Rock 'n' Roll, with De Guzman and Black, Opens in Houston April 29

News   Rock 'n' Roll, with De Guzman and Black, Opens in Houston April 29 Tony nominee Josie de Guzman and James Black star in the Alley Theatre production of Tom Stoppards Rock 'n' Roll, opening in Houston April 29.
Rock 'n' Roll star Josie de Guzman
Rock 'n' Roll star Josie de Guzman Photo by T. Charles Erickson

Alley artistic director Gregory Boyd directs Stoppard's political drama, which is set to a rock soundtrack. Performances began April 24 and continue through May 24 on the Nehaus Stage. The cast also features James Belcher, Justin Doran, Elizabeth Heflin, Philip Lehl, Emily Neves, Melissa Pritchett, Todd Waite, Sara Gaston and Spencer Plachy.

"It's August 1968, and Russian tanks are rolling into Prague," read Alley press notes for Rock 'n' Roll. "Jan, the Czech student, lives for rock music, Max, the English professor, lives for Communism, and Esme, the flower child, is high. By 1990, the tanks are rolling out, the Stones are rolling in and idealism has hit the wall. Stoppard's sweeping and passionate play spans two countries, three generations and 22 turbulent years, at the end of which, love remains — and so does rock 'n' roll."

Rock 'n' Roll has scenic design by Hugh Landwehr, costume design by Alejo Vietti, lighting design by Pat Collins, projection design by Clint Allen, with sound design by Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen. Mark Bly serves as dramaturg for the production.

Tickets are available by visiting AlleyTheatre.org or by phoning (713) 220-5700.

The Alley Theatre is located at 615 Texas Avenue in Houston, TX.

Justin Doran and Todd Waite in <i>Rock 'n' Roll</i>
Justin Doran and Todd Waite in Rock 'n' Roll Photo by T. Charles Erickson