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Small Ball

Catastrophic Theatre - Small Ball

SMALL BALL is a new musical commissioned by Houston Rockets' General Manager, Daryl Morey. SMALL BALL tells the story of a melancholy journeyman basketball player who has recently become the star player for the Lilliput Existers—yes, Lilliput, the same one from Gulliver’s Travels—so his teammates are each six inches tall. It’s tough to pass a regulation size ball to a six-inch player, so the team hasn’t been doing too well, and the post-loss press conferences are getting rough. This surreal, magical musical features a book and lyrics by Catastrophic Theatre favorite Mickle Maher and original music by Merel Van Dijk and Anthony Barilla.Read more

Out From Under The Rug: True Life Tales Of Abortion

Oral Fixation - Out From Under the Rug

Oral Fixation

Out From Under The Rug: True Life Tales Of Abortion

with support from Simmons Foundation and Stardust Fund

Live storytelling series, Oral Fixation (An Obsession with True Life Tales), is bringing its “Out From Under The Rug: True Life Tales Of Abortion” series to Houston with the mission to eradicate stigma around abortion by providing a platform for sharing true, personal stories that have been swept under the rug for too long.Read more

The Strangerer

Catastrophic Theatre - The Stranger

George W. Bush wants to kill PBS newsman Jim Lehrer. He wants to kill him right on the stage of his first presidential debate with John Kerry. A surreal reimagining of real events, THE STRANGERER delves deeply into the minds of the three characters, especially Bush, in surprising, often hilarious, and sometimes unsettling ways. This production reunites the cast of The Catastrophic Theatre’s 2008 production of THE STRANGERER, about which The Houston Chronicle wrote, “The Strangerer may be Theatre of the Absurd — yet it's also the funniest and most acutely meaningful example of the genre I've encountered in ages.”Read more

Jim Lehrer and the Theater and Its Double and Jim Lehrer's Double

Catastrophic Theatre - Jim Lehrer and the Theater

Jim Lehrer, legendary PBS news anchor and presidential debate moderator, is now retired and sitting alone on a gloomy evening in his suburban Washington, DC home. Suddenly his double, Jim Lehrer the aspiring playwright, bursts in, having narrowly escaped the rabidly angry audience from the opening night of his first produced play. Lehrer II must now convince his twin their lives are in danger from the mysteriously incensed mob. The Catastrophic Theatre’s mini-festival of Mickle Maher plays continues with this wildly inventive spiritual sequel to THE STRANGERER.Read more

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