Our Late Night

"Well ... uh.  The, uh, ordinary way the we modern Western people tend to think of ourselves, um ... uh, doesn't really ... um, uhh ... take account of, uh, sex.  That makes sex very interesting as a subject." -- Wallace Shawn

Jason Nodler directs Wallace Shawn’s Our Late Night, a cocktail party at which no topic, thought or action is taboo.  The result is a Jungian pornography; a wickedly funny, often troubling look at what we feel and think but dare not say.

The production of this rarely produced play continues Catastrophic’s tradition of presenting work unlike anything else being produced in Houston.  Though its premiere in 1975, under Andre Gregory’s direction, netted an Obie award, the Catastrophic production will be just the fourth professional production of the play in 35 years.

Of the London production, directed by Caryl Churchill, The Guardian wrote, “It is a short play but a savage one… Neurosis, panic and sexual surreality underlie Shawn’s startling vision of New Yorkers at play.”

According to Nodler, “Only Wallace Shawn could write a play like Our Late Night.  It is the most subversive play I know. It is also the most truthful.  There is no subtext in this play; the characters express the worst of what they feel – as though their bowels and genitals had a direct line to their tongues – and the effect is brutal.”

Our Late Night features Catastrophic company members Greg Dean, Mikelle Johnson, Jeff Miller, Karina Pal Montano-Bowers, Troy Schulze and Kyle Sturdivant, with special guest artist Carolyn Houston Boone.

A dangerous writer. A very rare species. He tells people
things about themselves that they don't want to know.

— Joseph Papp on Wallace Shawn


The Catastrophic Theatre's love of Wallace Shawn is well documented by its hit productions of Our Late Night and The Designated Mourner, each of which was declared a "can't miss" production by major critics in Houston. Audiences returned again and again, armed with friends.

Shawn is best known for his character roles in such films as The Princess Bride, Clueless, and Annie Hall as well as his more serious turns in the films My Dinner with Andre and Vanya on 42th Street, but acting for him is something of a day job. His primary mode of expression is his writing and he is a writer unlike any other.