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We’ve got an action-packed year planned for Houston theater audiences featuring two regional premieres and the WORLD PREMIERE of Pollywog by Keian McKee. In addition to our three mainstage productions at Studio 101 and Museum of Dysfunction, this year we’re teaming up with other local artists and arts organizations to produce a series of plays honoring the female perspective. A portion of the profits from each show in "The Women’s Project" will be donated to local charities dedicated to helping women and children.

Don’t miss a single show – click here to find out about our "Umbrella Pass" season tickets!


"BWW Interviews: Jennifer Decker Talks Mildred's Umbrella's 2014 -2015 Season" - Kristina Nungaray, Broadway World, May 22, 2014

All shows at Studio 101, 1824 Spring Street, Houston, TX 77007
8pm. $20 regular, $12 Students/Seniors. Pay What You Can on Mondays.
Tickets: info@mildredsumbrella.com or 832-463-0409

By Keian McKee
Directed by Matt Huff
World Premiere
July 31 - August 16, 2014

At sunrise, Polly wades alone into the spring waters of the Atlantic to begin her first ocean swim. In a small container secured to her body are her mother Jule’s ashes. This is no contest for fame or glory. Rather, Polly is seeking a genuine conclusion to swimming lessons prematurely halted at age nine when Jule suffered a stroke and Polly’s childhood effectively ended. Although physically alone on her journey, she carries within herself, and ultimately confronts, the main characters of her life: Jule, before and after her stroke; Esther and Johnny, Hollywood swim idols and Polly’s imaginary helpmates in Jule’s care; and her father Mort, a former sailor turned cemetery salesman.

By Lisa D'amour
Directed by Jennifer Decker
Houston Premiere
October 9 - 25, 2014

Jane, a kindergarten teacher/lifeguard searches for the origin of evil and human weakness that is responsible for the human fear of death. She searches Florida beaches, Texas sewers, the middle of the Adriatic Sea, following Prospero, her childhood friend who she knows will provide the answer. A twenty-first century riff on Edgar Allan Poe's "Masque of the Red Death."

By Jose Rivera
Directed by Jennifer Decker
January 22 - February 7, 2015

On a rainy night in LA, a lonely man picks up a young pregnant hitchhiker and brings her to his home for refuge. She claims that she is over 50 years old and that she has been pregnant for two years, and that time passes for her in a way that doesn’t match the rest of the world. Set in a world of magical realism where decades happen in a single night, the question is explored: is there ever a 'right' time for love?

"...CLOUD TECTONICS, José Rivera's often enchanting new play... Rivera has successfully mixed two styles in which he previously dabbled, realism and magic realism, to produce a naturalistic play interlaced with symbols and magical occurrences. In doing so, he has found a voice to probe the mystery of the kind of love that stops your heart as surely as it does your sense of time and space. And he does it without goo." - Los Angeles Times

By Jón Gnarr
Directed by Jennifer Decker
January 25, 2015 at 3pm and January 26, 2015 at 7pm

Palme and his son, Little Ziggy run into car trouble while they are traveling, but luckily, there is not only accommodation at the nearby Hotel Volkswagen, but the front desk manager is also a mechanic. While waiting for repairs, the travelers get to know their fellow guests, which include a gender-bending couple who cannot have children and a nostalgic former Nazi. Together, they discover that everyone has a questionable past, and it isn’t so easy to leave the Hotel Volkswagen, once one has checked in.  This absurdist play with shades of an Ionesco influence was premiered in Iceland in 2012, and is receiving its Texas premiere in this staged reading at Mildred’s Umbrella.

Original shorts by writers worldwide
March 26 - April 4, 2015

All tickets Pay What You Can.
A collection of world premier short plays chosen from over 200 submissions from around the world. Produced and performed by Mildred’s Umbrella in association with Wordsmyth Theatre. Click here for submission requirements.

All tickets Pay What You Can.
Tickets: info@mildredsumbrella.com or 832-463-0409

By Katharine Sherman
Directed by Melissa Flower
May 15 - 24, 2014

536 Westbury Square, Houston, TX 77035 (the courtyard of
Company Onstage)
Co-produced by Wordsmyth Theatre

In support of
The Houston Area Women’s Center
Cassandra is a modern retelling of the ancient Greek myth of Cassandra, the beautiful girl who was given the gift of prophesy in exchange for the promise of sex with the god Apollo. When she goes back on her promise, she keeps the gift of prophesy, but is also given the curse that no one will ever believe her. This fresh take on the myth is mesmerizing as Cassandra’s current events and events of the future happen at the same instant, and even the girl who knows the tragedies that will befall the people around her, holds out hope for the tiniest change to her dire predictions.

By Alan Ball
Directed and Co-Produced by Rochelle Sanders
June 12 - 21, 2014

Studio 101, 1824 Spring Street, Houston, TX 77007
In support of The Houston Area Women’s Center
During an over the top wedding reception at a Tennessee estate, five bridesmaids hide out in an upstairs bedroom, each with her own reason to avoid the proceedings below. They include a religious fundamentalist; the lesbian sister of the groom; a woman reacting to a recently failed marriage of her own, a rebellious sister of the bride with a dark secret, and a cynical beauty queen. As the day wears on, these five very different women discover they have far more in common with each other than with the bride in this "wickedly funny, irreverent and touching celebration of the women's spirit." -
Dramatists Play Services

By Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Bree Bridger
November 14 - 22, 2014

14 Pews, 800 Aurora St. Houston, TX 77009

Co-produced by 14 Pews

In support of AssistHers

"Mary, always late and always married, meets a lady cowboy outside the city limits of Pittsburgh who teaches her how to ride a horse. Mary’s husband, Crick, buys a painting with the last of their savings. Mary and Crick have a baby, but they can’t decide on the baby’s name, or the baby’s gender. A story of one woman’s education and her search to find true love outside the box." -
New Dramatists


Umbrella Passes are on sale now for 2014-15!

Email info@mildredsumbrella.com to get yours today!

Individual Umbrella Pass - $75

  • One ticket to each of our three mainstage shows in Studio 101 (does not include The Women's Project)
  • One ticket to each weekend of Museum of Dysfunction
  • $5 off any additional tickets - bring a friend!
  • 1 complimentary drink ticket per show
  • Reserved seating - book your tickets at least 24 hours in advance and we'll reserve seats for you! No general admissions seating worries for you!
  • Last minute change of plans? Don't worry! We can move your tickets to another night within the same production at no additional charge!

Need more flexibility? Get our GOLD Umbrella Pass

GOLD Umbrella Pass - $165

  • Ten tickets to use as you choose! Applies to ANY show in the 2014 - 2015 season, combined in ANY way!
  • $5 off any additional tickets - bring a friend!
  • 1 complimentary drink ticket per show
  • Reserved seating - book your tickets at least 24 hours in advance and we'll reserve seats for you! No general admissions seating worries for you!
  • Last minute change of plans? Don't worry! We can move your tickets to another night within the same production at no additional charge!
Season Passes
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