December 5, 6, 8, 9 and 10, 2008
Friday and Wednesday at 8 p.m.
Saturday, Monday and Tuesday at 8 p.m. & 10 p.m.
Butler Building #2
California Institute of the Arts
24700 McBean Parkway, Valencia, CA
November 13, Valencia, CA--California Institute of the Arts School of Theater presents One Eye Gone, directed by Katie Shook from a script by Erik Ehn. One Eye Gone retells the story of the Godzilla monster threatening to destroy the world and uses puppets, music and environmentally sustainable materials. The opening is Friday, December 5 at 8 p.m. Performances run Saturday, December 6 at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., Monday, December 8 at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., Tuesday, December 9 at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. and Wednesday, December 10 at 8 p.m., on the CalArts campus in Butler Building #2. Admission is free, but reservations are strongly recommended. Reservations may be made online via CalArts website: www.calarts.edu/events . Tickets will become available Monday, November 24. One Eye Gone is not recommended for children under the age of 10.
In One Eye Gone playwright Erik Ehn and puppeteer Katie Shook adapt the original 1954 Japanese Godzilla film to tell a story of characters facing the threat of annihilation by a post-atomic monster. Four doll-sized puppet heroes, designed by Ms. Shook, struggle to understand and resist a man-sized monster in a story that is also an allegory for society's fears about unpredictable changes in both our environment and in our own psyches.
The production itself seeks to be environmentally sustainable by using recycled and "green" materials and striving to reduce its overall energy usage. Lighting and sound are actor/musician-generated through objects like toys, instruments and LED lights. Actors and puppeteers manipulate scenic elements that open and transform to change the seemingly ordinary into a landscape that is hallucinatory and strange.
Katie Shook is a Los Angeles-based puppet artist pursuing her MFA degree at CalArts. In addition, she has performed at The Manual Archives, the Santa Monica Museum of Art, the New York Toy Theater Festival, the Los Angeles Toy Theater Festival and with the Little Fakers. With a background in both movement and fine art, Ms. Shook blends the mundane, irreverent and sublime in performance with puppets, found objects and invented worlds.
Erik Ehn  is the Dean of the CalArts School of Theater. His play, Beginner, was produced at CalArts last year. He collaborated with Janie Geiser , experimental filmmaker and puppeteer and the Director of the Cotsen Center for Puppetry and the Arts , on William Wilson: Invisible Glass, and Frankenstein: Mortal Toys. Other recent plays of his include Maria Kizito and The Saint Plays and he is involved internationally with issues of genocide and social justice.
California Institute of the Arts is recognized internationally as a leading laboratory for the visual, performing, media and literary arts. Housing six schools--Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music, and Theater--CalArts educates professional artists in an intensive learning environment founded on artmaking excellence, creative experimentation, cross-pollination among diverse artistic disciplines, and a broad context of social and cultural understanding. CalArts also operates the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT)  in the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex in downtown Los Angeles.