Thom Pain (based on nothing)

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14 Pews
800 Aurora Street
Houston, TX 77009


Apr 1, 2016 -
Apr 24, 2016

Cast & Personnel

Assistant Director
Stage Manager

The Play

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.

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.

The Playwright

WILL ENO lives in Brooklyn with his wife Maria Dizzia and their daughter Albertine. He is a Pulitzer finalist, and winner of an Obie, Drama Desk, and Lucille Lortel Award, among other honors. His plays have been performed around the country and translated into many languages. They are published by Samuel French, TCG, Dramatists Play Service, playscripts, and Oberon Books.

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"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

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