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2015-2016

A Message from the Artistic Director:

We are truly excited to bring audiences our 2015-16 season...not only does it represent an even stronger commitment to producing bold, fresh, innovative works, but it also serves as a reminder of where we have been.

From year to year – season to season – we have found our voice as Houston’s premiere female-focused theater company.  In turn, we have worked to find and bring you the very best in cutting-edge theatre. From a show that finally give voices to the Brides in the Bath after a century of silence to a brand new work that address complex issues such as objectification and rape culture, we truly are living up to our mission. We are also recognizing our past with a remounting of Mac Wellman’s Dracula, which was one of Mildred’s Umbrella's very first shows, while also looking to our future with the eighth annual Museum of Dysfunction, featuring the talents of some of today’s best up-and-coming playwrights.

With all that in store, we can’t wait to continue this journey with you all. We view the road ahead with a sense of renewed hope and excitement – as we push forward to bring equality and enlightenment to the world of theatre – one amazing play at a time.

With so much to look forward to, only one word comes to mind: breathtaking.

Jennifer Decker
Artistic Director, Mildred’s Umbrella Theatre Company

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MAINSTAGE SEASON
All shows are performed at Studio 101 in Spring Street Studios, located in the heart of Houston’s First Ward Arts District.

1824 Spring Street,
Houston, TX 77007


8pm. $20 regular, $15 Students/Seniors.
Pay What You Can on Mondays.
Tickets: info@mildredsumbrella.com or 832-463-0409

THE DROWNING GIRLS
Houston Premiere!

By Beth Graham, Charlie Tomlinson, and Daniela Vlaskalic
Directed by Jon Harvey
July 16 - August 1, 2015

Pay-What-You-Can Monday, July 27 at 8pm
Matinee Sunday, July 26 at 3pm
 

Based on the "Brides in the Bath" murders in early 20th century England, The Drowning Girls recounts the story of Bessie, Alice and Margaret, three women who were all wooed by, married to and eventually murdered by George Joseph Smith. Emerging from the stillness of their watery graves, the three women deliver post-mortem testimonies, reenacting key moments and reliving the horrifying events leading up to their eventual deaths. From the opening gasp to the final breath, The Drowning Girls is full of haunting lyricism and rich imagery that is sure to leave audiences captivated.

"Reflecting on the misconceptions of love, married life and the not-so-happily ever after, The Drowning Girls is both a breathtaking fantasia and a social critique." – Playwrights Guild of Canada

 

Mac Wellman's DRACULA
By Mac Wellman
Directed by Jennifer Decker
October 15 - 31, 2015

Pay-What-You-Can Monday, October 26 at 8pm
Matinee Sunday, October 25 at 3pm

Mac Wellman's bizarre and offbeat version of Dracula, which completely re-vamps Bram Stoker’s classic novel. Campy and fun, this is the story of two sexually repressed women who find the freedom and passion of the vampiric world in the late days of Victorian London.

Costumes highly encouraged! Come as your favorite ghoul for special drink discounts! Plus don't miss our closing night Halloween Extravaganza! Just $25 gets you into the show and afterparty!

 

SUPER SECRET SURPRISE SHOW!!!
(If we told you, we'd have to kill you)

January 21 - February 6, 2016
Pay-What-You-Can Monday, February 1 at 8pm
Matinee Sunday, January 31 at 3pm

Follow us on social media for hints about what show we have in store! Whoever guesses it before the announcement on November 20th wins a pair of tickets and an awesome MU t-shirt!

 

DOLLFACE
World Premiere!

By Katharine Sherman
Directed by Jacey Little
April 28 - May 14, 2016

Pay-What-You-Can Monday, May 9 at 8pm
Matinee Sunday, May 8 at 3pm

This play explores the double standards and rape culture in our society today, and how the fairy-tale narrative with which we are presented in our childhoods contributes to this culture, with a patchwork of found text, news stories, film clips, rape jokes and statistics. It will involve toy theatre puppetry, movements and soundbites of everything from fairy tales to CNN online to Men’s Rights advocacy forums, and as it explores these issues, it will call for a paradigm shift, that finds a way to create an ephemeral community of audience members, perhaps giving them a platform to tell their story.

 

MUSEUM OF DYSFUNCTION VIII
Various authors & directors
June 23 - July 2, 2016

Once again we are bringing back our annual staging of original, edgy works from some of today’s best and boldest playwrights! To submit a short play for the next Museum, please click here.

 

 

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