LinkUp Artist Thom Pasculli combines movement and theater in an evening length production. Core of the PUDEL, by Pasculli, is inspired by the legend of Faust is a journey of soul-searching in its most literal sense. When Faust sells his soul to the devil he believes it to be worthless, but it is the devil who must convince him otherwise. Academics, Christians, and witches alike have all tried and failed to describe the mysteries of the soul... So shall we. Core of the PUDEL runs tonight, March 23-25 at Links Hall (3435 N Sheffield Ave). The show runs Sat at 8Pm/Sun & Mon at 8pm. Tickets: $15 General Admission/$12 Online/$10 Students & Seniors. Core of the PUDEL also runs at Trap Door Theatre (http://trapdoortheatre.com/current-season/) April 26 - June 1, 2013.
The LinkUP Residency program supports independent artists and collaborations in the research of ideas and development of new innovative work in their movement based practices. The six-month residency program annually gives four emerging artists free weekly studio time and a fully produced showcase to perform their work; a stipend to support their endeavors; a paid mentor and peer support/feedback with work-in-progress events. For more information call 773.281.0824 or visit www.LinksHall.org.
Core of the PUDEL is conceived and directed by Thom Pasculli and created with Nigel Brown, Katie Dingle, Al Evangelista, Cooper Forsman, Cortney McKenna, Kenda Miller, and Paul Scudder.
Core of the PUDEL is a physical, laboratory theater performance modeled after the puzzling and profound tradition of theater laboratories established by Stanislavski, Meyerhold, Growoski, Barba, and Stacy Klein. Emphasizing the actor's authorship, theatrical image, and physical action, we will take you on a visual and visceral journey to Hell and back. Unless, of course, you decide to stay...
Thom Pasculli is a Chicago-based actor, writer and director. Thom has studied physical training and laboratory theaters for over nine years. Most recently he spent three years as an apprentice and company member at Double Edge Theatre in Ashfield, MA, the longest-running laboratory theater in the United States. Thom first studied and performed with Eugenio Barba and the Odin Teatret in Denmark and later created his own laboratory theater project in South Africa with a group of International Artists. He is currently the artistic director of VOX Theater, which produces a festival of innovative works-in-progress at Dartmouth College each spring. Other performance credits include Se Quest Un Uomo at the Moscow Art School Studio in Russia, The Unpossesed at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and Amahl and the Night Visitors at Lincoln Center, NYC. In Chicago Thom has worked with Redmoon, Light Opera Works, RareTerra, American Theater Company and was the Princess Grace resident assistant director for Hot L Baltimore at Steppenwolf. Thom currently teaches movement for actors at Chicago High School for the Arts (ChiArts).
Mentor Bio: Beata Pilch was born in the Polish district of Chicago, and holds a Bachelor's degree in Acting from the United States International University in San Diego, California, and a Master's degree in Acting from the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California. Beata founded Chicago's Trap Door Theatre in 1990 and still presides as its Artistic Director. Beata has directed a number of the productions and is a featured actor in the company. Before she founded Trap Door she produced four tours to Europe with her first theatre company, Juventas.
Pilch travels abroad every year to research up-and-coming directors, playwrights and stage technique in Berlin, Budapest, Krakow, Zakopane, Paris and other continental cities. Currently, she also works extensively as a freelance Casting Director, Translator, Teacher, and Performer and is a featured actor in the film and stage work of internationally renowned, multi-media artist Catherine Sullivan.
Katie Dingle is grateful to be working at Links with Core of the Poodle. Since moving to Chicago three years ago she has co-founded the artist's collective Alluvium Group and performed in shows of theirs such as The Winter's Tale, The last Days of Judas Iscariot, Oneiro, and various Mixtapes. She has also worked with Redmoon, Barrel of Monkeys, and studied mask work and physical theatre at Accademia dell'Arte in Tuscany.
Nigel Brown loves movement; to move and be moved. His first experience moving - really moving - was as The Manta Ray in Jen Silverman's "Akarui" at the University of Iowa. Upon graduating in 2010, he moved to Chicago where he continues to move in plays such as "The Duchess of Malfi" at Strawdog Theatre and is a frequent collaborator with Redmoon Theatre. He has also had the pleasure of being The Mute in "The Fantasticks". Nigel would like to thank his fellow pudels, you move me.