OM: Ten Tiny Epics in an Outlet Mall
Grottesco's 5th Collection of Short Works
...lost whales, forlorn astronauts, mysterious rituals, murderer Gary Gilmore’s last days, the largest storm in modern history, and maybe even a surprise visit from God...
Featuring John Flax, Rod Harrison and Kate Kita, with works by Elizabeth Wiseman and Kent Kirkpatrick.
About the Venue
Theater Grottesco transformed its rehearsal space at the Fashion Outlets of Santa Fe in to an intimate performance venue just for this production. Each night there were pre and post-show parties; and on alternating nights there were discussions with guest commentators and talk-backs with the cast.
About Grottesco's Short Works:
Once every three years, Theater Grottesco challenges each member of the ensemble to create a 5-10 minute piece. There are no guidelines: any story, any style is possible. The pieces must, however, catch the current passion of the creator. Ensemble members are available to each other to act, write or direct. Artistic Director John Flax works with each artist on the development of their piece as needed. In the end, the company ties the short works together to create a cohesive production. These shows have proven to be some of our most popular. The creation of Shorts develops the talents and visions of the ensemble members, and within each collection, there are several pieces which become laboratory works for eventual full length plays.
In four previous collections, which have resulted in the creation of 35 works, we have featured a host of memorable characters and worlds, along with four short plays that later became critically acclaimed full length productions, The Angels’ Cradle, seen Off-Broadway in 1999, This is Life as We Know It…, 2001, Bolt Upright, an adaptation by Acushla Bastible and Charles Gamble that premiered in Ireland in 2004, and Grottesco's 12th Night, which premiered at the Santa Fe Opera’s Stieren Hall in 2008. The latter two productions premiered as short works in Keyholes (2003), and performed to sold-out crowds in a circus ring at the renovated CCA Warehouse.