Ashland St. Theatre Co.
2610 Ashland / Houston, TX / 77008 / 713-426-3019
THE ASHLAND ST. THEATRE CO.
OPENS IN THE HEIGHTS
HOUSTON - Artistic Director Travis Ammons and Producers Vaughn Monroe Dampier and
Don Poston announce the opening of the Ashland St. Theatre Co., a new live theatre venue in the
Heights that offers Houston premiers, startling new works and popular favorites. Every summer
the theatre will offer original scripts by Houston playwrights. The theatre's first production is the
Houston premiere of the Broadway hit "'THINGS YOU SHOULDN'T SAY PAST MIDNIGHT"
by Peter Ackerman and directed by Houston theatre veteran Ron Jones. The next production,
Nicky Silver's "FAT MEN IN SKIRTS", will be directed by Chris Jimmerson, Artistic Director
for Unhinged Productions. The theatre has attracted many talented local playwrights and
directors, among them Jason Nodler of Infernal Bridegroom Productions, Lisa Marie Singerman
and Joey Bemer. They will be working with the theatre later in the season, with shows to be
Artistic Director Travis Ammons comments, "We are excited to be offering powerful theatre once
again to the Heights. Ashland St. Theatre Co. will be the place to see cutting-edge new theatre,
undiscovered plays by popular playwrights, as well as favorites past and present. We want to
bring in a variety of directors, each with his/her own style, and give them the kind of freedom that
brings about unique creations. We are especially pleased to be offering Houston playwrights the
opportunity to have their work produced professionally.
The opening production for the Ashland St. Theatre Co., "THINGS YOU SHOULDN'T SAY
PAST MIDNIGHT: A COMEDY IN THREE BEDS," directed by Ron Jones, opens March 10,
and runs through April 8, 2000. Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 pm, with
a Sunday matinee on April 2 at 3:00 pm. This contemporary sex farce is a rambunctiously funny
debut for playwright Peter Ackerman. It was a critical and commercial hit last season at New
York's Promenade Theatre.
The next production is Nicky Silver's "FAT MEN IN SKIRTS," which will run April 21 through
May 20, 2000. Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 pni, with a Sunday
matinee on May 14 at 3:00 pm. This brilliantly crafted, savage comedy explores the many facets
of insanity and delves into the relationship between love and harm. Chris Jimmerson will direct,
marking his third Nicky Silver project here in Houston, having previously directed "MAIDEN'S
PRAYEW'at Stages and "PTERODACTYLS" at Masquerade Theatre.
Ashland St. Theatre Co.'s Artistic Director Travis Ammons will kick-off the first summer show
by a local playwright. His play, "Manhood Is Dead," will run from July 28 through August 26,
2000. Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 pm, with a Sunday matinee on
August 20 at 3:00 pm. This Generation X comedy deals with four artists who discuss their sexual
exploits and tackle the issues of machismo vs. masculinity during their weekly poker game.
All show times are at 8:00 pm, Friday and Saturday evenings, matinees are Sundays at 3:00 pm,
Special group rates are available. Please call the box office at 713426-3019 for more
information or reservations.
The Ashland St. Theatre Co., formerly a church, is located at 2610 Ashland Street in the Heights.