Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Grand Guignol Spectacular: Tickets Now Available, Fundrasing Drive, and Film of Final Performance!

Above is a narrated scene from the final performance--circa 1962--of the Grand Guignol, a Parisian theatre infamous from its opening in 1897 until it final performance in 1962 for naturalistic theatrical productions merging horror and elegance, sex and death, fear and humor.

To celebrate my 40th birthday this year, my friend John Del Gaudio and I are putting together a Grand Guignol-inspired variety show that will take place at The Coney Island Museum in Brooklyn this December 10th at 8:00 PM. Tickets are $25 and include not only a night of horror variety theatre, but also a masquerade after party and complementary Hendricks Gin Cocktails prepared by Friese Undine.

The evening was developed in conversation with UC Berkeley's Mel Gordon, author of Grand Guiginol: Theatre of Fear and Terror and will feature a newly commissioned set by NYU’s Chris Muller, stagings of classic Grand Guignol plays, a toy theater version of Bryusov’s “The Sisters,” short films, song and dance, WWI 3D glass plate projection with theremin accompaniment, and more.

We are in the process of trying to raise funds with which to pay all participators a modest stipend and expenses. If you are interested in contributing to this campaign--and/or in finding out more about the evening, including the full lineup thus far--click here. Donations of $100 or more earn contributers a free ticket to the festivities, while donations of lesser amounts earn you a listing in the program; donations of any amount will earn our deepest and heartfelt gratitude!

Whether you are able to contribute or not, I would love to see you at the event! Tickets for the event have just gone on sale, so if you are interested in attending, please click here to purchase.

Thanks so much, and hope to ring in a new decade with you at Coney Island!

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