Big Shot premiered as a part of South Coast Repertory’s Pacific Playwrights Festival.
The creation of this show is made in part due to the generous support of South Coast Repertory, Bootleg Theatre, The Dept. of Cultural Affairs for the City of Los Angeles and The Los Angeles County Arts Commission
Director/Choreographer – Tina Kronis
Playwright – Richard Alger
Musical Director – Wes Myers
Costume Designer – Ellen McCartney
Lighting Design – Richard Alger
Sound Design – Kronis & Alger
Tech Director – Aaron Francis
One feature of outstanding physical theatre is that it successfully offers a truly original spectacle, not in its various parts, but as a whole. That spectactle doesn’t need to be all bells and whistles; it can be a spectactle for its simplicity of realisation. To draw on an existing, iconic movie series, and to then alchemically mix it all up an offer it back as something fresh and new in itself, is a remarkable achievement. That’s what lies at the heart of Big Shot, a new production from award-winning Theatre Movement Bazaar, from the pen of Richard Alger and under the direction of Tina Kronis.
Outstanding work from Theatre Movement Bazaar – again!
This is not The Godfather. Theatre Movement Bazaar are at pains to point this out. Big Shot is part homage, part pastiche, but mostly it’s about patriarchs, power and pasta. It’s interrogation rather than adaptation: a genre-bending whirlwind of criminal choreography, lightning dialogue, and a swelling soundtrack that asks its audience to suspend what they know of Mario Puzo’s book and Francis Ford Coppola’s film and get down to the nitty gritty of what it is to be an outsider, the straight one in a crook family, the wife of a mafioso, the middle son, or a Kraut-Mick boy who’ll never be Italian.
TMB leave no stone unturned, no angle unassessed, in their post-cultural meta-theatrical debate on what makes (or doesn’t make) a ‘big shot’.
- Run Time: 75 minutes
- Cast Size: 6
- Available for touring: Yes
- Suitable for 12+
- Physical Theatre
as part of the South Coast Repertory’s Pacific Playwrights Festival
LA Run: Bootleg Theatre
Feb 17 – Mar 10, 2018 | 2220 Beverly Blvd, LA, CA 90057 | bootlegtheater.org
Fringe Run: Bedlam Theatre
as part of the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival
Aug 3 – 28, 2015 | 11B Bristo Place, Edinburgh UK, EH1 1EZ | bedlamfringe.co.uk
- Shanghai Grand Theatre
- Chinese National Center for the Performing Arts
Final Run: California State Polytechnic University, (Pomona, CA)
photos courtesy of Shanon Rodriguez