Hubris is a timeless dramatic motif explored through centuries of theater and literature. From Sophocles’s Oedipus Rex to Faust to Frankenstein, the tragic trope of humans flying too close to the sun is evergreen. Artist and performer Paul Pescador gives his own idiosyncratic take on the theme with Jurassic Park: The Musical.
In three acts, Pescador chronicles his own experience as a precocious third-grader trying to convince his teachers and classmates to mount a stage production of the well-known Michael Crichton book, itself a Frankenstein-ish tale about overly ambitious scientists. Somewhere between that school play he longed to stage and avant-garde performance art, Jurassic Park: The Musical will feature video, puppetry, moving sculpture, songs, tap-dancing, and blood (presumably fake). As with his previous DIY performances and films, Pescador draws on his large collection of cheap store-bought props, fabrics, masks, and other found objects to create a world that is at once mundanely familiar yet strangely absurd. This performance is part of a larger project titled The Visitors about growing up in the California Desert.
When: Friday, August 9–Sunday, August 11, 8pm nightly
Where: Human Resources (410 Cottage Home, Chinatown, Los Angeles)
More info at Human Resources.
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