In an effort to connect Houston artists and audiences, Stages is putting on its second Studio Sessions through April 18 with the option to livestream it at home or watch on a big screen on The Brown Foundation Lawn at The Gordy every Friday.
Stages launched its first iteration of Studio Sessions last August, inviting local performers like Holland Vavra and Mark Ivy to share a one-hour theatrical performance, which was then livestreamed on Stages's website. This new iteration, which began last week with performances by Jasminne and Lupe Mendez, introduces six new shows by Houston-based actors.
“It’s thrilling to return with a second round of Stages Studio Sessions,” said Artistic Associate Mitchell Greco in a press release. “The first round was so fulfilling, both from an artist and audience perspective, that we couldn’t wait to get back for more.”
The shows are approximately 75 minutes and don't have an intermission. Each performance includes works of music, spoken word, poetry, and storytelling.
To reserve a spot on lawn, you'll need to reserve a ticket—from $25 per social-distanced "pod," which seats up to four, at stageshouston.com—although actual seats are not provided (bring your camp chairs and blankies!). The Lawn viewing will open at 6:30 p.m. with drinks and snacks available for purchase by mobile ordering. Although no outside alcohol is allowed, the bar will also be open.
In the event that Houston's unpredictable weather is less than desirable and the event is canceled, Stages will reschedule. Additionally, health protocols will be followed, such as temperature checks at check-in, social distancing as indicated by the seating pods, and the use of masks, although those may be removed when sitting.
You'll also need to reserve tickets on Stages's website if you intend to watch on YouTube. The performances go live on Fridays at 7:30 p.m. It's free, but viewers have only 48 hours to watch the show.
Shows and dates are listed below.
March 19–21: Teresa Zimmermann
March 26–28: Muhammad F. Khaerisman
April 2–4: John Ryan Del Bosque
April 9–11: Anna Maria Morris
April 16–18 : Carolyn Johnson