Tamarie Cooper: Journey to the Center of My Brain in 3D
by Tamarie Cooper and Friends

World Premiere

Ticket Price

We Suggest $40
More If You Have it
Less if you don't


Stages Repertory Theatre
3201 Allen Parkway
Suite 101, Houston


Jul 29, 2009 -
Aug 29, 2009
"Emily Dickinson begins one of her poems with the words, 'I dropped my brain.' Good thing it wasn’t Tamarie Cooper’s brain, which is jammed, crammed, even manned, with everything from three matching Gilligans to an audience-humping id. There’s also a self-control with a drinking problem. And that’s just the first half."
- Nancy Wozny, Dancehunter Magazine

The Play

It’s not really summer in Houston without a freshly cooked-up musical from Cooper. This year the Catastrophic Theatre has teamed with Stages Repertory Theatre to present The Tamarie Cooper Show, Journey to the Center of My Brain (in 3D!), which is bound to get you out of any and all summer funks. The premise is straightforward: Tamarie is preggers and needs to figure herself out before the arrival of Tamarie Jr. She gets some help from a late night purchase, “Self hypnosis made easy.” Unfortunately, the package arrives with only part two, so we start the show somewhere mid-brain. As you might guess, Cooper’s brain is one busy, densely populated place. Endorphins are played by a group of mangy cheerleaders, adrenalin has an anger problem, and don’t even think about messing with the female hormones.

The Playwrights

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 PlanesFucking 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 TamarieA Very Tamarie ChristmasTamarie Cooper’s Old As Hell!Tamarie Cooper’s Doomsday RevueThe United States of TamarieJourney 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….

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