July 3rd, 2020
For immediate release
The Catastrophic Theatre adapts its popular Tamarie Cooper Series into a virtual, episodic experience!
Tamarie Cooper’s 2020: Quarantine Edition! begins streaming July 31
(Houston, TX) The 22nd installment of the hugely popular Tamarie Cooper Show, a series of original summer musicals that has developed a cult following in Houston, will be an exclusively virtual experience this summer. Originally scheduled to open at MATCH this June, Tamarie Cooper’s 2020: Quarantine Edition! is now a three-part video series that will begin streaming Friday, July 31st. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at matchouston.org or by calling the Box Office at 713-521-4533. One ticket will grant the purchaser access to all videos in the series.
Nothing, not even a pandemic, can stop Tamarie Cooper from entertaining you this summer. Health and safety come first, however, so this time, Tamarie and her gang of talented and ridiculous performers are taking the show to the interwebs, for not one, not two, but three glorious episodes of Tamarie Cooper’s 2020: Quarantine Edition! Prepare to experience the same level of wacky ass-clownery and satire that you’ve come to expect from Cooper’s annual musical romps, as Tamarie and crew take on John Hughes movies, talking cereal boxes, insufferable cabaret performers, actual dogs, conspiracy theorists, God, profanity, iPhone Man, isolation, sparkly hats and jazz hands, and much, much more! Enjoy this new and fabulous online variety show format from the comfort of your own home – you can even pause for a bathroom break and extra snacks!
It wouldn’t be summer in Houston without a crazy-quilt vaudeville from Tamarie Cooper and those Catastrophic troopers on a sublimely goofy warpath.
– D.L. Groover, Houston Press
Conceived, directed, choreographed, and costumed by Tamarie Cooper
Written by Patrick Reynolds
Contributing writers: Tamarie Cooper, Joe Folladori, Kyle Sturdivant
Music composition: Miriam Daly, Joe Folladori, Erin Rodgers
Lyrics: Tamarie Cooper, Joe Folladori, Erin Rodgers, Kyle Sturdivant
Video design, direction, and editing: Tim Thomson
Sound design, audio engineering, mixing: Shawn St. John
Vocal direction, Tamarie 2020 House Band director: Alli Villines
Tamarie 2020 House Band arrangements: Alli Villines
Tamarie 2020 House Band: Mara McGhee, Brett Needham, Erin Rodgers, Kirk Suddreath, Alli Villines
Performers: Noel Bowers, Karina Pal-Montaño Bowers, Ronnie Blaine, Brittny Bush, Tamarie Cooper, John Dunn, Sara Jo Dunstan, Joe Folladori, Bryan Kaplún, Jayden Key, Mara McGhee, Mateo Mpinduzi-Mott, Angela Pinina, Rebecca Randall, Kyle Sturdivant, Alli Villines, Abraham Zeus Zapata, Walt Zipprian
TAMARIE COOPER is associate director of The Catastrophic Theatre, which she co-founded in 2007 with Jason Nodler. Originally trained in dance, she began working in theatre at HSPVA and helped to found Infernal Bridegroom Productions 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.
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 Tamarie Cooper Show: Field Trip!, 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).
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ABOUT THE CATASTROPHIC THEATRE
Formed in 2007 by Tamarie Cooper and Jason Nodler, The Catastrophic Theatre is Houston’s premier creator and producer of new work for the theatre. The nationally acclaimed organization is dedicated to developing productions that foster a meaningful exchange between artists and audiences. A recipient of two prestigious MAP Fund commissioning grants, the theatre has gained an international reputation for its original pieces, which have attracted audiences from across the United States, Europe, and Australia. Awarded Best Season, Best Actor, and Best Artistic Director by the Houston Press Theatre Awards in 2017, The Catastrophic Theatre offers Houston audiences a repertoire of challenging, innovative work that can’t be seen anywhere else in the country.
TICKET INFORMATION: Tickets can be ordered online (catastrophictheatre.com OR matchouston.org) or by phone (713-521-4533). The Catastrophic Theatre is Houston’s only Pay-What-You-Can theatre; all tickets for every performance are Pay-What-You-Can.