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Race

Dirt Dogs Theatre Co.

Race

WRITTEN BY DAVID MAMET; DIRECTED BY RON JONES

When a prominent white businessman is charged with the sexual assault of a black woman, he employs a multicultural law firm to defend him. As the legal team examines the case, the evidence raises questions about the accused's firsthand account. How far will they go in defense of their client and the pursuit of actual justice? Race examines how truth is not always the goal when it comes to the legal system and the biases within. In fact, truth can be disruptive.Read more

Love Bomb

The Catastrophic Theatre

Love Bomb

World Premiere by Brian Jucha and The Catastrophic ensemble

What’s Love Bomb about anyway? Let’s say it’s about “taxi dancers.” Even if it isn’t. So, what’s a taxi dancer? Early last century, taxi dancers attended dance halls, being paid in exchange for a single dance, maybe paid again for another, maybe paid once more for…? There will be music, that’s all we’re saying. Oh, and that there’s nothing people won’t do to find love. The rest is going to have to remain a surprise and you can bet it will be.

Catastrophic is a “make-your-own-meaning” theatre and nobody exemplifies that ethic better than Brian Jucha, who employs found text, pop culture, music, and intensive ensemble work to mystify, surprise, and enthrall audiences in ways they’d never imagined possible. 

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Who's Holiday!

The Garden Theatre

Who's Holiday!

By Matthew Lombardo; Starring Chaney Moore

You saw her last when she was just two
Celebrate the holidays with Cindy Lou Who.
Pull up a seat and fill up your cup
‘Cause your favorite little Who is all grown up.

Who's Holiday! Is a wildly funny and heartfelt adults-only comedy that tells the story of Cindy Lou Who, now all grown up and residing in a beaten-down trailer in the snowy hills of Mount Crumpit, as she recalls (in between bong rips) that Christmas Eve she first met the Grinch and the twisted turn of events her life has now taken.Read more

Santa Quits Christmas

Kevo

Santa Quits Christmas

Written and Directed by Kevo

Christmas magic, Christmas spirit, and Christmas joy lives in the hearts of everyone in Jeralds’s life - except his. While working as Santa in the middle of a mall, Jerald is faced with a huge disappointment, that becomes a blessing in disguise. Every aspect of his life: entertainment, his spouse, his job, and his own self-realization relies on his ability to let go of life's worries - and focus on tomorrow. 

Starring local Houston talent, this play will be live-taped and streamed on online channels, and we welcome families in Houston to enjoy a heartfelt comedy grounded in overcoming the overwhelming feeling the holidays bring. Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year! Read more

Miss LaRaj’s House of Dystopian Futures

In a world where civilization and the environment that birthed it has been decimated by myriad human-made cruelties, the question remains: will humans ever learn?

In this post-apocalyptic riff on “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” Fred’s long since gone and Nature itself is now the main character. Enter Miss LaRaj—our wise and wisecracking MUTHA of the New World Order.

Talking trees, judgmental rocks, all natural forces sing and move, attempting to guide humankind back to true symbiosis. And what better way to learn than from a kid’s show? What are humans anyway if not the petulant children of this planet?

 What if we used our imaginations?Read more

Blackbird

Dirt Dogs Theatre Co.

Blackbird

WRITTEN BY DAVID HARROWER; DIRECTED BY MALINDA L. BECKHAM

Ray, 56, has a new identity, a new life, and is trying to put the past behind him. Una, 27, thinks of nothing else. When Una arrives at Ray's new office unannounced, guilt, rage, and raw emotions run high as they reexamine the relationship they had 15 years ago. Never able to reconcile the brutal truth of this abusive attachment, Una is looking for answers and the consequences are shattering. When one confuses abuse for love, it can disrupt their entire being.Read more

Doubt, A Parable

The Garden Theatre

Doubt, A Parable

By John Patrick Shanley

Set against the backdrop of a 1960s America in the midst of political and social change, Doubt is the story of when a progressive young priest’s conduct comes under question by Sister Aloysius Beauvier, the school principal whose beliefs are deeply rooted in tradition. As the actions and motivations of each are scrutinized and suspicion mounts, the two are drawn into a battle of wills that threatens irrevocable consequences for all involved.

The Garden Theatre is honored to have Ann star, Nora Hahn, return to the stage as Sister Aloysius in this production. Ms. Hahn appeared in her star-making role of Governor Ann Richards in the one-woman show, Ann, produced by The Garden Theatre in February of 2024, as well as a brief stint of the same production in Columbus, TX in October of 2024. Ms. Hahn also appeared on The Garden Theatre stage as Clairee in Steel Magnolias and Gov. Ferguson/Cumie Barrow in Bonnie & Clyde, and has appeared on stages across Houston such as Stageworks, Theatre Southwest, and The Country Playhouse.Read more

The Frozen Section

The Catastrophic Theatre

The Frozen Section

(a comedy in aisle 9) by LISA D'AMOUR

In a liminal, existential grocery store, a disorganized collection of bewildered shoppers and workers find comfort in the carefully organized aisles, in the feeling of cold air on one’s face when opening a door in the frozen section.

But the supermarket feels almost empty. Because: Instacart? These collected souls seem so removed from one another, so far from the messy origin of things. Salad mix sweating in a clam shell? How did we get here? In the back alley a cashier converses with a coyote; in Dairy, civilization dances with the wild.

To be adrift solo is one thing, to be so among found community is quite another. And that’s not nothing. Sometimes it can seem like everything. Read more

Bug

Dirt Dogs Theatre Co.

Bug

WRITTEN BY TRACY LETTS; DIRECTED BY MALINDA L. BECKHAM & CURTIS BARBER

Agnes is a lonely waitress with a fondness for isolation. Peter is a Gulf War drifter. As an unexpected love affair develops in a seedy Oklahoma City motel room, mysterious bugs begin to take over their space. Are they simple pests or could they be the result of military experiments? The couple's fears soon escalate to paranoia, conspiracy theories, and twisted psychological motives that disrupt any attempt at normalcy. A Tracy Letts cult classic, Bug explores the darkness in the void.Read more

Another Ding-Dang Tamarie Show

The Catastrophic Theatre

Another Ding-Dang Tamarie Show

Written by Tamarie Cooper and Patrick Reynolds; Directed, choreographed, and starring Tamarie Cooper

Can you even believe that for 28 years Tamarie Cooper has created an all-new, smash-hit musical? It seems impossible, doesn’t it? Maybe that’s why everyone’s always saying, “It wouldn’t be summer in Houston without a Tamarie Cooper Show.”

How does she do it? How does she keep these gigantic casts and audiences coming back year after year? What is wrong with you all? And wait a minute… is that even the real Tamarie?

Well, we know a few things you don’t and this year Tamarie’s taking you behind-the-scenes and sharing all her secrets about how the tap-dancing sausage gets made.

Think of it as Catastrophic’s Noises Off. Or just think about it as another ding-dang Tamarie Cooper WORLD PREMIERE.Read more

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