Following the screening, on Tuesday, April 27, at 1 p.m. the Menil’s Curator of Collections Paul R. Davis will welcome Penney, Ouologuem, and writer Ladan Osman for an online discussion about the making of the film and the history of, and myths surrounding, Mansa Musa. The Zoom link to join the program will be available here the day of the event. Free and no registration necessary.
The Pilot Dance Project makes its return to presenting in-person dance this weekend with Houston-based choreographer Ashley Horn’s “Tether,” with guest choreographer and Pilot Dance Project Director Adam Castañeda. “Tether” will feature six company artists and two sections created by Castañeda with 15 members of the greater Houston community. Performed at Live Oak Friends Meeting House, the outdoor, socially distanced event is scheduled for Saturday, April 24, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 25, at 6 and 8 p.m. Though seating will be provided, guests are welcome to bring their own folding chairs or blankets. You can purchase a $20 ticket here.
The Landing Theatre Company’s 10th New American Voices Playwriting Festival returns on Saturday, April 24, for the first of two weekends celebrating the winners of their new play competition. Four new plays – written by Eugenie Carabatsos, Rachel Bykowski, Spencer Huffman, and David Davila – were chosen from more than 300 submissions to be read online, followed by Zoom-based talkbacks for each. For the first time, each play has also been assigned to a design team tasked with creating real designs, envisioning what the play might look light in local venues like Main Street Theater, the Alley's Neuhaus Theatre, the Smith Stage at The Gordy, and The MATCH’s Match Box 1. The designers will present their creations after each talkback. You can register for each play (and the two industry panels that are also part of the festival) for free here.
Denise Fennell stars as Sister in Stages' production of Late Nite Catechism Las Vegas Sister Rolls the Dice.
Photo by Claire Logue
Stages welcomes Houston’s favorite nun to their virtual stage this Wednesday, April 28, when they open Late Nite Catechism Las Vegas: Sister Rolls the Dice. Written by Maripat Donovan and Marc Silvia, the one-woman show (starring Denise Fennell) will see Sister put her experience with church bingo to use as she plans a Las Vegas night. The interactive Zoom performances, broadcast live from The Gordy, are scheduled for Wednesday through Friday nights at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday afternoons at 2:30 p.m. through May 23. You can purchase a ticket for $25 here.
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