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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

 

 

 

Semi-Finalist, O'Neill National Playwright's Conference

Produced, Dead White Zombies Staged Reading, Great Plains Theatre Conference

Produced, Dead White Zombies

Staged Reading, Great Plains Theatre Conference

Produced, Organic Theatre Co., Chicago Produced, Kleist Theatre, Frankfurt (one year repertory)

Produced, Organic Theatre Co., Chicago

Produced, Kleist Theatre, Frankfurt (one year repertory)

 

But much is startling, nothing is quite predicable, in Thomas Riccio's collage of American Images. It manipulates American mythic figures--Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, and John F. Kennedy--and a garbage mountain of other cutout images from the American scene to paint a hallucinatory but precise picture of corruption. It starts with workshop of rock and roll idols, ends with the worship of Christ-as-a-TV-preacher, and along the way it builds momentum as a hammering moral indictment of the American way.


What Riccio brings to his circus, along with the pounding energy of the presentation, gives the production a manic power and sweep. It's like watching Niagara flow upside down. Streaks and blips of phoniness perversion, and illusion wheel, circle, and blend together to create a Dantesque vision of a gone world.

Chicago Reader

 
Produced, Dead White Zombies Semi-Finalist, O'Neill National Playwright's Conference

Produced, Dead White Zombies

Semi-Finalist, O'Neill National Playwright's Conference

Produced, Dead White Zombies Semi-Finalist, O'Neill National Playwright's Conference

Produced, Dead White Zombies

Semi-Finalist, O'Neill National Playwright's Conference

 

Dialogue in DP92 is, as it is in every Zombies show, more of an artful construction than it is a delivery device for information. Language is explored for its rhythms and its mysteries. Characters speak a mix of poetry, academic construction, and private epiphany. Somehow ideas come across and necessary plot points are expressed. But most of all the language, no matter how many currents of philosophy a character might be chasing, is presented as a chant to invite a robust meditation.

Glasstire, Texas

 
Produced, Project X, Dallas Watertower Theatre Out of the Loop Festival, Dallas

Produced, Project X, Dallas

Watertower Theatre Out of the Loop Festival, Dallas

Produced, StoryLAB, Dallas

Produced, StoryLAB, Dallas

Onassis International Prize in Playwriting Staged Reading, Undermain Theatre, Dallas Stage Reading, Great Plains Theatre Conference

Onassis International Prize in Playwriting

Staged Reading, Undermain Theatre, Dallas

Stage Reading, Great Plains Theatre Conference

Produced, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Produced, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Produced, Project X, Dallas Festival of Independent Theatres

Produced, Project X, Dallas

Festival of Independent Theatres

Produced, Project X, Dallas Festival of Independent Theatres

Produced, Project X, Dallas

Festival of Independent Theatres