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FleshEatingTiger / written by Amy Tofte & directed by Vincent Paterson
June 21, 2013 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm$15 - $20
FleshEatingTiger uses dark comedy and theatricality to chronicle an affair under the influence. The Man struggles with sobriety; The Woman is dependent on his affection. Scenes unravel between realism and absurdism. The line between acting in the play and reality is relentlessly blurred, just as addiction blurs a healthy relationship.
Friday + Saturday, June 21 + 22 @ 8:30pm
$20 general admission / $15 members, students, seniors
FleshEatingTiger premiered at the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe Festival with CalArts alums Sam Breen and Gabriela Trigo-McIntyre (actors) and writer Amy Tofte with much critical acclaim:
“Tofte utilises [sic] poignant monologues to contrast comedic double acts, helping create tenderly strong characters who drag the audience into the disorder.” (The Scotsman)
“Played with pace and great performances from the actors….The Fringe should be an explosion of new emerging writers and Amy Tofte can take her place amongst them with this piece.” (Fringe Review)
“Terrifically well-written and performed by two dynamic actors, this ambitious production is worth contemplating long after you’ve left the theatre.” (InformedEdinburgh)
AMY TOFTE’s writing has been called ‘brutally funny’ and ‘distinct while most definitely on key… ’ (LA Weekly). Her plays and solo pieces have been performed around the United States in New York City (ID America Festival, Turnip Festival, among others); The Kennedy Center; Alaska’s Last Frontier Conference; Iowa City, IA (Riverside Theatre); Jackson, MS (New Stage Theatre) and at both the 2010 and 2011 Edinburgh Fringe and the 2012 Hollywood Fringe (selected for 2012 Best of Fringe). Her short play The Course We Set toured England as part of Western Washington University’s annual touring company in 2012. She was recently selected as a semi-finalist for the 2013 Source Festival in Washington, D.C. and had a reading of her full-length play WhiteDevil-LovingMother at Seattle Rep. She has received playwriting fellowships from the Kennedy Center (2009) and the Autry National Center of the American West (2012). www.amytofte.com
VINCENT PATERSON is a world-renowned director and choreographer whose career spans just about every genre of the entertainment industry including film, theatre, Broadway, concert tours, opera, music videos, television and commercials.
As a director and choreographer, Vincent created many works for Madonna and Michael Jackson including Madonna’s Blond Ambition Tour (on which the film, Truth or Dare is based), and her legendary Marie Antoinette Vogue performance for MTV and the choreography for her videos Express Yourself and Vogue. For Michael Jackson, with whom he worked for over 15 years, Vincent created the Bad Tour, as well as videos for Smooth Criminal and Blood on the Dance Floor and multiple other Jackson music videos and live performances. Vincent directed and choreographed the musical sequences in Lars Von Trier’s film Dancer In The Dark. Vincent’s short film, Threnody, a dance-performance perspective on the tragedy of 9/11 has been broadcast nationally and won the Gold Prize at the Houston Film Festival. It was produced and shot by Joe Pytka. Among the many films he choreographed are The Birdcage and Closer for director Mike Nichols, Evita for director Alan Parker, HOOK for Steven Spielberg.
Vincent directed and choreographed Berlin’s first original production of the musical Cabaret at Bar Jeder-Vernunft, a mirror-tent from 1914. It is the longest running play in Berlin’s history. Vincent’s direction of the play Gangsta Love, set in a boxing club, earned him a Los Angeles Drama-Logue award for Outstanding Director. He directed Prague’s National BlackLight Theater in a stunning version of Gulliver’s Travels. Vincent is the Director, Writer, and Co-Choreographer of Cirque du Soleil’s, VIVA! ELVIS in Las Vegas with over 1,000 performances. Vincent directed the critically acclaimed opera Manon with soprano Anna Netrebko, conducted by Placido Domingo. The opera has been performed in Los Angeles, Berlin and Valencia, Spain. His direction of Anna Netrebko: The Woman, The Voice received a nomination for ‘Best Television Arts Program’ at the Montreaux Film Festival. The DVD is the top selling classical DVD in European history.
The TNT Telefilm, In Search of Dr. Seuss, which Vincent directed and choreographed, received seven Emmy nominations. He choreographed London’s West End production of Lenny for director Sir Peter Hall and LA Opera’s Grand Duchess for director Garry Marshall. Vincent received a Tony nomination for choreographing Hal Prince’s Kiss of the Spiderwoman. He has worked with a star-studded list of performers: Madonna, Michael Jackson, Van Halen, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, Lee Ann Rimes, Diana Ross, Lionel Ritchie, David Lee Roth, Slash, Whitney Houston, just to name a few.
Vincent is featured in the best-selling, Smithsonian publication, Masters of Movement: Portrait’s of America’s Greatest Choreographers. The Swedish documentary about Vincent’s life and career, The Man Behind The Throne, is scheduled for release in 2013.