The quote “if you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe” by deceased astrophysicist Carl Sagan is the inspiration for Theater Grottesco’s new original production “PIE.”
The cast-John Flax, Danielle Reddick, Apollo Garcia and Tara Khozein-put their heads together with director Kent Kirkpatrick to create a show that explores what it is to be human and how humans got to where we are now. Actors pose the question ‘what do we do when we don’t know what to do?’ and realize that “sometimes we rush into things, and sometimes we watch and wait,” adds Kirkpatrick.
“PIE,” which is presented at Adobe Rose Theatre from April 13 through April 30, begins with the creation of the universe and takes its cast and audience members on a journey back and forth in time and to locations including the Grand Canyon and the Mexican desert.
“The cast dexterously moves between emotionally driven clownish characters and their outrageously inflated buffoon alter-egos,” explains Kirkpatrick. “Commentary is inferred. Nothing is outwardly stated. So much is going on beneath the surface of what we see happening.”
What’s happening on stage is some Theater Grottesco wackiness that draws on the theatrical, musical and circus arts talents of cast members. “We’re really excited that Theater Grottesco is working with its second generation of performers,” says Kirkpatrick. “Apollo and Tara saw Theater Grottesco productions when they were growing up in Santa Fe.”
Musician J.A. Deane crafted the show’s original sound score, while sculptor Patrick Mehaffy created the set design.