The production by Sensurround Stagings and Horizon Theatre Company plays at HTC's space as part of the company's New Horizon Series. Horizon focuses on contemporary plays.
The cult novel was a National Book Award finalist. "Geek Love showcases the unfortunate rise and fall of the Binewski Family Fabulon, a traveling circus of exceptional human oddities inhabited by the unique members of the Binewski Family, bred by their parents to be the star attraction," according to production notes. "In this dark comedy, Olympia, an Albino-hunchback (played by Anessa Ramsey), recounts the alternately disturbing and bittersweet tragedy of her family who inspires fanatical devotion and murderous revulsion. This unforgettable tale illuminates an evocative world where its inhabitants live under their own set of rules."
The "grotesque and charismatic Binewski Family Fabulon includes Arturo, the flipper boy (Charlie Burnett), who grows from being an object of amazement to being an object of worship with hordes of followers attempting to emulate him; Iphigenia and Elektra (Caroline Masclet and Kalina McCreery), the conjoined twin sisters whose four handed piano playing earns them national fame, but whose late-night explorations earn them far more; Mumpo the Mountain, a seemingly bottomless pit of a baby; Miranda, Olympia's daughter (Rachel Sorsa), seemingly normal except for a tiny curly tail that Oly will go to any lengths to protect; Crystal Lil (Josie Burgin Lawson) and Al (Tim Cordier), the parents and progenitors of this freak show family; and Young Fortunato (Randy Havens), who may prove to be most distinctive of them all."
The play is directed by Sensurround artistic director Aileen Loy. The company also includes Kara Cantrell, Melissa DuBois, Barrie Gibson, Steve Westdahl, and Jeffrey Zwartjes.
Puppets and prosthetics designer is Chris Brown, with costume design by Evita Smith; set design by Charles "Oz" Dillman; and lighting designer Milton Sams. Performances of Geek Love play Wednesday-Saturday at 8 PM, and Sunday at 5 PM.
Horizon Theatre Company is located at the corner of Euclid and Austin Avenues in Little Five Points. Tickets range $12-$15.