Zebra print is about to make a surreal comeback.
In "Dr. Zebrovski's Hour of Power!" the black-and-white stripes serve as a metaphoric backdrop as song, theater, comedy, dance, drag performance and performance art coalesce in the most outlandish ways.
The production opens for a limited run at CounterPulse this week.
Kevin Seaman, the show's creator, says the inspiration for the title character, Dr. Zebrovski, came one year after he received a zebra Snuggie.
"I ended up wearing it all the time, to the point where I created a character out of it," he says.
Suddenly, Dr. Zebrovski was born, with the title of "the world's No. 1 psychic dancer and dance psychic."
Seaman went on to develop it further during his residency at The Garage a few years ago. Eventually, he created a video of the character, shot it in black-and-white and uploaded it onto a blog, which received a lot of hits.
Last fall, he launched a full production at The Garage, selling out both shows. The outing at CounterPulse directed by Beatrice Thomas, a revamped version of the original piece, also features Baruch Porras-Hernandez, Ben McCoy, Nahid Elgadi and Rotimi Agbabiaki.
"The show incorporates a lot of areas in my life, such as cult magic and commercialism," Seaman says. "It really looks at that intersection of the occult and commercialism and puts it into a bit of an absurdist variety show context."
It also reveals the lengths that people go to in order to make sense of their existence, primarily that deep craving to communicate with the beyond. Dr. Zebrovski uses movement to translate psychic visions and messages to audiences.
"What I am trying to do with him is likening it to something like modern dance — whatever you are going to get out of it is whatever you are going to put into it," Seaman says. "In likening dance to something such as mysticism, it's like putting those two mediums in conversation with each other."
In addition to the show's comedic overtones, there also is some audience participation.
One question remains: Why zebra print?
"The zebra print goes well with spirals and overuse of patterns for disorientation," Seaman says. "It just got folded in with the character."
IF YOU GODr. Zebrovski's Hour of Power
Where: CounterPulse, 1310 Mission St., S.F.
When: 8 p.m. Friday-Sunday
Tickets: $15 to $25