Colorado Springs Independent

What do we do when we don’t know what to do next? PIE, by Theater Grottesco

Alissa Smith Aug 29, 2018 10:00 AM
Courtesy Theater Grottesco
PIE by Theater Grottesco, Aug. 30 to Sept. 1, 7:30 p.m., Sept. 2, 2 p.m., Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, 30 W. Dale St., $27-$30,
Astronomer Carl Sagan once famously said: “If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.” This single quote has inspired a thoroughly expansive production by Theater Grottesco, which will be touring to the Fine Arts Center this weekend only. PIE endeavors to answer the question of what we do when we don’t know what to do next. In this case, “we” means all of us, humanity, represented by four “armchair experts” who show up to speak on a panel only to realize the moderator isn’t there. Chaos ensues, naturally, and the actors break the bounds of time, space and nature to explore intrinsic questions of our existence. Theater Grottesco, originally founded in Paris but now based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, draws on European traditions of clowning, meaning they tackle this ambitious subject matter with a healthy dose of physical comedy and absurdity. While non-traditional, it promises to be as evocative as it is hilarious.