Drop Dead

Drop Dead by Billy Van Zandt & Jane Milmore
November 4 - December 3, 2022

A cast of has-been actors plan to revive their careers in Drop Dead!, a potboiler murder mystery directed by Wonder Child of the Broadway Stage Victor Le Pewe (a psychotic eye twitching megalomaniac). But when the murders and mysteries exceed those in the script - these thespians must save the show and their careers as well as their lives! This play was directed by Michele Richey & Darius Hollis and featured Michael Maccato, Chip Davison, Tony D'Armata, Francisco Guzman, Kayleigh Latimer, Alex Vaughn, Jen Rathbun, Polona Pearson, Kris Guzman & Wendy Moses.

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Pandemic Plays: I'm Sorry

I'm Sorry by Rachel Dickson
Pandemic Plays Collection

During our 15 month break from live shows we kept the creative juices flowing by partnering with Scriptwriters Houston to produce 10 short films. Each piece features the work of one of their playwrights.

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Grace & Glorie

Grace & Glorie by Tom Ziegler
Opening Soon on January 6

Grace, a feisty 90 year-old cancer patient, has checked herself out of the hospital and returned to her beloved homestead cottage to die alone. Her volunteer hospice worker, Glorie, is a Harvard MBA recently transplanted to this rural backwater from New York. Glorie is tense, unhappy and guilt-ridden, her only child having been killed in an auto accident when she was driving. As she attempts to care for and comfort the cantankerous Grace, the sophisticated Glorie gains new perspectives on values and life's highs and lows. This play is directed by Elvin Moriarty & Suzanne King and features Janye Anderson & Jana Smith.

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The Glitter Girls

The Glitter Girls by Mark Dunn
September 16 - October 15, 2022

The play revolves around an ad hoc meeting of a North Georgia women's social club called The Glitter Girls, convened by its richest member – one Trudy Tromaine – who is supposedly at death's door and wishing to bequeath some of her millions to one lucky Sister of the Gleam and Sparkle. The hitch is that it’s the members themselves who must decide to whom to award the small fortune (with hopes that the Glitter Girl they select will see it in her heart to share the money with the rest of her sisters). The play can be economically described as Steel Magnolias meets Survivor, with a big dose of quirky Mark Dunn humor thrown in for good measure. This play was directed by Judy Reeves & Terry Talley and featured Alice Rhoades, Michael Maccato, Jess Hurd, Asad Ali, Pamela Kinney, Pamela Branstetter, Jennifer Prior, Julie Burks, Jalene Manzie & Chris Cancila.

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Pandemic Plays: Juxta Posed

Juxta Posed by Rachel Dickson
Pandemic Plays Collection

During our 15 month break from live shows we kept the creative juices flowing by partnering with Scriptwriters Houston to produce 10 short films. Each piece features the work of one of their playwrights.

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Scriptwriters Houston 30th Annual 10x10 Play Festival

Scriptwriters Houston Presents
The 30th Annual 10x10 Play Festival

SWH is a group of stage and screenwriters that not only support and learn from each other, but also produce several unique shows every year. The 10x10 brings to life a collection of 10 original 10-minute plays - each by a different playwright. In celebration of it's 30th year, this showcase will include a few crowd favorites from previous years. This year's selections are:   Al Pals by Allison Frakin   •   Comic Discovery by Lauren Tunnel   •   Eensy Weensy (A Love Story) by Mike LaGrone   •   Found by John Meiner   •   Mysterious Ways by Fernando Dovalina   •   P.S. Sal Mineo is Dead by Brad Nies   •   Selling Grandpa's Clock by Bob Inger   •   She'll Have What He's Having by Steve Stewart   •   The Code Box by Mindy Roll   •   Waylay Makeover by Donna Latham

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All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten by Ernest Zulia & David Caldwell
July 22 - August 20, 2022

Based on the books of Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten takes a funny, insightful and heartwarming look at what is profound in everyday life in an evening of theatrical story-telling. This play was directed by Elvin Moriarty, Marjory Johnston & Kristen Sheils and featured Adrian Collinson, Annalis Mays, Caitlin Meaux, Darius Hollis & Roxana Maccato with Kiki Cummings backstage and Mark Maccato in the tech booth.

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Making God Laugh

Making God Laugh by Sean Grennan
June 3 - July 2, 2022

One family, thirty years of holiday celebrations, family rituals trotted out, ancient tension flare ups. As time passes the family discovers that, despite what we may have in mind, we often arrive at unexpected destinations. This play was directed by Laura Schlecht & Michele Richey and featured Julie Gersib, Keith Henson, Divyanshu Sethi, Ellen Bergener & Asad Ali with Richard David Anthony & Katrina Moore backstage and Darius Hollis in the tech booth.

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Pandemic Plays: Run Tell That

Run Tell That by Barbara Starkes
Pandemic Plays Collection

During our 15 month break from live shows we kept the creative juices flowing by partnering with Scriptwriters Houston to produce 10 short films. Each piece features the work of one of their playwrights.

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A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody

A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody by Ron Bernas
April 15 - May 14, 2022

A spoof of and love letter to the screwball comedies of the 1930s and to stage mysteries in general. Matthew vows to kill Julia and Julia vows to foil his plans. And so the game begins - a hilarious year-long match of wits and the witless... and the winner is you. This play was directed by Pamela Branstetter & Judy Reeves and featured Tony D'Armata, Darius Hollis, Kristen Sheils, Michele Richey, Richard David Anthony & Ken Grissom with Adrian Collinson backstage and Mark Maccato in the tech booth.

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An Evening with Sherlock Holmes

An Evening with Sherlock Holmes by Jules Tasca
February 25 - March 26, 2022

The dazzling duo tackles three demanding cases all in one evening. A disappearing wife, blackmail schemes, murders and to top it off the riddle of the century, how does a person cope with his own demise. Will Sherlock solve the cases? Only time will tell... This play was directed by Doris Merten & Glenn Dodson and featured Arnold Richie, Adrian Collinson, Janye Anderson, Tony D'Armata, Keith Henson, Darius Hollis, Shirnekwa Dickson, JP Walsh & Alice Rhoades with Marylin Faulkner, Michele Richey & Julie Burks backstage and Leia Spialter in the tech booth.

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Carolyn Montgomery

Carolyn Takes Her Final Bow

We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Carolyn Montgomery - a longtime supporter and active member of the local theatre community. A native Houstonian, she appeared in numerous production on a variety of stages around town - in more than 40 shows at Theatre Suburbia alone. Carolyn was an endearing friend who liked to laugh and banter. Her big personality is not one soon forgotten.

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The Wild Women of Winedale

The Wild Women of Winedale by Jones, Hope & Wooten
January 7 - February 5, 2022

A joyful and exuberant, yet ultimately touching comedy focusing on three women at the crossroads of their lives. With equal doses of hilarity and heart, these extraordinary women come up with delightful and suprisingly unorthodox ways to clear the clutter from their lives, their homes and their relationships so that they can move forward. This play was directed by Judy Reeves & Pamela Branstetter and featured Marjory Johnston, Janye Anderson, Dixie Cooper, Marylin Faulkner, Jalene Manzie, Marylynn Coryell, Terry Talley & Julie Burks with Roxana Maccato backstage and Mark Maccato in the tech booth.

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Incorruptible

Incorruptible by Michael Hollinger
October 29 - November 27, 2021

Welcome to Priseaux, France, c. 1250 A.D., where the Dark Ages still look pretty dark and the patron of the local monastery hasn't worked a miracle in thirteen years. All seems lost until the destitute monks discover an outrageous new way to pay old debts. This play was directed by Michele Richey and featured Gene Griesbach, Dean R Dicks, Mark Maccato, Jorge Delarosa, Alice Rhoades, Darius Hollis, Jana Smith & Judith Mallernee with Roxana Maccato backstage and Leia Spialter in the tech booth.

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Pandemic Plays: Memories & Beginnings

Memories & Beginnings by John Mieners
Pandemic Plays Collection

During our 15 month break from live shows we kept the creative juices flowing by partnering with Scriptwriters Houston to produce 10 short films. Each piece features the work of one of their playwrights.

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The Glass Mendacity

The Glass Mendacity by Maureen Morley & Tom Willmorth
September 10 - October 9, 2021

Tennessee Williams gets the illegitimate treatment as THE GLASS MENDACITY hilariously parodies his work in this magnolia operetta. This play was directed by Dan Potter & Elvin Moriarty and featured Cory Mescon, John Raley, Julie Gersib, Justin Bernard, Lauren Hainley & Renata Smith with Stephanie Kelso & Janye Anderson backstage and Elvin Moriarty & Romana Mirmortazavi in the tech booth.

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Pandemic Plays: Revenge of a Broad

Revenge of a Broad by Terri Welch
Pandemic Plays Collection

During our 15 month break from live shows we kept the creative juices flowing by partnering with Scriptwriters Houston to produce 10 short films. Each piece features the work of one of their playwrights.

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Who's on First?

Who's on First? by Jack Sharkey
July 23 - August 21, 2021

Take a husband, wife, lover and friend, add a strange lamp, a gun and a rubber chicken plus a party that begins at 8pm, then again at 8pm, and then again at 8pm, and you have this nightmare comedy. Is it all an accident? Or is their dilemma part of someone's fiendish plan? This play was directed by Judy Reeves & Michele Richey and featured Mark Maccato, Roxana Maccato, Tony D'Armata & Pamela Kinney with Judith Mallernee & Kiki Cummings backstage and Michele Richey in the tech booth.

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Pandemic Plays: Lunch Lady

Lunch Lady by Donna Latham
Pandemic Plays Collection

During our 15 month break from live shows we kept the creative juices flowing by partnering with Scriptwriters Houston to produce 10 short films. Each piece features the work of one of their playwrights.

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The Early Miracle

The Early Miracle by Lew Holton
June 4 - July 3, 2021

A tornado has swept through the Fairview Mobile Home Park in the fictional town of Early, South Carolina, destroying everything in its path... except one trailer, which it not only left undamaged, but on the roof of which it set down a statue of the Virgin Mary. This play was directed by Elvin Moriarty & Michele Richey and featured Dean Dicks, Laura Schlecht & Michael Maccato with Nora Perez & Alyzia Chavez backstage and Caitlyn Guilliam in the tech booth.

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Lynn Cummings

We say goodbye to Lynn

On February 6th, we lost our dear friend Lynn Cummings, a longtime volunteer here at Theatre Suburbia. We first got to know her while she was providing transportation to and from rehearsals for her granddaughter, Kiki. Throughout the years, Lynn has been an invaluable member of our community. With a friendly face and attitude, she was always ready to lend a hand on a moment's notice.

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Our Next Season
Plays Under Consideration

Though we're not able to bring life back to our stage just yet, we are in the process of determining what shows will grace our stage in our next season. We've invited several characters from some of the shows under consideration to share with you a bit about each.

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The Show Must Go On
Video Archive

While we are unable to invite you into our new home, we hope to bring a little bit of us to you with some of our favorite performances. We offer these to you completely free as a thank you for standing with us throughout the years.

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Theatre Suburbia Needs Your Help

As we approached our landmark 60th season, we made the necessary move to a new location at 5201 Mitchelldale. Sadly, this move occurred just as the COVID-19 pandemic hit our community in full effect, forcing all of us to reconsider how we operate and interact on a daily basis. It is because of this and our concern for the safety of our community and our wonderful patrons and volunteers that we have made the choice to cancel all live performances until further notice.

Ticket sales have been our primary source of income and it is challenging to stay afloat without them. If you have enjoyed even one of our more many productions, we ask that you let us know with a donation.

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