Plumshuga: The Rise of Lauren Anderson

Dates & Times

Plumshuga: The Rise of Lauren Anderson

Written by Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton

Underwriter Myrtle Jones

Underwriter H-E-B

Producer Carolyn Keating

October 7-November 13

Sterling Stage

Tickets from $30



This innovative new work blends spoken word, dance, music, and theater for a vivid and intimate look into Lauren Anderson’s rise to ballet royalty and her eventual triumphant rise to accept her authentic self. In 1990, Lauren Anderson became one of the first Black principal ballerinas of a major ballet company when she ascended to Principal Dancer of the Houston Ballet. Unknown to her adoring audiences, she brought with her on stage the weight of her own tumultuous relationships, abuse, and battles with addiction. In PLUMSHUGA, you’ll share a conversation with Lauren at home, where she breaks the fourth wall to discuss her greatest trials and successes by reliving them in memories painted by music and dance. This is Lauren Anderson’s story in her words, for the first time ever.


Performance Times

  • Wednesday - Friday | 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday | 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday | 2 p.m.
  • Plumshuga Preludes: Saturday | 1 p.m.

2 hours 30 minutes with intermission

Edison Arts Presents Plumshuga Preludes

Join Stages and Edison Arts Foundation for Plumshuga Preludes as dance programs from around the city offer an opening act to the show about the life of Houston’s favorite ballerina.

Following her career as principal ballerina for the Houston Ballet, Lauren Anderson still calls Houston her home and spends her time in the community, sharing the art of dance with students all over the city.

Stages is proud to partner with Edison Arts Foundation and H-E-B to honor Lauren’s work in the community by inviting youth groups to share their love of dance and performance before every matinee performance of Plumshuga: The Rise of Lauren Anderson.

Remaining Dates

  • November 12, 2022, 1pm

Good to Know

  • Contains references to drug and alcohol use

Plan Your Visit

  • Park in our attached parking garage for $10. Subscribers have access to discounted parking!
  • Drinks are allowed back into the theater! Make sure you grab your favorite drink from the Gordy Bar before the show and during intermission.


  • DeQuina Moore*


  • Kellen Hornbuckle

    Dancer Lauren

  • Eric Best


  • Mya Bryant

    Lauren's Mother

  • Jessica Collado

    Sugar Plum Fairy

  • Dwayne Cook

    Lauren's Father

  • Cameron Edwards


  • Kharma Grimes


  • Rafaela Henrique

    Firebird, (Sugar Plum Fairy)

  • Bridget Kuhns

    Sugar Plum Fairy

  • Danae McGlothen

    Young Lauren

  • Layla Porter

    Firebird, Cleopatra, (Dancer Lauren)

  • Elliott Rogers

    Dominic, (Carlos)

  • Kalen Wright

    Young Lauren

  • Emry Amoky


  • Magnoly Batista

    (Firebird, Dancer Lauren)

  • Lauren Burke


  • Eli Go


  • Remie Goins


  • Hart Isaacoff


  • Isabella Kessler


  • Zoe Lucich

    (Firebird, Sugar Plum Fairy)

  • Justine Marcov


  • Olivia McBain

    Student, (Firebird)

  • Macy Richter

    Student, (Firebird)

  • Brett Rule


  • Rafael Tillery


  • McKenna Armwood

  • Amelia McGravey

  • Alyssa Pratt

  • Natalia Scheinson

  • Renee Shubov

  • Allison Whitley

  • *Appearing through an agreement between Stages and Actors' Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States.


  • by

    Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton

  • directed by

    Eboni Bell Darcy and Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton

  • music by

    Jasmine Barnes

  • original lyrics by

    Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton

  • original choreography by

    Stanton Welch and Harrison Guy

  • featuring dancers from

    Houston Ballet

  • assistant director

    Alric Davis

  • music director

    Eiki Isomura

  • stage manager

    Todd Molesky

  • assistant stage manager

    Regine Gwyneth Templonuevo

  • scenic and properties designer

    Jodi Bobrovsky

  • lighting designer

    Bryan Ealey

  • sound designer

    Firat Kazbek Özsoy

  • costume designer

    Kenisha Kelly

  • video designer

    Sarah Flores


Go behind the scenes of the making of Plumshuga

Student Matinees

Early exposure to live theater lays the foundation for a lifetime of educational and civic benefits. Student matinee tickets are just $11! Call 713.527.0123 to purchase tickets.

The student matinee performance of Plumshuga: The Rise of Lauren Anderson will be held on: Friday, October 28th at 10:00am