Houston's Alley Theatre announced Monday that it was ditching The Night of the Iguana and Travesties for its 2015-16 season ("will move to future seasons") and replacing them with Around the World in 80 Days and The Christians.
Visiting director Mark Shanahan (Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps) is back to handle the Around the World in 80 Days duties. This is, of course, based on the Jules Verne story of Phileas Fogg, who takes a dare to circle the globe in a certain amount of time or risk losing his money and his life. While it's as classic as The Night of the Iguana, the mood in Around the World is decidedly more madcap, with 42 characters who are portrayed by five actors in the enterprise. The costume department will be put through its paces.
Then there's the less well known The Christians, the story of Pastor Paul, who built his church up from a storefront start to a mega-church. Alley Artistic Director Gregory Boyd will direct the play by Lucas Hnath, who asks what happens when a minister has a change of heart and plans to tell his congregation about that in a sermon.
Here's the details on the new shows and their dates:
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Around the World in 80 Days
By Mark Brown
Directed by Mark Shanahan
March 4-April 3, 2016
By Lucas Hnath
Directed by Gregory Boyd
May 6-May 29, 2016
For more information, call 713-220-5700 or visit alleytheatre.org. $26-$110. $16 tickets for students of any age with ID.