THE GREAT NEGOCIO
Directed and choreographed by Laurel Butler
as a Thesis project for a Master of Arts in Theatre Education and Community Outreach at the University of New Mexico
University of New Mexico Theater X
Albuquerque NM, 2010
Winner: Best Choreography and Best Original Script
UNM Department of Theatre and Dance
The Great Negocio is a physical comedy/dance-theatre/contemporary clown commentary on the surrealism and nonsense of American corporate logic. This allegorical adventure follows the journey of a lone clown as he is unwittingly mistaken for ‘the new temp’ by an ensemble of bizarre and eccentric employees. Our poor hero is whisked through the echelons of accounting, customer service and (gasp!) human resources -- each department more confusing, ridiculous and hyper-productive than the last. Can the clown uncover what the C.E.O. of this company is really up to... before his endearing and innocent attempts at ‘working’ bring the whole company tumbling to the ground?