On the Run: The Catastrophic Theatre presents SMALL BALLPosted by: Staffon 2018/4/6 8:10:00 4124 reads The Catastrophic Theatre presents the world premiere musical
April 6 â€“ May 13, 2018
at MATCH Houston.
Michael Jordan has some problems. First off, heâ€™s not that Michael Jordan. Instead, heâ€™s a melancholy journeyman basketball player whoâ€™s found himself bouncing around various obscure international leagues. Second, heâ€™s recently become the star player for the Lilliput Existersâ€”yes, Lilliput, the same one from Gulliverâ€™s Travelsâ€”so his teammates are each six inches tall. Itâ€™s tough to pass a regulation size ball to a six-inch player, so the team hasnâ€™t been doing too well, and the post-loss press conferences are getting rough.
This is the surreal, magical world of Small Ball, a world premiere musical with book and lyrics by Catastrophic Theatre favorite Mickle Maher and original music by Merel Van Dijk and Anthony Barilla. Directed by Jason Nodler,
Small Ball was commissioned by Daryl Morey, General Manager of the Houston Rockets, a Catastrophic Theatre board member, and a lifelong musical theatre lover.
Small Ball began from a question from Catastrophic artistic director Jason Nodler to Morey: â€œWhat about a basketball musical? We both love basketball and we both love Mickleâ€™s work, so what if we asked him to write a basketball musical for us? Whatever that means.â€
Morey agreed to serve as a producer, and Maher, an avid basketball fan, leapt at the chance to write the script. â€œHaving Daryl involved is like having the worldâ€™s most informed dramaturg. Anytime I have a question about basketball, even the most obscure one, he has both the answer and usually a compelling story to go along with it. The fact that he also knows a huge amount about musical theater is naturally a plus,â€ Maher said.
Said Maher of composers Van Dijk and Barilla: â€œThey are madly talented, have such distinct vision and voices, and itâ€™s a small miracle that the world has conspired to bring us three together.â€
Nodler, who teamed with Barilla in the past to create world premiere musicals in cooperation with Pixies frontman Frank Black and cult singer-songwriter Daniel Johnston, will direct Small Ball. Barilla will serve as music director.
**The Catastrophic Theatre will present two additional Mickle Maher plays in repertory, to overlap with the final week of Small Ball: a revival of the Catastrophic/Maher hit The Strangerer (2008) and that playâ€™s spiritual sequel, Jim Lehrer and The Theater and its Double and Jim Lehrerâ€™s Double.
Tickets to all performances are: Pay-What-You-Can
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For tickets and venue information, visit matchouston.org or call The MATCHâ€™s box office at 713-521-4533.