Why is Pie?
Carl Sagan famously said, “If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.” Ponder that for a minute. Keep pondering—there's a lot to unpack in that one sentence. Now toss in demigods, alter-egos and the meaning of life. Okay, now write a whole play about the questions and ideas that arise from that exciting mixture of things. Oh, wait! Someone already did that so you don't have to. Wade through your physical perception of the universe toward the Adobe Rose Theatre in Santa Fe Thursdays-Sundays to see Theater Grottesco's performance of PIE. Regular tickets range from $12-$25, but Thursday performances are pay-what-you-wish and April 14 is a special $100 per person gala. Regular showings are at 7pm Thursday-Saturday and 2pm on Sunday. (Renée Chavez)
Thursday Apr 13, 2017
Santa Fe, NM 87507
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Apollo Garcia, Danielle Reddick, John Flax and Tara Khozein come together in a stellar ensemble cast, dexterously moving between emotionally-driven clownish characters and their buffoon alter-egos.
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.
Blending styles of the Naïve and the Buffoon, Grottesco uses its 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 question.
The cast includes theater, music, dance, and circus artists Apollo Garcia, Danielle 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 Sarah Bradley, Lighting Designer Skip Rappaport, and Graphic Designer Robert Brady.
ABOUT THEATER GROTTESCO
Founded in Paris in 1983, Theater Grottesco is known internationally for visual and explosive original theater productions. The Grottesco Ensemble rekindles interest in live performance by juxtaposing classical and modern theatrical styles with a daring, poetic research of culture and imagination, giving voice to the marginal elements of our contemporary society, and taking audiences to the brink of emotional wonder and soulful reflection. Theater Grottesco is celebrating its 21st year in Santa Fe and is a 2015 and 2016 finalist for the National Theater Program.
General Admission: $25
Thursdays: Pay What You Wish
April 14th Gala Performance: $100
Group Rates are Available. Call 505-474-8400 for more information.
There will be a performer-audience Q&A session after every performance.