The Translator Video Sample 2016
THE TRANSLATOR begins as a Lecture-Performance by John Flax, journeying through the creation of theatrical styles throughout time in response to social and political movements. As the piece progresses, Colombian actor Gonzalo Carreño in the title role, slowly transforms the lecture-performance into a moving and humorous conversation about current issues for Latin American immigrants, bringing the styles to life and show-casing the role of theater as a mirror of contemporary culture.
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.". 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, 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 Dino J.A. Deane, Costumer Sara Bradley, Lighting Designer Skip Rapoport, and Graphic Designer Robert Brady.