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    The Light in the Piazza

    Presented by at Main Street Theater - Chelsea Market

    January 3 - January 25, 2009

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    The Light in the Piazza

    Main Street Theater presents The Light in the Piazza. Music and Lyrics by Adam Guettel Book by Craig Lucas

    Directed by Ron Jones. Musical Direction by Glenn Sharp.  Main Street Theater - Chelsea Market 4617 Montrose Blvd.

    Previews January 3, 4 and 7, 2009

    Performances January 8 - 25, 2009

    About The Light in the Piazza
    Margaret Johnson and her daughter Clara are on a tour through Italy in the summer of 1953. Clara meets and falls in love with handsome young Fabrizio Naccarelli. Clara's mother opposes the affair for reasons that only gradually become known to the audience, but ultimately she must put her trust in the miracle of young love even as she faces the truth about her own marriage.

    A sensitive adaptation of Elizabeth Spencer’s novella, The Light in the Piazza won numerous awards in its 2005 Broadway run, including the Tony, and was deemed “the most intensely romantic score since West Side Story.” (Stephen Holden, New York Times)

    About the Librettist Craig Lucas
    Craig Lucas has had – and continues to have – a wide-ranging career in both theater and film, as writer, actor, and director. He has written numerous stage-plays including his most popular, Prelude to a Kiss and Reckless, both of which were made into major-motion pictures for which he wrote the screenplays.

    His awards range far and wide as well. He has won the OBIE, the New York Film Critics Circle Award, the Excellence in Literature Award (American Academy of Arts and Letters), the PEN/Laura Pels Mid-Career Achievement Award, and the Outer Critics Circle Award, just to name a few. He has been nominated for the Tony (for The Light in the Piazza) and the Pulitzer (for Prelude to a Kiss and The Dying Gaul) as well.

    His latest play, Prayer for My Enemy, is currently having its world premiere at Playwrights Horizons in New York.

    About Composer and Lyricist Adam Guettel
    Adam Guettel was born in New York City, the son of Mary Rodgers, musical composer and children’s book author, and the grandson of Richard Rodgers, Pulitzer-Prize winning musical composer. In June of 2005 he won the Tony award for Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre and the Tony for Best Orchestrations – both for The Light in the Piazza.

    Other works of Guettel’s include Floyd Collins, Love’s Fire, and Saturn Returns.
    About the Production
    Ron Jones returns to Main Street to direct The Light in the Piazza after directing the hugely popular Intimate Apparel in 2006. Glenn Sharp (Caroline, or Change) is the Musical Director. Charles Swan is Assistant Director and Choreographer.

    Susan Shofner, last seen in Urinetown, stars as Margaret, with Haley Dyes (The Secret Garden) as her daughter Clara, and Houston’s own Bob Boudreaux appears as her husband, Clara’s father. Ross Chitwood makes his MST debut as Fabrizio, Clara’s Italian love, and David Grant (Suburb) plays his father.

    The rest of the cast includes Luisa Amaral-Smith, Jamie Geiger, Christina Stroup, Steve Bullitt, Liz Cascio, Richard Nelson Gonzalez, Nicole Marosis, Mia Migliaccio, and Charles Swan.

    The design team includes Liz Freese (set and properties design), John Smetak (lighting design), and Macy Perrone (costume design). Eva De La Cruz is the production stage manager.

    This play contains mature themes and sexual content and may not be appropriate for younger audiences. Children under the age of 5 are not allowed in the theater.

    Pictured:  L-R are Ross Chitwood as Fabrizio and Haley Dyes as Clara.  Photo by www.RicOrnelProductions.com.


    Main Street Theater - Chelsea Market

    4617 Montrose Blvd.
    Houston, TX 77006

    Full map and directions

    Admission Info:
    Preview performances: Regular Adult - $10 Senior (65+) - $10 Student - $10 Opening night (Thursday, January 8, 2009 - 7:30pm): Regular Adult - $30-36 Senior (65+) - $24-28 Student - $24-28 Run of Show: Thursday Regular Adult - $20-26 Senior (65+) - $16-20 Student - $16-20 Friday Regular Adult - $25-32 Senior (65+) - $20-25 Student - $20-25 Saturday Regular Adult - $30-36 Senior (65+) - $24-28 Student - $24-28 Sunday Regular Adult - $25-32 Senior (65+) - $20-25 Student - $20-25 Single tickets on sale 8/11/08 Discounts available for students, seniors, and groups. -Pay-What-You-Can Performance, Sunday, January 11. Pay what you can afford for all tickets left at the door. $5.00 Minimum. Cash or Check Only. AT DOOR ONLY (no reservations). -Rush Tickets: Half Price tickets available 90 minutes before curtain for 1 hour AT DOOR ONLY (no reservations). Previews and Opening Night Excluded. Discount no longer available in 30 minutes before curtain. -Every Night is a School Night: $10.00 tickets for any Student with a valid School I.D. every regular performance AT DOOR ONLY (no reservations). Opening Night Excluded.


    General Day and Time Info:
    Opening night (Thursday, January 8, 2009) - 7:30pm

    Thursdays - 7:30pm
    Fridays - 8:00pm
    Saturdays - 8:00pm
    Sunday - 3:00pm

    No Performance Friday, January 9, 2009

    Phone: (713) 524-6706

    Parking:

    PARKING UPDATE AT CHELSEA MARKET (MAY 2014):

    As you may or may not be aware, Main Street Theater's Chelsea Market activities will move to the MATCH once it's built.  The MATCH is the Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston and will break ground on May 7, 2014.  We hope to be able to move out of Chelsea market into our new home at the MATCH in the fall of 2015.  There's more information on the MATCH here: http://www.matchouston.org/

    IN THE MEANTIME:
    You may have noticed that Chelsea Market has recently lost half its parking lot in a sale to a developer. In addition, our lease on that space has expired, BUT we are being allowed to stay through our 2015 season, providing we can find solutions to some of the parking problems our activities create. This affects all our programs: the showcases on Saturday mornings, our schoolday performances, and our weekend family matinees.  We are very grateful to be able to stay at Chelsea until the MATCH is ready.  

    We want to do everything we can to help our fellow tenants and our landlord, so:

    • For SATURDAY PERFORMANCES, we have received permission from the Joy School across Chelsea Blvd. to use their parking lot.  If it is convenient for you, please check this lot first for parking and walk across the courtyard to the theater. 
    • There's also quite a bit of on-street parking on Chelsea Blvd.     

     We hope this will also make it easier for YOU as you won't have to deal with the stress of a full Chelsea Market parking lot!     

    From Highway 59 South (Kingwood)
    Take 59 South and exit Fannin (after you pass downtown). Stay on Fannin until you reach Binz. Turn right on Binz (Binz will turn into Bissonnet in front of the Museum of Fine Arts). Turn right onto Montrose. Go through the light at Banks. The theater is located on your right in the Chelsea Market Center facing Hwy 59. (If you cross over Hwy 59 you have gone too far!)

    From Highway 59 North (Sugarland)
    Take 59 North and exit Main Street. Turn Right on Main Street. Turn right on Bissonnet. Turn right onto Montrose. Go through the light at Banks. The theater is located on your right in the Chelsea Market Center facing Hwy 59. (If you cross over Hwy 59 you have gone too far!)

    From 45 South (The Woodlands)
    Take 45 South to Hwy 59 South. Exit Fannin. Stay on Fannin until you reach Binz. Turn right on Binz (Binz will turn into Bissonnet in front of the Museum of Fine Arts). Turn right onto Montrose. Go through the light at Banks. The theater is located on your right in the Chelsea Market Center facing Hwy 59. (If you cross over Hwy 59 you have gone too far!)

    From 45 North (Clear Lake/Galveston)
    Take 45 North to Hwy 59 South. Exit Fannin. Stay on Fannin until you reach Binz. Turn right on Binz (Binz will turn into Bissonnet in front of the Museum of Fine Arts). Turn right onto Montrose. Go through the light at Banks. The theater is located on your right in the Chelsea Market Center facing Hwy 59. (If you cross over Hwy 59 you have gone too far!)

    From I-10 East (Katy)
    Exit Studemont. Go right on Studemont. Studemont turns into Montrose. The theater is located between Richmond and Banks on the left in the Chelsea Market Center facing Hwy 59. (If you hit Bissonnet you have gone too far).

    From I-10 West (Beaumont)
    Exit Heights Blvd. Go to the traffic light at Heights Blvd. and U-turn under I-10. Continue on feeder road to Studemont and turn right (South). Studemont turns into Montrose. The theater is located between Richmond and Banks on the left in the Chelsea Market Center facing Hwy 59. (If you hit Bissonnet you have gone too far).

    **Please be aware that although you can see Main Street Theater at Chelsea Market from Hwy 59 there is no exit off of the freeway onto Montrose.

    From Main Street Theater in the Rice Village
    Turn right onto Kirby. Make a right on Bissonnet. Pass Shepherd and Greenbriar. Turn left onto Montrose. Go through the light at Banks. The theater is located on your right in the Chelsea Market Center facing Hwy 59. (If you cross over Hwy 59 you have gone too far!)



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