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    THEATRE + COMEDY

    Bud, Not Buddy

    Presented by at Main Street Theater - Chelsea Market

    February 7 - February 21, 2009

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    Bud, Not Buddy

    Coretta Scott King award-winner and Newbery Medal award-winner Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis has been dramatized for the stage and is coming to Main Street Theater during Black History Month. Performances are on Saturdays, February 7, 14 and 21 at 1:00pm, and 4:00pm.

    NOTE:  Playwright Reginald André Jackson is flying into Houston for the Houston premiere of his play. Mr. Jackson will be in attendance for the 4pm performance on Saturday, February 7 and will participate in a talkback following the show.

    About Bud, Not Buddy
    In Flint, Michigan in 1936, Bud (not Buddy) is filled with such determination and strength of spirit that even the Great Depression can’t keep him down! After all, he has his very own suitcase filled with his important, special things, and he's the “author” of Bud Caldwell's Rules and Things for Having a Funner Life and Making a Better Liar Out of Yourself. Using some of the clues his Momma left him, Bud runs away from an abusive foster family to look for the man who might be his father. On his search he finds more than he could have possibly imagined. From award-winning author Christopher Paul Curtis (The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963), Bud, Not Buddy has been awarded the Newbery Medal and the Coretta Scott King Awards among many others.

    About Author Christopher Paul Curtis
    Christopher Paul Curtis (born May 10, 1953) is a Newbery Medal winner who wrote the The Watsons Go to Birmingham: 1963 and the critically acclaimed Bud, Not Buddy. Bud, Not Buddy is the first novel to receive both the Coretta Scott King Award and the Newbery Medal. His newest book, entitled Elijah of Buxton, is set in a free Black community in Ontario that was founded in the 1849 by runaway slaves. Curtis was born in Flint, Michigan, the partial setting of many of his books. After school, Curtis worked for 13 years on a General Motors assembly line. He and his wife, Kaysandra (a native of Trinidad and Tobago) have two children, Steven and Cydney. They currently live in Windsor, Ontario. 

    Says Curtis, “To me the highest accolade comes when a young reader tells me, ‘I really liked your book.’ The young seem to be able to say ‘really’ with a clarity, a faith, and an honesty that we as adults have long forgotten. That is why I write.”

    About Playwright Reginald André Jackson
    Reginald André Jackson is proud to have been chosen to adapt two of Christopher Paul Curtis’ novels. Bud, Not Buddy and The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963, which had its regional premiere at Main Street Theater last season.

    Other works adapted for the stage by Mr. Jackson include Mark Mathabane’s Kaffir Boy and a collection of true-life accounts by victims, refugees, activists, reporters and aid workers, concerning the horrible crisis in and around Darfur, titled Darfur Stories. As an actor Reggie has performed extensively at theatres both inside and outside Seattle, Washington where he now lives. These include Seattle Repertory Theatre (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Romeo and Juliet, The Cider House Rules) ACT Theatre (A Christmas Carol), Seattle Shakespeare Company (King Lear, Hamlet, Macbeth, Merchant of Venice, Julius Caesar, Much Ado About Nothing, Pericles), Seattle Children’s Theatre (Holes, Magic City, When I Grow Up I’m Gonna Get Some Big Words), and the Tahoe Shakespeare Festival (Othello, Twelfth Night). In addition to his stage work, Mr. Jackson has considerable experience working in arts and education programs including Intiman Theatre’s award-winning Living History Program and Freehold Theatre’s Engaged Theatre Program that takes Shakespeare plays to area prisons.

    About the Production
    Daria James returns to direct Bud after directing last season’s The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963 and the touring production of Winnie-the-Pooh earlier this season at MST. Ms. James has previously been seen onstage at the Youth Theater, most recently as Grace in Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business.

    The cast includes Falecia Dunn, Greg Hall, Darrell T. Joe, Rocfielle Living, Norelia Reed, Steve Scott, and George Harris as Bud.
    The design team includes Liz Freese (set design), Meghan C. Hakes (lighting design), Macy Perrone (costume design), Chris Bakos (sound design), and Richard Solis (properties design). Caroline Scott is the Production Stage Manager.

    Recommended for 5th Grade and up.

    Children under the age of 3 not allowed in the theater.


    Main Street Theater - Chelsea Market

    4617 Montrose Blvd.
    Houston, TX 77006

    Full map and directions

    Admission Info:


    Public performances:
    Regular Adult - $12
    Senior (65+) - $10
    Student/Child - $10

    Groups of 10 or more
    Regular Adult - $10
    Senior (65+) - $8
    Student/Child - $8

    Tickets can be purchased online or over the telephone.

    School performances (Additional discounts for Title 1 Schools):

    All groups - $5/per

    School groups can make reservations online through the website or by calling (713) 524-9196 X101.


    General Day and Time Info:

    Weekend Family Performances

    Saturdays at 1:00 and 4:00pm
    February 7, 14, 21, 2009

    School Matinees (Monday - Friday)

    February 3-27, 2009
    9:30am, 11:45am

    NOTE: Playwright Reginald André Jackson is flying into Houston for the Houston premiere of his play. Mr. Jackson will be in attendance for the 4pm performance on Saturday, February 7 and will participate in a talkback following the show.


    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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