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Main Street Theater to Produce Noel Coward’s Fallen Angels

Main Street Theater

Fallen Angels

By Noël Coward

 

July 10 – August 3, 2014

 

MST – Rice Village

 

                Continuing its tradition of presenting the effervescent comedies of Noël Coward, this summer Main Street Theater will produce Coward’s hilarious and champagne-fueled Fallen Angels.

With previews July 5, 6, and 9, Fallen Angels opens July 10 and runs through August 3 at Main Street Theater – Rice Village, 2540 Times Blvd.  Performances are on Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 3pm.  Tickets are $39 – $20 (previews are $15), depending on date and section, and are on sale in person at the Main Street Theater Box Office, 2540 Times Blvd., via phone at 713.524.6706, or online at MainStreetTheater.com.

 

About Fallen Angels

With their passionless husbands away (playing golf!), Julia and Jane learn that a mutual lover from days gone by  is making an impromptu visit. In a tizzy, there’s obviously only one thing to do: uncork the champagne!  With each glass of bubbly providing new courage, tongues begin to loosen, suppressed jealousies make themselves known, and the claws come out. But that’s nothing compared to the hysterical chaos that ensues when the husbands return early – and unexpectedly…  Fallen Angels is Coward at his sparkling best.

Recommended for audiences 13 and up.

Free After Parties: Friday and Saturday nights after the show beginning July 12.  Included in ticket price.

            Part of the Art Series events begin July 10.

 

About Noël Coward

Noël Coward’s black comedies were clearly on the edge and ahead of their time.  He dealt with issues others were afraid to confront and did so with a flair for language and an unmatchable wit.  Coward is best known for The Vortex (1924), Private Lives (1930), In Which We Serve (1942), The Happy Breed (1944), Blithe Spirit (1945), and Brief Encounter (1945).  He began his career as a music-hall performer in 1912 and went on to write over fifty plays and musicals.  Coward received his knighthood in 1970 and died in 1973.

 

Part of the Art Series

                Main Street Theater has an audience engagement initiative, the Part of the Art Series, which provides special opportunities for people to connect with MST’s work in new ways.  Part of the Art events for Fallen Angels  include:

  • Free Opening Night Pre-show Discussion with the Designers: July 10 at 6:45pm at MST – Rice Village. A 15-20 minute discussion with the show’s designers about their process. What intrigued them about this play? Did things change for them along the way? Their favorite prop/costume/part of the set/sound cue/lighting moment? Even if you have tickets for a different day, everyone is welcome at this discussion. But don’t forget: included in an Opening Night ticket is a champagne reception with the cast after the show! Purchase tickets online, or call 713-524-6706.
  • After-parties (following Friday and Saturday night shows): beginning July 12. Enjoy a free drink with the cast after the show! Included in ticket price; no RSVP required.
  • Post-show Discussion:
    • July 27: Be part of – or just listen to! – a discussion with the artists from Fallen Angels.

No RSVP required; even if you have tickets for a different day, everyone is welcome at this discussion.

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About the Production

                Claire Hart-Palumbo directs a cast which includes, Elizabeth Marshall Black (Heartbreak House), Dain Geist (Love Goes to Press, The Coast of Utopia), Bobby Haworth (Love Goes to Press, Life Is a Dream), Crystal O’Brien (Into the Woods, Love Goes to Press, Arcadia), Joel Sandel (Heartbreak House, The Coast of Utopia, Blithe Spirit), and Lisa Villegas (Time Stands Still).

The design team includes Jac Jones (set design), Margaret Crowley (costume design), Eric L. Marsh (lighting design), Shawn W. St. John (sound design), and Rodney Walsworth (properties design).  Debs Ramser is the production stage manager.

 

 

Main Street Theater was founded in 1975.  The organization currently produces plays at two locations, 2540 Times Boulevard in Rice Village and 4617 Montrose Boulevard at Chelsea Market.  Our MainStage is in its 39th season and its 14th season operating under an Actors’ Equity Association union contract.  The MainStage features new works (including numerous world and regional premieres), rediscovered classics, passionate revivals, works by female playwrights, and neglected musicals in the intimate setting of our Rice Village location.  Our Theater for Youth is Houston’s most-attended theater for young audiences, serving over 135,000 children and families from the greater Houston area in school performances, weekend family matinees and tours to schools and community centers across the state of Texas.  Plays are selected based on literature children are reading at home or at school.  Our Education Department offers students a performing arts playground where professional theater artists serve as mentors.  In support of Main Street Theater’s mission, our Education Department provides a significant resource in the community for education in theater and classical theater for children, families and educators and provides classes and camps (on and off-site) as well as programs in residential treatment facilities for Harris County youth.

Main Street Theater is a founding member of the Fresh Arts Coalition, which recently merged with Spacetaker here in Houston, a founding member of Houston Arts Partners, and a constituent of Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national service organization for not-for-profit theaters.  Main Street Theater is also a member of Actors’ Equity Association and of Theatre for Young Audiences/USA (formerly ASSITEJ), the world theatre network of theatre for children and young people.  Main Street Theater is funded in part by grants from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, and the Texas Commission on the Arts.