2016-2017 Season

Romeo and Juliet/ The Winters Tale

Shakespeare Mini Festival Pearland

Performances August 19- September 4, 2016

Tragedy and comedy. Fire and ice. From the speed of tragic lovers in Verona, to the sweeping epic that spans over twenty years, the Pearl presents it's first ever mini Shakespeare festival, producing two classic plays on alternating nights.

Romeo and Juliet tells the classic tale of star-crossed lovers in a modern setting at the Pearl.

The Winter's Tale is a magical fairy tale that combines comedy, tragedy, romance, and music in a way that only Shakespeare can.

Following the success of last year's MACBETH, Pearl Shakespeare edits the plays to two hours, and presents Shakespeare in a way that is accessible and entertaining for modern audiences.

  • By William Shakespeare, adapted by Jonathan Gonzalez
    Directed by Jonathan Gonzalez

Performances:

  • Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm
  • Sundays at 3:00 pm
  • Buy One Get One Free Thursday Aug 25 at 7:30pm (The Winter's Tale)

Romeo & Juliet Performs:

  • Aug 19, 21, 26, 28, Sept 3 and 4

The Winter's Tale Performs:

  • Aug 20, 25, 27 and Sept 2

Tickets

  • Adults $16
  • Seniors and Students $14

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Scriptwriter/Houston 26th Annual 10 x 10 Showcase

Performances September 15-24

This full night of theatre will feature 10 original short plays (10 min each) the scripts for which were selected from a multitude of submissions from writers in the Houston and surrounding communities!

 

Eurydice

Eurydice

Performances October 21 - November 6, 2016

In Eurydice, life and death exists side by side as we follow Eurydice into the underworld where she reunites with her departed father and is subjected to the taunts of a haughty group of Stones commenting on her condition throughout the play. Eurydice’s loving husband Orpheus risks his own life to bring her back to the world of the living. In a moment of crisis, she must make the difficult decision of whether to follow Orpheus out of the realm of the dead or remain with her beloved father.

Written in dedication to Ruhl’s deceased father, the story explores powerful themes of love and loss, family, remembrance and forgetfulness. Bringing this heartbreakingly beautiful work to life is Pearland Theatre Guild’s founder Renee van Nifterik, assisted by Peter van Nifterik. This production is part of the director’s National Michael Chekhov Teaching Certification Candidacy program and features outstanding actors from Houston, Pearland and surrounding
Eurydice Pearl Theaterareas. Amanda Marie Parker plays the title character, Eurydice, while Edwin Green plays the musician, Orpheus, with Jonathan Gonzalez as the Father, David Alexander Balbuena as the Nasty Interesting Man/Child, with a trio of stones, Rebecca Lewis as Big Sphoca thumb l eurydicepearltheater2016 15tone, Sara Denton as Loud Stone, and Amber Holtz as Little Stone.

Eurydice will feature a “Pay What You Can” night on Tuesday, November 1st, along with regular performances on weekends.

Performances:

  • Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm
  • Sundays at 3:00pm
  • Buy One Get One Free Thursday October 27 at 8:00pm
  • PAY WHAT YOU CAN NIGHT Tuesday November 1 at 8:00pm

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Tickets

  • Adults $16
  • Seniors & Students $14

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Christmas Belles

Christmas Belles

Performances December 2 - 18, 2016

Come on out to the Pearl for a different, southern-fried Christmas tale! A church Christmas program spins hilariously out of control in this Southern farce about squabbling sisters, family secrets, a surly Santa, a vengeful sheep and a reluctant Elvis impersonator. Their hilarious holiday journey through a misadventure-filled Christmas Eve is guaranteed to bring joy to your world!

  • By Jamie Wooten, Jessie Jones, and Nicholas Hope
  • Directed by Vincent Tortorice  Assisted by Shelly Baker

Performances:

Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm
Sundays at 3:00 pm
Buy One Get One Free Thursday December 8 at 7:30 pm
PAY WHAT YOU CAN NIGHT Tuesday December 13 at 7:30 pm

Tickets

Adults $16
Seniors & Students $14

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A Lesson Before Dying

A Lesson Before Dying

Performances February 10-26, 2017

Jefferson, an innocent young man, is condemned to death in backwoods Louisiana in 1948. At the trial his lawyer, trying to save his life, called him no more a human being than a hog. In prison, he acts like one, insisting that he will be dragged like that hog to his death in the electric chair. His godmother asks a schoolteacher to teach him to die like a man. The teacher, Grant Wiggins, struggling to quit his poor parish school and leave the South, faces both Jefferson and himself as execution day arrives. Ernest J. Gaines' celebrated novel makes an engrossing, moving and finally devastating play for the stage. "Rousing theatre for sure." —NY Magazine.

  • By Romulus Linney from the novel by Ernest J. Gaines
  • Directed by Denise O'Neal

Performances:

  • Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm
  • Sundays at 3:00 pm
  • Buy One Get One Free Thursday February 16 at 7:30 pm
  • PAY WHAT YOU CAN NIGHT Tuesday February 21 at 7:30 pm

Tickets

  • Adults $16
  • Seniors & Students $14

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The Odd Couple

Performances March 17 - April 2, 2017

The Tony Award winning classic play that was made into a classic movie and a classic TV show comes to the Pearl! Recently divorced neat freak Felix Unger moves in with his friend, long time divorced sportswriter and proud slob Oscar Madison. A tour-de-force for two comic actors, add in a group of wisecracking poker buddies, and the lovable daffy coo-coo Pigeon sisters, and you have an unforgettable night of comedy! "There is scarcely a moment that is not hilarious." - The New York Times

  • By Neil Simon
  • Directed by Curtis Barber

 

Performances:

  • Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm
  • Sundays at 3:00 pm
  • Buy One Get One Free Thursday March 23 at 7:30 pm
  • PAY WHAT YOU CAN NIGHT Tuesday March 28 at 7:30 pm

Tickets

  • Adults $16
  • Seniors & Students $14

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Remembrance Readings 2017

The Pearland Theatre Guild is proud to participate in the National Jewish Theater Foundation - Holocaust Theater International Initiative - Remembrance Readings 2017 in Honor of Elie Wiesel. NJTF HTII at UM Miller Center Remembrance Readings is composed of simultaneous events drawing upon the power of Theater to honor Holocaust victims and survivors. We know this effort will stimulate an appreciation of how the Art of Theater can and must be used as a tool to deepen the understanding of the Holocaust and its lessons in contemporary society.

We will present a staged reading of I Never Saw Another Butterfly by Celeste Raspanti and 3 Dialogs by Elie Wiesel from his book, A Jew Today.

Date: April 24
Time: 7:30pm

Location:
The Pearl Theater
14803 Park Almeda Dr.
Houston, TX 77047

This event is Pay What You Will

 About the Plays:

I Never Saw Another Butterfly is based upon a true story, the play follows Raja Englanderova’s experience as a young girl living in the Jewish ghetto of Terezin during the Holocaust. During this time of despair, there is a small beacon of hope for all of the children trapped in Terezin. Her name is Irena Synkova, and she has dedicated her life to being a teacher for the children. She encourages them to creatively express their feelings through drawings and poems. The real-life compilation of the artwork from the children of Terezin is featured in the book I Never Saw Another Butterfly, edited by Hana Volavková. Meanwhile, Raja also befriends a young man living in the ghetto, Honza. Their friendship blooms despite the danger of the Nazis discovering their relationship. Together they unite the segregated boys’ and girls’ houses, in the form of a secret newspaper. Although Raja’s story is permeated with loss and aguish, it is also infused with love and hope. Journey with Raja as she learns the only way to survive is through the companionship forged out of this shared experience.

3 Dialogs: "A Father and His Son;" "A Mother and Her Daughter;" "A Man and His Little Sister" from the book, A Jew Today.

In the three scenes or dialogs, “A Father and His Son,” “A Mother and Her Daughter,” and “A Man and His Little Sister” from the book A Jew Today by Elie Wiesel, we listen to the poignant and intimate conversations between loved ones in the moments before death. A survivor son talks to the spirit of his father who died during the Holocaust. Together they grapple with feelings of anger and sadness, realizing mankind’s reluctance to learn. A mother calms her daughter as they approach the gates of a concentration camp at night, knowing that their lives, as well as the lives of all those in front and behind them in the line, are about to end. And the older brother of a little girl promises he will never forget her as she perishes from cold. He reassures his sister that her memory will live on, and vows to find out who is responsible for her death. The scenes underscore the innocence of these ordinary people caught up in a struggle they cannot comprehend.

About the Authors

Celest RaspantiCeleste Raspanti is a US playwright who has published and produced several full-length and one-act plays.[1] Raspanti has a special interest in the Holocaust, which she first brought to the stage with I Never Saw Another Butterfly, a play based on the real-life story of Holocaust survivor Raja Englanderova and stories from the Theresienstadt concentration camp. (A well-known book of drawings and poetry produced by children at Terezin has been published under the same title.) Subsequent plays on this topic include No Fading Star and The Terezin Promise. Raspanti has been acclaimed for enriching her stories with firsthand information of the camps from visits, oral histories, and her friendship with survivors - most notably, with Raja Englanderova, the protagonist of I Never Saw Another Butterfly.

Eli Wiesel

 

Elie Wiesel moved to New York City in 1955 and subsequently became an American citizen. In the U.S. he wrote over 40 books and won many literary prizes. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986 for speaking out against violence, repression and racism.

 

 

 Curtis Barber

 

About the Director

Curtis Barber - Curtis currently is a digital puppeteer and voice actor for Nickelodeon in the SPONGEBOB SUBPANTS ADVENTURE at Moody Gardens in Galveston, Tx. He just closed THE ODD COUPLE at The Pearl Theater in April. Previous directing credits include ALL SHOOK UP, THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH (Pearl Theater) , DATE FOUR (Pandora Theater), BUSYTOWN THE MUSICAL (Fort Bend Theater), and DARK PLAY: OR STORIES FOR BOYS (PSH Foundation Theater). Curtis graduated with a BFA in Acting from Texas State University in 2012.

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Shrek the Musical Jr

Shrek the Musical Jr

Performances April 21—30, 2017

Part romance and part twisted fairy tale, the Pearl Theater’s production of “Shrek The Musical Jr” promises fun and laughter for audience members of all ages. Based on the Oscar-winning film and popular Broadway musical, this young and talented cast brings to life the lovable green ogre, wise-cracking donkey, feisty Princess Fiona and all the other favorite Shrek characters.

Book & Lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire, Music by Jeanine Tesori. Based on the Dreamworks Animation Motion Picture and the book by William Steig

Directed by Brennan Blankenship
Musical Direction by Nathan Costello

Performances:

  • Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm
  • Saturdays and Sundays at 3:00 pm

Tickets

  • Adults $12
  • Youth $8

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Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

Performances May 26-June 18, 2017

Based on a story by Texas local legend Larry L. King and inspired by the real-life Chicken Ranch in La Grange, Texas, this happy go lucky view of small town vice and statewide political side-stepping recounts the good times and the demise of one of the better pleasure palaces in all of Texas. Governors, senators, mayors, and even victorious college football teams frequent Miss Mona's cozy bordello until that puritan nemesis Watchdog focuses his television cameras and his righteous indignation on the institution. "Utterly charming, lively and genial."- The New York Daily News

  • Book by Larry L. King and Peter Masterson
  • Music and Lyrics by Carol Hall
  • Co-Directed by Nathan Hand and Roshunda Jones
  • Musical Direction by Deborah O'Donnell

Performances:

  • Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm
  • Sundays at 3:00 pm
  • Buy One Get One Free Thursday June 1 at 7:30 pm

Tickets

  • Adults $18
  • Seniors & Students $15

RATED R, This show is NOT appropriate for Children.

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