Think about when you were a child and got bored – at some point, some member of your family may have attempted to quell your restlessness by turning on a lamp and casting shadows on the living room wall.
There was always a swan and a wolf or a butterfly – whatever the creator’s mind could think of to help the small one calm down.
Now, just pretend that that family member trying to placate you was Stephen Spielberg or George Lacus – this opens up a whole new world of Shadow Pictures.
The inventive minds of the members of Ouroboros Shadow Pictures bring this unique theatre experience to Tacoma for a one night only performance of their original production “The History of Waking Up.”
The Oakland, California based troupe is touted to be one of the foremost touring shadow-theater companies in the United States. The company uses real people to produce the shadows upon their free-standing giant screen which they transport to the theatre with them. They also use intricate paper cutting designs to represent houses, cities and miscellaneous surroundings.
The creative artists of the company include visual artist Alisa Javits and musician Adam Lipinski. The two founded Ouroboros in 2013 with Javits the primary designer and Lipinski who is in charge of music and sound elements for the productions; both add to the writing of the scripts.
“The History of Waking Up” follows two people through their nightmares and fantasies, painting a haunting picture of solitude, memory and parallel realities. Set after a tragic incident in the lives of the characters, this story explores their perceptions of time and their struggles with loneliness. When the line between the real and the imagined begins to disintegrate, the collective journey of both characters becomes clear.
This show runs 50 minutes with no intermission. This production may not be appropriate for children under 13.
This inventive production plays for one night only; Saturday, July 25 at 8 p.m. at Tacoma Little Theatre at 2010 N. I Street. Tickets are $12 in advance; $17 at the door.
For more information or to make reservations call the theatre at (253) 272-2281 or go online to www.tacomalittletheatre.com.