Catastrophic Theatre has announced its fifth season in which it's bringing back a recent success (There Is a Happiness That Morning Is) , presenting two world premieres (Tamarie Cooper is Old as Hell and The Pine) and turning to playwrights Samuel Beckett and Wallace Shawn to fill out the season.
"Our fifth season is very special to us four various reasons," Artistic Director Jason Nodler said. "This is our first year in our own facility (the former DiverseWorks site where it put on a number of plays). This allows for more planning, the ability to extend popular shows and the luxury rehearsing in the same space in which they put on the show, he said.
This is also the 20th year since Nodler and Cooper began working together, he said. They are trying with this season, to represent a sample of what they have done over the years. "We felt we had to open the season with Beckett being the playwright who has had the most profound influence on me and on the artists as a whole," Nodler said.
Here's the season:
Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett March 22-April 13 The classic of absurdist theater, Waiting for Godot features two main characters waiting for Godot to arrive. They meet at a tree, everything else is extremely uncertain. Along the way there's a whole lot of talking and a certain amount of offstage urinating. Nodler will direct Greg Dean, Troy Schulze, Charlie Scott and Kyle Sturdivant in this all male (just as Beckett would have wanted it) production.
There is a Happiness That Morning Is by Mickle Maher May 10-25 This romantic comedy There is a Happiness That Morning Is is told almost entirely in verse and was so popular it ran for 11 sold-out weeks last summer. Two university professors have to explain to students, administrators and peers why they made love out in public the day before.
Tamarie Cooper is Old as Hell by Tamarie Cooper, Patrick Reynolds and friends July 12- August 24 Another in the popular series of Tamarie Cooper musical shows, Tamarie Cooper is Old as Hell, starts with a threat from The Musical Theatre Police to shut down the show. According to a Catastrophic press release: "They cite Tamarie for being in violation of the Ingenue Code, which relegates all actresses over the age of 40 to play character roles like nosy neighbors, crazy aunts and dotty maids. The only way to save the show is to recast the role of Tamarie with a younger actress."
The Pine by Mickle Maher September 20 - October 12 Another Mickle Maher work, this one commissioned by Catastrophic, The Pine "is a fairy tale mixed up with a ghost story mixed up with Amazing Stories-type pulp fiction." Set in an old hotel, the play calls upon an ensemble cast to guess what again? - deliver their lines in verse.
Marie and Bruce by Wallace Shawn November 24-December 14 Nodler and Cooper first worked together on this play in 1999. They will once again be director and female lead in Marie and Bruce, a comedy about a marriage both terrible and everlasting. Ticket s to all shows are Pay-What-You-Can.
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