With a title like this, what else do you need? Horse Head Theatre honcho Philip Hays admits that when he stumbled upon a script titled The Sonic Life of a Giant Tortoise: Youth Is Not The Only Thing That Is Sonic
, by Toshiki Okada, he felt compelled to give it a read. “I was intrigued, and the play certainly is as enigmatic as the title suggests. It is not a very straightforward story (but in some ways it is), but the title has these implications on sonic life, meaning fast, but the tortoise is obviously slow — so there’s something very oxymoronic, at odds throughout the whole play. It’s a bit of a puzzle.” In this translated text by Aya Ogawa, Hayes explains the show as a “stream-of-consciousness exploration of feelings, acted out in a non-realistic way.”
8 p.m. Saturday. Continuing 8 p.m. Thursdays though Saturdays; 8 p.m. November 6 and 13. November 2 though 18. Near Northside Studios, 1506 Lorraine. For more information, call 832-786-0944 or visit horseheadtheatre.org
. $15 to $45.
A dream-like folk tale of modern life, THE SONIC LIFE OF A GIANT TORTOISE explores urbanites’ collective longing for the extraordinary. Like a Haruki Murakami story come to life, SONIC LIFE... feelingly navigates the complex threads of the mundane and surreal. Can our secret wishes lead us out of the boring day-to-day into a more meaningful existence?
General Admission seating is first come, first serve. Join us at 7:30pm to enjoy complimentary concessions generously provided by Buffalo Bayou Brewery, Mid-State Wine & Frost Bank. Performances begin at 8pm.