Main Street Theater today announced its 2015-16 season complete with world, regional and Texas premieres, along with a two-play visit from the Prague Shakespeare Company doing its versions of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night and David Ives' Venus in Fur. The productions will be staged in Main Street's newly renovated space in Rice Village.
Starting off the season with a Texas premiere (November 7-29) Main Street begins with Silent Sky, the story of Henrietta Leavitt, a young astronomer entering her career at the turn of the 20th Century, a time that wasn't too kind to women who wanted to expand the parameters of what females were supposed to do. Written by Lauren Gunderson, the play takes up the lives of the female “computers” at that time's Harvard Observatory.
Twelfth Night, one of Shakespeare's romantic comedies with mistaken identities, will follow in a limited run from December 31 through January 10, 2016. Right after that many of the same players will pick up with Venus (January 14-24, 2016) staring Prague Artistic Director guy Roberts and his frequent leading lady Jessica Boone. Venus in Furr is the story of what happens when Vanda auditions for an intense and at times insufferable playwright.
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Next up will be the regional premiere of Love and Information (February 13-March 6) by the boundary-pushing playwright Caryl Churchill. This one features 57 different scenes with more than 100 characters trying to negotiate our social media world.
In March, Main Street will host the world premiere of 1946 (March 26-April 17, 2016) by Thomas Hagemann which tells the story of a Texas family right after World War II and includes some historical figures. Described as funny but also mournful, be prepared for a roller coaster ride.
The 2012 revised version of Working based on the book by Studs Terkel takes the stage next as it delves into the lives of ordinary workers. The original was nominated for six Tony Awards; the new version has new songs to look forward to along with (thanks to the remodeling) the absence of building pillars that previously obstructed the audience view.
For information call 713-524-6706 or visit mainstreettheater.com.