Friday, December 09, 2016

Rorschach Theatre Presents Klecksography: A Very Pagan Christmas

Photo from Rorschach Theatre
Image from Rorscach Theatre

Celebrate the holiday season a little differently when Rorschach Theatre presents Klecksography: A Very Pagan Christmas. It's happening this Saturday in four overlapping shows at 7 p.m., 7:45 p.m., 8:30 p.m., and 9:15 p.m. at the Atlas Performing Arts Center (1333 H St.). Each individual show runs for 1.5 hours. Tickets are $20 for adults, or $15 for students and seniors. Those seeing the show can show up early at 6 p.m. for a cash bar and some free food.

Somewhere between the ancient rituals of our pagan ancestors and the tacky office holiday party you attended last night lurks an answer to the question that haunts your dreams: "How did I get here?"

Created by more than three dozen theatre artists, the show's seven stories are all written and staged during a one-week process. For one night only, join the city's most daring theatre company on an epic tale - spread over two theatres and a hallway - about holiday celebrations and their pagan beginnings.

Rorschach Theatre explains on their website that Klecksography was a game played by a young Hermann Rorschach in which he, and other children, "would make shapes out of ink on a blank page." In later years he would go on to transform this idea into the now well known psychological tool the Rorschach Inkblot Test.

At Rorschach Theatre they play a similar game to develop new works as part of their Klecksography projects, in which "artists responding to a similar theme or a common source" present their work as an evening of theatre. For Klecksography: A Very Pagan Christmas more than three dozen artists worked to write and perform the show's seven stories during a one week process.

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