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The Turn of the Screw

The Catastrophic Theatre

The Turn of the Screw

WORLD PREMIERE: Created collaboratively by the Company, Adapted from the novella by Henry James, Directed by Afsaneh Aayani and Adam J. Thompson, Written by Bradley Michalakis

The Turn of the Screw is a new environmental and multimedia theatrical adaptation of the celebrated Gothic ghost story of the same name by Henry James. In Victorian England, a young governess journeys to the isolated country estate of Bly to caretake two orphaned children. In time, she begins to witness mysterious apparitions of human figures on the estate grounds and startling and troubling changes in the behaviors of her young charges.

The Turn of the Screw combines environmental staging, toy theatre, puppetry, live cinema, and a haunting soundscape into a meditation on the tipping point between the innocence of imagination and a nefarious refutation of reality.

Conceived and co-directed by Catastrophic core artist Afsaneh Aayani and New York City-based creative director and multimedia designer Adam J. Thompson, with book by dramatist and dramaturg Bradley Michalakis, this new The Turn of the Screw is an invitation to pull up a pub seat and share a drink as performers and guests collaborate to manifest one of the world's most celebrated and hotly contested ghost stories.

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Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)

Creative Movement Practices

Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)

A Comedy by Michael Carleton, James Fitzgerald, & John K. Alvarez

Instead of performing Charles Dickens' beloved holiday classic for the umpteenth time, three actors decide to perform every Christmas story ever told - plus Christmas traditions from around the world, seasonal icons from ancient times to topical pop-culture, and every carol ever sung. A madcap romp through the holiday season! 

Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!) is presented by special arrangement with Broadway Licensing, LLC, servicing the Dramatists Play Service collection. ( more




his life, death, and art

Vincent is a powerful and moving play about the life of one of the most famous artists of all time. Starring world-renowned artist Kevo, this production brings Van Gogh's story to life in a way that is both intimate and epic. With a diverse cast of artistic inclusion, Vincent is a must-see for anyone who has ever been inspired by Van Gogh's art! World premier: Houston, Tx Christmas Eve.Read more

Fade to Black Reading Series 2024

Shabach Enterprise's Fade To Black Reading Series returns for its seventh year. A Sunday matinee has been added.

Fade To Black is Houston's first and only short play festival to showcase the new works of Black playwrights. Each year, as we bring more programs to life, the Fade To Black movement grows! We have already produced the plays of over 250 amazing playwrights and utilized the talents of our culturally diverse theatre community of local actors and directors.Read more

The Trap

A groom on a honeymoon in a mountain village - reports the disappearance of his wife to the police. Indeed, she has not returned for a few days, following a dispute, and he is worried. When the priest of the village arrives and tells the husband that he has found his wife and that she is behind the door, the stupefaction of the husband is total: this woman who presents herself as being his wife is not. But, to make matters worse, no one knows the "real" Mrs. Corban, given the novelty of this relationship. This Mrs Corban says loud and clear that her husband is amnesic and to confirm her words, she lends herself to an interrogation in order and gets a perfect score. Is he mad or is there a gang of criminals bent on him? A fantastic story follows immediately, where laughter and mystery intersect over the minutes and where the viewer sometimes has the impression of being in the trap…Read more

Can't We All Just Get Along?

The Positive Project

Can't We All Just Get Along?

Book and Music by Willie Alston, Directed by Agnes "Aggie B" Balka

A young man’s with internal issues struggle to get out of a violent street gang aided by family and community that helps him do it. Mental and emotional health issues along with social problems of drug abuse affect DeVonte’s attempts to find peace and righteousness. The story embraces the after effects of at-risk youth in our forgotten communities. Questioning the canvas of community ills, gangs, drugs, at-risk families, horrific pandemic conditions and other issues that are hotbed topics today. Crime in Houston is at its highest peak in years and this storyline touches bases with causes and solutions using humor, drama, music and even dance to open the minds of society to the possibility of a world where the majority of at-risk youth don’t have to live at-risk, and a future for our next generation devoid of hate.Read more

My Favorite Things

Houston Musical Theater Company

My Favorite Things

The Songs of Rodgers & Hammerstein

Houston Musical Theater Company presents My Favorite Things: The songs of Rodgers & Hammerstein featuring the most beloved songs from Oklahoma!, South Pacific, The Sound of Music, Carousel, State Fair, The King & I, Flower Drum Song and Cinderella and will showcase the vocal talents of Robby Black, Erin Clark, Daniel Lopez, Kyle Stephens, Sarah Watson and Natasha Wroblewski with musical direction by Tim Smale.Read more



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