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Make it a Date with Dinner and a Show – Main Street Theater’s Presents George Bernard Shaw’s Heartbreak House

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Make it a date with dinner and a show at Main Street Theater’s stage play Heartbreak House May 8th – June 1st, 2014!

Heartbreak House

By George Bernard Shaw


May 8 – June 1, 2014


MST – Rice Village


“At your age I looked for hardship, danger, horror, and death, that I might feel the life in me more

intensely. I did not let the fear of death govern my life; and my reward was, I had my life.

You are going to let the fear of poverty govern your life; and your reward will be that you will eat, but you will not live.”

–Captain Shotover, Heartbreak House by George Bernard Shaw


Main Street Theater presents George Bernard Shaw’s bracing farce, Heartbreak House.

With previews May 3, 4, and 7, Heartbreak House opens May 8 and runs through June 1 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 $10), 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


About Heartbreak House

September, 1914. The topsy-turvy household of Captain Shotover and his daughter Hesione Hushabye entertains weekend guests: Ellie Dunn, her father, and her fiancé. Unfortunately, Ellie’s fiancé is a scoundrel, her father is a bumbling prig, and she’s actually in love with Hesione’s husband Hector. This bold mix of farce and philosophy lampoons British society as it blithely ignores the catastrophe looming on the horizon that will become the War to End All Wars.

“With the world seemingly on endless edge these days, and with plenty of Americans feeling disengaged from the circus of our cultural and political discourse, Shaw’s bracing analysis of a civilization in decline seems more valuable than ever,” wrote Charles Isherwood in 2006 of the Roundabout Theater Company’s production, and we believe that to be true today as well.   And being Shaw, of course, sprinkled atop that bracing analysis is wit and humor – and sparkling Shavian language.

Recommended for audiences 18 and up.


About George Bernard Shaw

George Bernard Shaw wrote over 60 plays in addition to music and literary criticism, journalistic works, novels and short stories.  He is the only person ever to have won both the Nobel Prize (1925) and an Academy Award (1938).  His list of great works is lengthy and would certainly include Pygmalion, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Major Barbara, Candida, Arms and the Man, and You Never Can Tell, among others.


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.  On April 14, a group of 30+ guests attended the first read-through at the first rehearsal for Heartbreak House.  The first read-through is always free of charge to attend.  Other Part of the Art events for Heartbreak House include:

  • Free Opening Night Pre-show Discussion with the Designers: May 8 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? RSVP to by May 7. 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 May 10. Enjoy a free drink with the cast after the show! Included in ticket price; no RSVP required.
  • Post-show Discussion:

o        May 18: Be part of – or just listen to! – a discussion with the artists from Heartbreak House.

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


About the Production

                Rebecca Greene Udden directs a cast which includes Houston favorite Charles Krohn, Elizabeth Marshall Black, Sheryl Croix (The Coast of Utopia), Joanna Hubbard (Close Up Space, Memory House), Joe Kirkendall (A Civil War Christmas, The Real Thing, The Coast of Utopia), Jeffrey S. Lane (But Not Goodbye, The Secret Garden, Li’l Abner), Celeste Roberts (Master Class, Henry V, Dog Act), Mark Roberts (This, Henry V, Machinal), Jim Salners (The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Driftwood, Caroline or Change), and Joel Sandel (Love Goes to Press, The Coast of Utopia, The Doctor’s Dilemma).

The design team includes Ryan McGettigan (set design), Margaret Crowley (costume design), Carrie Cavins (lighting design), Alex Worthington (sound design), and Rodney Walsworth (properties design).  Debs Ramser is the production stage manager.



Main Street Theater was founded in 1975.  The organization 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.