Rhinoceros animation features in Long story Short

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May 072012

Working shot animating The Rhinocros

Animator Webster Crowell contributes a very short version of Ionesco’s play The Rhinoceros to an otherwise live theater lineup this week at Long story Short.  Animated with clay and silhouettes, the surreal story concerns a French town plagued by Rhinos and was condensed to a three minute conversation between friends and hastily animated over the course of two weeks.

Big Story Small performs three nights only: May 10, 11, and 12 at 8pm.  Tickets: $10 – $15


Eight classics will be performed in a single evening, each with a new treatment by a local writer. The collection is staged with the assistance of puppets and black light, a dancer and a musician, a tiny orchard, animation, and more.

This installment of Big Story Small includes:

Medea, originally by Euripides, adapted by Gavin Cummins
The Cherry Orchard, originally by Anton Chekhov, adapted by Brendan Healy
Playboy of the Western World, originally by J.M. Synge, adapted by Scott Herman
State of Siege, originally by Albert Camus, adapted by Pony World Theatre
St. Joan, originally by George Bernard Shaw, adapted by Kelleen Conway Blanchard
Rhinoceros, originally by Eugene Ionesco, adapted by Webster Crowell
Waiting for Godot, originally by Samuel Beckett, adapted by Shawn Belyea

Below U.S. video premiering at Art Walk!

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Oct 052011

Below U.S. is a multi-media play about hybrid identity directed by Tikka Sears and Manuel Castro. Tess Martin made some animated segments for it and it was a great experience. It ran at the Ethnic Cultural Theater June 2-4, 2011. The edited video of the play will premiere this Thursday during the Pioneer Square Art Walk at Tikka and Manuel’s studio inside the Tashiro Kaplan building.  Here is a little more practical information from Tikka:

The 8th Annual Tashiro-Kaplan Open Studios
Thursday October 6th
115 Prefontaine PL. S. # 501
Seattle, WA 98104
Come to first Thursday on October 6th at the Tashiro-Kaplan Building in Pioneer Square.
There will be performances, Open Studios, Open Galleries, Music and Live Art!
We are in Loft #501 on the fifth floor…….come and visit us.
Manuel and I will have our studio open and will be screening the edited video of Below U.S. A Multimedia Play about Hybrid Identity at 7:00PM and 8:00PM.
Manuel will be displaying glass.  We hope that you can join us for what it always a fun and festive event.  Many of the resident artists will have their studios open and there will be various performances and activities going on through out our fabulous building.
We hope you can make it.
Below U.S. was made possible with funding from The Seattle Mayor’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs and 4 Culture.

Animated segments from Below U.S.

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Sep 032011

These are the animated segments from Below U.S. that I worked on in June:

‘Below U.S.’ is a play about hybrid identity directed and performed by Tikka Sears and Manuel Castro. It includes these sections animated by Tess Martin, that parody Electric Company skits from the 1970s. These scenes reflect on derogatory language, and how it can define those at whom it is directed as well as those who speak it. This multimedia play was performed June 2-4, 2011 at the Ethnic Cultural Theatre in Seattle, WA. More info: http://www.memorywartheater.com/

Below U.S. – a play about hybrid identity

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May 232011

I’ve been working steadily on animated segments for a multimedia theater piece titled Below U.S. It occurs June 3rd and 4th with a special free preview performance on June 2nd. The animated segments echo well-known skits from the Electric Company – stills soon!

Speedy, as he is nicknamed by his friends, seeks to find comfort within his complex identities. Labeled a gringo in Latin America and a Latino in the U.S., he experiences a state of perpetual banishment that makes him feel like an outsider abroad, at home, and even in his own skin.This multimedia play combines physical theater, video animation by Tess Martin, and text drawn from interviews with community members.

Created and performed by Manuel Castro and
Tikka Sears

June 3 and 4, 8:00PM, Ethnic Cultural Theater, 3931 Brooklyn Avenue, Seattle, WA, 98105. Tickets available at www.brownpapertickets.com, $5-$12. More info at www.memorywartheater.com