Alley Theatre Announces 2023 Alley All New Festival
L-R: Hilary Bettis, Chisa Hutchinson, Anna Ziegler, Marisela Treviño Orta
L-R: Hilary Bettis, Chisa Hutchinson, Anna Ziegler, Marisela Treviño Orta

Houston, TXAlley Theatre has announced the line-up for its 2023 Alley All New Festival, June 16-25, 2023. The Festival will feature new plays including readings, workshop performances, and an Early Draft Preview. All Festival performances are free and open to the public. Alley All New programming is recommended for mature audiences. Each performance will be followed by a post-show Alley Chat with the artists and led by a member of the Alley artistic staff. All updates and schedules will be available at

The Festival offers audiences a first look at plays that may appear in full productions at the Alley, as well as at theatres around the country. This season, the Alley will produce Torera by Monet Hurst-Mendoza which was developed in the 2022 Alley All New Festival. Since the Festival began in 2016, 25 of the 38 plays presented have gone on to world premiere productions, thirteen at the Alley and twelve elsewhere



Untitled Horse Play by Hilary Bettis Directed by May Adrales

Instructions for a Séance, written and performed by Katie Bender Directed by Lily Wolff Artistic Consultant Hannah Wolf


The Bleeding Class by Chisa Hutchinson Directed by Jade King Carroll

The Janeiad by Anna Ziegler Directed by Rob Melrose

December by Marisela Treviño Orta Directed by Marcela H. Lorca


Get to know Afsaneh Aayani, Iranian-born, Houston-based scenic designer, puppet maker, and theatre maker as she gives a window into the unique creative process behind The Painter and the Wild Swans. And meet writer/director Mark Shanahan and get a taste of what’s coming to the Alley next: Mark’s new adaptation of Agatha Christie’s The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, which was voted the “Best Crime Novel of all Time” by the British Crime Writers’ Association.


In addition to the Festival workshops and readings, guests may choose to add on a ticket to Rob Melrose’s world premiere adaptation of The Servant of Two Masters, which runs concurrently:

The Servant of Two Masters Translated, Adapted, and Directed by Rob Melrose From the original play in Italian by Carlo Goldoni June 9-July 2, 2023