Not a music-related deal, really, but given the circumstances, I think it's well worth mentioning. Jason Nodler, the founder of the much-celebrated, ultra-indie local theater troupe Infernal Bridegroom Productions and current Artistic Director for (and also founding member of) the relatively-new Catastrophic Theatre, was apparently hit by a taxicab over in Amsterdam right at the end of May. I don't know all the details, but it doesn't sound like he's in good shape, and even though he's healing up, the bills are starting to pile up.
To help Jason out, his friends back here in H-town are throwing a benefit/open house tomorrow night (Sat., July 11th) for the guy at The Catastropic Theatre main office. Here's the specific info & some more background, from fellow Catastrophic player/founder Tamarie Cooper:
Many of you know that Jason was the victim of a serious hit and run accident while in Amsterdam this summer. He has had surgery and despite much pain, is finally starting to heal, very, very slowly.
Although Jason has a basic health insurance plan, there are many medical expenses that are not covered and he is currently in dire financial straits.
Unfortunately, the Dutch authorities are dragging their feet on charging the driver of the cab that hit Jason and, even if he is eventually compensated, it could be years before he recovers any of his expenses.
Jason is also not comfortable asking his friends for help with this matter, so I've taken it upon myself to do so for him.
Any size of financial contribution will greatly help. Please join me in raising these much-needed funds! Whether it's $10 or $100, any amount will help immensely.
In times of crisis, we must turn to friends and family for assistance. Let's help our friend and fearless leader of The Catastrophic Theatre, literally, get back on his feet.
We will be having an Open House/ SAVE JASON! Benefit at:
The new Catastrophic Office, 1540 Sul Ross (on the corner of Mandell & Sul Ross, directly across the street from the Menil Collection) on:
SATURDAY JULY 11th
Beer, wine, sodas, cocktails, delicious food, and lively banter will be offered for your enjoyment.
Cash and checks (made payable to Jason Nodler) will be happily accepted at the Benefit.
Contributions may also be made with credit cards via PayPal. Simply visit the PayPal website (www.paypal.com) and click the "Send Money" tab.
All you'll need to complete your transaction is Jason's email address: email@example.com
Whether you can make it to the benefit itself or not, help the guy out -- he's been a major part of Houston's theater & art scenes for longer than I've lived here, and he needs our help.
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