Doppelskope is the brainchild (and heartchild) of Ora Fruchter and Christopher Scheer. When we met in a clown class in 2009, Ora was a detail-oriented visual theatre artist and Chris was a frenetic physical performer, but we both wanted to make open-hearted new theatre that approached life’s darkest problems through comedy. When we started working together, our aesthetic hybrid evolved to fit our unique skill sets, including puppetry, clown, improvisation, magical illusions, music, circus and philosophy.
Doppelskope creates highly visual and interactive performances that explore topics from existential dread to ecological crises. We believe that the stories we tell about the world can change the world. We believe audience interaction empowers audiences to realize they can affect the world as they affect our plays. We believe in the intelligence of children and the whimsy of adults. Our shows celebrate life and inspire connection, discovery and community. We’re influenced by Neil Gaiman, Andy Kaufman, Monty Python and Jim Henson, but our voice is all our own.
We named ourselves Doppelskope, a misspelled portmanteau of “doppelganger telescope” (imagine a telescope so powerful you can see the back of your own head). “Doppel” means “double” in German, so Doppelskope also means double-scope, or “two viewpoints” – a reminder of how important collaboration is to us.
Our early adult-oriented shows – including An Existential Sing-Along, Shrink: Puppet Therapy, and The Apocalypse Show – were developed through constant performance in variety settings, which allowed us to continuously experiment and discover what works best for us. Our recent projects – Gruff! in 2014 and Grimm! in 2015 – are larger scale, family-friendly musical comedies, with music by our resident composer Toby Singer. These musicals expand our aesthetic into a wider network of performers, designers, and audiences.