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Opera & Musical Theater

clean/through at The Catastrophic Theatre

Miki Johnson, playwright of previous Catastrophic hit premieres American Falls and Fleaven, launches the theatre company’s season with her new play, clean/through.  She talks with Houston Public Media’s St.John Flynn about the drama.


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Nick and Rachel are a couple consumed by love and drugs and very deep sickness. Nick, a semi-famous musician, has recently had a disastrous, potentially career-ending performance. Now he's stuck. If he wants to make the money to support his habit, he has to perform; in order to perform, he has to get clean.

What to do: continue with his life and love as he's known it or walk away?

He walks away.  He disappears to east L.A. where he can get his fix "right outside my window… right between the bars," and finds a human bond with a fellow junkie.

And so Rachel is alone. As Nick’s sister Annie says, "Nick is good at a lot of things. But do you know what he’s amazing at? Dying. He’s been doing it his whole life."

Miki Johnson received her BFA in creative writing at The University of Pittsburgh. While there, she and a friend produced Samuel Beckett's Happy Days, in which she played Winnie. And she's been acting ever since. Miki received her MFA in Acting from Yale University in 2005. She returned to Pittsburgh to play the lead role in After Mrs. Rochester, where she met her partner Jason. They moved to Houston and she began setting the town on fire with her extraordinary performances at The Catastrophic Theatre and Stages Repertory Theatre. In her first year here, she was named "Best Actress" and later "Best Playwright" by The Houston Press.

She has recently been signed by Antje Oegel at AO International Talent Agency for her writing. One of her newer plays, God is a Good God, has been selected for development at Super Labs, a new play development program co-run by Clubbed Thumb and Playwright's Horizons in NYC.

Miki has appeared in Catastrophic's Endgame, Crave, Bluefinger, The Designated Mourner, Our Late Night, Spirits to Enforce, and Big Death and Little Death. At Stages Repertory Theatre, she appeared in Mr. Marmalade and Oh! The Humanity.

Miki has had two other plays produced by Catastrophic Theatre in 2012: Fleaven, a hip-hop musical written in rhyme; and American Falls for which she was awarded Best Playwright of 2012 by the Houston Press at their annual Houston Theatre Awards.

clean/through runs through March 1st.  For more information check out the Catastrophic Theatre online.