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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

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

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

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

THE TAMARIE COOPER SHOW: FIELD TRIP!

The Catastrophic Theatre

For the 21st installment in Tamarie Cooper's series of wildly popular summer shows, Tamarie is getting back to her roots. Her second show was legendary for taking the audience on a field trip on an actual school bus to experience performances in the unlikeliest places. This year Tamarie's bringing back the bus and you're all invited!  Make sure to bring your permission slips. This will be one amazing ride!Read more

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