OROBORO: a comedy with loops
Made up of scenes that swirl and wrap around each other*, OROBORO is a brainy and physical, psychedelic fractal of a show.
Go on an infinite first date. Meet a literally soul-eating middle manager. Listen in on a phone call to the patron saint of his own lost cause. And become an imaginary friend.
Developed using math** and improvisation, OROBORO is madcap comedy meets conceptual theatre. Alice in Wonderland meets Franz Kafka.
K. Brian Neel has created seven award winning solo plays including the ukulele operetta VAUD RATS, the time travel trilogy THE 42ND FLOOR, the noir film on stage DOUBLE CLIMAX, and the fantasy epic PRYK. These shows have performed across the US, Canada, and Australia. His dynamic, highly physical performance style has been called:
"Riveting" - National Public Radio
"Virtuoso" - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Dynamic, engrossing, funny, heartbreaking, poignant, unique" - Charleston City Paper
"Astonishingly great" - Calgary Straight, Vancouver, Canada
"Neel's onto something." - Washington Post
OROBORO: written and performed by K. Brian Neel. Directing consultant - Meghan Arnette. Movement consultant - Juliet Waller-Pruzan
4 SHOWS ONLY! --- January 21 - February 11 --- Saturdays 7:30 pm
18th & Union --- 1406 18th Ave, Seattle --- tickets: $12 - $25
OROBORO (formerly Kook) premiered at Seattle's Locally Grown Festival in 2015.
Runtime: 60 minutes
* Life is a cycle. A spiral, a circle. We see it in the smallest snail shell and the great Milky Way galaxy. We see it in our lives: birth to childhood to adulthood, dating to marriage to parenthood... the beginning of a new birth, etcetera onward. Yet we look for ends in everything. Ends to our weeks, months, years. Ends to our stories. Mostly we want that. Why is this such a demanding urge? Such a necessity for our minds to grip?
** Just like Lewis Carroll's work, OROBORO was created using using symbolic logic. Formulas were used to write core elements and scenes. Then in rehearsal, K. Brian Neel improvised around these loops to develop connective tissue to complete the final script.
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K. Brian Neel has created seven award winning solo plays including the science fiction paradox-romp THE 42ND FLOOR, the noir film live on stage DOUBLE CLIMAX, the sprawling fantasy epic PRYK, and the bittersweet ukulele operetta VAUD RATS. His dynamic, highly physical performance style has been called "Riveting" - National Public Radio, "Virtuoso" - Seattle Post-Intelligencer, "Dynamic, engrossing, funny, heartbreaking, poignant, unique" - Charleston City Paper, and "Astonishingly great" - Calgary Straight, Vancouver, Canada. "Neel's onto something." - Washington Post.
"K. Brian Neel brings a dextrous, knowing innocence to his roles, something between vaudeville and Beckett."
- The Stranger (Seattle)
"A one-man panorama. Virtuoso performing."
- Seattle Post-Intellingencer
"Neel rules the stage. . . dynamic, engrossing, funny, heartbreaking, poignant, unique -- all those things that make a night at the theater the thrillingly consuming experience that only a couple shows in a hundred can create."
- Charleston City Paper
"You gotta love the sweat on K. Brian Neel's face. . . Neel's onto something."
- Washington Post
"Rubber-faced. Neel is so intense you fear he'll blow a gasket. This go-for-broke pratfaller wins you over by crushing your defenses. (He's like Dick Van Dyke on steroids.)"
- Seattle Times
"K. Brian Neel has an elastic imagination, a body of equal rubber, and no fear of confronting dauntingly concrete challenges. Though he's proved to be a charmed chameleon in other shows and an astute director, it is as a comic, elastic solo performer that K. Brian Neel made his mark."
- Seattle Weekly