In Fool, a comedy, two kings offer up their jesters in a bet to see which one is the funniest. But, since it's set in medieval times, the winner's reward is not a Hollywood contract but the chance to keep his head. The loser, not so much.
Rebeck's work has been a favorite selection for Alley Artistic Director Gregory Boyd. In deciding to substitute it in the February 21 through March 16, 2014 slot, Boyd wrote us that:
"In season planning, I try always to keep open enough to include in the season a brand new work if it becomes available. In the case of Theresa Rebeck's play Fool - we had an opportunity to include a playwright and a play I very much admire. Theresa has a special relationship with the Alley, having had four of her plays produced here in the past few seasons - and she knows the resident Alley artists well - it's a very strong collaboration. I read an early version of Fool a few months ago, and knew right away it was a play the Alley audiences would respond to and one with great opportunities for Alley artists - Theresa thought so too."
The dropped play was Never the Sinner, which the Alley said would be postponed to another season.
Other Rebeck plays produced by the Alley include Bad Dates in 2005, The Scene (which became a feature film entitled Seducing Charlie Barker) in 2007, Mauritius in 2009 and What We're Up Against in 2012.
Rebeck saw her comedies, Seminar and Dead Accounts open on Broadway in the past two seasons. She is also the creator and one of the executive producers for the TV show Smash and wrote and produced for Law & Order: Criminal Intent and NYPD Blue.
Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.