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Thursday, October 6, 2022

Thursday, October 6 at 7:30 PM

7:30 PM

by Samuel Beckett

“Here all is strange.”

Beckett’s existential tragicomedy Happy Days concerns itself with the plight of Winnie, a middle-class, middle-aged woman who is quite literally stuck, buried to her waist in crusted earth. Her husband Willie lives in a hole behind her mound, physically and emotionally out of reach. Even in his company she is essentially alone.

Armed with a shopping bag of everyday items and routines, a series of half-remembered stories, songs, and prayers, and a heroic capacity for optimism, she presses through an endless series of unforgiving days to the merciful night to come. The bell rings again and when the blazing sun comes charging back, she is buried up to her neck. Her last resources depleted, her arms and body sunk and gone, her predicament is irreversible, hellish, seemingly eternal. Through it all she perseveres, struggling with that which remains to make real her impossibly hopeful exclamation: “Oh this will be another happy day!”

The Houston Chronicle wrote that Catastrophic’s productions of Samuel Beckett’s plays “demonstrate exactly why this company and its artistic director Jason Nodler are so important to the city’s cultural life.” The Houston Press opined, “If man’s wretched existence ever needed a finer hand to paint comic despair, look no further than director Jason Nodler with his superlative interpreters all in the service of the apocalyptic vision from Samuel Beckett.”

Catastrophic’s co-artistic directors Tamarie Cooper and Jason Nodler reprise their roles as Winnie and director, as they did with Infernal Bridegroom Productions (IBP) 22 years ago. Greg Dean rounds out the cast as Willie.Read more

Thursday, October 6 at 7:30 PM

7:30 PM

Intempo Dance Ensemble is honored to present the Eddy Marcano and Quartet Onda Nueva in concert honoring Director Eduardo Mata's love for the Latin American music.

Concert in loving memory of our TX Symphonic Ballet member - Lillian McLean.

A quartet of world known musicians performing delightful Latin American music under Mr. Eddy Marcano's direction. Mr. Romero's drums along with Mr. Morao's soothing piano, Mr. Puentes rhythmic bass and Mr. Marcano's warmth violin. All serving as a musical-notes frame for a very selected list of guest artists paying a tribute to Mr. Mata with singing and playing music from different Latin American Cultures which Director Mata had a special love bond with. Meanwhile, TX Symphonic Ballet will be decorating the ambience with dance pieces that bring reminiscense of Director Mata's conducting for full staged dancing programs.

A very special outstanding music night spent with Director Mata's friends, students and admirers of his magnificent work and legacy.Read more