4th Wall Theatre Company

4TH WALL THEATRE COMPANY ANNOUNCES TITLES FOR ITS 2019-2020 SEASON

Houston, TX—4th Wall Theatre Company, Houston’s home for extraordinary performances up close, is proud to announce its 2019-2020 Season. For 4th Wall’s Ninth Season, Co-Artistic Directors Kim Tobin-Lehl and Philip Lehl are sharing a season of American classics and electrifying Houston premieres. “It’s a season that explores family, racism, illness, lost love, and ultimately what it means to live and die in America,” says Tobin-Lehl. “We’re filling the season with the exciting storytelling, nonpareil acting, and excellent direction and design audiences have come to expect at Studio 101.”

Kicking off the season will be an inspired rethinking of Tennessee Williams’s “The Glass Menagerie.” Few playwrights stir the imagination of theater-goers quite like Tennessee Williams in this American epic. His semi-autobiographical memory play chronicles a critical point in the life of the Wingfield family and launched Williams to international notoriety in the mid-1940s. This theatrical standard continues to run to sold out audiences across the country not only for its lyricism and beauty but also for its unique exploration of family and personal expectations. 4th Wall’s production will feature Kim Tobin-Lehl in the iconic role of Amanda Wingfield and direction by Philip Lehl.

4th Wall is excited to share the Houston premiere of “The Realistic Joneses” by Will Eno as its second 2019-2020 production. Eno’s Broadway smash hit will re-unite Kim Tobin-Lehl and Philip Lehl as Bob and Jennifer Jones in a story that offers an "inside look at the people who live next door, the truths we think we know and the secrets we never imagined we all might share." This ethereal masterpiece follows two suburban couples who have even more in common than their identical homes and shared last names. As their relationships begin to intertwine, the Joneses must decide between idyllic fantasy and an imperfect reality. Joining 4th Wall to direct will be Matt Hune from Houston’s Rec Room Arts. 

"But don’t come to the play expecting tidy resolutions, clearly drawn narrative arcs or familiarly typed characters. 'The Realistic Joneses' progresses in a series of short scenes that have the shape and rhythms of sketches on 'Saturday Night Live' rather than those of a traditional play.... But for all Mr. Eno’s quirks, his words cut to the heart of how we muddle through the worst life can bring,” says Charles Isherwood of the New York Times.

4th Wall follows up with another Houston Premiere, the Pulitzer Prize winning “Between Riverside and Crazy” by Stephen Adly Guirgis. Audiences who loved 4th Wall’s production of “Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train” will be thrilled at the addition of Guirgis’s later work “Between Riverside and Crazy” to the season.  A new American classic, this play follows a retired NYC cop fighting down forces much larger than himself from within a collapsing, rent-controlled apartment. Swirling around him are a host of larger-than-life characters sure to captivate audiences. This Houston premiere is deeply funny, but like his other works, moving and dramatic as well. “Between Riverside and Crazy” will feature Kim Tobin-Lehl and Philip Lehl. Directing the production will be four-time Emmy winner Bill Pruitt.

“Stephen Adly Guirgis... chooses the right kind of worlds to write about: parallel to, but in many ways hidden from, our own, strange enough to fascinate yet recognizable enough to hit home... The play is completely compelling even before its primary dramatic gears start turning...,” says Jesse Green for New York Magazine.

To close the season, 4th Wall will share Craig Wright’s audience favorite “The Pavilion.” In this contemporized nod to Wilder’s “Our Town,” Wright shares the story of a relationship years and possibly lifetimes in the making. Audiences meet Wright’s characters in a soon-to-be-demolished pavilion as they seek to revisit lost love. This enchanting, laugh-out-loud comedy will feature Philip Lehl as the omnipresent Narrator standing in for a whole world of characters and direction by Kim Tobin-Lehl.

“…Mr. Wright sprinkles a little magic on this elegantly worn wooden lakeside pavilion… and a poignant longing to grab back squandered time,” says Laura Collins-Hughes for the New York Times.

In addition to its full productions, 4th Wall looks forward to launching an educational summer Shakespeare project in 2020, rebooting its popular Up-Close Cocktails event in December, and inviting audiences to participate in a new reading festival in November. For the latest information about 4th Wall Theatre Company’s upcoming season and to purchase subscriptions or single tickets, please visit the theater’s website at 4thwalltheatreco.com or follow @4thwallhouston on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

4TH WALL THEATRE COMPANY’S 2019-2020 SEASON*

The Glass Menagerie
Written by: Tennessee Williams
Directed by: Philip Lehl
Featuring: Kim Tobin-Lehl
Studio 101, Spring Street Studios
Dates: October 11 – November 2, 2019
"The Glass Menagerie" is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

The Realistic Joneses (Houston Premiere)
Written by: Will Eno
Directed by: Matt Hune
Featuring: Kim Tobin-Lehl and Philip Lehl
Studio 101, Spring Street Studios
January 17 – February 8, 2020
"The Realistic Joneses" is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

Between Riverside and Crazy (Houston Premiere)
Written by: Stephen Adly Guirgis
Directed by: Bill Pruitt
Featuring: Kim Tobin-Lehl and Philip Lehl
Studio 101, Spring Street Studios
March 13 – April 4, 2020
"Between Riverside and Crazy" is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

The Pavilion
Written by: Craig Wright
Directed by: Kim Tobin-Lehl
Featuring: Philip Lehl
Studio 101, Spring Street Studios
May 15 – June 6, 2020
"The Pavilion" is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

Tickets: Premier $53; Standard $32; Senior $26; Student / Educator $17
There is a Pay-What-You-Can performance on Mondays in the last week of each run and a Closed-Caption performance at one performance during each run.

*Dates and titles subject to change

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About 4th Wall Theatre Company: 4th Wall Theatre Company is a professional Equity theater in Houston, TX, founded in 2011 by married couple, Philip Lehl and Kim Tobin-Lehl. Its original name was Stark Naked Theatre Company, which was changed in 2016. 4th Wall has maintained an eclectic range of programming, producing standards by Shakespeare and Strindberg, American classics like “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,” and several world premieres.

The mission of 4th Wall is to develop and support theatrical artists by aiming to pay a living wage in order to grow and sustain the community of professional theatrical artists in Houston, TX; and to develop and promote the highest aesthetic of acting that is truthful, by producing exciting, cutting-edge, live theater.

The company has garnered many accolades for its twenty-seven full productions, including the Houston Press's "Mastermind Award;" as well as two Best Production citations in the annual Houston Theater Awards (“God of Carnage” in 2013, and “Lobby Hero” in 2017). The Co-Artistic Directors have been nominated several times for the Best Artistic Director award, winning once.

The company was incorporated in the State of Texas and is a registered 501(c)(3) with the IRS.

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