I've been so lucky this season at The Catastrophic Theatre.   First being able to do Evening at the Talk House...and now...a sort of "triple header" as I dive into 3 productions written by the amazing playwright, Mickle Maher.

First, I get to play a Lilliputian psychopath, nicknamed "Pippin" in the hilarious and beautiful musical, Small Ball.  Then, I get to reprise my role as Jim Lehrer in the remount of the 2008 production of The Strangerer as well as it's spiritual sequel-of-sorts, Jim Lehrer and the Theater and Its Double and Jim Lehrer's Double (say that 10 times fast).

A HUGE thank you to Catastrophic and Mickle Maher for these amazing opportunities.

 

The Strangerer is "...yet another home run for Catastrophic." 
-- Natalie de la Garza, Houston Press 

READ THE FULL REVIEW HERE 

"You should see [JIM LEHRER AND THE THEATRE AND ITS DOUBLE AND JIM LEHRER'S DOUBLE] because it’s legitimately spooky, laugh-out-loud funny, and thought-provoking with a chance of being – despite the view of theater one character has – 'culturally consequential.'"
-- Natalie de la Garza, Houston Press

READ THE FULL REVIEW HERE

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Jane. Bill. Tom. Robert. Annette. Ted. Nellie. Dick.
Join us all for an evening at the Talk House.
The painful reunion begins October 5

"... what soon develops in this one-act is a far darker – while still comedic – story line of how politics, survival instincts and compromise can take over the lives of even the most idealistic members of the citizenry."
— Margaret Downing, Houston Press
 
Read the Preview piece in the Houston Press - 
Evening at the Talk House: A Dystopian World
Where Theater is Not Valued
 


EVENING AT THE TALK HOUSE 
​by WALLACE SHAWN  

*Regional Premiere*

Directed by Rob Shimko and Kyle Sturdivant

 October 5 - 21, 2017 

THURSDAYS 7:30P
FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS 8P
SUNDAYS 2:30P
SPECIAL PERFORMANCE: MONDAY, OCT 16 7:30P 

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

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In an imagined near future, the creative team behind a critically lauded but ultimately unsuccessful play called “Midnight in a Clearing With Moon and Stars” have gathered at their old haunt, The Talk House. It’s the ten-year anniversary of what turned out to be one of the last plays ever performed. Over the course of a night spent snacking, drinking, and reminiscing, the characters begin revealing disturbing secrets about what their lives have become. The unnamed country they live in is ruled by a charming but frightening autocrat, and many people are finding themselves increasingly complicit and morally compromised in surprising and ominous ways.

EVENING AT THE TALK HOUSE features a powerhouse cast of Houston favorites: Jeanne Harris, Jovan Jackson, Seán Patrick Judge, Rebecca Randall, Charlie Scott, Kyle Sturdivant, Anne Quackenbush, and Abraham Zeus Zapata. Sets by Ryan McGettigan, Lights by Hudson Davis, Costumes by Macy Lyne, Sound by Shawn St. John, and Props by Tina Montgomery. This production will be the third ever, after the London (2015) and New York (2017) premieres.

turquoise   Up next for me....
Turquoise by Deb Margolin
Directed by dianne k webb

March 17 – April 1, 2017
Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8:00pm

Matinee Sundays at 3:00pm
Monday Industry Nights at 7pm

Tickets are always Pay-What-You-Can

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

The MATCH
3400 Main Street, Houston TX 77002

 

About the Play

Next Iteration Theater Company presents Turquoise, three plays in one, by Obie Award winning playwright, Deb Margolin and directed by Dianne K. Webb. With themes of memory, love, symbiosis, and mortality, this award-winning playwright has woven a story that reflects on the simultaneity of everything while capturing the hearts and minds of the audience with simplicity and hilarious, quick-volleying dialogue.  Turquoise is a theatrical hybrid of literary proportions not to be missed.

After the opening scene, Margolin introduces the audience to the “Guy with Nothing”—a character reminiscent of Shakespeare, Miller and Marlow but utilizing modern lingo delivered by a combative-spirited specter, an everyman. The story follows three couples: an aging married pair coping with old memories and the loss of them, two teenage boys just developing their memories and learning to bear them, and a pianist with a seven-second memory who dances with, meets, then repeatedly loses his cohort again and again.  Margolin, with scenes that resonate a “Who’s on First?” comedy sketch feel, entertains as she interlaces undertones of poetry and philosophy to create a show that will be savored and relished.

In a recent interview with NITC, Margolin wrote, “Once I realized that I was writing a play about the magnificent oneness of everything, despite our struggles to separate ourselves from animals, ants, each other: we are all living, fucking, struggling, loving, together, and we will survive or die together as a planet, I was free to delve deeply into the precise nature of each of these interconnected worlds. It is a paradigm of theater that, the more specific we are with character, the more we shed light on the entire human condition.”

The Johns   Up next for me....
The Johns by Mary Bonnett
Directed by Jennifer Decker

January 19 – February 4, 2017, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8:00pm

Matinee Sunday, January 29 at 3:00pm

Pay What You Can Monday, January 30 at 8:00pm

$25 general admission / $15 students, seniors (65 and over), and arts industry
PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

Studio 101, 1824 Spring Street, Houston, TX 77007

The Johns is produced in collaboration with The National Council of Jewish Women, Greater Houston Section and United Against Human Trafficking.

This play contains graphic subject matter and is suitable for mature audiences only.

About the Play

Sex trafficking seems like someone else’s problem, until an upper middle-class family in a prominent Houston area suburb finds itself ensnared. This unflinching drama explores our values raising boys to men, instant sexual gratification and its impact on women, the family and those purchased.

Originally produced in 2014 for Her Story Theater, Bonnett’s play was based on hundreds of interviews with people involved in sex trafficking in
the Chicagoland area. For the Mildred’s Umbrella production, the playwright has updated the script to set the action in The Woodlands, Texas.


Cast and Crew

Chase: Sean Patrick Judge

Grace: Sara Gaston

CJ: Bobby Haworth

Jules: Haley Hussey

Jacob: Benjamin McLaughlin

Babygirl: Shelby Blocker

Betty Sappho: Miranda Herbert

Director: Jennifer Decker

Stage Manager: Rod Todd

Set Design: Jac Jones

Light Design: Greg Starbird

Costume Design: Jodie Daniels

Sound Design: John Peeples

Thrilled to be a part of this two-play historical extravaganza at Main Street Theater this Fall/Winter.

I'll be playing two roles in this show:  Stephen Gardiner and Eustache Chapuys and it's going to be awesome.

Hope to see you there!

 

Wolf Hall
Based on the Novels by Hilary Mantel
Adapted for the Stage by Mike Poulton
Regional Premiere

Directed by Rebecca Greene Udden

Main Street Theater - 
Rice Village

2540 Times Blvd.

Part I: Wolf Hall

Previews
October 19 at 7:30pm
October 20 at 7:30pm
October 21 at 7:30pm

Performances 
October 22 – December 18, 2016

Part II: Bring Up the Bodies

Previews
October 26 at 7:30pm
October 27 at 7:30pm
October 28 at 7:30pm

Performances 
October 29 – December 18, 2016

Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays - 7:30pm
Sundays - 3:00pm

Please note: no outside food/snacks are allowed at the theater. You may purchase concessions at the show.

Buy Tickets Online

This dramatic event features two exceptional plays set in the court of Henry VIII and adapted from Hilary Mantel’s novels.  In Part I (Wolf Hall), the court of Henry VIII is in utter upheaval as the King rages over his lack of a male heir. The shrewd and ambitious Thomas Cromwell inserts himself into the political scene to help the king pursue his passion for Anne Boleyn and secure an annulment from Katherine of Aragon.  Part II (Bring Up the Bodies) charts Anne’s downfall, the rise of Jane Seymour, and Cromwell’s alliances with his greatest enemies.  Featuring a cast of 23, Parts I and II will run in repertory.

Main Street Theater’s Wolf Hall is the only production since the Royal Shakespeare Company’s. 

Children under the age of 5 are not allowed in the theater.