Otherland Theatre Ensemble Presents FORGIVE US GUSTAVITO!

Otherland Theatre Ensemble Presents FORGIVE US GUSTAVITO!From the winner of sixth annual Charm City Fringe Festival's Best of Fringe comes Forgive us, Gustavito!, an outrageous animal noir to be performed by the Otherland Theatre Ensemble as part of the Charm City Fringe Festival on Nov. 7, 9,10 and 11 at MAP Underground, 218 W Saratoga St. Tickets are $15.

Inspired by bizarre true events, Forgive us,Gustavito! is set against the backdrop of a horrific crime. Gustavito, the solitary hippo of the National Zoo, was found dead from fifteen stab wounds to the snout. The Attorney General has launched an investigation but the conspiracy behind Gustavito's murder continues to pull the strings. Join Detective Emilio Hippo, the devastating Elvira Spider Monkey, Toto the Gentleman Gorilla and a whole host of Zoo friends for a story that is equal parts classic noir and outrageous animal madness. In the shadowy underbelly of the zoo, we ask the question, "what does it mean to be complicit in a system you cannot identify?"

Otherland Ensemble is a physical theater devising company made up of artists from India, Greece, Mexico, Spain, and the United States. Through transformative embodiment of larger-than-life characters, we tell stories of outcasts and underdogs moved by universal struggles in outrageous worlds. Otherland Ensemble's work is rooted in our ability to cherish the cultural differences of our individual members while simultaneously responding to global conversations that unite us. Most recently, Otherland Ensemble toured their original contemporary tragedy, Eli and The Bear to the California State Summer School for the Arts.

Rebecca Finney is a physical actor and theater maker who recently her MFA in Ensemble Based Physical Theater from Dell'Arte International. Her work has taken her around the globe (France, England, and Bali) and allowed her to collaborate with incredible communities such as Bread and Puppet Theater, the Dell'Arte Company, Ink People, and a domestic violence shelter in rural Oregon. She has also toured as a performer and educator throughout seven U.S. states.

Tushar Mathew toured India with an adaptation of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui before moving to California. Since graduating with his MFA from Dell'Arte International, he created and performed a site-­specific solo show titled Detective Private Saves the World! and wrote and directed an original adaptation of Peter Pan for the North Coast Preparatory Academy.

Lucius Robinson is a performer, director, writer, and teacher who recently received his MFA from the Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theater. He is the recipient of the 2016 LeVine award from the Princess Grace Foundation and has been recognized by the NFAA YoungArts program. His solo show YOU'RE IN DANGER! won Best of Fringe at the 2017 Charm City Fringe Festival and has since played at festivals in Kansas City, Rhode Island, and California.

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