Gregory Boyd, Artistic Director




By Alan Ayckbourn

Directed by Gregory Boyd

April 4 - 27, 2014

"I'm a dominatrix!"  exclaims Phoebe played by Julie Sharbutt.  "It's not violent, really.  I don't like violence.  Just a little bit of fun and pain."  The Alley Theatre’s production of Communicating Doors runs from April 4 – 27, 2014 on the Alley's Hubbard Stage.  Photo by Mike McCormick.


Alley Theatre Announces Cast and Creative Team for Alan Ayckbourn’s

Communicating Doors

April 4 through April 27, 2014 on Alley's Hubbard Stage


HOUSTON – Alley Theatre Artistic Director Gregory Boyd announces the cast and creative team for Alan Ayckbourn’s science fiction comedy Communicating Doors.  Eleven plays penned by Alan Ayckbourn have been produced by the Alley, including the American premiere of Henceforward, directed by Ayckbourn, in 1987 and House & Garden in 2002. Alan Ayckbourn has been inducted into the American Theatre’s Hall of Fame, received the 2010 Critics’ Circle Award for Services to the Arts, became the first British playwright to receive both Olivier and Tony Special Lifetime Achievement Awards and was knighted in 1997 for services to the theatre.

Award-winning playwright Alan Ayckbourn returns to the Alley in this ingenious comic tour de force where Back to the Future meets Hitchcock. In 2024 Phoebe, a “private personal services consultant,” finds herself with an elderly client in a posh hotel room – she opens the wrong door and finds herself running for her life. Soon she is confronting her own past by way of a woman named Ruella, and the two join forces to prevent a murder, while Phoebe's gradual friendship with that remarkable woman changes the future for both of them. Adult language. Sexual Situations.

Communicating Doors features Resident Company Members Jeffrey Bean as Reece, James Black as Julian, Melissa Pritchett as Jessica and Todd Waite as Harold.

Communicating Doors also features Alley favorite Josie de Guzman as Ruella (Alley’s You Can’t Take it with You) and Julie Sharbutt as Phoebe (Alley Debut).

Communicating Doors features scenic design by Linda Buchanan and costume design by Judith Dolan. Lighting design is by Michael Lincoln with sound design by Jill BC Du Boff and projection design by Clint Allen. Communicating Doors also features Fight Director Rick Sordelet, Dialect Coach Pamela Prather, New York casting by Alaine Alldaffer and Assistant Director Brandon Weinbrenner.


Communicating Doors, by Alan Ayckbourn, directed by Gregory Boyd, begins performances Friday, April 4, 2014 opens officially Wednesday, April 9, 2014 and runs through April 27, 2014 on the Hubbard Stage.




Alan Ayckbourn (Playwright) 2014 marks Alan’s 53rd year as a theatre director and his 55th as a playwright. He has spent his life in theatre, rarely if ever tempted by television or film, which perhaps explains why he continues to be so prolific. To date he has written 78 plays and his work has been translated into over 35 languages, is performed on stage and television throughout the world and has won countless awards.

Major successes include: Relatively Speaking, How the Other Half Loves, Absurd Person Singular, Bedroom Farce, A Chorus of Disapproval and The Norman Conquests. In the past four years, there have been revivals of Season's Greetings and A Small Family Business at the National Theatre and in the West End productions of Absent Friends, A Chorus of Disapproval and Relatively Speaking. This year marks the 50th anniversary of his first West End production, Mr Whatnot.

In 2009, he retired as artistic director of the Stephen Joseph, where almost all his plays have been and continue to be first staged. Holding the post for 37 years, he still feels that perhaps his greatest achievement was the establishment of this company’s first permanent home when the two auditoria complex fashioned from a former Odeon Cinema opened in 1996.

In recent years, he has been inducted into American Theatre’s Hall of Fame, received the 2010 Critics’ Circle Award for Services to the Arts and became the first British playwright to receive both Olivier and Tony Special Lifetime Achievement Awards. He was knighted in 1997 for services to the theatre.


"I'm like Faust.  Sold my soul to the devil."  Reece (Jeffrey Bean) explains to Phoebe (Julie Sharbutt) that all he wants is for her to sign this document.    The Alley Theatre’s production of Communicating Doors runs from April 4 – 27, 2014 on the Alley's Hubbard Stage.  Photo by John Everett.



Jeffrey Bean (Reece) is in his 19th season as an Alley Company Artist and has appeared in over 100 Alley productions since 1989. Recently he has appeared in the World Premiere of Fool as King William, A Christmas Carol as Ebenezer Scrooge, You Can’t Take it With You as Mr. De Pinna, The Elephant Man as Frederick Treves, Clybourne Park as Russ/Dan, Death of a Salesman as Charley and November as Charles Smith. Previous Alley highlights include Amadeus as Salieri, Boeing-Boeing as Robert, The Farnsworth Invention as David Sarnoff, Cyrano de Bergerac as Cyrano, The Scene as Charlie, Doubt as Father Flynn, Subject to Fits as Prince Myshkin, Much Ado About Nothing as Benedick, The Pillowman as Michal, Twelfth Night as Feste, The Importance of Being Earnest as Algernon, Billy Bishop Goes to War as Billy Bishop, Gross Indecency as Oscar Wilde, The Foreigner as Charlie Baker and Stones in His Pockets as Charlie Conlon, et al. Broadway credits include Bells Are Ringing as Francis and Amadeus as Kappelmeister Bonno. Film & Television credits include Clinger, Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU and All My Children. He is a graduate of Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts and a Princess Grace Award winner.

James Black (Julian) is proud to be celebrating his 27th consecutive season at the Alley Theatre where, as an actor and occasional director, he has been involved in over 100 productions. Recent appearances include Freud’s Last Session as Sigmund Freud, You Can’t Take It With You as Martin Vanderhof, The Hollow as Sir Henry Angkatell, Sherlosk Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club as Mr. Richards/Mycroft Holmes, The Elephant Man as Man/Conductor/Snork, A Few Good Men as Capt. Matthew A. Markinson, Black Coffee as Hercule Poirot, Noises Off as Lloyd Dallas, The Seafarer as James “Sharky” Harkin, The Seagull as Trigorin, Dividing the Estate as Lewis Gordon, Pygmalion as Colonel Pickering, Amadeus as Count Orsini-Rosenberg, August: Osage County as Steve Heidebrecht, Peter Pan as Captain Hook/Mr. Darling, St. Nicholas, Boeing-Boeing as Bernard, Harvey as Elwood P. Dowd, Mrs. Mannerly as Jeffrey, and Our Town as Stage Manager, among others. He has also directed
Clybourne Park, A Behanding in Spokane, Doubt, Death on the Nile, Glengarry Glen Ross, Deathtrap, Dial “M” for Murder, Our Lady of 121st Street, The Foreigner, Of Mice and Men and As Bees in Honey Drown. His film and television credits include Olympia, The Man with the Perfect Swing, Houston: The Legend of Texas, Fire and Rain, Challenger, Night Game, and Killing in a Small Town. He received a Theatre World Award for Outstanding Broadway Debut and a Drama Desk nomination for Best Actor for Not About Nightingales and a BackStage West Garland Award for his appearance as Eddie Carbone in the Alley’s production of A View from the Bridge.


"Just playing a little game, were you?  Showing him your little bag of tricks?"  Julian (James Black) questions Phoebe (Julie Sharbutt) in the Alley Theatre’s production of Communicating Doors which runs April 4 – 27, 2014 on the Alley's Hubbard Stage.  Photo by John Everett.


Josie de Guzman (Ruella) returns to the Alley having recently appeared as Penelope Sycamore in You Can’t Take it with You, Lady Angkatell in The Hollow, Club Secretary in Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club, Linda in Death of a Salesman, Barbara Amory in Black Coffee, Belinda Blair in Noises Off, Arkadina in The Seagull, Vera Claythorne in And Then There Were None, Barbara Fordham in August: Osage County, Miss Casewell in The Mousetrap, Berthe in Boeing-Boeing, Mrs. Mannerly in Mrs. Mannerly, Mrs. Gibbs in Our Town, Eleanor/Esme in Rock ‘n’ Roll, Maggie Cutler in The Man Who Came to Dinner, Matilde in The Clean House, the title role in Hapgood, as well as After the Fall, Twelfth Night, Sherlock Holmes, And Then There Were None and House & Garden. She appeared as Mrs. Gibbs in Hartford Stage’s production of Our Town. Her Broadway career includes Tony nominations for Guys and Dolls and West Side Story, as well as creating roles in Nick and Nora, Runaways, and Carmelina. She won the 2002 Connecticut Critics Award for Anna in The King and I, and has appeared extensively at the Public Theatre, where she created roles in Elizabeth Swados’ Runaways, Lullaby and Goodnight and The Haggadah, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in Missionaries and Off-Broadway in Tamara, Once Removed. Her regional theatre appearances include Hartford Stage in Diosa, Great Lakes Theater in She Loves Me, and The Denver Center in Man of La Mancha, as well as such varied classical roles as Carmen, Viola, Varya, and Beatrice. Her films include Exiles in
New York, FX, and FX2, while television appearances include Miami Vice, The Cosby Show, Third Watch, All My Children, and Guiding Light. Her recordings include Lullabies for Everyone and Nanas Para Todos (both sold at, as well as the cast recordings of Guys and Dolls, Carmelina, and Runaways.

Melissa Pritchett (Jessica) is an Alley Company Artist recently appearing in You Can’t Take it With You as Essie, The Hollow as Gerda Cristow, Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club as Mrs. Hudson/ Lucy O’Malley, The Elephant Man as Pinhead/ Whore/ Miss Sandwich/ Countess, Death of a Salesman as The Woman, Noises Off as Brooke Ashton, Ether Dome as Elizabeth Whitman Morton, Pygmalion as Clara Eynsford-Hill, Amadeus as Constanze Weber, Boeing-Boeing as Gretchen, Farnsworth Invention as Agnes, Rock ‘n’ Roll as Gillian/Magda, Eurydice as Little Stone, Cyrano de Bergerac as Lise, Othello as Bianca, Hitchcock Blonde as Blonde, Much Ado About Nothing as Ursula and The Pillowman as Mother. Other theatre credits include Beauty and the Beast, Brigadoon at Theatre Under the Stars and Footloose at Great Caruso Dinner Theater. As a dancer, she was a principal dancer for Longview Ballet Theatre. She has choreographed several shows for Bayou City Concert Musicals including One Touch of Venus, Finnian’s Rainbow and Fiorello! She holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Sam Houston State University.

Julie Sharbutt (Phoebe) is an actor, writer, and comedian based in her native New York. A graduate of Vanderbilt University (BA) and NYU's Graduate Acting Program (MFA), theater credits include The Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park, New York Theater Workshop, Red Bull Theater Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Georgia Shakespeare Festival, Portland Stage and many others. She has studied and performs improvisational and sketch comedy regularly at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theater and Peoples Improv Theater. Television credits include a recurring role as "Stacie" on The Good Wife and Person of Interest. Feature film credits include Moved, which she wrote and directed, Maladies (SXSW 2013), The Weekend, The Last Day of August, and True Story. Julie has appeared in many commercials and webseries, volunteers with kids at New York's 52nd Street Project, and has voiced characters in the popular Red Dead Redemption video game. As a writer Julie has written a number of comedy shows including Admazons and the popular The Goods are Odd, and her feature film Smart Girls is currently in development with Beech Hill Films. 

Todd Waite (Harold) is in his 13th season as an Alley Company Artist. Most recently seen in The Santaland Diaries as Crumpet, You Can’t Take It With You as Paul Sycamore, The Hollow as Gudgeon, and Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club as Sherlock Holmes. He has appeared in over 60 productions including five Christmas seasons of the one-man show, The Santaland Diaries. Other shows include Noises Off as Frederick Fellowes, Pygmalion as Henry Higgins, Sherlock Holmes as Sherlock Holmes, Rock ‘n’ Roll as Jan, The Goat or Who is Sylvia? as Martin, Arsenic and Old Lace as Mortimer Brewster, Hapgood as Kerner, Deathtrap as Sydney, Art as Ivan, Stones in His Pockets as Jake, The Devil’s Disciple as Burgoyne, The Mousetrap as Christopher Wren and The 39 Steps as Richard Hannay. Previously, Mr. Waite spent six seasons with the Shaw Festival Theatre, played Enjolras in the Canadian premiere of Les Miserables and guest-starred on all major U.S. and Canadian networks. Awards include the Critic’s Choice Award for Intimate Exchanges at Dallas Theater Center and a Best Actor nomination for his performance in the world premiere of The Coronation Voyage. He has directed several Canadian premieres and was the resident director for Cirque du Soleil’s ‘O’ in Las Vegas. A recipient of the Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship for master actor/teachers, Mr. Waite holds an MFA in Directing, and is an adjunct professor for the University of Houston’s Graduate Program in Theatre Education. His private students attend Juilliard, Yale, The Royal Scottish Academy, The Stella Adler School, as well as Stage Door Theater, Interlochen and Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.


Julie Sharbutt as Phoebe and James Black as Julian in the Alley Theatre’s production of Communicating Doors which runs April 4 – 27, 2014 on the Alley's Hubbard Stage.  Photo by John Everett.





Gregory Boyd (Artistic Director) is celebrating his 24th Season as Artistic Director of the Alley. During his tenure the Alley has risen in national and interna­tional prominence, winning the Special Tony Award and experiencing record growth in its Houston audiences, while also transferring its productions to major European Festivals (including two in one season at the Venice Biennale), Broadway, and on tour to 40 American cities. Boyd’s addition of artistic associates has enhanced the Alley’s visibility and reputation worldwide; while his com­mitment to maintaining a resident company of actors has made the Alley unique among American theatre companies. At the Alley, Mr. Boyd has produced over 100 new pro­ductions of the widest ranging repertoire in the country, among them the premieres of Not About Nightingales by Tennessee Williams (Alley, London, Broadway), Jekyll & Hyde, (Alley, National Tour, Broadway), The Civil War (which he also co-authored), Shakespeare’s Roman Plays (with Vanessa and Corin Redgrave); Robert Wilson’s pro­ductions of Hamlet, When We Dead Awaken and Danton’s Death (with Richard Thomas); Ellen Burstyn in O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night and Tony Kushner’s Angels in America Parts 1 & 2 (both directed by Michael Wilson), premieres by Keith Reddin (Synergy); Eve Ensler (Lemonade); and Alley Artistic Associates Edward Albee (The Play About the Baby), Horton Foote (The Carpetbagger’s Children), Ken Ludwig (The Gershwins’ An American in Paris, Leading Ladies) and Frank Wildhorn (Jekyll & Hyde, Wonderland and The Civil War). At the Alley, he has appeared as an actor in Danton’s Death (Tom Paine) and Cyrano de Bergerac (Cyrano) and directed over 40 productions including: Seagull, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Eurydice, Cyrano de Bergerac, Treasure Island, Subject to Fits, Hitchcock Blonde, Hapgood, The Pillowman, Jekyll & Hyde, Three Sisters, In the Jungle of Cities, After the Fall, The Greeks, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Macbeth, As You Like It, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Directing projects outside the Alley have included Our Town at Hartford Stage (Hal Holbrook), Coward’s Design for Living at Williamstown (Marisa Tomei, Campbell Scott, Steven Weber), Stoppard’s Travesties at Long Wharf (Sam Waterston, Tom Hewitt) and the premiere of Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Schenkkan’s Lewis and Clark Reach the Euphrates at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. This season, he will direct the Premiere of Theresa Rebeck’s Fool and Communicating Doors.Boyd has served as Panelist for the National Endowment of the Arts, the Texas Commission on the Arts and the Massachusetts Council for the Arts. He has taught on the faculties of Carnegie-Mellon, Williams College, the University of Houston, and the University of North Carolina, where he headed the Professional Theatre Training Program. He was educated at the University of California, Berkeley, where he is a Distinguished Alumnus, and at Carnegie-Mellon.

Linda Buchanan (Scenic Design) has designed hundreds of stage productions at regional theatres throughout the country and abroad.  She has received the Merritt Award for Design and Collaboration, Jefferson Awards for Scene Design for House at Goodman Theatre, Black Snow at Goodman Theatre, and I Hate Hamlet at The Royal George Theatre, and a Helen Hayes Award for Dancing at Lughnasa at Arena Stage.  Recent design work includes A Christmas Carol at Syracuse Stage, A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Indiana Repertory Theatre, and Richard III at Idaho Shakespeare Festival and Great Lakes Theater. Notable past projects include the American Premiere of House and Garden at the Goodman, the musical adaptation of Wings at Goodman Theatre and NY Public Theater, and the premiere production of Marvin’s Room and 10 subsequent regional productions, and commercial productions in New York and London.  Buchanan has been the Resident Designer at Court Theatre in Chicago, and Design Director of R.D. Design Associates, where her work included the State of Illinois Center dedication ceremony and over 100 environments for corporate theatre and special events.  Buchanan is Associate Dean for Curricular Development at The Theatre School at DePaul University, where she is also Head of the Scene Design program. Her work has been published in Interior DesignContract, Exhibit BuilderAmerican Theatre and TCI (Theatre Crafts International), and ED (Entertainment Design).


"So, what's it like being a prostitute?  Is it fun?"  Ruella (Josie de Guzman) asks Phoebe (
Julie Sharbutt)  in the Alley Theatre’s production of Communicating Doors which runs April 4 – 27, 2014 on the Alley's Hubbard Stage.  Photo by John Everett.



Judith Dolan (Costume Design) has designed costumes for numerous Alley Theatre productions, including Fool, Freud’s Last Session, You Can’t Take it with You, The SeafarerHarveyThe Lieutenant of InishmoreArsenic and Old LaceLeading Ladies, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s NestThe Glass MenagerieA Midsummer Night’s DreamMacbeth and As You Like It.  Her work extends beyond theatre to opera, film and television. Dolan is a Tony Award-winner for Candide who also earned a Lucille Lortelle Award for The Petrified Prince and two Drama Desk nominations. She designed the Broadway production of LoveMusik, with music by Kurt Weill, as well as Parade and Hollywood Arms by Carol Burnett and Carrie Hamilton. Other credits include Lewis and Clark Reach the Euphrates and Travesties, both directed by Gregory Boyd and the current The Winter's Tale at the Old Globe, directed by Barry Edelstein. Opera designs include Idomeneo for Wolf Trap Opera Company and Christholf Von Dohnanyi’s The Magic Flute for The Cleveland Orchestra. Dolan has designed for a number of other companies, including Dublin’s Abbey Theatre, Theatre Clwyd in Wales, Brooklyn Academy of Music, D.C.’s Shakespeare Theatre Company, Goodman Theatre, Houston Grand Opera and the Old Globe Theatre. She has a Ph.D. in Directing and Design from Stanford University and is Professor in the Department of Theater and Dance at the University of California, San Diego. She is the recipient of the 2014 League of Professional Theatre Women's Ruth Morley Design Award.  

Michael Lincoln (Lighting Design) has designed numerous Alley productions including The Hollow, Black Coffee, Boeing Boeing, And Then There Were None, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Mousetrap, Hydriotaphia, Deathtrap, Proof, Our Lady of 121st Street, Jitney, Synergy, Closer, and Slavs! among others. Michael’s career spans over 30 years and 300 productions. His Broadway credits include
Copenhagen, Skylight, and More To Love and associate designs for Guys and Dolls, Six Degrees of Separation, City of Angels, and Anything Goes. Michael’s many Off-Broadway designs include People Be Heard, Mr. Goldwyn, The Bubbly Black Girl..., If Love Were All, Defying Gravity, Bunny Bunny and Swingtime Canteen. He has designed for resident companies around the country with long associations at Indiana Repertory Theatre, Cleveland Play House, Los Angeles Ballet, The Santa Fe Opera, and Studio Theatre DC. Awards: L.A. Drama Critics’ Circle and Drama Logue. Michael also currently heads the Ohio University Theater Division.



Julie Sharbutt as Phoebe and Josie de Guzman as Ruella in the Alley Theatre’s production of Communicating Doors which runs April 4 – 27, 2014 on the Alley's Hubbard Stage.  Photo by John Everett.



Jill BC Du Boff (Sound Design) Alley Theatre credits include Othello, Much Ado About Nothing, Gruesome Playground Injuries, The Monster At The Door, The Seafarer, Black Coffee, A Few Good Men and The Hollow. Broadway credits include Picnic, Wit, Other
Desert Cities, Good People, The Constant Wife, The Good Body and Bill Maher: Victory... Off-Broadway credits include Lincoln Center Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, Atlantic Theater Club, Vineyard Theatre, MCC Theater, Playwrights Horizons, The Public, Second Stage Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, Women’s Project Theater, New Georges, The Flea Theater, Cherry Lane Theatre, Signature Theatre Company, Clubbed Thumb (Affiliate Artist) and Penguin Rep Theatre. Regional credits include Bay Street Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse, Westport Country Playhouse, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Portland Stage, Long Wharf Theatre, New York Stage and Film, Humana Festival, Williamstown Theatre Festival and Atlantic Theatre Festival. Radio credits include Studio 360, Naked Radio and RadioLab. Nominations include  Drama Desk and Henry Hewes awards.  Awards include Ruth Morley Design Award, Obie for Sustained Excellence and Lilly Award. She is an Adjunct Professor at Sarah Lawrence College. 

Clint Allen
(Projection Design) Recent credits include The Laramie Project at Ford’s Theatre, Fly at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Sherlock Holmes and the Suicide Club at Alley Theatre, Associate Designer for The Elephant Man and The Mountaintop at Alley Theatre. Other regional projection credits include Ford’s Theatre production of Fly; The Farnsworth Invention, Rock and Roll, Underneath the Lintel at Alley Theatre; and the world premiere of The Heavens are Hung in Black at Ford’s Theatre. Other credits include Faith Healer and Good Thief at Stark Naked Theatre Company, Houston Shakespeare Festival’s Hamlet and Comedy of Errors, Ford’s Theatre’s 2013 Gala, world premiere of Now This at University of Houston, Among the Thugs at Horse Head Theatre Company, Almost Maine, Reckless at Brave Dog Players and Hollywood to Broadway in Shanghai China. Member of USA829.



Alaine Alldaffer, CSA (New York Casting) is the Casting Director for Playwrights Horizons and works with Lisa Donadio, who is the Associate Casting Director. Credits include
Clybourne Park and Grey Gardens on Broadway and Playwrights Horizons, Circle Mirror Transformation which won an Artios Award, Present Laughter which won an Artios Award with Victor Garber for Huntington Theatre Company and Roundabout Theatre Company. TV credits include The Knights of Prosperity for ABC. Assoc. credits include Ed for NBC and Monk for USA. Theatres include Women’s Project Theater, Long Wharf Theatre, Soho Repertory Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Huntington Theatre Company and Arena Stage in D.C. Festivals include Williamstown Theatre Festival and Humana Festival.

Pamela Prather (Dialect Coach) is delighted to return to the Alley Theatre after coaching Venus in Fur, You Can't Take it with You, The Hollow, The Elephant Man, Death of A Salesman, Black Coffee, Noises Off, Boeing-Boeing, The Gershwins’ An American in Paris, Othello and The Lieutenant of Inishmore.  She has also coached productions for Yale Repertory Theatre, Hartford Stage, Primary Stages in NYC, Underwood Theater in NYC, The Play Company in NYC, The Edge Theatre Company in NYC, New York Classical Theatre, St. Ann’s Warehouse DUMBO, Dance Theater Workshop in NYC and Hamptons Shakespeare Festival.  Pamela has taught voice, speech and dialects at Yale School of Drama, NYU and UCLA and is currently an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Purchase College, State University of New York.  She received her MFA in Acting from UCLA and is certified in Fitzmaurice Voicework®, Laughter Yoga and Prana Yoga.  Pamela is the founder of  “LaughingVoice”

Rick Sordelet (Fight Director) Broadway credits include 60 Broadway shows such as The Lion King, Beauty and the BeastThe Scottsboro Boys, and the National Tours of Beauty and the Beast, and Les Miz. International credits include 54 First Class productions worldwide including Ben Hur Live in Rome and a European Tour. Opera credits include Cyrano starring Placido Domingo at The Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Opera House and Teatro alla Scalla in Milan, Don Carlo directed by Nicholas Hytner at The Metropolitan Opera, and Heart of the Soldier a new opera at San Francisco Opera.  Regional credits include hundreds and hundreds of shows all over the USA. Film credits include The Game Plan starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Dan in Real Life starring Steve Carell, and Juliet Binoche. Television credits include Stunt Coordinator for Guiding Light for 12 years and One Life to Live. Instructor at Yale School of Drama and HB Studios. Affiliations include Board member for the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. Awards include Edith Oliver Award for Sustained Excellence from the Lucille Lortel Off-Broadway League, Jeff Award for Best Fight Direction for Romeo and Juliet at Chicago Shakespeare Theater.

Brandon Weinbrenner (Assistant Director) is pleased to be working on his eighth show at the Alley as Assistant Director, having previously worked on Fool, Other Desert Cities, You Can’t Take It With You, The Hollow, Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club, The Elephant Man, and A Few Good Men. Brandon made his Alley Theatre directing debut with David Ives’ Venus in Fur earlier this season. Past theatrical credits include serving as the Bret C.Harte Directing Fellow at Berkeley Rep, producing the 2013 Out of the Loop Fringe Festival in his hometown of Dallas, Texas, and acting in productions at the Guthrie Theater, The Children’s Theatre Co., Illusion Theater, WaterTower Theatre, and Undermain Theatre. Brandon is a graduate of the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater BFA Acting Training Program.



Todd Waite as Harold and Julie Sharbutt as Phoebe in the Alley Theatre’s production of Communicating Doors which runs April 4 – 27, 2014 on the Alley's Hubbard Stage.  Photo by John Everett.





The Alley Theatre is a nationally recognized Theatre Company based in Houston, Texas.  The Alley was founded in 1947 and is one of the few US companies with a commitment to resident artists. Under the direction of Artistic Director Gregory Boyd and Managing Director Dean R. Gladden, the Alley creates a wide-ranging repertoire of innovative productions of classics, neglected modern plays, and new works in its 11 production season. The Alley has brought its productions to Broadway, Off-Broadway, London, 40 American cities, to Berlin, Paris, and St. Petersburg, as well as to major European festivals (including two in one season at the Venice Biennale). A recipient of the Special Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre, the Alley has premiered plays by Edward Albee, Horton Foote, Robert Wilson, Rajiv Joseph. Kenneth Lin,  Eve Ensler, Keith Reddin, and Herbert Siguenza, as well as creating the premieres of the musicals Jekyll & Hyde, The Civil War, and Wonderland. Other notable collaborations include The Roman Plays (with Vanessa Redgrave), Hydriotaphia (by Tony Kushner), and Danton's Death. The Alley’s productions are built and rehearsed in the Alley Theatre Center for Theatre Production – a 75,000-square-foot facility adjacent to the theatres themselves and are performed on the 824-seat Hubbard Stage and the 310-seat Neuhaus Stage. The Alley continues to provide its audiences with thought-provoking, diverse and transformative theatre.


Communicating Doors is generously sponsored by Lead Sponsors Chevron and Schlumberger and Supporting Sponsors PwC and Rand Group. The Alley Theatre is supported by the 2013-2014 season sponsor United Airlines, the official airline of the Alley Theatre.


Tickets to Communicating Doors start at $26. All tickets to Communicating Doors are available for purchase at, at the Alley Theatre Box Office, 615 Texas Avenue, or by calling 713.220.5700. Groups of 10 or more can receive special concierge services and select discounts by calling 713.220.5700 and asking for the group sales department.

$10 TIX  
Saturday, April 5, 2014
The Alley Theatre continues its efforts to make the theatre affordable to patrons. Partnering with other social non-profit organizations, the Alley seeks to generate in-kind donations and reward patrons with $10 Tix for select performances. The $10 Tix are available in person only on Saturday, April 5, and are limited to two tickets per person. With your donation, you can purchase two $10 tickets for Sunday, April 6 at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m. or Thursday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m. Donate and purchase in person at the Box Office (615 Texas Ave.) on Saturday, April 5 only. Limited availability. The $10 Tix partner for Comunicating Doors is to be determined.


Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 2:30 p.m.
The Alley Theatre offers access services for our deaf or hard of hearing and sight-impaired patrons. Audio Description is provided for each Hubbard Stage production and Open Captioning is offered for every Hubbard Stage and Neuhaus Stage production. To ensure that your seats will accommodate your needs, please call the box office 713.220.5700 when ordering tickets to this performance.  Discounted tickets are available for groups of 10 or more.


Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.
Grab your group and join us for InterACT, the Alley Theatre’s newest pre-show mixer for groups of 10 or more. Interact and network with members of other theatre-loving groups while enjoying music, complimentary cocktails and appetizers provided by Frankie P. Mandola's Catering and Damian's Cucina Italiana. This pre-curtain event is FREE with a group purchase of 10 or more tickets to the 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10 performance of Communicating Doors. Group Leaders can contact the Group Sales Department at 713.315.3346 or email to inquire about group rates, seat availability, easy payment options and flexible payment due dates. The Group Sales Department is open from 9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. InterACT is a great way to mix and mingle prior to seeing the performance.



Harold the hotel's house detective tries to arrest Phoebe the prostitute as Ruella, Reece's second wife looks on.  The Alley Theatre’s production of Communicating Doors runs from April 4 – 27, 2014 on the Alley's Hubbard Stage.  Photo by John Everett.



Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Members of the cast return to the stage following the performance to take questions from the audience. TalkBacks are led by a member of the Alley Artistic Staff.


Thursday, April 17, 2014 6:00 – 7:15 p.m.
Join the hottest GLBT theatre event in town! ActOUT is in its fifth season with a variety of events and productions that will once again have Houston’s GLBT community talking. Patrons enjoy fabulous pre-performance mixers with music, socializing, complimentary cocktails and appetizers. The place to see and be seen, ActOUT is sure to be a great night on the town. This pre-curtain event is FREE with your ticket to the Thursday, April 17, 7:30 p.m. performance of Comunicating Doors. To buy a ticket, required for this event, use the promo code: ACTOUT. Purchase online or by calling the Box Office anytime at 713.220.5700, then enter 1. For more information, please email Shelley Finley or call 713.228.9341 ext. 556.

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