Four recent Sarah Lawrence graduates are working on a production of Escape from Pterodactyl Island, a sci-fi musical adventure that will have its U.S. premiere at the New York International Fringe Festival, a large multi-arts festival running August 8–24.
Peter Morris '01 wrote the book and lyrics for the show, Marie Reynolds '02 is the co-producer, Shane Tilston '03 is the Technical Director, and Eric Wright '03 is the puppet designer.
Escape from Pterodactyl Island, which had its world premiere at London's Pleasance Theatre in 1999, pokes fun at Victorian science fiction novels and their film adaptations of the 1960s while taking a satirical look at the dangers of genetic engineering.
It is the tongue-in-cheek tale of Professor Robert Worthington, who, while on a scientific expedition in 1890, is shipwrecked on a mysterious island populated by sexy cavewomen and carnivorous dinosaurs. The island is also inhabited by the evil Dr. Devo, whose experiments in "physiological transmorphology" threaten to destroy the human race.
Morris describes the show as “fast, funny, and tuneful,” and says that its goal is “to entertain—but to entertain with a brain. It’s smart and silly at the same time.”
The New York International Fringe Festival, now in its seventh year, will feature nearly 200 new or new-to-New York productions from 10 countries and 15 states. For more information, visit the Fringe NYC 2003 website at www.fringenyc.org.
Performance times for Escape from Pterodactyl Island are: Sunday, August, 10th at 2:30pm; Tuesday, August 19 at 7:15pm; Wednesday, August 20th at 6:15pm; Friday, August 22nd at 6:15pm; and Saturday, August 23rd at 12 noon. All performances will be held at the Wings Theatre, 154 Christopher Street, between Washington and Greenwich Streets.