Dmae features the last two shows of CoHo SUMMERFEST 2018. We’ll featureÂ Pratik Motwani’sÂ solo showÂ #//<EMBEDDED>//#Â (performing July 12 â€“ 15 at 7:30pm) andÂ Philipâ€™s Glass Menagerie Â (performingÂ July 19 â€“ 22 at 8pm)Â directed byÂ Philip Cuomo, producing artistic director of CoHo Productions.Â We’ll hear about these two shows as well what’s coming up next season at CoHo.
Created and performed by Pratik Motwani
#//<EMBEDDED>//# is a one-person multimedia piece of devised theatre that examines the condition of a trapped virtual identity through the lens of a cyber celebrity stuck within the regulating algorithms of a social media platform, inside a broadcasting room floating somewhere in the inter-webs of cyber space and time. Or a basement-dwelling computer nerd creates a super-cool virtual identity that keeps him from making real human connections because he canâ€™t disconnect. Film projection, GIF animation, Prezi presentation, physical theatre and polyester pants included.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Originally from Mumbai, India,Â Pratik MotwaniÂ Â is an Actor/Theatre Maker/Theatre Educator with a specialization in eastern and western forms of mask performance technique and devised physical theatre. He holds an MFA in ensemble-based physical theatre from Dellâ€™Arte International in Blue Lake, CA where he now works as a resident artist, teaching artist and company member. As a voice over artist Pratik has lent his voice to actor Dev Patel (The Protagonist) in the Indian version of the Oscar winning filmÂ Slumdog Millionaire. As an actor with the Dellâ€™Arte Company, Pratik was recently seen playing leading roles in their production ofÂ The State of JeffersonÂ (2017),Â The Big Thirst(2016),Â Comedy of ErrorsÂ (2014) and will be seen in the title role as Ruzante (Arlechino) in a Commedia Dellâ€™Arte adaptation ofÂ Ruzante Returns From The WarÂ premiering in June 2018 at Dellâ€™Arte Internationalâ€™s Mad River Festival. Pratik has also toured nationally/internationally as lead performer withÂ IMAGO Theatre’sÂ FROGZÂ andÂ Zoo Zoo.
Philipâ€™s Glass Menagerie
Directed by Philip Cuomo
Featuring Sascha Blocker, Isaac Lamb, Murri Lazaroff-Babin and Emily Newton
Family secrets, a collection of fragile glass animals, gender-bending gentleman callers, and memories of Blue Mountain â€“ itâ€™s the Wingfield family you only think you know. Elements of silent film, physical comedy, and the music of Philip Glass highlight this poignant, hilarious and whimsical telling of Tennessee Williamsâ€™ story of family facades, dreams of escape, and the reality of the everyday.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Supported by a Creative Heights grant from the Oregon Community Foundation, theÂ CoHo Clown CohortÂ was createdÂ to cultivate an experimental ensemble of clown performers and recontextualizeÂ the value of clowning in the modern theatre landscape.Â Philipâ€™s Glass MenagerieÂ explores whether or not Williamsâ€™ emotionally intimate story can be told truthfully and powerfully through the extreme physical expression of clowning. A workshop production was presented during the 2018 Fertile Ground Festival of New Work.
Philip CuomoÂ is a director, actor, educator, Third Rail Repertory Theatre core company member, and CoHoâ€™s Producing Artistic Director. His recent directing credits includeÂ The (Curious Case of the) Watson IntelligenceÂ (CoHo Season 22),The How and The WhyÂ by Sarah Treem (CoHo Season 21),Â The New Electric BallroomÂ by Enda Walsh,Â OrÂ by Liz Duffy Adams,Â BellevilleÂ by Amy Herzog,Â The Mystery of Irma VepÂ by Charles Ludlam andÂ CrookedÂ by CatherineÂ TrieschmannÂ (CoHo Season 18). He has created and directed multiple shows, includingÂ La Carpa Del AusenteÂ andÂ La Carpa CalaveraÂ for Portlandâ€™s Milagro Theatre (Drammy winner for outstanding achievement in directing), and the clown showsÂ Pas Deux Bits,Â Box Oâ€™ BriefsÂ andÂ Exaggeration On A Theme. As an actor he has appeared at Lincoln Center, The Hartford Stage, The Civic Theatre of Central Florida, Third Rail, Artists Repertory Theatre, Shaking the Tree, and Imago Theatre. Philip is an adjunct faculty member at Portland State University teaching movement and clown, and a founder and faculty member of the Institute for Contemporary Performance.