THE 2017-2018 SEASON


Hurricane Harvey

Weather Update

Our thoughts are with all our fellow Texans who have been impacted by flooding and severe weather. We're grateful that Stages is dry and undamaged as of Tuesday, August 28, although our offices will remain closed through at least Wednesday, August 30, due to flooding in the surrounding areas.

For the safety of our artists, staff and patrons, all performances through Sunday, September 3, have been canceled. Always...Patsy Cline will resume performances on Wednesday, September 6.  Due to schedule constraints, performances of Woody Sez will not be rescheduled. Ticket-holders may exchange tickets for a future performance free of charge, donate the value of the tickets to support this year's 40th Anniversary Season, or request a refund.

Patrons and ticket-holders may leave messages at or 713.527.0123. Our Patron Services team will be in touch over the coming days as our offices reopen. We are heartbroken by the losses in our community but proud of the Texas spirit that shines through even in the most difficult moments. We offer our thanks to our incredible local leaders, first responders and neighbors, as well as to the artists, colleagues and friends from around the world who have reached out to support and encourage us. Together, we will recover and rebuild, and we continue to invite our community to join us in our theatres and share the moments of light, laughter, hope and understanding that will help us heal.


Always…Patsy Cline

By Ted Swindley

June 28 - September 17 2017

Patsy is back in honor of Stages' 40th Anniversary! This internationally acclaimed hit musical written by Stages Founding Artistic Director Ted Swindley is based on a true story of the surprising friendship between the beloved country singer and a devoted Houston fan. 27 of Cline’s unforgettable hits make this an event that audiences clamor for year after year. Kelley Peters(The Honky Tonk Angels series and Marie Antoinette), steps into the role of Patsy Cline and Susan Koozin returns as Louise—the role that made her a Stages’ audience favorite! Directed by Kenn McLaughlin.




Panto Cinderella

Houston’s Original British Panto

book by Kate Hawley, music and lyrics by Gregg Coffin, originally conceived and directed by Paul Witworth

November 29 - December 31 2017

10th Anniversary Production

You are invited to the Ball this holiday season! Panto’s madcap storytelling style breathes new life into the familiar tale of humble Cinderella, her fairy godmother, her charming prince and her hideous (and hilarious!) stepsisters. Come ready to laugh, cheer and boo along with a crazy cast of fairy tale favorites (and Buttons, of course!). Packed with zany characters, audience interaction and plenty of toe-tapping music, it’s spectacular fun for the whole family.  Directed by Josh Morrison.




by Kevin Armento and Bryony Lavery

A co-production with One Year Lease Theater Company

World Premiere

October 11 - October 29 2017

It’s 1973, and Houston’s Astrodome is playing host to one of the biggest pop cultural events of all time as Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs face-off in 'The Battle of the Sexes' tennis match!Created in conjunction with New York‘s acclaimed One Year Lease Theater Company, Balls is a spectacular new work that bounces one of the most memorable tennis events of all-time off the cultural debates it ignited. Co-written by Tony award nominee Bryony Lavery and Stage Edinburgh award winner Kevin Armento, Balls embraces OYL’s high-intensity physical groove and features a shot-by-shot re-imagining of the entire match, in a carnival-like atmosphere! This World Premiere is must-see theatre from one of the nation’s most promising new companies.


directed by Ianthe Demos and Nick Flint

movement direction by Natalie Lomonte

Producers Cynthia and Ben Guill


A Midnight Clear, A Musical Tale of Christmas

book by Kenn McLaughlin and music & lyrics by David Nehls

World Premiere

November 08 - December 24 2017

It’s Christmas Eve, 1964, and a snowstorm threatens to cancel a concert hosted by the Sisters of the Poor Sacred Heart. But when a mysterious stranger and a stranded motorist arrive at their chapel, the Sisters find that the songs of Christmas have far more power than they had imagined. Stages Artistic Director Kenn McLaughlin and composer David Nehls follow up their smash hit I’ll Be Home for Christmas with a joyous new musical commissioned especially for Stages.

directed by Kenn McLaughlin

music direction by David Nehls


Alma en venta (Soul on Sale)

by Philip Boehm

Regional Premiere

January 24 - February 11 2018

Painter Arcadio Rogers Rodríguez has made quite a name for himself crafting images. But what does it take to really bring a canvas to life? A visit from your dead mother? A Faustian deal with a devilish muse? Alma en venta/ Soul on Sale is a lyrical, magical-realist examination of the cost one Latino artist has to pay to save a soul.


directed by Philip Boehm



One-woman show


by Holland Taylor

February 14 - April 08 2018

Indomitable Texas Governor Ann Richards is brought to life by the incomparable Sally Edmundson in a one-woman tour-de-force. This hilarious new play, written by Emmy® Award winner Holland Taylor (“Two and a Half Men”), is a no-holds-barred look at the complex and captivating woman who changed the face of Texas politics. Come on y’all, it’s time for a grand night in the theatre! directed by Kenn McLaughlin


We are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as South-West Africa, From the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884-1915

by Jackie Sibblies Drury

Regional Premiere

March 14 - April 01 2018

Six actors gather to tell the story of a rarely-examined African genocide. As rehearsals intensify, the comradery of the ensemble gives way to deep tensions and what seemed like a distant piece of racial history becomes a modern nightmare. This searing and powerful drama has garnered acclaim nationwide for its bold look at race in America and beyond. FOR MATURE AUDIENCES


The Revisionist

by Jesse Eisenberg

Regional Premiere

At the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center

April 10 - April 22 2018

When young Jewish writer David arrives in Poland with a case of writer’s block, he is greeted warmly by his 75-year-old cousin, Maria. Fueled by a desire to reconnect with her American relations, she welcomes him into her home; but as their relationship develops, details about her post-war past challenge each of them to redefine what it means to be family.

directed by Leslie Swackhamer


The Great American Trailer Park Musical

music and lyrics by David Nehls, book by Betsy Kelso

May 02 - June 24 2018

One of the most requested musicals in Stages history, The Great American Trailer Park Musical is back for our 40th Anniversary Season! There's a new tenant at Armadillo Acres, and she's wreaking havoc all over Florida's most exclusive trailer park. The double-wide divas of this fine housing establishment have survived everything from kidnapping to no-good men to bad perms! But when Pippi, a “stripper on the run,” comes between agoraphobic housewife Jeannie and her tollbooth collector husband, a storm begins to brew that will shake these manufactured homes right down to their foundations!

directed by Mitchell Greco

WARNING: This musical contains tacky outfits, bad wigs, crude language, adultery, road kill, electrocution and spray cheese. It is, after all, The Great American Trailer Park Musical.



by Mickey Fisher

World Premiere

May 23 - June 10 2018

Six actors gather to tell the story of a rarely-exIn the near future, a woman with a terminal illness volunteers for an experimental procedure that would allow her memories, mannerisms and personality to live on in her “Replica”. But what was created as a duplicate soon takes on a life of its own. This World Premiere sci-fi thriller is penned by Mickey Fisher, creator of the television series Extantand Mars and the upcoming film Reverie. directed by Seth Gordon


 2017 – 2018 SEASON

 Stages Repertory Theatre
3201 Allen Parkway, Houston Texas
(one block west of Waugh Dr.)
Main entrance on Rosine St., Parking on D'Amico


Stages is one of only a few Equity theatres in Houston. Formed in 1978 in the basement of a brewery, Stages was created to introduce innovative contemporary plays to a region often considered old-fashioned in its theatrical tastes. Rob Bundy was named artistic director in 1996, and under his guidance Stages has moved to the forefront of American theatre and attained a new level of artistic quality. Kenn McLaughlin became Stages' managing director in the summer of 2001. McLaughlin's leadership has galvanized the administration of the theatre, and resulted in a new strategic plan designed to ensure another quarter-century of success.

In addition to the MainStage season, Stages offers productions for students and families through its EarlyStages program, which features plays and musicals dedicated to providing children and their families with intelligent, high-quality theatre that educates, entertains, and inspires. Stages maintains collaborative relationships with several theatre companies in Houston, including Grupo de Teatro "Somos Todos" and Unhinged Productions, and has partnered with Young Audiences of Houston to increase EarlyStages' impact in Houston and surrounding areas. In October 2002, Houston's City Council recognized Stages for its outstanding service to the Houston community.

Stages is a constituent of Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national service organization for not-for-profit theatres. The theater operates under an agreement with Actor's Equity Association (AEA), the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States.