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Wild! Witty! Wonder-filled! Terrifying! It’s the world premiere Rudie-DeCarlo musical about the short but happy life of the Drempel Hieronymus Aloisius Plonk and his quest to save his society, and in so doing, save the world. Inspired by 2006 events in Almere, Amsterdam, internationally acclaimed Actors’ Repertory Theatre comes at you full force, diving into the theatrical tomfoolery with gusto as a troupe of seven triple-threat performers breathe life into dozens of separate characters, creatures and curiosities, taking you on an awe-inspiring musical journey rooted in old-world European story-telling and physical tomfoolery peppered with sharp contemporary satire.
Conjuring up a dark miniature world laced with biting comedy, the allegorical tale about a small but powerful society of Displaced Drempels – the tiny sub-species of human who live in the cracks of the earth and are caretakers to the Green – is a tale of remembrance and renewal. But it is also a tale of warning, peering at notions of environmentalism, genocide, gentrification, revitalization, rebirth, and political, as well as literal, bulldozing, Look beneath the “cute” and you will see an alarming amalgam of past, present and future atrocities, set in a microcosmic society that frighteningly mirrors the macrocosm of our own foundering world.
Santa Monica Playhouse programs are sponsored in part by the City of Santa Monica and the Santa Monica Arts Commission; by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission; and by US Bank.