Cast & Personnel
- Shanon Adams
- Brittny Bush
- Tamarie Cooper
- John Dunn
- Sara Jo Dunstan
- Xzavien Hollins
- Bryan Kaplun
- Jayden Key
- Angela Pinina
- Rebecca Randall
- Kyle Sturdivant
- Alli Villines
- Abraham Zeus Zapata
- Walt Zipprian
For the 21st installment in Tamarie Cooper’s series of wildly popular summer shows, Tamarie is going on a field trip. But don’t expect to board a bus and take in the sights. This is a metaphysical field trip, musical theatre style!
Go along for the ride as Tamarie questions the meaning of life, unpacks personal baggage, voyages to a land of discarded ideas and plays $100,000 pyramid with Friedrich Nietzsche. Throw original songs and tap-dancing into the mix plus impotent rage, Gwyneth Paltrow, vodka, ennui, leftover seafood nachos, a rocking band, a cast of crazies and journey with us through this summer’s funniest existential crisis.
(No permission slip required!)
The Tamarie Cooper Show: Field Trip! is the 21st installment of the Tamarie Cooper juggernaut. Since 1996, Tamarie has wowed Houston audiences almost every summer with an entirely original, full-scale, musical comedy extravaganza – filled to the brim with songs and gags and hi-jinx from some of Houston’s funniest theatre artists. Tamarie’s shows truly are a unique, and uniquely Houstonian, phenomenon. Get your tickets fast. This one always sells out in advance.
TAMARIE COOPER has been performing her entire life. She is associate director of The Catastrophic Theatre, which she co-founded in 2007 with longtime collaborator and dear friend, Jason Nodler. Originally trained in dance, she began working in theatre at HSPVA and helped to found the Infernal Bridegroom company in 1993, where she worked for fourteen years. She is a seasoned actor, director, designer, choreographer and occasional writer, best known for her original musicals, which enjoy highly successful runs and a cult-like following in Houston. Tamarie has been featured in national trade magazine Stage Directions and has received various "Best of Houston" awards from The Houston Press for her performances and original work. In addition to her original work, favorite roles/productions include: Leap and the Net Will Appear (Simon), Rhinoceros (director), Trevor (Director),
Song About Himself (Carol), Marie and Bruce (Marie), Fleaven(choreographer), Hide Town (Miss Iva), Medea (Medea), A Soap Opera (Andrea), We Have Some Planes, Fucking A (Hester), Happy Days (Winnie), Guys and Dolls (Adelaide). Tamarie is married to Zach Elkins, a custom furniture designer. They are the proud parents of Rose, the most wonderful little girl in the world.
PATRICK REYNOLDS is a graduate of The Second City Training Center Writing Program (Chicago). In Houston, he was a company member at Main Street Youth Theatre and Infernal Bridegroom Productions, as well as touring as a VIP clown with Cirque Du Soleil (Dralion) in Mexico City. Patrick wrote the book for The University of Tamarie, A Very Tamarie Christmas, Tamarie Cooper’s Old As Hell!, Tamarie Cooper’s Doomsday Revue, The United States of Tamarie, Journey to the Center of My Brain (in 3D!) and was a performer and contributing writer in multiple Tamalalia shows (2000, 6, 7, and 8). You should hire him to write for you….
MIRIAM DALY has been involved in the arrangement, composition, and sometimes direction and performance of music in Tamarie's shows since The United States of Tamarie. She composed the music for the 2013 Houston Shakespeare Festival: Mother Courage and Her Children at the University of Houston. College of The Mainland: The Kitchen Witches; Red Herring. Unity Theatre: It's A Wonderful Life: A Radio Play. Other theaters she has worked at in Houston include Stages, Main Street Theater, Theater LaB Houston, Slightly Off-Center Players and HITS. While living in NYC, she was a long time music director of the Off-Broadway smash Tony 'n Tina’s Wedding, and has also played at NYC venues Don’t Tell Mama, The Duplex, La Mama, and The Producer’s Club II. She has also worked for TheatreWorks USA, First Stage Milwaukee, Mac-Hayden Theatre, TADA!, the Virginia Avenue Project and Stagedoor Manor. She was a 2007 recipient of NYC’s The York Theatre's "New Emerging Outstanding Artist" award for her work as a composer. She is a graduate of Eastman School of Music and NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program for which she received a full scholarship.
JOE FOLLADORI has done, and will continue to do so.
[Tamarie Cooper has] stage presence to spare – she might as well carry her own klieg light.
— D.L. Groover, Houston Press