Performing Arts Houston presents John Waters: End of the World

(Houston) – Performing Arts Houston presents renowned director, author, visual artist, and recent recipient of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, John Waters for a one-night-only performance of his rapid fire one man show, End of The World on Friday, October 13at the Wortham Center’s Cullen Theater. Following the performance, Waters will host a sold out “group therapy” VIP experience for 50 audience members. Tickets start at $29, at

John Waters has written and directed sixteen movies including Pink Flamingos, Female Trouble, Polyester, Hairspray, Cry Baby, Serial Mom, and A Dirty Shame

He is the author of ten books: Shock Value, Crackpot, Pink Flamingos and Other Trash, Hairspray, Female Trouble and Multiple Maniacs, Art: A Sex Book (co-written with Bruce Hainley), Role ModelsCarsick, Make Trouble, Mr. Know-It-All, and in 2022 his first novel, Liarmouth: A Feel Bad Romance.

Prior to Waters’ performance, Performing Arts Houston’s Education and Community Engagement department will host a Pages & Stages book club in collaboration with Harris County Public Library. This free discussion will cover Waters’ 2010 release Role Models. Registration is open now, at

Two music compilation CDs have been released by New Line Records, A John Waters Christmas (2004) followed by A Date With John Waters (2007). In 2017 Third Man Records released a 7” EP of Waters reading Make Trouble and in 2021 Sub Pop records distributed his Prayer to Pasolini as part of its Singles Club. John’s audiobooks Carsick and Mr. Know-It-All were both nominated for GRAMMY Awards in the Best Spoken Word Album category.

John Waters is a member of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.  Additionally, he is a past member of the The Andy Warhol Foundation Board and the Wexner Center International Arts Advisory Council. He is currently on the Board of Directors for the Baltimore Museum of Art as well as the Maryland Film Festival and has been a key advisor to the Provincetown International Film Festival since it began in 1999, the same year Waters was honored as the first recipient of PIFF’s “Filmmaker on the Edge” award. 

In September 2014 Film Society of Lincoln Center honored John Waters’ filmmaking with a 10-day celebration entitled Fifty Years of John Waters: How Much Can You Take? featuring a complete retrospective of his work. The next year the British Film Institute also honored John’s contribution to cinema with their own program called The Complete Films of John Waters…Every Goddam One of Them. In 2015, Waters was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and the same by the Maryland Institute College of Arts (MICA) in May 2016, as well as by School of Visual Arts (SVA) in 2020. The French Minister of Culture bestowed the rank of Officer in the Order of Arts and Letters to Mr. Waters in 2015.  In February 2017 John Waters was honored with the Writers Guild of America East’s Ian McLellan Hunter Award for his body of work as a writer in motion pictures.

Waters is a photographer whose work has been shown in galleries all over the world. In 2011 he was selected as a juror for the Venice Biennale. He’s performed his one man spoken-word lectures entitled This Filthy World, False Negative or Make Trouble and his annual Christmas show, A John Waters Christmas, at colleges, museums, film festivals and comedy clubs around the world. Waters has appeared in many motion pictures and television shows including Jonathan Demme’s Something Wild, Woody Allen’s Sweet and Lowdown, Seed of Chucky, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip. The Simpsons, Ryan Murphy’s Feud, The Blacklist, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Search Party. He also was one of the faces of a Nike campaign in 2019 and the Saint Laurent fall 2020 menswear campaign in 2020.

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John Waters: End of the World
October 13, 2023
Friday 7:30 pm
Cullen Theater, Wortham Center
Tickets start at $29

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