“This is a real milestone!” Main Street Theater executive artistic director Rebecca Greene Udden offers a wide smile, somewhere between extreme pride and a sense of wonder. “It’s our 40th year, and it’s a time to move forward and try new things.”
Joe Kirkendall takes on the role of Hector Hushabye in George Bernard Shaw’s biting satire, Heartbreak House at Main Street Theater, May 8-June 1.
It’s no small thing to tackle the intricate world of Stephen Sondheim; with endless layers and meanings, his razor-sharp writing and complex composition have proven daunting to performers everywhere, with bigger budgets, bigger spaces and bigger casts than Main Street Theater.
How many dance devotées first became entranced with ballet as children, watching a swirl of human snowflakes float across the stage? How many regional theater season subscription holders had their first taste of an onstage happy ending when a gleeful Ebenezer Scrooge saves the Cratchit family through the magic of a giant turkey for Tiny Tim?
Artists are leaving Texas, and for good reason. Touring equals two important things for the state's performing artists: unprecedented exposure and a chance to get off the island. An invitation to perform on the road carries with it a certain cachet, elevating an artist’s hometown reputation and expectations.