Touring 2018 – 2022
Stay tuned for announcement of tour location and dates!
ABOUT THE SHOW
PIE is a layman’s exploration of what happens when you don't know what to do next, inspired by the Carl Sagan quote, "If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe..." and the Kate Tempest poem Brand New Ancients, "Yes, the gods are on the park bench, the gods are on the bus, / The gods are all here, the gods are in us."
Grottesco’s take on these two brilliant fragments is a deeply relevant and moving journey across the universe, down the Grand Canyon and into a world of questions about societal pressures, identity, hopelessness, greed, and the toxic muddy trickle at the end of a once raging river. 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.
Simply put, four lovable fools arrive at a panel discussion where the moderator doesn't show up. They have a collective nervous breakdown, unleashing their inner gods, and accidentally destroy and reinvent the universe.
REVIEWS FOR PIE
The performance defies description... superb in its execution and imagination...
- Talkin' Broadway
If there was tap dancing in it, I would have died. I've gone to the theater several times a week, for the last ten years, and this is my very favorite.
- Audience Member
...suddenly Apollo Garcia Orellana was bathed in stark white light, talking straight from the broken heart of his character, a ruddy youth minister in training. In the hands of a less capable, less genuine actor, the script's turn toward a guaranteed tear-jerker would feel cheap—but here, it was brutal. I didn't even realize I was crying until I was absolutely blubbering. Like a child, I tell you.
- The Santa Fe Reporter
I never understood poetry when we studied it in school, but this was poetry for the stage, and I understood it because you welcomed me into it.
- Audience Member
Thank you for the silence and for trusting us.
- Audience Member
NEFA's NATIONAL THEATRE PROJECT
In 2017, Theater Grottesco's PIE was one of six recipients of the prestigious National Theatre Project award from New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), with major funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The grant will allow Grottesco to continue artistic development on PIE, which had a work-in-progress showings at Santa Fe's Adobe Rose Theatre in April 2017, and Albuquerque's q-Staff Theatre in January 2018, and will subsidize touring around the United States.
After nearly two decades dedicated to outlandish theatrical research in the high deserts of New Mexico, Theater Grottesco is back on the road. Thank you NEFA!
Theater Grottesco was founded in 1983 in Paris, France, by John Flax and Didier Maucort, former members of Minneapolis’ Theatre de la Jeune Lune and graduates of France’s Ecole Jacques Lecoq. Joined shortly thereafter by Elizabeth Wiseman, another Lecoq graduate, the company has evolved to 15 artists comprising a tremendous range of theatrical expertise.
Together they have created 14 full-length plays and over 30 shorter pieces, performed in 7 countries, 30 states, most major U.S. cities and hundreds of smaller communities, garnering an international award for Best Production, New England Foundation for the Arts' National Theater Project award, 2 Drama Critic’s awards, a silver medal with Detroit’s Zone V Productions from the Houston Worldfest Film Festival, a Rockefeller MAP Fund Grant, 11 National Endowment for the Arts Professional Theater Awards, and one of 2 MetLife/TCG A-ha Do It grants in the programs inaugural season. In 1999, Theater Grottesco performed The Angels’ Cradle Off-Broadway at The New Victory Theater; that work is now permanently archived at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.
Company members have served in the acting ensemble at the Sundance Institute in Utah. Flax and Wiseman have served as guest directors and instructors of movement and the creation of original theater at theaters and in university programs across the country, in addition to 8 years each as NEA artists-in-the-schools. Theater Grottesco has been on the juried Western States, Arts Midwest and Michigan Touring Rosters. In 1985, the company moved to the United States, basing out of New York and Detroit before settling in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1996.
MEET THE ENSEMBLE
Danielle Louise Reddick
Danielle plays Betsy Sweets in PIE, an amateur astrophysicist. Danielle 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.
AVAILABLE WORKSHOPS & RESIDENCIES FOR PIE
The following workshops are available as single 2–3 hour workshops, day-long or weekend intensives, or progressive daily or bi-weekly courses over a period of 2 to 4 weeks.
Presence and Ensemble
This is the foundation of physical performance. Personal work includes instinctual response, rhythm, a relaxed, heightened energy and an economy of movement. Ensemble Training adjusts personal rhythm and instinct to the group; group balance of space; imagery through movement and sound; focusing the audience's attention.
Clown is the most personal of the styles Grottesco teaches. The company specifies a Theatrical Clown as opposed to a Circus Clown. This requires a search for the vulnerability of the individual, the state of simply 'being' on stage without 'performing'. In this state we see the humanity of the individual and from that humanity comes humor. There are no tricks taught in a Grottesco Clown workshop. This state of vulnerability has broad application to all theatrical styles.
Gesture as Cultural Memory
This workshop begins with the premise that culture is stored in our genes as instinct. Glimpses of these memories can be seen as movement and gesture, many of them unconscious. Where language provides oral and written history, and thought gives us our world view; movement and gesture, on a deeper and subconscious level, reveal memories and culture forsworn, family and tribal histories, present pop culture messages imprinting without our awareness or consent, and perhaps even portents of the future.
Conduction is a key that can open the door of musical potential. It is based on a lexicon of instructions which the conductor conveys through signs and gestures, and to which musicians or speakers respond with musical content. In Conduction, participants are encouraged to draw on their personality, history and skill and take part in a decision-making process which is collective in nature, and in which composition and performance become one. Teacher Dino J.A. Deane leads the workshop through a practical introduction to Conduction, delving quickly into the musical latencies of the group. More about Dino: www.jadeane.com
Text for Dancers
Dancers have been delivering text in Europe for decades, but less so in the United States. This workshop is designed to open the door to text for dancers with physical situations that dancers can easily relate to, letting simple memorized or improvised phrases ride on top of dance phrases and discovering how text and movement influence each other to form multi-layered performance.
The Body Story workshop is a somatic exploration of range of movement and the edges of balance & stability. Finding our edges provides ease in our physical presence and comfort in risky situations. The Body Story is a play of the physical instrument. Playing with ways to access all of the senses and to make them available when creating movement for characters. We will ground the body using balance, breath and vision to free it up in space.