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The Catastrophist
May 10 May 23
The Catastrophist
May 10 May 23
May 10-May 23, 2021
By Lauren M. Gunderson A co-production of Marin Theatre Company and Round House Theatre Directed by Jasson Minadakis Featuring William DeMeritt STREAMING
How do you plan for catastrophe?

Run time: 80 minutes
Best enjoyed by ages 13+

Renowned real-life virologist Nathan Wolfe proposed pandemic insurance years before the novel coronavirus outbreak. No one bought it. Now, in a COVID-altered world, we hear his story, presented as a filmed theatrical experience. America’s most produced dramatist Lauren Gunderson (2017's I and Youreturns with a time-jumping tale based on the life and work of Nathan Wolfe, who happens to be the playwright's husband. A deep dive into the profundities of scientific exploration and the harrowing realities of facing your own mortality, The Catastrophist was recently hailed as "triumph" by The Philadelphia Inquirer: "This production is a thing of precious beauty."


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Cast and Creative Team
Subject and Scientific Consultant
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COVID Medical Consultant
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Production Program
Explore the program for a deep dive into The Catastrophist, a co-production of Marin Theatre Company and Round House Theatre.
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Playwright's Note
Lauren Gunderson, one of the most-produced playwrights in the country, reflects on her biggest challenge to date: writing about her own husband.
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Lauren Interviews Nathan
Lauren sits down with husband Dr. Nathan Wolfe to hear his point of view on the making of The Catastrophist.
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Pre-Performance Guide
A detailed guide for viewers who want more information about what to expect before watching the play.
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Click here to read the pre-performance guide for The Catastrophist.

A special thank you to sponsors Nicole Sakowitz & Bill Pikounis.


This is a co-production of Marin Theatre Company and Round House Theatre