Posted on June 29, 2012
The Players’ Ring Late Night Summer Series will feature An Evening of Grand Guignol: Theatre of Terror with a selection of violent melodramas, suspenseful thrillers, and even a grisly song. Produced by John Herman & Friends. Directed by Michael Ficara, E. Christopher Clark, and John Herman. 2 WEEKENDS ONLY, July 6th through July 15, Fridays and Saturdays at 10:00 p.m., Sundays at 9:00 p.m. To reserve tickets, call (603) 436-8123 or purchase them online at www.PlayersRing.org. And like An Evening of Steampunk & Robot Theatre and An Evening of Apocalyptic Theatre, proceeds will benefit local charities and nonprofits! (More details after the poster!)
(poster #1 by Matt Talbot of MattRobot.com)
Starting in 1897, a deconsecrated church in Paris held a lurid attraction, the Théâtre du Grand Guignol. It was the Moulin Rouge of terror and the cradle of modern horror. Now we are bringing the show to you!
(one of our props)
“An Evening of Grand Guignol: Theatre of Terror” will include new works of horror by Bryan White and E. Christopher Clark as well as an adapted work by John Herman.
Bryan is the creator of Cinema Suicide, the multiple Rondo-nominated blog dedicated to horror in its many formats. Bryan also writes for the popular Zombie Bomb anthology comic book from Terminal Press, and his work is seen in Screem and Rue Morgue Magazine.
Chris is a playwright and author whose latest work Crossroads (or The Piano of Death) opened the Late Night Summer Series. His writing has been published or is forthcoming in Commonthought, Device, Entelechy International, Literary Matters, and Mill City Stories: Tales of Lowell and the Merrimack Valley.
“André de Lorde, original Grand Guignol director, judged success on how many audience members fainted during performances,” says John, who will re-imagine one of the masterpieces of the genre, André de Lorde’s Un Crime Dans une Maison de Fous (1925). “We are considering a special audience section with ponchos provided for blood splatter. Needless to say, this is not a show for children.”
(poster #2 by Jeremy Couturier of couturierillustration.com)