HERZSTÜCK or “My Heart Hit the Floor & Shattered into 10,000 Pieces”Presented in Partnership with Goethe Pop Up Houston
by Greg Dean
Cast & Personnel
AboutLegendary local theatre weirdo Greg Dean is known as an actor, director, and designer, often all at once. With HERZSTÜCK, he turns his singular aesthetic to film, realizing a project nearly 10 years in the making. A pair of clownish musicians attempt to perform a duet for violin and piano, but a series of interruptions and distractions leads to gruesome complications, and hilarity ensues in this bleak meditation on the futility of love and all other human endeavors. Inspired by a 14-line theatrical fragment by the late East German playwright, Heiner Müller, HERZSTÜCK is a deconstruction of old, b&w silent film comedies — think Laurel & Hardy meets David Cronenberg.
GREG DEAN is an actor, director and designer in Houston, TX. He played Jax in Brendan Borque-Sheil’s Sunrise Coven for Rec Room’s Sound Scripts series. Prior to that, he directed Footfalls and Not I (part of “Samuel Beckett’s Ladies Night”) for Mildred’s Umbrella; he played Gabriel in Baby Screams Miracle, and Frank In The Studio in Tragedy: a Tragedy, both for The Catastrophic Theatre, the Doctor in Woyzeck at Rec Room, Blore in Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None at Unity Theatre, Arnold in Ike Holter’s EXIT STRATEGY for Rec Room, and Russell in Evocation to Visible Appearance for Horsehead Theatre. He directed Jim Lehrer, The Theater And Its Double, And Jim Lehrer’s Double, one half of The Catastrophic Theatre’s production of Mickle Maher’s The Lehrer Plays. In 2017, Greg directed the world premiere of Snow White, which he adapted from Donald Barthelme’s novel of the same name. Prior to that, he was seen as Jack in The Designated Mourner (which he also played in Catastrophic’s 2010 production of the play. Audiences also saw him as Tilden in Buried Child, as “Greg Dean” in Tamarie for President and, prior to that, reprising the role of Quasimodo (Best Actor, Houston Press Theatre Awards 2015) in Catastrophic’s remount of Mickle Maher's The Hunchback Variations, which he also directed and designed. He appeared as Ray in the Hune Company production of David Harrower’s Blackbird, performed, directed and designed Wallace Shawn's one-man play, The Fever, produced by 14 Pews at La Colombe d'Or, and played Sid in the Bobbindoctrin Puppet Theatre/Two Star Symphony collaboration, Dance Macabre: The Constant Companion, at 14 Pews. Also with Mildred's Umbrella, he played Hannibal in Cloud Tectonics, co-directed, designed, and played Karl in The Marriage of Bette and Boo, directed, designed, and played the title role in Dracula (2004), directed, designed, and played The Stage Manager Things Being at the Worst, and was scenic designer for Carnival Round the Central Figure, Foxfinder and The Flu Season. Other work includes Christmas in A Very Tamarie Christmas, Public Speaker/Astronaut in Middletown, Morris the Hesitant in The Pine, Vladimir (for the third time!) in Waiting for Godot, "Greg Dean" in both Tamarie for President and The Tamarie Cooper Doomsday Revue, Hamm in Endgame, A (and scenic designer) in Sarah Kane’s Crave, co-director/designer (set, props and sound) of Richard Foreman’s Paradise Hotel, Theo Van Gogh, et al. in Bluefinger, Richard in Hunter Gatherers (twice!), and Lewis in Our Late Night, for which he also served as scenic designer, all for The Catastrophic Theatre; Davies in The Caretaker for Stagger Lee Presents, and, for Infernal Bridegroom Productions, Endgame, Eddie Goes to Poetry City, Quartett, Samuel's Major Problems, Woyzeck, Guys and Dolls, and The Cherry Orchard among others. He has also worked as an actor, director and designer with, the Houston Shakespeare Festival, the Classical Theatre Company, the Alley Theatre, the West-Mon Repertory Theater, and the Urban Theatre Project. He can be seen in the films Lillian, Abide, Dropa, Backroad, Urban Shakedown, Thank You For Your Service, The Good Friend, Persistence of Vision, and Let It Come Down, among others, and in music videos for The Manichean (“Leopards”) and Glass the Sky (“Touch.”)