The Catastrophic Theatre Announces 2014 Season

Catastrophic's most ambitious season to date features more plays, more new plays, and more regional premieres of critically acclaimed plays by contemporary playwrights. Our six-play season includes two world premieres by resident playwright Miki Johnson, the third installment of our highly popular series of avant-garde classics, Tamarie Cooper's 17th original musical, and Houston premieres by Lisa D'Amour and Will Eno.

As always, tickets to all Catastrophic Theatre performances are Pay-What-You-Can.

Free refreshments are provided after each performance and everyone is invited to stay for drinks and conversation with the cast.

clean/through by Miki Johnson

* World Premiere *

February 7 – March 1, 2014

A new play from the author of 2012's hit premieres of American Falls and Fleaven, clean/through is about a relationship ravaged by drugs and sickness. The play begins as semi-famous musician Nick and his long-term girlfriend Rachel return home from a disastrous, potentially career-ending performance. It's a play about fame and wealth and poverty. It's about coming this close to something precious only to destroy it. At its center lies a question without an answer: is love enough to fix that which is profoundly broken?

Happy Days by Samuel Beckett

March 28 – April 19, 2014

Recent productions of Samuel Beckett's Endgame and Waiting for Godot were among the company's most successful outings. Now Catastrophic turns to a third masterwork: Happy Days. Happy Days presents a woman first buried to her waist and then to her head in earth as she struggles to maintain optimism in the face of her quite obviously diminishing circumstances. Catastrophic artistic director Jason Nodler first directed actress Tamarie Cooper in this play thirteen years ago they and revisit those roles in this very different production. According to Nodler, "Samuel Beckett is the reason I work in theatre. Were I not to return to his plays on a semi-regular basis I might forget why I was doing it at all."

Middletown by Will Eno

May 23 – June 14, 2014

The story of everyday life in an everyday town, Middletown waxes philosophically throughout – digging beneath the surface to explore humanity in all its impotence and glory. Bob Dylan said, "He not busy being born is busy dying." Eno's play presents a collection of people finding busyness in neither. Middletown is a daring and frank comedy about the search for meaning in the face of utter meaninglessness.

A Very Tamarie Christmas by Tamarie Cooper, Patrick Reynolds, and friends

* World Premiere *

July 18 – August 30, 2014

What would summer in Houston be without Christmas? Err, without a new Tamarie Cooper musical comedy extravaganza? This year Tamarie trains her zany wit on Christmas and our holiday-obsessed culture. Guaranteed to be the first Christmas special you'll see all year! We might even beat the holiday shopping rush.

Detroit by Lisa D'Amour

September 26 – October 18, 2014

Detroit concerns itself with two seemingly ordinary couples whose backyard barbeques ignite into a delirious bacchanal masked by suburban shrubbery. But what lies beneath gives the play its power. A seemingly straight-ahead play, Detroit is at turns hilarious and terrifying. Premiered at Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago and later produced at The National Theatre in London, Playwright's Horizons in New York, and throughout the country, Detroit was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama. Lisa D'Amour is the author of Anna Bella Eema, one of Catastrophic's most memorable productions to date.

The Economist by Miki Johnson

* World Premiere *

November 21 – December 13, 2014

The Economist is not about an economist. It is a story about what happens to a family when a child is chronically, mentally ill. A son, a daughter, a mother, a father. A high school principal, a girlfriend, a sheriff. Hospitals, psych wards, small-city America in the 1990s. The latest from Catastrophic playwright Miki Johnson is a violent, soft, funny, sad play about love. Inspired by the playwright's life, the play is built around the seminal 90s record In the Aeroplane Over the Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel – the soundtrack of a teenager's life in turn of the century America.