Archive for January 20, 2018

METAMORPHOSIS press release

THEATRE GIGANTE, celebrating its 30th Season,
adapted, written, and directed by Isabelle Kralj
at Kenilworth 508 Theatre

January 25 – 28, 2018

One weekend only!


When Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from troubled dreams, he found himself changed into a monstrous cockroach in his bed.

Thus begins one of Kafka’s most Kafkaesque novellas!

Based on Franz Kafka’s novella by the same title, Gigante’s METAMORPHOSIS explores the deep and disturbing effects of alienation, as it relates the bizarre story of Gregor Samsa, who one morning wakes up finding himself turned into a monstrous, verminous bug.

Isabelle Kralj’s heightened cartoon-like interpretation, told through text, music and movement, dances along the edge of horror and humor.

To underscore this cacophonous and highly stylized adaptation of the story, Kralj has incorporated music by Slovenian composer Borut Kržišnik.  Intensity, diversity and exciting changes are the main characteristics of his music, and his profound stylistic eclecticism is absolutely perfect for Gigante’s production.  Hailing from Ljubljana, Slovenia, Kržišnik is an internationally respected composer, perhaps best known for his work with British film director, Peter Greenaway.

Alan Piotrowicz, a well-known Milwaukee lighting and set designer, will add his talents to the production with his minimalist set and expressionistic lighting design.  Alan last designed for Gigante in 2015, when he created an intense atmosphere for Gigante’s production of Terminus.

Costumes are designed and constructed by Gigante’s longtime designer Marion Clendenen-Acosta.

METAMORPHOSIS, directed by Kralj, is rounded off with her choreography and the improvisational contributions of dancer Edwin Olvera – a Gigante regular and a member of Pilobolus, an internationally acclaimed dance theater.

In addition to Olvera, the talented cast includes Gigante regulars Ben Yela and Ron Scot Fry and newcomers to the Gigante stage, Selena Milewski and Hannah Klapperich-Mueller.

Metamorphosis is made possible in part by Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts, UPAF, and Milwaukee County CAMPAC.

tickets and show information

Kenilworth 508 Theatre
Kenilworth Square East
1925 E Kenilworth Place
Milwaukee, Wisconsin


January 25                          7:30pm                  (w/post-show reception)
January 26                          7:30pm                  (post-show talkback)
January 27                          7:30pm
January 28                          2:00pm

Admission:  $25 General/  $20 Senior/  $15 Student

Brown Paper Tickets  1.800.838.3006

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