Please join us for a very limited run of Wallace Shawn's fiercely urgent, frighteningly prescient masterwork, The Designated Mourner, a special off-season addition for those that need it.

January 5-15, 2017
at The MATCH

​All tickets Pay-What-You-Can

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Check out Susie Tommaney's Houston Press preview of our upcoming production:
Catastrophic Explores America's Meme, "How Could This Have Happened?"

Click here for a fascinating article from The New Republic about the urgency of this play at this moment in our history. Incredibly, it posted only hours after we announced our production.




(Houston Premiere)
by Nick Jones
Directed by Tamarie Cooper

Starring Elizabeth Marshall Black, Ronnie Blaine, Jeanne Harris, Carolyn Johnson, Jeff Miller, Charlie Scott 
and Kyle Sturdivant as Trevor

Feb 10 -
 Mar 4, 2017

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Inspired by the true story of a woman attacked by a 200‐pound pet chimpanzee, Trevor finds pathos, poignancy and, perhaps most surprisingly, riotous humor by seeing the world through the animal’s eyes. The play is also a biting satire of show business since Trevor, the chimpanzee, once starred on stage and screen (including a commercial with ’80s icon Morgan Fairchild) and now overestimates how much the human world might be clamoring for his comeback. Trevor goes beyond the simple humor of “monkeys don’t understand—haha!” and offers real insight into the ways we all get confused in life: about love, about success, about what matters.

“Plays like Sylvia and Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo have found humor in animals speaking like humans. But in Trevor, the laughs (and there are many) have an edge. Imagine the frustration of not being able to accurately communicate with the person closest to you, the one you depend on most. It’s the kind of thing that happens on an emotional level in human relationships all the time, but by using this theatrical conceit, the stakes heighten.” —Jason Zinoman, The New York Times




The Catastrophic Theatre Announces 10th Anniversary, 2016 - 2017 Season

Featuring a world premiere by Donald Barthelme, a Pulitzer Prize-­winner by Sam Shepard, Houston premieres by Nick Jones and Mickle Maher, and a world premiere cabaret by Tamarie Cooper and friends.

The Catastrophic Theatre is proud to announce the World Premiere production of Snow White, a theatrical adaptation of the groundbreaking, experimental novel by the iconic, postmodern novelist and poet Donald Barthelme. The play will be produced in association with the Barthelme estate, Brazos Bookstore, and Inprint. The singular novel was adapted for the stage by Barthelme himself but has never been shared with the public until now. This is a passion project for Catastrophic favorite Greg Dean, who will direct from Barthelme’s adaptation and notes. The remainder of our 10th anniversary season includes Song About Himself, the latest play by audience favorite Mickle Maher, directed by Catastrophic artistic director Jason NodlerTrevor, the first Houston production of a hit play by Nick Jones, writer of the popular TV show Orange is the New Black, directed by Catastrophic associate director Tamarie Cooper; avant-garde classic and Pulitzer Prize winner Buried Child by Sam Shepard, helmed by Catastrophic all-­‐star Jeff Miller in his directing debut; and of course a brand new Tamarie Cooper musical—a whimsical cabaret about mistakes and regrets appropriately entitled Tamarie Cooper's Merry Evening of Mistakes and Regrets.

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