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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

 

 

DP92 Produced, Dead White Zombies

DP92

Produced, Dead White Zombies

T.N.B. (typical nigga behavior) Produced, Dead White Zombies Staged Reading, Great Plains Theatre Conference

T.N.B. (typical nigga behavior)

Produced, Dead White Zombies

Staged Reading, Great Plains Theatre Conference

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

Rubber City

Produced, Organic Theatre Co., Chicago

Produced, Kleist Theatre, Frankfurt (one year repertory)

kaRaoKe MoTeL Produced, Dead White Zopmbies

kaRaoKe MoTeL

Produced, Dead White Zopmbies

 

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

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

Flesh World

Produced, Dead White Zombies

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

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

blahblah

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

 
There is Never a Reference Point Produced, StoryLAB, Dallas

There is Never a Reference Point

Produced, StoryLAB, Dallas

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

Some People

Produced, Project X, Dallas

Watertower Theatre Out of the Loop Festival, Dallas

Yahoo Nation Produced, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Yahoo Nation

Produced, University of Alaska Fairbanks

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

Ilira

Onassis International Prize in Playwriting

Staged Reading, Undermain Theatre, Dallas

Stage Reading, Great Plains Theatre Conference

So There Produced, Project X, Dallas Festival of Independent Theatres

So There

Produced, Project X, Dallas

Festival of Independent Theatres

Orange Oranges Produced, Project X, Dallas Festival of Independent Theatres

Orange Oranges

Produced, Project X, Dallas

Festival of Independent Theatres