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THE QUALITY OF LIFE

Directed by Neil Ellis Orts, and produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

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HOUSTON, TEXAS – Company OnStage presents The Quality of Life, by Jane Anderson, and directed by Neil Ellis Orts.

From award-winning writer Jane Anderson (The Baby Dance, Looking for Normal) comes this “magnetic work of theater” (The San Francisco Chronicle) filled with compassion, honesty, and humor. Dinah and Bill, a devout church-going couple from the Midwest, are struggling to keep their lives intact after the loss of their daughter. Dinah is compelled to reconnect with her left-leaning cousins in northern California, who are going through their own trials. Jeannette and Neil have lost their home to a wildfire and Neil has cancer. However they seem to have accepted their situation with astounding good humor, living in a yurt on their burn site and celebrating life with hits of pot and glasses of good red wine. Bill and Dinah are both moved and perplexed by their cousins’ remarkable equanimity. But their sympathy turns to rage when they find out that Jeannette is planning to take her own life to avoid a life of grief without her beloved Neil. This production contains strong language and mature themes.

Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. from March 16 – April 7, 2018, and a Sunday matinee on March 18 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $18.00 and are available through our box office at www.companyonstage.org. Reservations are strongly recommended. Visit and like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/thecompanyonstage to keep track of COS goings-on, special events, audition notices, and announcements, or call 713-726-1219 for more information.

The Company OnStage Theater was founded in 1977 by Joyce Randall-McNally, a former associate director of the Alley Theater, along with her husband Hank McNally. After being displaced from its home of 33 years at the now defunct Westbury Square shopping center, Company OnStage has moved to its new performance home on the grounds of Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church.