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Sure, It Is a Play About Our Own Mortality—But At Least It Is Pretty Funny

How does it feel to die? It is a question that most of us have wondered from time to time, but hopefully have never confronted – until now. This Sunday, the Catastrophic Theatre and University of Houston School of Theatre and Dance will co-present a visiting production of Will Eno’s Wakey, Wakey, created by Hyde Park Theatre in Austin.

From the mind of Will Eno—once dubbed “a Samuel Beckett for the Jon Stewart generation”—comes Wakey, Wakey, a play that calls to mind a stand-up routine performed at the edge of death that the New York Times called “glowingly dark [and] profoundly moving.” Through its lead character, a dying man named Guy, the play grapples inventively and honestly with the human impulse to keep expressing ourselves, even as we near our inevitable end. The result is joyous, surprising, frequently funny, and ultimately rapturous.

Wakey, Wakey offers a kind of spiritual bookend to Eno’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated one-man show, Thom Pain (Based on Nothing), staged by Catastrophic in a 2016 production that the Houston Press called “a searing lesson in how life is messy and wonderful and sucks from time to time.”

Hyde Park Theatre Artistic Director Ken Webster directs the show and stars as Guy alongside co-star Rebecca Robinson. Wakey, Wakey is presented in a limited run at the José Quintero Theatre at the University of Houston School of Theatre & Dance.

Confront your fears when you see Wakey, Wakey live on stage. Tickets are offered on a pay-what-you-can basis. Suggested price is 40 dollars. To purchase tickets and learn more about the production, visit www.catastrophictheatre.com.

At Avery at Deer Park Apartments in Deer Park, Texas, it is clear that we have it all, but we still feel obliged to inform you of all the events our community has scheduled. Please feel free to join in all of the fun during this premier event!

Event Time/Date:
Sunday, January 27, 2019—2:30 PM

Event Venue Location:
Jose Quintero Theatre (University of Houston)
3351 Cullen Boulevard
Houston, Texas 77004

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