​by Chana Porter


Directed by Tara Ahmadinejad

 February 9 - March 4, 2018 




People aren’t meant to be alone.

Margie was raised to be a good girl, but Margie has a secret: she wants to be a lion. LEAP AND THE NET WILL APPEAR traces one woman’s highly theatrical, timehopping search for adventure, for love, and for her true self. Packed with wildly eccentric family members and unpredictable lovers, Margie’s journey is at turns uproariously funny and probingly melancholic. Her fierce insistence that she can discover her most fundamental nature takes her across the globe in a romantic and bewildering whirlwind.

Two time Obie Award-winning playwright and director Craig Lucas says of LEAP AND THE NET WILL APPEAR: “No one else is doing what Chana Porter is doing—unhinging logic and time from their outward solidity, revealing enduring landscapes within the scenes resembling life but doing it one better each time.” The Catastrophic Theatre’s world premiere production will be directed by Porter’s collaborator, New York City-based director Tara Ahmadinejad.

LEAP AND THE NET WILL APPEAR is the first of Chana Porter’s plays to be produced by The Catastrophic Theatre, but it’s unlikely to be the last. Catastrophic artistic director Jason Nodler sees Porter as an emerging powerhouse among  contemporary avant-garde playwrights: “I am an unabashed fanboy. When I fall in love with a playwright's voice I fall hard and I don't just want to produce the work that made me fall in love; I want to produce everything they ever write. It's a rare and glorious thing when that happens, and I am head over heels in love with  Chana Porter's voice as a writer and with the play, LEAP AND THE NET WILL APPEAR. It is one of the strangest, most imaginative, hilarious, ‘pataphysical, and moving things I have ever read. And I can't wait to see what the extraordinary director Tara Ahmadinejad will make out of it. Plays like this one and artists like Chana and Tara are why I make theatre.”

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 by Mickle Maher (book & lyrics)

Merel Van Dijk and Anthony Barilla (composers) 

*World Premiere*

April 6 – May 13, 2018



The Catastrophic Theatre Announces an Exciting 2017 - 2018 Season

Learn more about each of this season's shows and our special subscription packages in our official press release!

The Catastrophic Theatre is proud to announce its 2017-2018 season, which is slated to be the theatre’s most ambitious season yet. The new season includes three world premieres, an avant-garde classic, and a mini-festival of work by Catastrophic favorite, Mickle Maher.

Artistic director Jason Nodler says, “May 6, 2018 is the 25th anniversary of the first play Tamarie and I made together, and it feels really appropriate that we should be producing our most exciting, most ambitious season in all those 25 years.

“We begin with a one-two punch from Wallace Shawn’s latest play, which has a lot to say about the dangers of the current political climate, and the anti-fascist Ionesco comedy that set me on this course when I read it at 14 years old. Next, we introduce Houston to a thrilling new voice, the emerging playwright Chana Porter, a writer so singular that we will produce her work again and again. And we triple-down on our most oft-produced playwright, in a three-play Mickle Maher mini-fest. We can’t talk about the first play in that series yet except to say it’s new, and we’ve been working on it for two years. The next two are a return to the first play of his we produced, THE STRANGERER, which will run in rep with its spiritual sequel, JIM LEHRER AND THE THEATER AND ITS DOUBLE AND JIM LEHRER’S DOUBLE. ​Tamarie rounds out the season by making good on a request she’s received over and over again: she’s ‘bringing back the bus’ from TAMALALIA 2 over 20 years ago!

“When I think of rolling out these plays, one after the other, and reflect on how this season took 25 years to achieve—seven plays that celebrate everything that Catastrophic does best—I cannot wait to share each and every one with our audience.” 

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