Best New Name for a Theater Troupe (2002)

Mildred's Umbrella

Apparently there's a bit of a debate over how Houston's newest theater company, Mildred's Umbrella, got its odd name. Founding members Jennifer Decker and John Harvey tell the story two different ways. She says they were perusing a literature book, looking for a name that was really interesting, when they stumbled upon a poem by Gertrude Stein called "Mildred's Umbrella." He says Stein came to him in a dream in Ernest Hemingway's body. As hard as it might be to imagine Hemingway saying the words "Mildred's umbrella," Harvey's version is obviously more theatrical. Either way, the name is simply dreamy.


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