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Alley Theatre Announces Robert Schenkkan’s The Great Society as Part of the 71st Season

odd Waite as Richard Hannay and Elizabeth Bunch as Annabella in the Alley Theatre’s production of The 39 Steps. The 39 Steps runs on the Alley’s Hubbard Stage March 5 – March 28. For more information visit www.alleytheatre.org. Photo by Jann Whaley.
 The Great Society continues LBJ’s journey from All the Way, January 26-February 18, 2018.
The Alley Theatre announces Robert Schenkkan’s The Great Society as a part of the 71st season, bringing the iconic figure – President Lyndon Baines Johnson– back to the Alley stage. The Alley once again collaborates with the Dallas Theater Center, co-producing the new LBJ play The Great Society, which depicts LBJ’s tragic fall from grace. The play is by Texas playwright and Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Schenkkan.  Plus, the popular ExxonMobil Summer Chills series is back to offer a cool escape from the summer heat with Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps. The 39 Steps brings comedy and mystery to the Alley July 21 – September 3, 2017. Subscriptions for the 2017-2018 Alley season will be on sale in April at alleytheatre.org.

Last season, the Alley co-produced with the Dallas Theater Center, Schenkkan’s Tony Award-winning play All the Way which dramatized the tumultuous first year of LBJ’s presidency. The Great Society continues with the years from 1965 to 1968, as LBJ struggles to fight a “war on poverty” even as his war in Vietnam spins out of control. Besieged by political opponents, Johnson marshals all his political wiles to try to pass some of the most important social programs in U.S. history, while the country descends into chaos over the war and backlash against civil rights.

The Great Society debuted at the Oregon Shakespearean Festival in July of 2014. The New York Timessays the play is “… impressive in its scope, surprisingly energetic and shines a bright, clear light on a pivotal moment in American history…”

ExxonMobil’s Summer Chills returns in July with the comedy thriller Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps. Packed with nonstop laughs and over 150 eccentric characters played by four actors, the play is about a man with a boring life who meets a woman with a strong accent who says she’s a spy. When he takes her home, she is murdered. Soon, a mysterious organization called “The 39 Steps” is hot on the man’s trail in a nationwide manhunt that climaxes in a death-defying finale. A riotous blend of virtuoso performances and wildly inventive stagecraft, The 39 Steps amounts to an unforgettable evening of pure pleasure. Mark Shanahan returns to the Alley to direct his second production of The 39 Steps at the Alley. This production remains the second best-selling show in Alley history.  The New York Times says the play is “Theatre at is finest!…Absurdly enjoyable!”

The full 2017-2018 season will be announced in the Spring.

The Great Society runs January 26-February 18, 2018 in the Hubbard Theatre. Performances of The Great Society are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8:00 p.m., Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The Great Society is recommended for ages 13 + due to mature language.

Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps runs July 21 – September 3, 2017 in the Hubbard Theatre. Performances of Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8:00 p.m., Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

TICKET AND SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION: Current Alley subscribers may renew subscriptions now online (alleytheatre.org) or by phone (713.220.5700). Five and 8 play subscription packages, which includes Robert Schenkkan’s The Great Society, will be available April 2017 and can be ordered online (alleytheatre.org) or by phone (713.220.5700). Package prices range from $125 – $649. The full season will be announced in Spring 2017.  Subscribers may purchase priority tickets for Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps and A Christmas Carol before they go on sale to the general public. Groups of 10 or more may reserve discounted tickets by calling 713.315.3346.

ABOUT THE ALLEY THEATRE: The Alley Theatre, one of America’s leading not-for-profit theatres, is a nationally recognized performing arts company led by Artistic Director Gregory Boyd and Managing Director Dean R. Gladden. Home to a Resident Company of actors, the Alley creates a wide-ranging repertoire and innovative productions of classics, neglected modern plays, and premieres.  Alley All New, the initiative to commission and develop new work year round, features the Alley All New Festival each season presenting workshops and readings of new plays and musicals in process. Additionally the Alley serves 65,000 students annually with award-winning education and community programs including in-school arts integration residencies, school tours and student matinees. A recipient of the Special Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre, the Alley has brought productions to Broadway, 40 American cities including New York’s Lincoln Center and internationally to London, Berlin, Paris, and St. Petersburg throughout its 70 year history.

After a year-long, $46.5 million renovation during the 2014-15 season, the Alley Theatre now has one of the most technically advanced non-profit theatre complexes in the nation. With more than 450 performances in 2016-2017, the Alley will produce more shows than all other performing arts organizations in the Houston Theater District combined.

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