Theater Grottesco Onstage
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Theater Grottesco – Danielle Reddick and John Flax, working in the style of Buffoon.
Enjoy the irreverence of one of America’s most creative theatrical ensembles while they share the philosophy and the many theatrical styles that make up their fantastically imaginative original plays.
Theater Grottesco is an anomaly in American theater. The Grottesco artists create their own plays collectively. The choice of Realism, generic comedy or musicals, is replaced with a broad range of historical theatrical styles or combinations of styles – distinctly ‘unrealistic’ – and often pushing the artists into unknown territory.
Instead of intellectual arguments and emotion conveyed through a script, the company uses imagery, movement, stillness and silence to move audiences.
The artists prefer to ask questions rather than provide answers. And instead of three to six weeks of rehearsals, the company spends years developing a piece.
In many ways, Theater Grottesco is closer to dance, music and the fine arts than it is to conventional theater.
The performance ends with a live interaction where we the actors take stories from the audience and transform them into gesture and story.
The show will have time for Q&A.
All photos by Bob Brady