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
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
Brittany Burch as Olmstead
Brian Amidei as Zadok Allen
–and an incredible ensemble cast–
Mary Jo Bolduc
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