Thom Pain (Based on Nothing)

Something has happened to Thom Pain—something mysterious involving love and heartache and the end of childhood and electrocution and a swarm of bees. Will Eno’s surprising, intermittently hilarious, and ultimately devastating one-man show—a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama—brings the audience face-to-face with one of the most original and compelling characters of the twenty-first-century American theatre.  
 

“Astonishing in its impact... One of those treasured nights in the theatre that can leave you both breathless with exhilaration and, depending on your sensitivity to meditations on the bleak and beautiful mysteries of human experience, in a puddle of tears... To sum up the more or less indescribable: Thom Pain is at bottom a surreal meditation on the empty promises life makes, the way experience never lives up to the weird and awesome fact of being. But it is also, in its odd, bewitching beauty, an affirmation of life’s worth.” 
— Charles Isherwood, New York Times 


Catastrophic's production of Thom Pain (based on nothing) is being presented at 14 Pews, a former church that has been converted into a film and performance space. Catastrophic artistic director Jason Nodler, assisted by Greg Dean, directs George Parker (Detroit, Paradise Hotel) in this singular theatrical experience. This was the one that led The New York Times to call Eno “a Samuel Beckett for the Jon Stewart generation.” Let your minds run wild with that notion for a while.

Will Eno was previously a Pulitzer-prize finalist in 2004 for his one-man play Thom Pain (based on nothing). He has been commissioned by the Royal National Theatre, is a Helen Merrill Playwriting Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow, an Edward F. Albee Foundation Fellow, and was awarded the first-ever Marian Seldes/Garson Kanin Fellowship by the Theater Hall of Fame, as well as the Alfred Hodder Fellowship at Princeton. Will is now 47-years old and lives in Brooklyn, New York.