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Wednesday, April 25
7:30PM - 9:30PM

615 Texas St.
Houston, Texas 77002

Alley Theatre presents the World Premiere of Cleo, by Lawrence Wright. Directed by Bob Balaban. On the Hubbard Stage September 29 through October 22.

Alley Theatre Announces Schedule Changes for 2017-2018 Season due to flood damage from Hurricane Harvey
Lawrence Wright’s Cleo moves to spring; The Santaland Diaries is cancelled; New dates for shows in the season

The Alley Theatre is moving forward with the 2017-2018 season and announces new spring dates for Cleo by Lawrence Wright, Satchmo at the Waldorf, Steve Martin’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Holmes and Watson, and The Cake.

“Hurricane Harvey’s impact is continuing to affect the Alley, but we are very glad that we have been able to re-schedule the premiere of Cleo later in the Spring, and especially excited to go forward with the original dates for the premiere of Describe the Night at the Quintero Theatre at UH, beginning September 15,” said Gregory Boyd, Alley Theatre’s Artistic Director. “Alley staff has worked miracles in revising our Spring calendar, in order not to lose any productions in our subscription season. And we know too how supportive all our patrons and audiences have been during challenging times – that gives us great energy going forward.”

Flooding from Hurricane Harvey damaged the Theatre’s electrical systems. These provide power to both stages, and are currently offline. The Alley’s production center is also without power, and designers, artisans, and staff have not been able to complete the production work on Cleo which would have allowed us to keep the original October 2017 opening date. Cleo will shift to the Spring, beginning April 6, 2018 and running through April 29 in the Hubbard Theatre at the Alley.

Additionally, due to the flood damage in the Neuhaus Theatre and the time required to renovate this space, The Santaland Diaries, normally performed in the Neuhaus, will not be produced this season. The first production in the Neuhaus will be Lover, Beloved: An Evening with Carson McCullers in February 2018.

In order to accommodate the new dates for Cleo, Satchmo at the Waldorf, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Holmes and Watson, and The Cake will shift their performance dates.

As previously noted, Rajiv Joseph’s Describe the Night has moved to the University of Houston’s Quintero Theatre and will begin performances September 15.

Please see an updated 2017-2018 Alley Season Schedule. New dates and production information will be posted online at

Set during the filming of the disastrous 1963 movie Cleopatra, Cleo is the story of the scandalous romance of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.

Their relationship brought condemnation from the Vatican and the US Congress, and it opened the age of paparazzi and tabloid celebrity, ensuring that the names Burton and Taylor would always be associated with the greatest sex scandal in ancient history.

Acclaimed director and actor Bob Balaban (Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Gosford Park and multiple films with Christopher Guest including Waiting for Guffman and Best in Show) directs.

Lawrence Wright is the author of Going Clear, The Terror Years, Thirteen Days in September and The Looming Tower (Pulitzer Prize).

HBO’s documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, is based on Wright’s book Going Clear. Also on HBO is the documentary My Trip To Al-Qaeda, a firsthand account of Wright’s experience researching his 2006 book The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11.

HULU recently announced plans for a new TV series of Wright’s The Looming Tower starring Jeff Daniels and Tahar Rahim set to premiere later this year.

Wright resides in Austin, TX.

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