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Season Twelve (2023-2024)

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We begin with the timeless classic, Witness for the Prosecution by Agatha Christie. Directed by Judge Christine Weems, this thrilling courtroom drama will captivate audiences at Studio 101, Spring Street Studios from July 28 to August 12. Adding an intriguing twist, the cast exclusively features Houston area lawyers, providing an authentic and immersive experience.
 

YOU HAVE BEEN SUMMONED FOR JURY SERVICE...

Leonard Vole is accused of murdering a widow to inherit her wealth. The stakes are high.  Will Leonard survive the shocking witness testimony?  Will he and his lawyer Sir Wilfrid Robarts be able to convince the jury - and you - of his innocence and escape the hangman’s noose?

Join us for the intensity and drama of Agatha Christie's gripping story of justice, passion and betrayal presented here performed entirely by members of the Houston legal community.

Directed by Christine Weems

Assistant Directed by Derek Whitmire

CAST:

Greta - Sepi Zimmer

Carter - Marcus Fifer

Mrs. Mayhew - Patrice McKinney

Leonard Vole - Noe Gonzalez

Sir Wilfred Robarts - John Raley

Inspector Hearne - Kenneth Royce Barrett

Police Officer - Se-Young Kim

Romaine Heilger - Nata Cornelio

Justice Wainwright - Elizabeth Ray

Mr. Myers - Mark Gonzalez

Court Clerk - Cole Nowell

Dr. Wyatt - Cawlyn Robinson

Janet MacKenzie - Abigail Anastasio (1st weekend)/Hilary Unger

(last two weekends)

Mr. Clegg - Mathew Mendoza

Woman - Alexandra Foulkes Grafton

'Witness for the Prosecution' © 1953 Agatha ChristieLimited All rights reserved. 'AGATHA CHRISTIE' and the Agatha ChristieSignature Mark are trademarks of Agatha Christie Ltd.. All rights reserved. Therights to this play are controlled by Agatha Christie Ltd.. For further informationabout this play, others by Agatha Christie and about other stage adaptations ofher stories, please visit: http://www.agathachristie.com

 

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Next on the lineup is The Greatest Play in the History of the World, a masterful creation by Ian Kershaw. Under the visionary direction of Whitney Zangarine, CMR favorite Kacie Adams takes the lead in a production that promises to transport audiences on a mesmerizing journey from September 8 to September 23. Prepare to be enchanted by a captivating story that weaves together themes of love, loss, and the power of human connection.

U.S. Premiere of ​

The Greatest Play in the History of the World

By Ian Kershaw


Directed by Whitney Zangarine
Starring Kacie Adams

Stage managed by Ashley Galan

The Greatest Play in the History of the World is a love story, set in space and in time. One actress, Kacie Adams, asks profound questions with deepest sincerity whilst simultaneously balancing the human quest for meaningful connections.

 

It's also about shoes.

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In October, CMR presents The Melancholy Play by Sarah Ruhl, a poignant and introspective exploration of human emotions. Directed byKatherine Rinaldi and Ruth McCleskey, this theatrical gem will grace the stage from October 6 to October 21. With a talented ensemble cast and a thought-provoking narrative, The Melancholy Play is sure to leave a lasting impression on every theatergoer.

MELANCHOLY PLAY

by Sarah Ruhl

A contemporary farce
directed by Katherine Rinaldi and Ruth S McCleskey

Stage managed by Rachna Khare

Tilly’s melancholy is of an exquisite quality. She turns her melancholy into a sexy thing, and every stranger she meets falls in love with her. One day, inexplicably, Tilly becomes happy, and wreaks havoc on the lives of her paramours...

Cast: Autumn Clack, Ty K. Fisher, Grace Ojionuka,
Sandra Peck Ramsey, Sammi Sicinski,
and Christopher Szeto-Joe

Light Designer: Aaron Garrett

Costume Designer: Katherine Rinaldi

Music Designer: Sandra Peck Ramsey

Props Designer: Ruth McCleskey
Set Designers: Katherine Rinaldi & Ruth McCleskey

“Melancholy Play” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com

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Starting November 2023, The World Premiere of Surviving the Night by Matt Elliott and Debra Schultz takes on a genre not normally seen onstage—Horror. Ben, an aspiring filmmaker, is meeting his girlfriend Sydney’s parents for the first time just before Christmas. He’s on edge right from the beginning, but if he only knew that wouldn’t be scariest part of the evening. Providing moral support and encouragement is sister Michelle and her girlfriend Joy and neighbor Charlie. None of that will be enough to stop Ben’s world from crashing down and mirroring events from his favorite films.

The World Premiere of 
Surviving the Night 
by Matt Elliott and Debra Schultz

The World Premiere of Surviving the Night by Matt Elliott and Debra Schultz takes on a genre not normally seen onstage—Horror. Ben, an aspiring filmmaker, is meeting his girlfriend Sydney’s parents for the first time just before Christmas. He’s on edge right from the beginning, but if he only knew that wouldn’t be scariest part of the evening. Providing moral support and encouragement is sister Michelle and her girlfriend Joy and neighbor Charlie. None of that will be enough to stop Ben’s world from crashing down and mirroring events from his favorite films.

Ben... Terrance Simon

Michelle... Joy Culbreath

Joy... Adina Opalek

Charlie... Christopher Krause

Sydney... Scout Sustala

Mr. White... Timothy Eggert

Mrs. White... Kelly Swinehart Wehrer 

Johnny/Sweeper... Sam Martinez 

 

Director... Debra Schultz

Assistant Director... Matt Elliott

Set and Sound design... Debra Schultz

Lighting Design... Jennifer Portillo

Property Lead, Run Crew... Pedro Balcazar

PERFORMANCES:

Thursday, November 30, 2023 7:30 - Saturday, December 16, 2023

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Breaking new ground in the new year, CMR proudly presents the world premiere of The End of the World, an original work by Michael Weems. Directed by Ruth McCleskey, this captivating play invites audiences to contemplate the complexities of the human experience. From February 9 to February 23, theater enthusiasts can embark on an unforgettable journey filled with emotion, intrigue, and profound insights.

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In April 2024, prepare to be captivated by War of the Words Live!, a riveting performance that brings past audio plays to life on stage.Cone Man Running continued to bring new works into the world through their podcast, War of the Worlds, during the pandemic. Don't miss the opportunity to witness talented performers breathe life into some fan favorites. This unique production is bound to captivate and enthrall audiences.

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Rounding out the season in May/June 2024 is an all-female play presented in collaboration with Boiling Point Players. Celebrating the immense talent and creativity of women in Houston theater, this production promises to challenge stereotypes and break new ground. Stay tuned for more details on this ground breaking and empowering performance.

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