Only love can save me and love has destroyed me.
Crave is a tour-de-force tone poem for four voices. The play is non-linear, fragmented and fractured; it bounces through time like the thoughts and feelings of a confused, conflicted and desperate mind. It meditates obsessively on themes of the inescapability of trauma, love and its inadequacy to wholly redeem, hope and hopelessness, despair and craving. The play is written in a musical, poetic style, much like Catastrophic’s production of Mickle Maher’s Spirits to Enforce. There is no story, no message and only elusive wisps of narrative. It is experiential in nature and is driven by the rapid-fire associations of a troubled mind.
Not only does Crave lack an easy or clear narrative; it lacks stage directions, suggestions for setting and even names for the characters. Interpretation is unavoidable. The Catastrophic approach to the plays it produces is always rooted in intuition, favoring emotional truth over clear storytelling. Because Kane was such a brave writer, one whose plays lay bare her most extreme feelings, and also because of the opaque and shrouded nature of the people that inhabit them, Crave is perfect fit for a Catastrophic production.
Catastrophic artistic director Jason Nodler will direct an ensemble of Carolyn Houston Boone, Matt Carter, Greg Dean and Mikelle Johnson.
Catastrophic’s production of Crave continues the company’s tradition of introducing bold, poetic, nakedly honest voices for the theatre to Houston audiences. Mickey Birnbaum, Mickle Maher, Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, Wallace Shawn, Richard Foreman, Lisa D’Amour, Sarah Kane. These otherwise singular writers belong to a school, though they have not officially been recognized as such; they write in poetry, they deal in extreme situations and catastrophic states. They are as honest as they are elusive, as mysterious as they are sincere.
Writers like these, and the opportunity to share their worlds with Houston audiences, are the reason The Catastrophic Theatre exists.