HOUSTON: Alley Theatre has announced five productions of their 2020-21 season, including a new musical from Duncan Sheik.
“Duncan Sheik’s Spring Awakening was the kind of musical I had been waiting for,” said artistic director Rob Melrose in a statement. “It was so groundbreaking and I just love the music. As a lifelong film noir fan, I couldn’t be more excited to premiere Duncan’s latest musical, an innovative mixture of rock music and noir.”
Opening this summer will be Clue (July 24-Sept. 6), written by Sandy Rustin with additional material by Hunter Foster and Eric Price. The play is based on the Hasbro board game and Paramount Pictures movie by the same name. Brandon Weinbrenner will direct this classic whodunit.
A Christmas Carol—A Ghost Story of Christmas (Nov. 19-Dec. 30), adapted by Michael Wilson from the Dickens classic, will return for the holidays and celebrate the 30th anniversary of its Alley premiere. James Black will direct.
In January will be the new musical Noir (Jan. 21-Feb. 21, 2021), with music by Duncan Sheik, book by Kyle Jarrow, and lyrics by Jarrow and Sheik. A heartbroken man finds himself drawn into a world of lies, deceit, and danger when a couple moves in next door and eavesdropping becomes his newest form of entertainment. Darko Tresjnak will direct.
The season will continue with Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery (March 12-April 4, 2021). Eleanor Holdridge will direct Ken Ludwig’s adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes story, which turns the classic into a funny adventure through a web of deceit and disguises.
The final play announced so far is the world premiere of Liz Duffy Adams’ Born With Teeth (April 2-May 2, 2021). Developed in the Alley All New Reading Series, the play follows poets Kit Marlowe and Will Shakespeare as they try to collaborate on a history play cycle under an authoritarian ruler and violent police state. Rob Melrose will direct.
The full Alley season will be announced in late March.
Founded over 70 years ago, Alley Theatre seeks to educate, entertain, and innovate in American theatre.