The Marie Pearsall Theatre

Bringing Quality Theatre to the Community for Over 40 Years

42nd Season
1998 - 1999

Theatre Southwest
8944-A Clarkcrest
Houston, Tx 77063
Reservations: 713-661-9505



Written by Neil Simon
Directed by Ron Kirshy

September 4th - 26th, 1998
Friday and Saturdays at 8:00pm
and Sunday, September 13th at 3:00pm

Neil Simon returns to his roots to write a non-serious comedy. At their 10th anniversary party, the host has shot himself (nothing serious), and his wife has disappeared. Each arriving couple tries to cover up the incident, hiding it from the next. "A roller-coaster ride of hilarity......"



Written by Ed Graczyk
Directed by David Holloway

Auditions: September 6 - 8 at 7:30pm (8W, 1M)
Performances: Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm,
October 23 - November 14, 1998 and
Sunday, November 1st and 8th at 3pm
(There will be no performance on October 31st)

It is 1975, the 20th anniversary reunion of the "Disciples of James Dean at a small 5 and Dime store in Marfa, Texas - near the original shooting location of Giant. Memories mingle with flashbacks, and the arrival of a stunning woman sets off confrontations that upset and expose their self-deceptions and well-hidden disappointments. "Full of homespun humor.....surefire comic gems."



Written by Patrick Hamilton
Directed by Mimi Holloway

Auditions: October 25th and 26th at 7:30pm (2W, 3M, 2extras)
Performances: January 2 - 23, 1999
Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sunday January 10th, 3pm
Special Performance and Party December 31st.

Due to strange events happening in her house, Mrs. Manningham fears she is losing her mind. She is then visited by a police detective who tells her that her husband may be a maniacal criminal wanted for a murder committed 15 years earlier in the same house.

Originally titled Gaslight (as was the movie), this thriller contains ".....some of the most brilliant suspense in the modern theatre.....infinity craft and dexterity....."



Written by Sumner Arthur Long
Directed by J. Eric Dunlap

Auditions: January 3rd and 4th at 7:30pm (6M, 3W)
Performances: Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm
February 19th - March 13th, 1999 and
Sunday, February 28th at 3pm

A man in his fifties, with a married 24-year old daughter, suddenly learns that he is to become a father again. His previously meek wife of 25 years begins laying down the law. Roles are shifted as the non-domestic daughter must now become cook and maid to the family. Meanwhile, the mother discovers the power of the checkbook! "Good old-fashioned domestic farce.....plain and simple laughter."



Written by Beth Henley
Directed by Brett A. Hubbard

Auditions: February 21st and 22nd at 7:30pm (4W, 2M)
Performances: Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm,
April 9th - May 2st, 1999 and Sunday, April 18th at 3pm

Three sisters in Hazlehurst, Mississippi have gathered to await the news of their dying grandfather. Their troubles are grave, yet also hilarious. One has little hope of ever finding romance, one has just returned from a failed attempt at a singing career, and the third has just shot her husband in the stomach. "Bursts with energy, merriment, sagacity, and, best of all, a generosity toward people and life" - John Simon, New York.



Written by Jack Weinstock & Willie Gilbert
Directed by Jim Stewart

Auditions: April 11th and 12th at 7:30pm (5M, 2W)
Performances: Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm,
May 28th - June 19th, 1999 and Sunday, June 6th at 3pm

A good ingenious whodunit, overflowing with mirth. An advertising man, having brought his new bride to the boss' mountain lodge for a honeymoon, calls in the local police to investigate her sudden disappearance. Enter a pretty young girl, who, with a priest to back her up, insists that she is the missing wife. A funny little man enters the scene, and before you know it, there are two murders at the isolated lodge. "A cheerful game of homicide and red herrings....."



Produced by Mimi Holloway

Performances: July 16, 1999 - July 24, 1999