TG creates a new kind of performance that is visual, explosive and full of surprise. 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.


While we patiently work towards a safe reopening, Theater Grottesco will screen four productions on Vimeo this spring. KWAK KWAK (premiere), The Moment of YES!PIE, and DIFFERENT.


KWAK KWAK (Premiere)

APRIL 23-25

KWAK KWAK (Premiere): Chapter One of The King Without a Kingdom(fondly dubbed KWAK), traced the King finding his Kingdom against all odds. In the second chapter - KWAK KWAK - a spunky girl journeys to a cave where an old warrior, is rumored to live. Only he can challenge the King who has been covering the kingdom in Veils that poison the land and muddle the people’s brains. All the animals, sprites, ancient knights and knightesses meet at the castle for a showdown. KWAK KWAK is a buffoon fairy tale.


The Moment of YES!

May 7-9

The Moment of YES! (2015) is dance, theater, and music woven into a unique theatrical experience about communication, creating common culture, and the humor of the journey, relishing complicity and tracing the cracks that can grow into their own monsters. it is a tribute to Peter Brook and the empty space. Imagine an actor challenging the order of the play he is in; or seeing another human being for the first time. 


"Everything in the world began with a yes. One molecule said yes to another molecule and life was born." –Clarice Lispector, The Hour of the Star



May 21-23

PIE (2017) is a comedic exploration of what happens when we don’t know what to do. The play begins as four arm-chair experts arrive for a panel discussion, only to find that the moderator is a no show. As tensions rise, a Rube Goldberg-like chain of accidents tips. The characters have a collective emotional breakdown and accidentally hit the restart button on the universe. A skewed history of reality follows, from moments before the Big Bang to the electronic baroque of today. 


“If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.”—Carl Sagan

2017 National Theatre Project Award Winner



June 4-6

DIFFERENT (2019) is a rigorous exploration of ensemble as Greek Chorus. Grottesco carefully crafted a structure of physical and vocal ‘prompts’ that supports the improvised retelling of the Joan of Arc story without choreography, a score or even lighting cues. Ensemble members know the story but it has not been memorized and there is no delineation of who tells which section. The experience is much like the recounting of a book or movie, only in the style of Greek Tragedy made modern. It conjures a jazz improvisation with musicians who have worked together for a long time.


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 The price of admission is FREE (but donations are greatly appreciated.) Theater Grottesco is a 501c3 Nonprofit Organization. All donations made are tax-deductible.


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