advantage of during the company's recent run of Body Awareness by adding a visual art exhibition. The play discussed female body-image issues, and the group exhibit focused on the human body. It made for an especially apropos setting for the audience to discuss the performance during intermission. "I used to see it all the time in New York. In this instance, it would almost be insulting not to do that, because we've got artists in the building," says ­Tobin.

"Artists should support each other," adds Tobin. "I think that's really important. The more we do that, the more we elevate the entire arts community and the more we cross audiences. We certainly want to continue to do art exhibits with each show. I'm thinking about having music at our opening nights, of seeing how else we can incorporate other art forms into our productions."

olivia.alvarez@houstonpress.com

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