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A Charlie Brown Christmas

Main Street Theater - A Charlie Brown Christmas

It's Christmas time and Charlie Brown is sad because he feels the holiday has become too commercialized. So, after advice from Lucy, he decides to direct the Christmas pageant. The Peanuts gang has been charming the young and young at heart since the mid-60s. Join Snoopy, Linus and all the gang as they discover the real meaning of Christmas!Read more

Rhinoceros

The Catastrophic Theatre - Rhinoceros

A rhinoceros suddenly appears in a sleepy town, trampling through the peaceful streets. Soon another appears, and another, and another until it becomes clear that ordinary citizens are actually transforming into beasts as they learn to “move with the times.”  The Catastrophic Theatre continues its tradition of presenting avant-garde classics with Eugene Ionesco’s anti-fascist, absurdist comedy RHINOCEROS. Full of biting wit and nightmarish anxiety, RHINOCEROS is a modern masterpiece that comments on the plight of the human condition, made tolerable only by self-delusion.Read more

Leap and the Net Will Appear

Catastrophic Theatre - Leap and the Net Will Appear

Margie was raised to be a good girl, but Margie has a secret: she wants to be a lion. LEAP AND THE NET WILL APPEAR traces one woman’s highly theatrical, time-hopping search for adventure, for love, and for her true self. Packed with wildly eccentric family members and unpredictable lovers, Margie’s journey is at turns uproariously funny and probingly melancholic. Two time Obie Award-winning playwright and director Craig Lucas says of LEAP AND THE NET WILL APPEAR: “No one else is doing what Chana Porter is doing—unhinging logic and time from their outward solidity, revealing enduring landscapes within the scenes resembling life but doing it one better each time.”Read more

The Exonerated

Dirt Dogs Theater - The Exonerated Color

BY JESSICA BLANK & ERIK JENSEN
DIRECTED BY MALINDA L. BECKHAM

The true stories of six wrongfully convicted death row inmates are told in their own words. Harrowing tales of false accusations are balanced with inspiring stories of hope through first person accounts interwoven with scenes played out in prisons and court rooms. These journeys to redemption remind us that freedom is not free.Read more

The Little Edelweiss;or, An Immigrant's Fairytale

Splintered in Three - The Little Edelweiss

Draft Dodger. Movie star romancer. Hilton bartender. 

The Little Edelweiss; or, An Immigrant's Fairytale chronicles Manfred, playwright Josh Inocéncio's bisexual Great-Uncle, from his upbringing in war-torn Austria to his mercurical life in the United States, and the imprint he left on the gay nephew he never met. True to the fairy tale form, this Eugene O'Neil semi-finalist captures both men in their pursuits of unapologetic pleasure, punctuated by a pantheon of ancestors as Fairies, immigration officials as Trolls, and FBI agents as Giants. 

The play, which takes place inside a cuckoo clock over the course of thirteen strikes, confronts what we choose to remember and how secret memories no one ever shared with us continue to survive in our bodies. Read more

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

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

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