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CLEANSED at The Catastrophic Theatre

Dates: (4/5/2024 - 4/27/2024 )

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The Catastrophic Theatre


3400 Main Street
Houston,TX 77002

Phone: box office at 713-521-4533

Tickets: Pay-What-You-Can! ($35 suggested)

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Regional Premiere of Sarah Kane’s

CLEANSED

April 5 through April 27

"LOVE ME OR KILL ME"

Written by the most notorious playwright of the late 20th century, CLEANSED is perhaps the most ambitious, longing, redemptive play in Catastrophic history. 

In a former university, society’s “undesirables” are subjected to a series of tortures designed to test the limits of human love on the battlefield of the human body. Explosively aching, hauntingly poetic, and disarmingly tender, CLEANSED is a fever-dream fable of unimaginable brutality and miraculous beauty.

"Once you have perceived that life is very cruel, the only response is to live with as much humanity, humor and freedom as you can.”

 - Sarah Kane

We live in a country and in a time of weaponized intolerance that poses immediate danger toward the bodies and lives of those that look, live, or love in ways that deviate from the most conservative societal constructs. Every character in Kane’s CLEANSED would be at risk in today’s America. 26 years after it was written, producing this nightmarishly prescient play feels like an urgent and necessary cause.

“To create something beautiful about despair is for me the most life-affirming thing a person can do.” – Sarah Kane

The regional premiere of CLEANSED is co-directed by core artist T Lavois Thiebaud and founding artistic director Jason Nodler, reuniting the creative team behind Kane’s 4.48 Psychosis which The Houston Press called “an imaginative bulldozer of a production.”

 We’re also thrilled to collaborate with the sculpture group, Moon Papas Art on set construction and special effects. 

The cast includes Raymond ComptonBryan KaplúnRuben RamiresT Lavois ThiebaudChuck VaughnAbraham Zeus ZapataWalt ZipprianClarity Welch, and Andrew Whit. With music composed and performed by James Templeton and Sarah Moessnerand choreography by Adam Castan͂eda.

NO ONE UNDER 16 ADMITTED. 

CLEANSED runs April 5 - 27,  2024 at the Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston (MATCH). Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at matchouston.org or by calling the MATCH box office at 713-521-4533. Performances are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m., and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Tickets to all performances are PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN!


Ages: No one under 16 years of age admitted.

News About CLEANSED at The Catastrophic Theatre

Interview: WALT ZIPPRIAN of CLEANSED at CATASTROPHIC THEATRE
Interview: WALT ZIPPRIAN of CLEANSED at CATASTROPHIC THEATRE
April 06, 2024

What drew me to the show was what drew me to the work that Catastrophic Theatre does in general. They do work that nobody else does. Work that's largely unexplored in our region, or in our country, or whatever. I'm drawn to that kind of stuff, and Sarah Kane has a unique view of love and human relationships. And I share some of those ideas.

The Catastrophic Theatre's Production of Sarah Kane's CLEANSED Canceled Due To Unforeseen Tragedy
The Catastrophic Theatre's Production of Sarah Kane's CLEANSED Canceled Due To Unforeseen Tragedy
March 27, 2023

The Catastrophic Theatre's production of Sarah Kane's CLEANSED, scheduled to open this Friday, March 31, has been canceled due to the sudden, untimely death of a beloved cast member. 

The Catastrophic Theatre to Present Regional Premiere of CLEANSED By Sarah Kane
The Catastrophic Theatre to Present Regional Premiere of CLEANSED By Sarah Kane
March 18, 2023

In a former university, society's “undesirables” are subjected to a series of tortures designed to test the limits of human love on the battlefield of the human body. Explosively aching, hauntingly poetic, and disarmingly tender, CLEANSED is a fever-dream fable of unimaginable brutality and miraculous beauty. CLEANSED is about how love survives the most extreme circumstances. Violence is merely the obstacle. The story is one of righteous need and unrelenting hope. 

The Catastrophic Theatre Announces 2022-23 Season Celebrating 30 Years of Avant-Garde Theatre
The Catastrophic Theatre Announces 2022-23 Season Celebrating 30 Years of Avant-Garde Theatre
September 01, 2022

The Catastrophic Theatre has announced its 2022-23 season, highlighting the work that has made it, along with its forerunner Infernal Bridegroom Productions (IBP), Houston's premier avant-garde theatre for three dang decades.

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