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2023-2024 Season

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The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)

By Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield

October 20-29, 2023
At MATCH (Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston)

Directed by RaMina Mirmortazavi

Three people, one dead playwright, and 37 plays, all in just 90 minutes. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) takes you on a wild romp through all of Shakespeare's classics including Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, The Taming of The Shrew, and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Prior knowledge of Shakespeare's work is not required, but someone close by to call 911 in the event you pass out from laughing is. 


Warning! This show is a high-speed roller-coaster type condensation of all of Shakespeare’s plays, and is not recommended for people with heart ailments, bladder problems, inner-ear disorders, outer-ear disorders, Shakespearean scholars, degrees in Elizabethan history and/or people inclined to motion sickness. The Garden Theatre cannot be held responsible for expectant mothers!

While The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) has been performed many times over the years, this will be the Houston premiere of the most revised version of the piece. 



By Holland Taylor

February 2-11, 2024
At MATCH (Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston)

Starring Nora Hahn

Ann is a no-holds-barred portrait of Ann Richards, the legendary governor of Texas. This inspiring and hilarious play brings us face to face with a complex, colorful and captivating character bigger than the state from which she hailed. Written by Emmy Award winner Holland Taylor, Ann takes a revealing look at the impassioned woman who enriched the lives of her followers, friends and family.

After playing throughout Texas to sold-out audiences, Ann went on to win critical acclaim in Chicago, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and on Broadway at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater. The Garden Theatre is honored to bring this new production to Houston starring Nora Hahn. Ms. Hahn has been seen on stages across Houston such as The Garden Theatre, Stageworks, Theatre Southwest, and Country Playhouse. This summer, Ms. Hahn will be seen onstage as the first female governor of Texas, Ma Ferguson, in The Garden Theatre's production of Bonnie & Clyde, and recently received critical acclaim in the role of Clairee Belcher in The Garden Theatre's production of Steel Magnolias.

Reefer Madness

Reefer Madness

Book by Kevin Murphy & Dan Studney
Music by Dan Studney
Lyrics by Kevin Murphy

April 19-27, 2024
At MATCH (Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston)

Directed by Chris Patton

Inspired by the original 1936 film of the same name, this raucous musical comedy takes a tongue-in-cheek look at the hysteria caused when clean-cut kids fall prey to marijuana, leading them on a hysterical downward spiral filled with evil jazz music, sex and violence.

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While Childhood Slept

Book and Lyrics by Sharon Lands Sheppard
Music and Additional Lyrics by Jo Ellen Hubert

August 1-4, 2024
At MATCH (Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston)

Directed by Logan Vaden

While Childhood Slept is a heart-wrenching original musical that follows the true story of the boys of Home Number One in the Nazi concentration camp, Terezin. The children create a secret republic within the camp, publishing their own magazine of art, poetry, and short stories called Vedem. A visit from The Red Cross presents the opportunity to disguise their magazine as a secret message and a means of escape. While Childhood Slept is a story of bravery, determination, and hope with a promise that we will never forget the past and will never allow history to repeat itself.


While Childhood Slept returns after The Garden Theatre's workshop production in 2022, which was produced in partnership with Holocaust Museum Houston, who will return once again as a partner for this production. While Childhood Slept premiered in 1999 in Houston, TX. From there it received an off-Broadway reading, and its finale number, We Will Not Forget, was featured in the documentary Paperclips. In 2005, a revised version with new songs was performed once again in Houston. The Garden Theatre's production in 2022 was the first time the piece had been performed since 2005.

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