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Curse of the Starving Class

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Curse of the Starving Class

By Sam Shepard, Directed by Jeff Miller

The Tate family is in serious trouble. Parents Ella and Weston are cornered and feuding, each struggling at cross-purposes to unload the family’s homestead and get out from under crushing debt. Meanwhile, their raucous and unpredictable teenage kids Emma and Wesley fight to scratch out an existence of their own.

The earliest of Pulitzer Prize winner Sam Shepard’s renowned cycle of family tragicomedies, CURSE OF THE STARVING CLASS balances a searing portrait of a rural, working class family in distress against savage dark comedy in Shepard’s trademark style.Read more

First Suburb

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First Suburb

By Chana Porter, Directed by Kyle Sturdivant

Five preteens teeter on the brink of adolescence when a shocking and violent act interrupts their insular world of personal struggles and triumphs. Catastrophic favorite Chana Porter takes us back to the early ’90s in a suburban planned community, the first of its kind in America, for a subversive, mischievous, and oh-so-familiar (or is it?) look at childhood.

The world premiere of FIRST SUBURB follows last season’s highly lauded world premiere of Porter’s LEAP AND THE NET WILL APPEAR.Read more

Boston Marriage

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Boston Marriage

BY DAVID MAMET, DIRECTED BY LINDA PHENIX

Women of fashion meet Wildean wit in this wickedly funny comedy, set in the early 20th Century. Anna has received an enormous emerald from her married lover, as well as a stipend with which she intends to woo her longtime companion, Claire. But Claire is infatuated with a respectable young lady and wants to enlist the jealous Anna's help for a rendezvous. When Claire's young inamorata appears, it sets off a crisis that puts both the valuable emerald and the women's futures at risk.Read more

Bootycandy

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Bootycandy

By Robert O'Hara, Directed by Vance Johnson

Robert O’Hara’s semi-autobiographical and wildly subversive comedy tells the story of Sutter, a young gay black man on an outrageous odyssey through his childhood home, his church, dive bars, motel rooms, and his grandmother’s nursing home. At times poignant, shocking, hilarious, and wise, BOOTYCANDY is a kaleidoscope of scenes, sermons, sketches, and daring meta-theatrics.

Winner of the 2015 Lambda Literary Award for Best LGBT Drama and a New York Times Critic’s Pick.Read more

Toast

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Toast

Written and directed by Brian Jucha

TOAST takes audiences on a raucous and mind-bending journey through Dante’s Nine Circles of Hell! This original, collectively-realized work brings together eight members of Catastrophic’s acting company with groundbreaking director Brian Jucha, a key collaborator of Catastrophic’s predecessor company, Infernal Bridegroom Productions. TOAST completes a trilogy that started with 1997’s LAST RITES and 2002’s WE HAVE SOME PLANES, two legendary Infernal Bridegroom productions, the latter of which landed Jucha and the company on the cover of American Theatre magazine.Read more

A Lie of the Mind

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A Lie of the Mind

BY SAM SHEPARD,DIRECTED BY MALINDA L. BECKHAM & TREVOR B. CONE

A Lie of the Mind explores the destinies of two desperate families, linked by marriage but set apart by jealousies and distrust after a severe incident of spousal abuse leaves all their lives altered. Tensions and enmities that motivate the two families grow increasingly disturbing and dangerous over the course of this three act play. Filled with themes of memories, violence and family, this winner of the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award and the Drama Desk Award is described by the New York Times as a “blurred collective sense of self that anyone who has been part of a family is going to identify with."Read more

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