Main Street Theater, in collaboration with the University of Houston School of Theatre and Dance, opens its 42nd Season with Enemies by Maxim Gorky, a timeless play about a restless society on the brink of revolution.
Directed by MST’s founder and artistic director Rebecca Greene Udden, Enemies is the latest installment in UH’s “Enchanting World” series, a collection of public events curated by Dr. David Rainbow in The Honors College. Incorporating musical concerts, theatrical performances, visual arts exhibitions, public lectures, and symposia related to the centennial of the 1917 Russian Revolution, the series offers a unique opportunity to learn about the history of Russia and to grapple with one of modern culture’s most consequential events.
“I’m really excited about this collaboration,” writes Dr. Rainbow. “I first met Rob Shimko [director of the UH School of Theatre & Dance] at an Honors College dinner in 2016; I shared with him my plan for a series of cultural events connected to the centennial of the 1917 Russian Revolution, and Rob was immediately excited about including theater. We both started reading plays, emailed back and forth, and settled on two. In the spring, UH put on a superb musical adaptation of George Orwell’s Animal Farm. Now Main Street Theater is collaborating with UH to put on Maxim Gorky’s Enemies. I feel very lucky to be in a city like Houston where there is so much talent.”
On Sunday, September 24, Dr. Rainbow will offer a post-show discussion about the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution. His lecture is free and open to the public (just arrive at the theater at 5:30pm).
Enemies opens on Saturday night, September 16 at 7:30pm and runs through October 15 at MST – Rice Village, 2540 Times Blvd. Performances are Thursdays - Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 3pm. Tickets are $36 - $45, depending on date and section. All tickets are on sale via phone at 713.524.6706 or online at MainStreetTheater.com.