It seems the Coronavirus crisis has cancelled just about everything we enjoy doing, from concerts to museums, plays, and even sports. But many of Houston's arts institutions are looking to and planning for the future, when we can finally emerge from our homes and join together and enjoy the Bayou City's culture scene. Read below to see what arts organizations are doing.
UPDATED 2:26 P.M. Apr 27
Main Street Theater Announces an Adaptation-filled 45th Season
In the true optimistic spirit of Houston performing arts, Main Street Theater has announced its 45th season. According to the press release, the 2020-2021 season features six MainStage shows, half of which are regional premieres, and seven Theater for Youth productions—including a yet-to-be announced summer show.
Main Street Theater MainStage 2020–2021 Season
Darwin in Malibu: Sept 12–Oct 11, 2020 (Regional Premiere)
The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley: Nov 21–Dec 20, 2020
Mother of the Maid: Feb 6–28, 2021 (Regional Premiere)
Dog Act: Mar 27–Apr 18, 2021
The Best of Everything: May 15–June 13, 2021 (Regional Premiere)
The Real Inspector Hound: Jul 17–Aug 8, 2021
Main Street Theater for Youth 2020–2021 Season
Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat: Sept 22–Oct 24, 2020
A Little House Christmas: Nov 3–Dec 19, 2020
The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963: Jan 20–Feb 13, 2021
Dragons Love Tacos: Feb 16–20, 2021
Pete the Cat: Feb 23–Apr 3 2021
Charlotte’s Web: Apr 13–May 14, 2021
MFAH Expands Latin Art Archive
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston recently launched a redesigned, expanded website and database for its Documents of Latin American and Latino Art Digital Archive Project. The newly revamped makes writings by artists, critics, and curators from Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and the U.S. Latino communities available to the public free of charge. You can access the archive at icaa.mfah.org.
TUTS Finds A New Way to Sing An Old Tune
There’s an old saying in theater: “the show much go on.” For TUTS, that means bringing its much beloved Tommy Tune Awards online. The Bayou City area’s annual celebration of high school musical theater will be live-streamed 7:30 p.m. Apr 28 on TUTS’s Facebook page and YouTube Channel. The event will feature at-home performances from local high school students, clips of the productions nominated for Best Musical, and guest appearances from Broadway stars, including Alex Newell (Glee, Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist, Once On This Island) and choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton, In The Heights).
4th Wall Announces 10th Anniversary Season
The 4th Wall Theatre Company announced its 10th anniversary season, and it’s comprised entirely of Houston Premiere productions. Kicking off the season is a newly remounted production of Between Riverside And Crazy (Sept 3–26), whose original production was cancelled because of COVID-19. Following is Gloria by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (Jan 14–Feb 6), the highly-anticipated, eight-time Tony-nominated A Doll’s House, Part 2 by Lucas Hnath (Mar 18–Apr 10), and, finally Broadway smash The Lifespan of a Fact (May 13–June 5). “In our tenth season we wanted to present well-crafted and timely stories that honed in on our theatre’s truthful aesthetic of acting,” Kim Tobin-Lehl said in a statement. “We also picked plays that tackle some of our country’s most pressing issues.”