New Perk! Contribute $100 or more and you can sit in on our auditions in late February. Edward Nattenberg runs the auditions like an acting class to establish excellent rapport.
Why we want to produce Mad Tom: While some productions leave me patting myself on the back, thinking myself even more insightful than before, I prefer a show that leaves me thinking I've landed on another planet.
Mad Tom is that kind of play. It opens on a family scene that rapidly exposes deep fissures.
Catchy Name produced this work as a one-act in the 2004 San Francisco Fringe Festival and then as a full-length at the SF Actors Center, directed by Steve Budd and starring Josh-Sternin Moser, Nancy Lawson, Belle Borovik, Rob Witowski and Doug Marshall.
Edward Nattenberg and Jim Strope have been working the script, making the hard-hitting play even stronger.
Founder and resident writer, software engineer, backpacker and man-about-town, Jim will stop at nothing to deliver sensational dramatic art with a dark, comic, and claustrophobic philosophic underlayment. Life is short. Death is long. Be all you can be. Work for peace. Prepare for the worst. And most of all, count yourself lucky to be working with Edward Nattenberg!
Our director, Edward Nattenberg, builds his life around stage. He is amazingly talented and honest and persistent in his dramaturgy. The cast members will follow him anywhere. His education, acting experience, brilliant textual analysis, devotion to action and dynamic personality attract the very best actors in the SF Bay area. They want to work with us.
We’d like to be in it for the money but …
A production in the San Francisco Bay Area runs about $5,000.
Most of our funds go to the theatre owners who turn it over to their landlords. Most theatre owners do not get a nickel for all their work. It costs them to host stage productions.
Our actors, directors, stage managers, lighting and sound people get a stipend of about $200 and a share of the gate, which totals to about $500 for 70 hours of rehearsal and 12 performances. About $5 an hour and the glory of getting on stage.
The writer-producer works for negative money. Before we went to IndieGoGo he donated $2,000 to secure the theatre.
We've mounted over 70 performances in black box theatres in San Francsico.
Stills and videos... http://www.catchynametheatre.org/bigthings.htm
Evil Hamlet by Wm Shakespeare: Not your grandmother’s Hamlet. Two families vie for the throne of Denmark in Jim Strope’s edition of the world’s most famous play.
Mitch Mikinos Jim Strope's retelling of Agamemnon.
Corned Beef A woman poses as a prostitute to bring men home for her shy roommate. Part 1 of a trilogy. Jim Strope
Something You Might Want A young woman wants two husbands. Part 2 of the trilogy. Jim Strope.
Man Without a Mask Part 3 of the trilogy. Jim Strope.
Mad Tom Dark comedy of abandonment set in Pensacola Florida. Jim Strope.
Sam Marlowe The young private eye takes on every windmill in town in this noir tragedy by Jim Strope.
San Francisco Fringe Festival 2002, 2004, 2005, 2009.
Mad Tom: Where you go when the bottom falls out of your nihilism.
Tender is the Dawn: A Sam Marlowe Mystery.
In Harm’s Way: Young Sam Marlowe on the eve of WWII.
Parallel Play: A play within a play within a play that asks: Who's going on?
Director’s Cut: A suicidal director of funeral scenes decides to give it up after all.
Pounding: The movie! Two tough guys have a nasty job to do and one has cold feet. The other is not pleased. We want to film the 1-act in a dive bar and take it to Scary Cow. If they fund us, we'll add a chase scene.
Catchy Name Theatre Company
Catchy Name Theatre Company is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation.