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Houston Theater Matters. New Evan Hansens. Albee’s Art. Week in NY Theater

The nation’s second-largest theater district, a 17-block area in the heart of downtown Houston, is among the casualties of Tropical Storm Harvey, the flooding from its torrential rain turning the city into what looks like an “inland sea dotted by islands.”

The focus in Houston, as after any catastrophe of such enormity, will be rescue, recovery and rebuilding.   If our experience in New York after 9/11 is any guide, part of that recovery will need to be psychological…spiritual  —  and this is where in the past live theater has made a difference.

“In the midst of tragedy and heartbreak, many people find solace in art, but even our most beloved visual and performing arts institutions aren’t immune to the power that is still Harvey.”

List largely compiled by American Theatre Magazine and Culture Map of Houston:

• HOUSTON ARTS ALLIANCE – Houston, TX
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• ALLEY THEATER – Houston, TX
Downstairs theater and lobby filled with flood water

• COMPANY ONSTAGE – Houston, TX
Flooding Reported
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*In the middle of capital campaign to renovate new performance space.

• WORTHAM Theater Center – Houston, TX
The basement of the building that houses productions of Houston Grand Opera and Houston Ballet is filled with flood water,

• HOBBY CENTER – Houston, TX
Flooding reported, but not soliciting donations connected to the storm. (“We fared so much better than many of our neighbors here in the theater district.”)

• PASADENA LITTLE THEATRE – Pasadena, TX
Flooding Reported
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• SHUNYA THEATRE – Houston, TX
*Performances Interrupted, Drastic Ticket Revenue Losses
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• FIRECRACKER PRODUCTIONS – Houston, TX
*Performances Cancelled, Drastic Ticket Revenue Losses
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• MAINSTREAM THEATRE – Houston, TX

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• UPSTAGE ARTS YOUTH THEATRE – Webster, TX
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• THE CATASTROPHIC THEATRE – Houston, TX
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• KATY VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS CENTER – Katy, TX
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• BAYTOWN LITTLE THEATRE – Baytown, TX
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• THE LANDING THEATRE – Houston, TX
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• TALENTO BILINGUE DE HOUSTON – Houston, TX
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• STAGEWORKS THEATRE – Cypress, TX
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• CLASSICAL THEATRE COMPANY – Houston, TX
*Annual fundraising campaign interrupted.
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• MILDRED’S UMBRELLA THEATRE COMPANY – Houston, TX
*Annual fundraising campaign interrupted.
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• CONE MAN RUNNING PRODUCTIONS – Houston, TX
*Capital Campaign for new space interrupted
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John Leguizamo

Latin History for Morons, John Leguizamo’s one-man show, is moving to Broadway. It opens November 15, and ends February 4, 2018.

Thomas Meehan

The marquees of Broadway theaters in New York will be dimmed in memory of Tony-winning book writer Thomas Meehan Wed August 30th.

Bernard Pomerance

Bernard Pomerance, 76, author of The Elephant Man, dies at 76

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Sam Shepard at La Mama in 1971

La Mama will celebrate the life and career of Sam Shepard October 7, featuring  live and video tributes to Shepard, along with rare footage, photos, and posters from Shepard’s plays.

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Official opening night for Frozen: March 22, 2018, at the St. James Theatre.

La Mama will celebrate the life and career of Sam Shepard as part of the company’s Coffeehouse Chronicles on Saturday, October 7 at the Ellen Stewart Theatre. The tribute, emceed by Jean Claude Van Itallie, will feature live and video tributes to Shepard, along with rare footage, photos, and posters from Shepard’s plays.

Will Swenson will return to Waitress in the role of Earl beginning on September 12. Joe Tippett will play his final performance on September 10.

Missing the New York International Fringe Festival? It WILL return next year, says artistic director Elena K. Holy, but half the size and preferably in one location.

See dozens of Off-Broadway shows for $20, if you buy 20 minutes before curtain. Sept 5-24. See list of shows

On September 26, Sothebys will auction off 100+ artworks Edward Albee had in his Tribeca Loft

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About New York Theater
Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

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