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Shorts 5 Streaming
September 16, 2022 - September 25, 2022
SHORTS 5 is a new collection of original plays created by company members, each a complete story and world unto itself. Using a remarkable range of theatrical styles, SHORTS 5 is the theatrical equivalent of a collection of short stories or arias. It allows this award-winning company to work larger than normal, exploring characters and styles in a tremendously exciting format. This is the 5th collection of short works the company has presented since its founding in Paris 40 years ago. This latest version of new works is anchored by two pieces: a deeper exploration into the physical Greek Chorus Grottesco introduced in 2019’s DIFFERENT. Susan Skeele leads this piece, creating a modern adaptation of the chorus and using original haiku poetry contributed by audience members to explore the place between life and death. The other anchor piece is the third chapter of Grottesco’s buffoon fairy tale, The King Without a Kingdom. Additional pieces are created by Danielle Reddick, John Flax, and Koppany Pusztai. In Grottesco’s world of physical theatre, the ensemble is where the actors create moving imagery, like a dynamic painting. They come to know their fellow performers so well that the audience can witness the artistic equivalent of basketball’s no-look pass, an antidote for the age of individualism and a reminder of the magical possibilities of working together and of live theatre.
Streaming for free from September 16–25, 2022.