Does He Know?, an experimental puppet performance piece about broken relationships and the path to love, will premiere March 21st and run through March 29th at the Electric Lodge in Venice.
Triumvirate Pi Theatre combines a one-character solo piece with the visual appeal of shadow play and object puppetry for Does He Know? The story tells of a woman, plagued by her loverís gentle request for something she feels she does not have, who journeys into her past to discover what she has lost, according to Triumvirate Pi.
Performances are scheduled at 4 and 7 p.m. Saturdays, March 21st and 28th, and Sundays, March 22nd and 29th, at the Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice. Tickets are $20. Parking is free on-site. For reservations and to purchase tickets, (310) 823-0710 or www.brownpaperticket.com/.
The one-act piece, written and directed by Triumvirate Pi Theatre artistic director Leslie K. Gray, stars Nina J. Silver. Puppeteer/performers are Chie Saito and Rosalie Tucker, and the shadow puppeteer is Olga Volozova.
Puppet design is by Gray and Lena Garcia, who also designed the set. Costume design is by Soojin Lee, with lighting design by Dan Weingarten and sound design by Ovation Award-nominated designer John Nobori.
ìThis piece is a means to stretch our range,î says Gray. ìWe are striving to create a show that will be able to play in both puppetry and traditional theater festivals.
ìThe team we have assembled has the kind of exuberant creativity to do a lot of envelope-pushing, and we already have plans to tour internationally.î
Gray is a native of Los Angeles and the artistic director of Tri Pi Theatre. She has been an L.A. Cultural Affairs Department artist-in-residence and an L.A. Weekly Theater Award winner. Gray wrote and directed the site-specific Reds, Whites, and Blues, which premiered at the Los Angeles Athletic Club, and was remounted at the Japanese American National Museum.
She wrote and directed The Pink Dress, a family puppet show based on her motherís experience in a Japanese-American internment camp that currently tours to L.A. schools under the auspices of the Music Center. She was also commissioned by the Pasadena Museum of History to create the Fenyes Mansion performance of December 12, 1904. In 2006 she co-created and directed Tri-Piís award winning puppet show set in feudal Japan, The Fox Lantern.
Silver recently starred as the mermaid in Rogue Artists Ensembleís critically acclaimed productions of The Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy of Mr. Punch. Among her other Los Angeles theater credits are The Night Before Christmas, Narnia the musical, Portia in The Merchant of Venice, Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra, Celia in As You Like It and Lady Macbeth in Macbeth.
Triumvirate Pi Theatre is dedicated to producing live theater that breaks down perceived barriers of race, gender and disability for all Los Angeles theater artists and audiences. To this end, Tri-Pi presents all its shows in wheelchair accessible facilities and provides captioning for the hearing impaired at every performance to ensure equal access.