Counter Current17: Snow White // The Catastrophic Theatre

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Counter Current17: Snow White // The Catastrophic Theatre
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Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts says
Written by Donald Barthelme + Directed by Greg Dean


CounterCurrent performances of "Snow White" will take place at MATCH-BOX 3 at 8pm from April 20 to April 22. Tickets for additional performances of "Snow White" are available through The Catastrophic Theatre.

No, not that Snow White—at least, not quite.

This Snow White is tired of being “just a housewife” to Bill, Dan, Edward, Hubert, Henry, Clem and Kevin, who, in her estimation, “only add up to the equivalent of about two real men.” While the seven men toil in commercial real estate and manufacture exotic high-end baby foods, she whiles away her days reading Mao Tse-tung, drinking vodka with orange juice, and impatiently waiting for the prince promised to her by history.

This world premiere production of "Snow White" is a theatrical adaptation of the groundbreaking, experimental novel by the iconic, postmodern novelist, poet, and early faculty member of the University of Houston Creative Writing Program, the late Donald Barthelme. First adapted for the stage by Barthelme but never before produced, The Catastrophic Theatre gained access to Barthelme’s original manuscript, notes, and revisions to fashion a theatrical vision of their own.

The Catastrophic Theatre is an ensemble-based theatre company considered to be Houston’s premiere creator and producer of new theater. Catastrophic was founded in 2007 by Jason Nodler and Tamarie Cooper who brought together an ensemble of trained and untrained artists of all disciplines, many of whom have been collaborating for more than fifteen years.

Donald Barthelme (1931–1989) published twelve books, including two novels and a prize-winning children's book. He was a regular contributor to The New Yorker and divided his time between New York and Houston, where he taught creative writing at the University of Houston. Writing in "Life" magazine, Webster Schott called Barthelme "the most perversely gifted writer in the United States. . . . 'Snow White' has everything, including William Burroughs cut ups, words posing as paintings, ribald social commentary, crazy esthetic experiments and comedy that smashes.”

"Snow White" is produced in association with the Barthelme Estate, Brazos Bookstore, and Inprint and features cast and crew from the University of Houston School of Theatre and Dance.

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By: Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts

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