Texas Repertory Theatre to relaunch with July 20-21 performances

Texas Repertory Theatre, which closed its doors on Stuebner Airline Road in 2016 for financial reasons, is relaunching this month with a pair of performances, Artistic Director Steve Fenley said.

"We changed our paradigm, so rather than spending $100,000 or $120,000 in rent a year, this show is designed to tour," Fenley said.

The professional theater company will present one-act plays without intermission in a variety of local area venues, beginning with performances at The Lanier Stone Chapel on Hargrave Road on July 20-21.

Fenley said a new company, Red Bird Productions, was formed in the wake of the Texas Repertory Theatre closure, and it organized a fundraiser last year to generate seed money for the theater group. An October music performance it planned at Klein Cain High School raised enough to get the company off the ground again, he said.

The theater company has not yet opened a new office location, and it will focus on smaller productions at first, Fenley said. The theater had about 800 season ticket holders before it closed in 2016, he said.

The first one-act show, "God's Megaphone: A Visit with C. S. Lewis," features Fenley in the role of the early 20th-century British theologian and novelist.

8 p.m. $35 (tickets must be purchased in advance). Lanier Stone Chapel, 14130
Hargrave Road, Houston. 281-583-7575. www.texasreptheatre.com
By Vanessa Holt
A resident of the Houston area since 2011, Vanessa began working in community journalism in her home state of New Jersey in 1996. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2016 as a reporter for the Spring/Klein edition and became editor of that paper in March 2017 and editor of The Woodlands edition in January 2019.