Off The Wall Theatre
proudly presented some really High Class Horror
Four plays taken from the legendary and
influential French Theatre Grand Guignol thrilled and
terrify audiences at Off the Wall through the Halloween season
Guignol was one of the most popular theaters in Paris from its
inception in 1898 until its demise in 1962. An offspring played in London,
featuring plays written by such luminaries as Noel Coward, and starring
artists such as Sybil Thorndike and Nazimova! Grand Guignol usually
presented four to eight short plays in one evening. The plays ranged from
farces and comedies to horrific thrillers using graphic stage violence.
The theater specialized in outstanding and very realistic special effects.
The shows were also often quite erotic. Of course the puritanical English
cleaned up their
Grand Guignol and substituted suspense for torture
and bloodshed. The Universal horror films were inspired by Grand Guignol,
as were the films of Alfred Hitchcock. Stories like Gaston Laroux's
Of The Opera came out of the Grand Guignol milieu.
Off The Wall Theatre’s
Artistic Director Dale Gutzman fashioned an evening of four short
plays of suspense and horror from the plays of this legendary theater.
Each of the plays was helmed by a different Director.
Around...a short play set in a mental asylum, filled
with diabolical twists and turns, Directed by Lawrence J. Lukasavage.
2. The Final Torture...A
searing drama of the Boxer Rebellion in China, and the struggle of a French
Brigade to hold out until help arrives, Directed by James Feeley.
of the most famous of all Grand Guignol plays involving a lovers' tryst
and Sulphuric Acid! Directed by Jeremy C. Welter.
… a terrifying take on the story that inspired the famous opera. A full
musical directed by Dale Gutzman with an original score by Joey
amazing cast for these four pieces included: Randall Anderson, Jeremy
C. Welter, Patrick McCann, Dale Gutzman, James Feeley, Lawrence J Lukasavage,
Kirstin Roble, Jessica Trznadel, Jocelyn Ridgely Paul Pfannenstiel, Max
Williamson, and Joey Katsiroubas. Together, they played a myriad of twisted,
Technical wizard David
Roper created a claustrophobic, deeply disturbing unit set for these
four plays...the stage of an old Grand Guignol Theatre.
This was probably be the
only chance anyone had to experience a now dead form of theater, featuring
gruesome effects, shocking plot twists, and hysterical performances featuring
among other things, everybody's favorite...Killer Clowns!