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Evening at The Talk House
by Wallace Shawn
Directed by Jason Nodler
Sep 29 - Oct 22, 2017
All performances presented @
The MATCH, 3400 Main Street
Friday & Saturday @ 8 pm
Sunday @2:30 pm
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In an imagined near future, the creative team behind a critically lauded but ultimately unsuccessful play called “Midnight in a Clearing With Moon and Stars” have gathered at their old haunt, The Talk House. It’s the ten-year anniversary of what turned out to be one of the last plays ever performed. Over the course of a night spent snacking, drinking, and reminiscing, the characters begin revealing disturbing secrets about what their lives have become. The unnamed country they live in is ruled by a charming but frightening autocrat, and many people are finding themselves increasingly complicit and morally compromised in surprising and ominous ways.
Catastrophic artistic director Jason Nodler directs this new, darker-than-dark comedy by Catastrophic favorite Wallace Shawn (THE DESIGNATED MOURNER, MARIE AND BRUCE, OUR LATE NIGHT). EVENING AT THE TALK HOUSE features a powerhouse cast of Houston favorites: Jeanne Harris, Jovan Jackson, Sean Patrick Judge, Becky Randall, Abraham Zapata, Charlie Scott, Kyle Sturdivant, and Anne Quackenbush. Sets by Ryan McGettigan, Lights by Hudson Davis, Costumes by Macy Lyne, Sound by Shawn St. John, and Props by Tina Montgomery. This production will be the third ever, after the London (2015) and New York (2017) premieres.
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.”