Theater Grottesco's PIE
Theater Grottesco presents PIE, the company's 15th original production, from January 10th 28th at the q-Staff Theatre in downtown Albuquerque.
PIE is a layman's exploration of how we got to where we are, inspired by the provocative Carl Sagan quote, "If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe." Grottesco's take is a complete (very abridged) history of the planet, from moments before the big bang to the electronic baroque of today, exploding with madcap humor as the mundane collides with the celestial.
Four character actors come together in a stellar ensemble cast, dexterously moving between emotionally driven clownish characters, and their outrageously inflated buffoon alter-egos. Blending styles of the Naïve and the Buffoon, Grottesco uses its broad stylistic palette to create surprise and wonder as it holds up a mirror to the current state of the planet and its people, while sneaking up on life's great questions.
The cast includes theater, music, dance, and circus artists Apollo Garcia Orellana, Danielle Louise Reddick, John Flax, and Tara Khozein. PIE was devised and written by the ensemble, under the direction of Kent Kirkpatrick. The production team includes Sculptor Patrick Mehaffy, Composer J.A. Deane, Costumer Sara Bradley, Lighting Designer Skip Rapoport, and Graphic Designer Robert Brady.
JOHN FLAX is a creator, performer, writer, director and designer. In addition to Grottesco, Flax has performed with London's Theatre Complicite and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at LA's new Disney Hall in Strange Poetry: Berlioz and the Chemistry of Dreams in 2004, and with choreographer Della Davidson's 10 PM Dream at the Mondavi Center in Davis, CA in 2005. He has been a resource artist and ensemble member with the Sundance Playwrighting Laboratory, performed for 2 years with the Paris Circus and 2 years with the Theatre de la Jeune Lune in Minneapolis and Paris. Mr. Flax has been a member of J.A. Deane's Out of Context structured improvisational orchestra since 2002. He has appeared in films in France and the U.S. He has translated several works from French into English including Jacques Lecoq's celebrated lecture-demonstration Tout Bouge. He has been a guest director and movement coach at theaters and colleges across the country. He is a graduate of the Ecole Jacques Lecoq, and also studied with Phillipe Gaulier in Paris and with Arthur Lessac, holds degrees in Environmental Studies, and all but dissertation for an Ed.D. in Philosophy and Anthropology. Mr. Flax served on the board of directors of the Network of Ensemble Theaters (NET), a national organization, from 2003-2006.
APOLLO GARCIA ORELLANA is an international performer, producer, collaborator, and educator. His work features a fusion of circus, theatre, music and dance - aiming to push the boundaries of what is possible on stage and transcend the reality of the everyday. He is a co-founder of the Paris based underground cabaret-cirque duo, Les Douleurs Exquises, and has worked as both an educator and performer in refugee camps on the borders of Turkey, Iraq, and Syria with the Her Yerde Sanat Social Circus as his clown alter ego, Socks (of Salade & Socks). He is a graduate of the two year professional training program at l'École Internationale de Théàtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris, France, and has also trained with NoFit State Circus (Cardiff, Wales), and at Les Noctambules École de Cirque (Paris). He joined Theater Grottesco for the 2015 production of The Moment of YES!
TARA KHOZEIN is a classically-trained singer, theater-maker, vocal improviser, teacher, and director, exploring the intersections of classical singing and physical theater. She holds an artist diploma in physical theatre from École Jacques Lecoq, and a BM in vocal performance from New Mexico State University. She has studied singing in Paris, Düsseldorf, Las Cruces, and Santa Fe, and has appeared in classical music festivals including soundSCAPE in Maccagno, Italy; Stuttgarter Meisterkurse für Stimmkunst und Neues Musiktheater in Stuttgart, Germany; and New Music on The Point in Rutland, VT. She is a champion of new music and original theater in Santa Fe, NM where she can be seen performing with Theater Grottesco, Meow Wolf, Ironweed Productions, Strangers Collective, and in concert. She began working with Grottesco in 2014 as a creator and performer in The Moment of YES!
DANIELLE LOUISE REDDICK came to New Mexico after touring as a company member of the International Broadway tour of STOMP. Prior to STOMP, she was an actor, solo performer, puppeteer and percussionist in New York City. Some of the roles she has performed as an actor in New Mexico include; Mrs. Muller in Doubt: A Parable with Ironweed Productions, Ariel in The Tempest with Theaterwork, multiple roles in Hellcab and Lilith in The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer both with Mother Road Theatre Company, "Elizabeth" in In the Next Room with Santa Fe Performing Arts, "Van Helsing" in Dracula directed by Shepard Sobel, founder of the Pearl Theater in New York City and "La Marguise de Merteuil" in Les liaisons Dangereuses directed by Jon Jory, formerly of the Actors Theater of Louisville. Danielle earned a B.F.A. in theater/acting graduating magna cum laude from Santa Fe University of Art and Design. Danielle has worked as an actor in film, television and new media. She performs two solo shows: Ask Louise and Hypnopompic. Currently, Dani is an ensemble company member of Theater GrottesCo. She is co-owner of RedQuyn Productions and curator of RedQuyn Space. Danielle is a wood carver specializing in puppets and member of the Baumann Marionette Puppet Troupe.
Q-Staff Theater (View)
400 Broadway SE
Albuquerque, NM 87102
|Minimum Age: 5|
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|