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Leap and the Net Will Appear: Live Talkback

Presented with The Catastrophic Theatre

with Chana Porter and Tara Admadinejad

Aug 26, 2020, 07:00 PM Virtual Screening Free Get Tickets

Director Tara Admadinejad joins playwright Chana Porter for a free live Q&A, available to stream on the Catastrophic Theatre's YouTube Channel. And make sure to watch the free recording of the 2018 performance through our streaming site here. This is a non-ticketed event.

Margie was raised to be a good girl, but Margie has a secret: she wants to be a lion. Leap and the Net Will Appear traces one woman’s highly theatrical, timehopping search for adventure, for love, and for her true self. Packed with wildly eccentric family members and unpredictable lovers, Margie’s journey is at turns uproariously funny and probingly melancholic. Her fierce insistence that she can discover her most fundamental nature takes her across the globe in a romantic and bewildering whirlwind.

The Catastrophic Theatre produced Leap and the Net Will Appear by Chana Porter in 2018 as part of the play's rolling world premiere in partnership with  New Georges theatre in New York City. The production was directed by Porter’s collaborator, NYC director Tara Ahmadinejad, and featured original music by composer Andrew Lynch. Leap and the Net Will Appear received critical acclaim from both Houston and New York audiences. Porter has been called “the most original and funny and touching and interesting young playwright out there at this moment" by two-time Obie Award-winning playwright and director Craig Lucas. In her review of Catastrophic's production of Leap and the Net Will Appear for the Houston Press, Jessica Goldman wrote "Porter’s type of risky storytelling is, well…. like a lion’s roar in an all too often timid jungle."

This program is free to keep it as accessible as possible but donations are encouraged, with a majority of donations going directly to pay the artists.

Photos by Anthony Rathbun.

Country, Year United States, 2018
DirectorTara Ahmadinejad
WriterChana Porter
CastAmy Bruce, Tamarie Cooper, Jovan Jackson, Jayden Key, Andrew Lynch, Mateo Mpinduzi-Mott, and Pamela Vogel
Runtime MINS, SECS
Event TypePanel
Special Guests

Chana Porter

Chana Porter is an emerging playwright, speculative novelist, and education activist. Her plays have been developed or produced at The Flea Theater, Playwrights Horizons, The Catastrophic Theatre, La MaMa, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, Cherry Lane, The Invisible Dog, & Movement Research. She is a MacDowell Fellow, a New Georges Audrey Resident, a Target Margin Artist-in-Residence, and the recipient of Honorable Mention for the Relentless Prize. Chana is the co-founder of the Octavia Project, a free summer writing and STEM program for Brooklyn teenage girls and non-binary youth. She has taught her embodied creativity course Writing from the Body at University of Houston, Fordham University, Hampshire College, Goddard College, Weber State, and with Sarah Lawrence’s Global
Classroom. Her debut novel, The Seep, out from Soho Press and Brilliance Audio, with starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Library Journal, and Foreword Reviews. The Seep is an ABA Indie Next Pick for February 2020.

Tara Ahmadinejad

Tara Ahmadinejad is a NY director, originally from Philadelphia. She has directed/co-created shows with Piehole since its founding in 2008. Outside of Piehole projects, Tara develops and directs new plays, and teaches and directs in educational settings. She recently directed Lunch Bunch by Sarah Einspanier as part of Clubbed Thumb's Winterworks, is developing Emily Black is a Total Gift by Daaimah Mubashshir with music by Julia Sirna-Frest and Shane Chapman, and is directing Leap and the Net Will Appear by Chana Porter, produced by New Georges in June 2019. New Georges Affiliated Artist; NYTW Usual Suspect; MFA: Columbia University.