April 18-23, 2017
University of Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts
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The Catastrophic Theatre

Snow White

This Snow White 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 postmodern novelist and poet Donald Barthelme.

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WRITTEN BY DONALD BARTHELME + DIRECTED BY GREG DEAN

Theater / 140 Minutes with Intermission

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.

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

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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.”