Opening Night for The Assassins Chase Pinocchio
Tonight, New York’s Lower East Side will play host to a rare theatrical event. The Assassins Chase Pinocchio will debut at the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center and will feature an original musical score created by two emerging indie musicians, Alex Bleeker (Real Estate) and G. Lucas Crane (Woods). The play remains true to the classic children’s story, but will also incorporate both conscious and subconscious interpretations of the wooden doll’s mind. Bleeker and Crane share a common background in theater and became involved with the project through the performance collective Immediate Medium. The score itself was taken from extended improvisations based around themes within the play.
“They gave us a bunch of source material saying, ‘we like stuff like this,’ but they were also like, ‘we need music for running,’ Bleeker says. “And so Lucas and I would be like,‘Let’s do a running jam. What does running sound like to us?’ And it turned into this synth, Miami-vice chase scene kind of vibe, but messed with a little bit. So it was that kind of thing. We’d jam ‘running’ for 20 minutes and then decided ‘this works, this doesn’t work…etc.‘”
The performance runs through the month of May and will close out with a pair of live performances by Bleeker and Crane. Selections from the score will also be made available on an upcoming release.