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Safety information: This venue currently requires masks and proof of vaccination (photo is fine!) or a negative PCR COVID test to enter the venue.

Austin Playhouse Presents
The Catastrophist

Directed by Don Toner | Starring Ben Wolfe

March 25–April 9, 2022
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m.
Sundays at 5:00 p.m.
Trinity Street Playhouse | 901 Trinity Street 

A blazingly intelligent, wryly witty and warm look at the thrill of discovery, whether it's a scientific discovery or the treasures of your own family.


Virologist Nathan Wolfe, named one of TIME's 100 Most Influential People in the World for his work tracking viral pandemics, has hunted viruses from the jungles of Cameroon to the basement of the CDC. Hear his story as he tracks the threats that come from without and within.

Playwright Lauren Gunderson (playwright of AP productions The Book of Will, Silent Sky, and Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley) returns with a time-jumping tale based on the life and work of Nathan Wolfe (who also happens to be her husband). A deep dive into the profundities of scientific exploration and the harrowing realities of facing your own mortality,

Austin Playhouse is proud to present the live theatre premiere!

Please note:

Performances are at the Trinity Street Playhouse located inside downtown Austin’s First Baptist Church at 901 Trinity Street. Paid street parking is available around the church and a convenient paid parking garage is located adjacent to First Baptist Church at 9th and Trinity.

Full vaccination record or negative COVID test (PCR within 72 hours of performance) are required to attend all performances. Masks required while in the venue except when actively drinking. Masking and providing proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test helps ensure everyone's comfort gathering for an indoor, live performance.

Refreshments are available in the lobby.

The Catastrophist is best enjoyed by ages 13+

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The Catastrophist by Lauren Gunderson 
Directed by Don Toner

Starring Ben Wolfe
Stage Management by Barry Miller

Sound and Projection Design by Robert S. Fisher

Lighting Design by Mark Novick

Set Design by Mike Toner

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