A beautiful young woman and her older, ugly husband find their true love tested in the world premiere musical comedy, The Three-Cornered Hat, debuting at Houston's Main Street Theatre July 18-Aug. 17.
Composer-lyricist Bob Beare and librettist Young Smith created this adaptation of Pedro Antonio de Alarcon's comic novella about Lucas the miller and Frasquita, the beautiful woman he loves. The two are in the midst of living happily ever after in the Spanish countryside when the village Corregidor (sheriff) becomes obsessed with Frasquita and devises an elaborate plot to steal her away. His preposterous plan tests, but finally reaffirms, the passion between Lucas and Frasquita.
The Three-Cornered Hat was developed at the University of Houston School of Theater's Stuart Ostrow workshop in 1999. Composer-lyricist Beare is the artistic director of the Houston Playback Theatre.
Naya Rodriguez-Castinado stars as Frasquita with Thomas Prior as Lucas. Also in the cast are Spencer Plachy (Antonio), Andrew Ruthven (Pedro), Emilio Laredo (Weazel), Kregg Dailey (The Mayor), Juan Pareja (Don Eugenio), Kitty Karn (Doña Mercedes), Tracy Ahern (Maria), Christina Wager (Esperanza), Kayleen Clements (Azulina) and Aaron Stryk (Benito).
Tickets are $20-$30. The Main Street Theatre is located at 4617 Montrose Boulevard in the Chelsea Market. For reservations, call (713) 524-6706. The Main Street Theatre is on the web at http://www.mainstreettheater.com. — By Christine Ehren