Murder by Misadventure

Murder by Misadventure by Edward Taylor
Opening Soon on April 12

What happens when two writers who have worked together for years start to hate each other? The team has won awards and made money. Harry Kent has saved and invested and now lives with his glamorous wife in a sun drenched luxury flat high above the Sussex coast, where the play is set. It is a hi tech paradise with only one snag: it's build on the site of an Ancient British sacrificial stone where black magic was practiced and now there are strange noises in the night. Paul Riggs has spent his fees on booze and birds, and he lives in dread of bookies' heavies. Harry wants to break the partnership that is Paul's lifeline, but Paul knows a sinister secret from Harry's past. They are therefore locked together in a dance from which murder seems the only escape and they have just plotted the perfect crime for their latest TV film. This play is directed by Vicky McCormick & Elvin Moriarty and features Brit Garcia, Adam Perkins, Dean Dicks & Cooper Smith with Polona Pearson & Emma Pearson backstage and Monica Blue in the tech booth.

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Boeing Boeing

Boeing Boeing by Marc Camoletti
Auditions: April 14 & 15

This 1960’s French farce adapted for the English-speaking stage features self-styled Parisian lothario Bernard, who has Italian, German, and American fiancees, each a beautiful airline hostess with frequent layovers. He keeps one up, one down, and one pending until unexpected schedule changes bring all three to Paris, and Bernard’s apartment, at the same time. Director Sam Martinez is seeking cast members to fill 6 roles.

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Pandemic Plays: Perception

Perception 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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The Back Porch at Theatre Suburbia

The Back Porch at Theatre Suburbia

The Back Porch at Theatre Suburbia is a new event dedicated to offering a stage for our local artists to shine on. Each series will present a variety of performances which could include music, theatre, comdedy and more. Join us on select Sundays - doors open at 6:30pm and the show starts at 7pm. No reservations required. All performances are Pay What You Wish and donations are appreciated!

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Over the River and Through the Woods

Over the River and Through the Woods by Joe DiPietro
February 23 - March 23, 2024

Nick is a single, Italian-American guy from New Jersey. His parents retired and moved to Florida. That doesn’t mean his family isn’t still in Jersey. In fact, he sees both sets of his grandparents every Sunday for dinner. This is routine until he has to tell them that he’s been offered a dream job. The job he’s been waiting for — marketing executive — would take him away from his beloved, but annoying, grandparents. He tells them. The news doesn’t sit so well. Thus begins a series of schemes to keep Nick around. How could he betray his family’s love to move to Seattle, for a job, wonder his grandparents? Well, Frank, Aida, Nunzio and Emma do their level best, and that includes bringing to dinner the lovely—and single—Caitlin O’Hare as bait...we won’t give the ending away here. This play was directed by Doris Merten & Suzanne King and featured Cole Pfaffenberger, Adrian Collinson, Jeanette Sebesta, John Stevens, Anne Boyd & Ericka Conway with Marylin Faulkner & Terry Talley backstage and Kristen Sheils in the tech booth.

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The Ghost in the Meadow

The Ghost in the Meadow by Joe Simonelli
January 5 - February 3, 2024

A stage thriller with a liberal dose of humor. Fans of old fashioned ghost stories will enjoy this creepy thriller. When two sisters relocate from Manhattan to an old farm house in upstate New York, they soon realize that they may not be alone in the house. An old boyfriend drops in to visit and when the strange occurrences continue he calls on the services of a psychic colleague to try to quell the restless spirits. Based on the legend of the blue boy. This play was directed by Michele Richey & Marjory Johnston and featured Jana Smith, Stephanie Coffey, Chip Davison, Danielle Blinka & Wendy Moses with Kiki Cummings backstage and Leia Spialter in the tech booth.

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Women in Jeopardy!

Women in Jeopardy! by Wendy MacLeod
November 3 - December 2, 2023

Thelma and Louise meets The First Wives Club in this fun and flirtatious comedy. Divorcees Mary and Jo are suspicious of their friend Liz’s new dentist boyfriend. He’s not just a weirdo; he may be a serial killer! After all, his hygienist just disappeared. Trading their wine glasses for spy glasses, imaginations run wild as the ladies try to discover the truth and save their friend in a hilarious off-road adventure. This play was directed by Suzanne King and featured Shannon Matson, Brit Garcia, Ashley McQueen, Dean R Dicks, Vivi Le & Bob Beathard with backstageMonica Blue in the tech booth.

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The Laramie Project

The Laramie Project by Moisés Kaufman and the Members of Tectonic Theater Project
September 15 - October 14, 2023

In October 1998, a twenty-one-year-old student at the University of Wyoming was kidnapped, severely beaten, and left to die because he was gay. Members of the Tectonic Theater Project conducted more than 200 interviews with the people of the town and have constructed a deeply moving theatrical experience from these interviews. The Laramie Project is a breathtaking collage that explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable. This play was directed by Judy Reeves, Michele Richey & Sam Martinez and featured Marjory Johnston, Caryn Fulda, Christopher Krause, Chip Davison, Megan Nix, Chris Cancila, Soren Bergegan, Reijon Liboon, Dixie Cooper & Mark Maccato with Marylin Faulkner, Terry Talley & Pamela Branstetter backstage and Kiki Cummings in the tech booth.

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Honeymoon at Graveside Manor

Honeymoon at Graveside Manor by Pat Cook
July 21 - August 19, 2023

Marian Thorncraft is looking forward to her honeymoon with new hubby, Tyler. She pictures someplace romantic, secluded and cozy. No sooner have her feet touched the ground after being carried over the threshold than she discovers her love nest is really a one-time mortuary! Graveside Manor, as the locals call it, has been abandoned for years, mainly due to the rumors of it being haunted. Cozy as a bat cave, it's about as secluded as Grand Central Station. A daffy maid shows up to clean the place and gets lost in the catacombs behind the walls. This goes unnoticed because Tyler is too busy ducking a female ghost with a hatchet, three high-school kids trying to set up a Halloween prank and his wise-cracking female editor who once had a crush on him. Throw in an absent-minded cop and the escaped lunatic he's looking for and the stage is set for a Honeymoon at Graveside Manor. This play was directed by Elvin Moriarty & Janye Anderson and featured Tyler Hastings, Suzanne Mobarak, Tony D'Armata, Antonia Laverde, Danielle Blinka, Valeria Dominguez, Willie Morris, Stephanie Mallace, London Tye & Guy Shanks with Kiki Cummings backstage and Maddie Koenig in the tech booth.

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Lone Star / Laundry and Bourbon

Lone Star / Laundry and Bourbon by James McLure
June 2 - July 1, 2023

Lone Star takes place in the cluttered backyard of a small-town Texas bar. Roy, a brawny, macho type who had once been a local high-school hero, is back in town after a hitch in Vietnam and trying to reestablish his position in the community. Joined by his younger brother, Ray (who worships him), Roy sets about consuming a case of beer while regaling Ray with tales of his military and amorous exploits...
Laundry and Bourbon takes place on the front porch of Roy and Elizabeth’s home in Maynard, Texas, on a hot summer afternoon. Elizabeth and her friend Hattie are whiling away the time folding laundry, watching TV, sipping bourbon and Coke, and gossiping about the many open secrets which are so much a part of small-town life. They are joined by the self-righteous Amy Lee who, among other tidbits, can’t resist blurting out that Roy has been seen around town with another woman...
This play was directed by Sam Martinez & Michael J Marlowe and featured Kelly Swinehart Wehrer, Tricia Yurcak, Lauren Lawson, Jody Koster, Cole Pfaffenberger & Christopher Krause with Maddie Koenig backstage.

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Death Knell

Death Knell by James Cawood
April 14 - May 13, 2023

Set in an isolated former hunting lodge in the Scottish Highlands, Death Knell follows Henry Roth, a famous playwright and his wife Evelyn, as they await the arrival of his new muse – a charming and charismatic young actor called Jack Willoughby who is determined to secure a role in the playwright's latest production. What starts out as a seemingly innocent audition soon leads to an evening full of twists, turns and eventually... murder. Mixing black comedy and shocks of the highest order, Death Knell reinvents the classic thriller genre and will leave audiences breathless and beguiled right up to the final curtain. This play was directed by Laura Schlecht & Janye Anderson and featured Thomas Baird, Polona Pearson, Spencer Moseley, Adam Perkins & Julie Burks with Darius Hollis backstage and Kristen Sheils in the tech booth.

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The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery

The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery by David McGillivray & Walter Zerlin Jr
February 24 - March 25, 2023

Every drama group has experienced the horrors of what can go wrong on opening night, and the ladies of the F.A.H.E.T.G. Dramatic Society are no different, with the possible exception that almost everything that could happen does! The scenery collapses, cues are missed, lines forgotten, and the sound effects take on a strange note at times, as the ladies present their ambitious evening's entertainment with the cunning whodunit, Murder At Checkmate Manor. But Mrs. Reece, doyenne of the group, rises above the slings and arrows of outrageous dramatics to save the situation and provide the final inventive twist. This play was directed by Doris Merten and featured Dean R Dicks, Michele Richey, Brittany Garcia, Suzanne King & Kristen Sheils.

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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
January 6 - February 4, 2023

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 was directed by Elvin Moriarty & Suzanne King and featured Janye Anderson & Jana Smith.

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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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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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