The Catastrophist by Lauren Guderson

True Story About Pandemic Expert, Her Husband

By: - Jan 26, 2021

How do you plan for a catastrophe? Virologist Nathan Wolfe, named one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People in the World for his work tracking viral pandemic outbreaks, proposed pandemic insurance years before the novel coronavirus outbreak. No one bought it. Now, in a post-COVID world, we hear his story—presented as cinematic digital theatre. MTC Playwright in Residence Lauren Gunderson returns with a time-jumping tale based on the life and work of Nathan Wolfe (who also happens to be her husband).

Though not a play about COVID19, it is a true story of a pandemic expert. An interactive deep dive into the profundities of scientific exploration and the harrowing realities of facing your own mortality, The Catastrophist is a world premiere theatrical experience built of and for this moment in time. 

World Premiere Digital Co-Production with Round House Theatre.

Tickets and Info for The Catastrophist

A portion of your ticket (only $30) goes to help Bay Area artists devastated by the pandemic through Theatre Bay Area's Performing Artists Workers Fund

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  • Watch anytime through the show's run through Feb 28 
  • Use code. STREAM5 for $5 discount