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Bring out the dancing bacon: Wild Catastrophic Theatre party brings back the craziness of the 1990s

Wild Catastrophic Theater party brings back the craziness of the 1990s

Catastrophic 20-year anniversary gala April 2013 co-chair Brad Moore and Teh Spice Girls
Brad Moore and The Spice Girls Photo by © Anthony Rathbun
Catastrophic 20-year anniversary gala April 2013 Jason Nodler and Tamarie Cooper
Jason Nodler and Tamarie Cooper Photo by © Anthony Rathbun
Catastrophic 20-year anniversary gala April 2013 Jeff Neumann and Kathryn Lott Neumann
Jeff Neumann and Kathryn Lott Neumann Photo by © Anthony Rathbun
Catastrophic 20-year anniversary gala April 2013 Tina Sambuco (photbomber), Tony Abyad, Jennifer Elkins
Photobomber Tina Sambuco, from left, Tony Abyad and Jennifer Elkins Photo by © Anthony Rathbun
Catastrophic 20-year anniversary gala April 2013 Leslie Holland,  Dolan Smith, Merry Schooley, Hilary Borow, Kathleen Boyd
Leslie Holland, from left, Dolan Smith, Merry Schooley, Hilary Borow and Kathleen Boyd Photo by © Anthony Rathbun
Catastrophic 20-year anniversary gala April 2013 Georgia Lister and Hal Bowman
Georgia Lister and Hal Bowman Photo by © Anthony Rathbun
Catastrophic 20-year anniversary gala April 2013 Elaine Dillard, Jeff Shell, Star Massing and Jack Massing
Elaine Dillard, from left, Jeff Shell and Star and Jack Massing Photo by © Anthony Rathbun
Catastrophic 20-year anniversary gala April 2013 David Garten and Anita Garten, Jennifer Elkins, Tony Abyad
David and Anita Garten, from left, Jennifer Elkins and Tony Abyad Photo by © Anthony Rathbun
Catastrophic 20-year anniversary gala April 2013 Caroline Starry LeBlanc and Jared LeBlanc
Caroline Starry LeBlanc and Jared LeBlanc Photo by © Anthony Rathbun
Catastrophic 20-year anniversary gala April 2013 Anita Garten, Jenny Johnson and Mark Johnson
Anita Garten, from left, with Jenny and Mark Johnson Photo by © Anthony Rathbun
Catastrophic 20-year anniversary gala April 2013 frontman, Matt Kelly and the Catastrophic Band
Frontman Matt Kelly and The Catastrophic Band Photo by © Anthony Rathbun
Catastrophic 20-year anniversary gala April 2013 Tamarie Cooper and Richard Lyders as Dancing Bacon
Tamarie Cooper and Richard Lyders as Dancing Bacon Photo by © Anthony Rathbun
Catastrophic 20-year anniversary gala April 2013 co-chair Brad Moore and Teh Spice Girls
Catastrophic 20-year anniversary gala April 2013 Jason Nodler and Tamarie Cooper
Catastrophic 20-year anniversary gala April 2013 Jeff Neumann and Kathryn Lott Neumann
Catastrophic 20-year anniversary gala April 2013 Tina Sambuco (photbomber), Tony Abyad, Jennifer Elkins
Catastrophic 20-year anniversary gala April 2013 Leslie Holland,  Dolan Smith, Merry Schooley, Hilary Borow, Kathleen Boyd
Catastrophic 20-year anniversary gala April 2013 Georgia Lister and Hal Bowman
Catastrophic 20-year anniversary gala April 2013 Elaine Dillard, Jeff Shell, Star Massing and Jack Massing
Catastrophic 20-year anniversary gala April 2013 David Garten and Anita Garten, Jennifer Elkins, Tony Abyad
Catastrophic 20-year anniversary gala April 2013 Caroline Starry LeBlanc and Jared LeBlanc
Catastrophic 20-year anniversary gala April 2013 Anita Garten, Jenny Johnson and Mark Johnson
Catastrophic 20-year anniversary gala April 2013 frontman, Matt Kelly and the Catastrophic Band
Catastrophic 20-year anniversary gala April 2013 Tamarie Cooper and Richard Lyders as Dancing Bacon

Who in their right mind would want to miss a party that pledges to include dancing bacon?

When theater pundits Jason Nodler and Tamarie Cooper met in the spring of 1993, who knew that their collaboration would add a defining genre to Houston that in turn also conveys the zeitgeist of its residents? You can't think of another twosome whose creative prowess can bring about such hilarity, confusion and cult-like mystique to the city's art scene.

This cataclysmic meeting of the minds gave birth to what is known today as the Catastrophic Theatre, whose fundraising event Saturday, titled "It was Twenty Years Ago Today," rewound back to that pivotal moment. And no monsoon could prevent 350 roisterers from trudging their way to Last Concert Cafe for the 1990s-themed festivities.

 You can't think of another twosome whose creative prowess can bring about such hilarity, confusion and mystique to the city's art scene.

Co-chairs Jenny and Mark Johnson, Lise Liddell, Georgia Lister and Hal Bowman, Larissa Lindsay and Stuart Bailey, Brad Moore and Lelia Rodgers roused the animated throng to embrace the era by dressing up as their fave TV and film icons. Spotted sipping ritas and Saint Arnold Brewing Company beer were characters from Blossom, Pulp Fiction, The Big Lebowski — and Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky.

While sustenance courtesy of Last Concert Cafe, El Meson, Sparrow Bar + Cookshop, Canopy, Rudyard's Pub, Cottonwood, Brasil, Sprinkles Cupcakes and Whole Foods Market fed hungry guests, a special band comprising musicians involved with the group past and present brought the house down with selections from 20 years worth of quirky repertoire.

When the carouse was all said and done, Catastrophic Theatre added $55,000 to its piggy bank, surely appeasing managing director Kirk Markley.

As the company's motto goes, getting "destroyed" were Anita and David Garten, Caroline Starry LeBlanc and Jared LeBlanc, Jennifer Elkins and Tony Abyad, Elaine Dillard, Jeff Shell, Star and Jack Massing, Kathryn Lott Neumann and Jeff Neumann, Leslie Holland and Dolan Smith, Kyle Sturdivant, Dan Dubrowski, Jennifer Decker, Teya Sparks, Merry Schooley, Hilary Borow, Kathleen Boyd, Tina Sambuco, who by design was happily photo bombing everyone's mementos, and Richard Lyders as the grooving bacon.