SCI-FEST 2014 IN LOS ANGELES

A group of producers in LA have come together to create the 1st annual science fiction one-act play festival, aka SCI-FEST.  Here’s an intro video from their Kickstarter campaign page:

My play TELL ME WHO YOU SEE is part of the SCI-FEST 2014 line-up.  (If you happened to catch WildClaw‘s Strangers and Strangerers event last year, you saw it featured there with Allie Kunkler, Lindsey Pearlman, and Michael Sherwin in the cast.)

Check out the Sci-Fest website for more info about the festival, or their Kickstarter page if you’d like to contribute to their admirable mission of bringing sci-fi to the live stage.

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SUPER INNSMOUTH SATURDAY, January 4th starting at 3:00pm

On January 4th, you can check out a staged reading of THE DREAMS IN THE WITCH HOUSE, and a performance of THE SHADOW OVER INNSMOUTH, both for $30.  See the poster below for details!  Or visit www.wildclawtheatre.com.

And check out this great write-up for THE SHADOW OVER INNSMOUTH courtesy of Terror From Beyond the Daves.

“I thoroughly enjoyed this play and can recommend it wholeheartedly…It is a cerebral horror story and a fine introduction to the Lovecraft mythos.” (read full review)

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H.P. Lovecraft’s THE SHADOW OVER INNSMOUTH opening with WildClaw Theatre

On December 13 (*ahem*…Friday the 13th), WildClaw Theatre opens the world premiere of my adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s THE SHADOW OVER INNSMOUTH.  Tickets are available now!

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THE SHADOW OVER INNSMOUTH is the biggest show yet for WildClaw.  Shade Murray is a magician, and the cast and crew he assembled for this production are wickedly insane, and I don’t just mean talented, I mean gibbering, slavering, just-saw-a-shoggoth-for-the-first-time outright mad.  Check out this team of crazies:

WildClaw Theatre presents

H.P. Lovecraft’s
THE SHADOW OVER INNSMOUTH

December 13, 2013 – January 26, 2014

Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N Southport, Chicago

Adapted by Scott T. Barsotti
Directed by Shade Murray

Featuring WildClaw Theatre company members Brian Amidei, Steve Herson, and Ele Matelan, with Brittany Burch, Christy Arington, Mary Jo Bolduc, Matt Farabee, Brady Johnson, Katey Kerman, Bob Kruse, Mark Pracht, Jude Roche, David Seeber, and Adam Shalzi

Costume & Makeup Design: Aly Renee Amidei
Scenic Design: John Ross Wilson
Lighting Design: Heather Gilbert
Sound Design: Mikey Moran & Mikhail Fiksel
Props Design: Brad Sauper
Stage Manager: Lindsey Miller
Dramaturg: Kenneth Hite
Dialects: Adam Goldstein
Production Manager: Ben Dawson
Poster Design: Charlie Athanas

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You don’t want to miss this one. THE SHADOW OVER INNSMOUTH is the cornerstone of the Lovecraft catalog, and this production is a creative maelstrom. Come to shadowed Innsmouth, where you will face the fear of the Unknown, the fear of the Other, and most horrifying of all, the fear of Yourself.

Ia! Ia!  Cthulhu fhtagn!

Small towns have big secrets.  In the dead of winter, an eager young student of anthropology is pulled toward the strange and isolated village of Innsmouth, Massachusetts, where the only thing more disquieting than the furtive townsfolk is the pervasive odor of death, decay, and rotting fish in the air.  Some say a pagan cult drove all of the orthodox churches out.  Some say there are endless tunnels beneath the town.  And some say they’ve seen devils on the reef by the light of the moon.  But all who hear its name, spoken in hushed whispers throughout New England, will agree on one thing: there is a dark and sinister shadow over Innsmouth.

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Best Theatrical Illness!

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I was pretty thrilled this week when a friend pointed out that I got a write-up in NewCity’s “Best of Chicago 2013″ list for BEST THEATRICAL ILLNESS.

That of course, is for Angela’s disease in FACING ANGELA, which makes her allergic to her skeleton and her skin. Probably the coolest shout out I’ve ever gotten.  Also “Best Theatrical Illness” is my favorite award category ever.

Also very cool of them to give shout-outs to the designers Aly Renee Amidei and Sarah Scanlon, as well as the Ruckus and WildClaw.

Thanks, NewCity!


BREWED is stirring things up in Boston

Also known as “You and me, sister (say hi to your mother for me)” edition.

It’s been a very busy couple of weeks, I had two radio plays produced this week: THE SKINNY MAN with Small Fish Radio Theatre, and then EVENING HOURS with WildClaw at The Paper Machete.  Both of those shows will be edited into podcasts so I’ll be sure to link to those when they’re available.

Now this…

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Mikey DiLoreto and the maniacs at Happy Medium Theatre Company just opened their production of BREWED (HMT produced THE REVENANTS last year, also with DiLoreto directing).  If you’re in the Boston area (or know someone who is), you/they can get tickets here.

It’s a short run, so get your head-crackin’ while you can!

(image by Daniel Raps)


THE REVENANTS are awake in Portland

THE REVENANTS opens this weekend in Portland, Oregon, in a site-specific production by a company called The Reformers. Check out their website (thereformerspdx.com) for more details if you or someone you know is in the Northwest this month and want some zombie drama.

This will be the first production of THE REVENANTS to stage the play site-specific, in this case in an actual garage.  Pretty.  Fuckin’.  Cool.

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(poster design by Carrie Soloman; photo by Jody Ake)


WildClaw Theatre to produce THE SHADOW OVER INNSMOUTH

DO YOU SOMETIMES FIND IT DIFFICULT TO CLOSE YOUR EYES?

WildClaw Theatre will produce my adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s THE SHADOW OVER INNSMOUTH this winter, directed by Shade Murray (Red Orchid’s The Aliens, The Butcher of Baraboo; Steppenwolf’s Annie Bosh Is Missing).  This is not your average horror show; from the weird woods of New England and the grandfather of cosmic horror, “The Shadow Over Innsmouth” is a prohibition-era tale in which no one can be trusted, darkness lurks around every corner, and true knowledge ultimately leads to madness.  Part of Lovecraft’s influential Cthulhu Mythos, “The Shadow Over Innsmouth” is a story in which prejudice is mistaken for wisdom, truth is mistaken for fantasy, and history is mistaken for legend.  Join WildClaw as we plunge into the eldritch terrors of one of Lovecraft’s greatest works. 

Small towns have big secrets.  In the dead of winter, an eager young student of anthropology is pulled toward the strange and isolated village of Innsmouth, Massachusetts, where the only thing more disquieting than the furtive townsfolk is the pervasive odor of death, decay, and rotting fish in the air.  Some say a pagan cult drove all of the orthodox churches out.  Some say there are endless tunnels beneath the town.  And some say they’ve seen devils on the reef by the light of the moon.  But all who hear its name, spoken in hushed whispers throughout New England, will agree on one thing: there is a dark and sinister shadow over Innsmouth.

WildClaw Theatre presents

H.P. Lovecraft’s

THE SHADOW OVER INNSMOUTH

adapted by Scott T. Barsotti

directed by Shade Murray

December 13, 2013 through January 26, 2014 (no shows 12/26-12/29)

@ The Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport, Chicago IL

Featuring

Brittany Burch as Olmstead 

Brian Amidei as Zadok Allen

–and an incredible ensemble cast–

Christy Arington

Mary Jo Bolduc

Matt Farabee

Steve Herson

Brady Johnson

Katey Kerman

Bob Kruse

Ele Matelan

Mark Pracht

Jude Roche

David Seeber

Adam Shalzi

***

Costume and makeup design by Aly Renee Amidei

Lighting design by Heather Gilbert

Scenic design by John Ross Wilson

Sound design by Mikhail Fiksel & Mikey Moran

Props design by Brad Sauper

Movement design by Scott T. Barsotti

Production manager: Ben Dawson — Stage manager: Lindsey Miller — Dramaturg: Kenneth Hite

www.wildclawtheatre.com


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