Move over, Katrina. The greatest natural disaster in U.S. history was Galveston's Great Storm of 1900. The hurricane roared onto Galveston Island during the night, and by daybreak, the then-largest city in Texas had been flattened. Officials estimated that between 6,000 and 8,000 people died in the storm. (There were so many funeral pyres blazing on the beach, the smell reached Houston.) In the world premiere of A Disaster Begins by actor/writer Ain Gordon (Will and Grace), Tony Award nominee Veanne Cox (The Dinner Party and Caroline, or Change) portrays a survivor of the hurricane. Spinning her tale of the incomparable disaster, she discusses everything from the hurricane, to political corruption, to premarital sex, to intense patriotic spirit. It's a story that seems suspiciously familiar more than 100 years later. 8 p.m. October 1 through 3. DiverseWorks, 1117 East Freeway. For information, call 713-223-8346 or visit www.diverseworks.org. Pay what you want.
Oct. 1-3, 8 p.m., 2009