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Sterling Houston (1945-2006), born in San Antonio, was a performer, a writer, and a prolific and innovative avant-garde playwright. During his lifetime, he wrote 33 plays, wrote three short novels, and edited anthologies. Twenty-four of his plays were first produced by Jump-Start Performance Co. in San Antonio, from 1988 to 2006. Venues included the Blue Star Arts Complex (Jump-Start Theater), the Carver Cultural Center, and St. Philip's College in San Antonio. His plays were also produced in other parts of the country including New York, Cleveland, Chicago and San Francisco.

Houston worked with some of the greatest practitioners of modern American theater from 1964 to 1981, including Charles Ludlum, Sam Shepard, and George C. Wolfe. Houston returned to San Antonio in 1981 and shortly afterward joined the Jump-Start Performance Co. He served as writer-in-residence and artistic director for the company from 1989 until his death in November, 2006.

Houston was known for his biting social commentary, his taste for both subtle and burlesque humor, and his mastery of multiple genres. The seven plays in this collection showcase his passion for the intersection of history, myth, and folklore, and exhibit his versatile theatricality that combines domestic drama, farce, docudrama, and musical theatre and employed a variety of post-modern special effects. Ever an experimentalist, he also authored three short novels, including Le Griffon: A True Tale of Supernatural Love (Pecan Grove Press, 1999).

Houston's personal papers are archived in the University of Texas at San Antonio's permanent San Antonio Authors Collection. A descriptive summary catalog of the collection is available at:

Works by Sterling Houston


Novels and Novellas


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