A little B-movie horror is the theme of the night at the Mildred’s Umbrella Theatre Company Monster Mash Gala, the organization’s annual fundraiser.
The event is slated for Saturday, September 15 from 7 to 11 p.m. at Studio 101 at 1824 String Street in Houston and supports the artistic mission of Mildred’s Umbrella while giving a voice to smaller, local theatre companies and artists.
The night’s festivities, where guests are invited to dress as their favorite B-movie horror characters, include the Mildred’s version of a cake walk, go fishing in the Black Lagoon and compete in a “Wrap the Mummy” contest with fabulous prizes. Hearty hors d-ouevres will be provided by John Watt/Prego Restaurant and Jim Benton of Houston.
Individual tickets for the event are $30 in advance and $40 at the door and may be purchased at www.mildredsumbrella.org. For more information contact (713) 823-8664 or visit the website.
“Mildred’s Umbrella has been bringing exciting, different and new theatre to Houston for the last 11 years and our hope is to be around for many more to come. Because ticket sales only cover a small part of any theatre’s production budget, raising money at our annual gala is necessary to keep bringing new shows to our audiences,” said Jennifer Decker, Mildred’s Umbrella Artistic Director and founder.
Mildred’s Umbrella began when Decker, and playwright, John Harvey, brought together artists and actors to create a collaborative theatrical piece written by Harvey and directed by Decker. The production received positive press attention and attracted many other local artists who wanted to collaborate in the exciting work produced by the company. The group gained 501(c)3 status in 2004 and has been creating critically acclaimed collaborative works with other theatre groups and local artists.
Over the course of several years, Mildred’s Umbrella has expanded to also staging Houston premieres of work from other playwrights and to searching out opportunities for creative collaborations. The company has produced dozens of mainstage plays, as well as performances in conjunction with lectures at University of Houston, several Fringe Festival pieces, annual showcases with a short play festival created by the company in 2008, performances at the Houston Center for Photography and University of Houston, and a children’s after school workshop series at the Houston Public Library.
The company has received numerous Houston Press awards including Best Original Play in 2007 for Rot, Best Theatre Company in 2006 and Best Theatre Company on a Shoestring Budget in 2008. Mildred’s Umbrellas’ recent seasons have been highly successful with sold out shows for three regional premiers, one world premiere and three original pieces presented by the company.
Past fundraisers for Mildred’s Umbrella include Cirque du Macabre: Carnival Sideshow Gala (2011), Glass Slipper Gala (2010), Moulin Rouge Gala (2009), and La Petite Mort: The Dead Celebrity Costume Gala (2008).