Peace in our Time

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Content: Peace in Our Time By Noлl Coward September 18 ­ October 19, 2014 MST ­ Rice Village
September 5, 2014 For Immediate Release
What if Germany had won the Battle of Britain?
Main Street Theater begins its 2014-2015 Season with Noлl Coward's rarely produced drama, Peace in Our Time. MST's production is in collaboration with the University of Houston School of Theatre and Dance and features a company of 24 actors. With previews September 13, 14, and 17, Peace in Our Time opens September 18 and runs through October 19 at Main Street Theater ­ Rice Village, 2540 Times Blvd. Performances are on Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 3pm plus one Monday evening performance on September 22. Tickets are $39 - $20 (previews are $15), depending on date and section, and are on sale in person at the Main Street Theater Box Office, 2540 Times Blvd., via phone at 713.524.6706, or online at
About Peace in Our Time Mr. Coward begins his great drama with the premise that the Battle of Britain was lost and that the Nazis have conquered and now occupy England. Of the assorted people who frequent one particular pub, we meet some who carry themselves courageously under the occupation, as well as some opportunists who are anxious to collaborate. As the war wears on, the weak surrender themselves to the enticements of the Nazis, while the strong-willed and those with longer memories grow bitter, stubborn, and rebellious. In a ringing climax, filled with ironic justice, the Americans and British Colonials storm onto England's shore. A gripping drama, based on the most frightening theme of our time. Recommended for audiences 13 and up.
About Noлl Coward Noлl Coward's sophisticated comedies were clearly on the edge and ahead of their time. He dealt with issues others were afraid to confront and did so with a flair for language and an unmatchable wit. Coward is best known for Hay Fever (1924), Private Lives (1930), Present Laughter (1939), Blithe Spirit (1945), and Brief Encounter (1945). He began his career as a music-hall performer in 1912 and went on to write over fifty plays and musicals. Coward received his knighthood in 1970 and died in 1973. Peace in Our Time is one of Coward's few non-comedic plays.
Part of the Art Series Main Street Theater has an audience engagement initiative, the Part of the Art Series, which provides special opportunities for people to connect with MST's work in new ways. Part of the Art events for Peace in Our Time include: First Dress Rehearsal: September 9 at 7pm at MST - Rice Village. Watch the first dress rehearsal (i.e., the first rehearsal where the actors work in their costumes.) $25 per person. [email protected] to book a seat. Free Opening Night Pre-show Discussion with the Designers: September 18 at 6:45pm at MST - Rice Village. A 15-20 minute discussion with the show's designers about their process. What intrigued them about this play? Did things change for them along the way? Their favorite prop/costume/part of the set/sound cue/lighting moment? Included in ticket price; no RSVP required.
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After-parties (following Friday and Saturday night shows): beginning September 20. Enjoy a free drink with the cast after the show! Included in ticket price; no RSVP required. Lunch with Peace in Our Time director Rebecca Greene Udden and actors Joel Sandel and Celeste Roberts: Sunday, September 28 at 12:30pm at Bistro des Amis in Rice Village. $30 per person. Only 6 spots remaining! Email [email protected] to book a seat. Post-show Discussion: Following the matinee on September 28: Be part of - or just listen to! - a discussion with the artists from Peace in Our Time. No RSVP required; even if you have tickets for a different day, everyone is welcome at this discussion.
About the Production Main Street Theater Artistic Director Rebecca Greene Udden directs. The cast includes Amy Garner Buchanan (Into the Woods), Rutherford Cravens (Into the Woods, The Coast of Utopia: Voyage), Pamela Vogel, Hannah Kreig, Carl Masterson, Lisa A. Williams (The Doctor's Dilemma), Celeste Roberts (Heartbreak House, Master Class), Elizabeth Marshall Black (Fallen Angels, Heartbreak House), Joe Kirkendall (The Coast of Utopia, A Civil War Christmas: An American Musical Celebration), Joel Sandel (Heartbreak House, The Coast of Utopia), Fritz Dickmann (Private Lives, Betrayal), Shelby Blocker, Skyler Sinclair, Jonathan Gonzalez (Richard IiI, The Coast of Utopia), Ian Lewis, Joel F. Grothe, Michelle Britton (Blithe Spirit, ...and LA Is Burning), Billy Reed, Troy Beckman, Sheryl Croix (Heartbreak House, The Coast of Utopia), Louis Alexander, Zach Leonard, Mason Patterson, and Spencer Tolleson. The design team includes Jac Jones (set design), Margaret Crowley (costume design), Eric L. Marsh (lighting design), Shawn W. St. John (sound design), and Rodney Walsworth (properties design). Eva De La Cruz is the production stage manager. Dialect coaches are Jim and Carolyn Johnson. Rachel Aker is the dramaturge.
Main Street Theater was founded in 1975. The organization currently produces plays at two locations, 2540 Times Boulevard in Rice Village and for the 2014-15 season only, our Theater for Youth is housed at Talento Bilingьe de Houston. Our MainStage is in its 15th season operating under an Actors' Equity Association union contract. The MainStage features new works (including numerous world and regional premieres), rediscovered classics, passionate revivals, works by female playwrights, and neglected musicals in the intimate setting of our Rice Village location. Our Theater for Youth is Houston's most-attended theater for young audiences, serving over 138,000 children and families from the greater Houston area in school performances, weekend family matinees and tours to schools and community centers across the state of Texas. Plays are selected based on literature children are reading at home or at school. Our Education Department offers students a performing arts playground where professional theater artists serve as mentors. In support of Main Street Theater's mission, our Education Department provides a significant resource in the community for education in theater and classical theater for children, families and educators and provides classes and camps (on and off-site) as well as programs in residential treatment facilities for Harris County youth. Main Street Theater is a member of Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national service organization for not-for-profit theaters, of Theatre for Young Audiences/USA (formerly ASSITEJ), the world theatre network of theatre for children and young people, and a founding member of Houston Arts Partners. MST's MainStage operates under Actors' Equity Association Small Professional Theater contract. Main Street Theater is funded in part by grants from the city of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, and the Texas Commission on the Arts.
Media Contact Only (not for Print Publication):
Shannon Emerick, Director of Marketing and Development 713.524.3622 ext 106 / [email protected]

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