​​​THOMASRICCIO



SPOOKY
Who are you?

STORM CROW
I’m the real nigga that looms over everything. Who are you?

SPOOKY
What I say is who I am.

STORM CROW
I see a silly motherfucker.

 SPOOKY
Oh, you see everything?

 STORM CROW
Everything all the time.

 (STROM CROW looks keenly at SPOOKY.)

 World imprinted on your soul.

SPOOKY
You looking at my soul now?

 STORM CROW
All sorts of shit goin’ on. History swirlin’ all round.

 SPOOKY
Tell me old skool...

 STORM CROW
Dirty and hard... Heavy, tired, still pumpin’ strong...

SPOOKY

What else?

STORM CROW
How’d that soul get to be so messed up?


SPOOKY

Let me ask you.

STORM CROW

What?


SPOOKY

What more important, soul or skin?

STORM CROW

What?


SPOOKY
One attached to the other?

 STORM CROWN
Skin melts like time.

SPOOKY
So, I just holdin’ this soul for the time being?

STORM CROW
You really are Spooky.

SPOOKY
Ghost walking through it...


STORM CROW
Shadows all round.

excerpt from T.N.B. (typical nigga behavior) 2013

Written, directed, cast, and produced by Riccio and brought to life by a host of immensely talented actors, T.N.B. is frightening, sickening, humorous, unnerving, disturbing, and astonishing.

 No other company is experimenting with the kind of intellectually stirring and socially urgent content matter that Dead White Zombies so brazenly tackles.

It is, arguably, the most significant artistic contribution to the Dallas community because of its experimentation, radicalism, and fearlessness.

Pegasus News, Dallas

Thomas Riccio is saying something more, something bigger... he is mixing several different realities, or frames of reality that transforms characters through impersonation. It is through impersonation that their lives take on meaning enabling them to exist within many realities until reality itself looses definition. Advertisements, game shows, film clips, all become part of their reality until everyday life becomes a unity of impersonation.
Berliner Zeitung

Riccio comes from a long line of contemporary writers — Harold Pinter to Erik Ehn, Richard Foreman to John O’Keefe — whose surreal approach avoids, or at least subverts, the conventions of linear storytelling.
KERA / PBS radio, Dallas

 


Performance Writing