Friday, March 9, 2012

Performance: The Neo-Futurists' The Strange and Terrible True Story of Pinocchio (the wooden boy) as Told by Frankenstein's Monster (the wretched creature)

An exciting project coming currently running at the Neo-Futurists:

"Written and directed by Greg Allen
Previews Thursday and Friday, March 8 and 9 at 8:00 p.m.
Opening Night: Saturday, March 10, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.
Regular performances continue through April 14: Thurs/Fri/Sat at 8:00 p.m.
Tickets are $20, $10 for students/seniors with ID, or
pay-what-you-can on Thursdays. 
All performances take place at The Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland, Chicago, Ill.
Neo-Futurist Founding Director Greg Allen presents Carlo Collodi's original 1883 Italian masterpiece through the eyes of Mary Shelley's nameless hideous Monster, using a barrage of puppets, absurd costumes, mesmerizing stagecraft, and his trademark dark humor and meta-theatrics.  Definitely NOT a children's story, this stage adaptation includes all the outrageous, bizarre, and violent scenes which are usually cut from other adaptations of Pinocchio.  Allen parellels the stories of these two motherless, un-born creatures to explore the nature of love, betrayal, mortality, fatherhood, forgiveness, and the meaning of life itself.
Pinocchio/Frankenstein promises to be among the best of Allen's award-winning work."

This actually makes perfect sense, and I don't know why it hasn't been explored before (if it has, please tell me!) Pinocchio and Frankenstein's Monster are both characters looking to be human. They were created by a man not for their own sake, but as an embodiment of an ambition or need from their creator. Friends, in Chicago, please tell me how it is!

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