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Ghostlight Ensemble presents Nutcracker Nightmare as part of Gingerbread Grindhouse this December

  • Posted : November 20th, 2017
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CHICAGO – Ghostlight Ensemble continues its holiday horror tradition this season, bringing Gingerbread Grindhouse to the Greenhouse Theater Center after-hours in December.

In a nod to the lurid, violent films popular in the 1930s through 1970s, Gingerbread Grindhouse will feature a series of live “trailers” for grindhouse-style plays yet to be, before continuing on to the feature production, Nutcracker Nightmare – a holiday tale of children, the toys they love and the toys that try to kill everyone they love. It’s the perfect holiday entertainment.

“There’s only so much joy and peace on Earth and A Christmas Carol people can take during the holidays. Sometimes you just need to see folks get stabbed with comically large scissors to make it through the season,” said Director Chad Wise. “We’re here to provide that, while still telling a darkly funny story about loss, recovery and how children have something to teach us all about the healing power of love.”

Nutcracker Nightmare, written by Maria Burnham, presents a world where dolls come to life and little children dream of sugar plum fairies. But a new evil has emerged from the toy box and it’s up to one young girl, a rag doll, a toy soldier and a ballerina mouse to prevent the total destruction of Christmas. Envisioned as a sequel to E.T.A. Hoffmann’s classic holiday tale, Nutcracker Nightmare gives us a reality in which it sometimes takes a nightmare to wake us up and make us see things as they truly are.

“Dolls are scary things,” says playwright Maria Burnham. “They look human, but they aren’t and our brains can’t handle that.

“And coupled with that there are very real traditions centered around dolls coming to life to achieve some objective – from Guatemalan worry dolls, like the ones you’ll meet in this story, meant to take away people’s worries to Elf on a Shelf meant to keep an eye on boys and girls for Santa,” she continued. “And every time I hear one of these stories I just think, ‘This sort of thing never ends well.’ And that’s where this play was born.”

Nutcracker Nightmare stars Alexandra Alontaga, Jean E. Burr, Sean Harklerode, Annie Hogan, Maura Hogan, Tatum Hunter, Kirk Jackson, Victoria Jacobson, Serina Johnston, Allison McCorkle, P. Tyler Nielsen and Mark Pracht.

The production will also feature grindhouse-style trailers by Babes With Blades, New Millennium Theatre Co., Improvised Twilight Zone, Improvised Jane Austen, The Stuntmen and Ghostlight Ensemble.

Gingerbread Grindhouse takes place at 10:30 p.m. on December 8, 9, 15 and 16, at the Greenhouse Theater Center (2257 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, 60614) in Lincoln Park. Tickets are $15 and are available now through the Greenhouse website at https://www.greenhousetheater.org/gingerbreadgrindhouse, via email at boxoffice@greenhousetheater.org or over the phone at 773-404-7336.

Ghostlight Ensemble is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit theatre whose mission it is to shed light on the human experience and provoke communal connections beyond the edge of the stage.

For more information, contact Maria Burnham at 773-377-5342 or press@ghoslightensemble.com. More information is available on our website at GhostlightEnsemble.com.

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Deathscribe X at the Wildclaw Theatre, December 4th

  • Posted : November 17th, 2017
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Deathscribe X

Monday, December 4, 2017 @ 8pm
Lincoln Hall
2424 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60614

In our continued quest to acquire original, imaginative horror stories, we solicited and received over 100 new works from theatre and horror aficionados around the world. These final five radio plays have emerged, perhaps slightly bloodstained, as finalists of the grueling selection process. Join us to see who will be this year’s victor and winner of the coveted Bloody Axe Award!

These five finalists will send thrills up your spine as they are brought to life by Chicago’s finest actors and directors, accompanied by a live band and a team of sound effects artists complete with live Foley onstage. The winner of the Bloody Axe will be chosen by a panel of horror and theatre experts.

Featuring:

  • THE DEATHSCRIBE ORCHESTRA featuring Joe Griffin, Laura McKenzie, Eric Engleson, Hilary Holbrook, Tim Griffin, and Paul Foster*
  • LIVE FOLEY designed by Ele Matelan*, performed by Moira Begale*, Ele Matelan, and Shandee Vaughan*
  • MASTER OF CEREMONIES Josh Zagoren*, Artistic Director of WildClaw Theatre

*WildClaw company member

Tickets & additional info at http://www.wildclawtheatre.com/project/deathscribe-x/

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John Carpenter Anthology Tour at the Aragon Ballroom, Nov. 9 – Tickets Still Available!

  • Posted : November 8th, 2017
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Legendary director and composer John Carpenter’s Anthology Tour comes to the Aragon Ballroom on Thursday, November 9th, and General Admission tickets are still available! Get’em HERE while you still can!

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The Massacre at the Patio Theater – Reschedule for Nov. 11-12

  • Posted : November 8th, 2017
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The Massacre: 24 Hours of ALL AGES Horror Movie Madness!
Patio Theater, 6008 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago, IL
Nov. 11th 2017, Noon ’til Noon – Doors Open At 11am!

If you already have presale tickets for this show, they will be honored at the show.

Special Guest – John D. Hancock (Let’s Scare Jessica To Death, Weeds, Bang The Drum Slowly)

Films Include (More to come):

  • THE RED SPECTRE (Silent with Live Organ)
  • BEAUTY & THE BEAST (1946)
  • HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL (In Emergo!)
  • LET’S SCARE JESSICA TO DEATH
    Sponsored by House of Monsters
  • GRAY MATTER (based on Stephen King’s Short Story) & Shorts
  • SLEEPAWAY CAMP
  • CREEPSHOW (George Romero Tribute)
  • TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2 (Tobe Hooper Tribute)
  • ALIENS (Bill Paxton Tribute)
  • TERROR TRAIN (Sponsored by Steven Thomas Vance Jr.)
  • DRIVE-IN MASSACRE
  • 2,000 MANIACS (Herschell Gordon Lewis Tribute!)
    Sponsored by Something Weird Video
  • MONSTER CEREAL BREAK (with House of Monsters)!
  • THE DEVIL RIDES OUT
  • NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1990)

Presale tickets only $20 ($25 at the door, day of show) online tickets here: http:// www.brownpapertickets.com/ event/3019715

SHORT FILMS INCLUDE:

  • Bloody Disgusting’s World of Death trailer.
  • THE BALL by Count the Clock Productions –
  • ATTACK OF THE MANSPLAINERS by Maggie Ritchie
  • THE BLACK DUDE LIVES by Lomai
  • Night of The Martian Girlfriends-A Horror Parody From The Atomic Age by Joe Synakiewicz, Anthony Synakiewicz, Dominic Podsiadlik
  • Friday the 13th Nintendo Trailer by REDVOVLER STUDIOS
  • Mutilation Massacre Teaser by Derek Braasch (1 min. 17 secs.)
  • I WAS A TEENAGE GORILLA by David “The Rock” Nelson
  • PSL by Ryan Jackson
  • My Friend Lisa by Bryan Martinez

Food Vendor: Gotta B Crepes will be making crepes in the lobby.

Vendors include:

  • Cooney’s Collectibles
  • Alan’s Art
  • Cains Creepy Collectables
  • Massacre Merch Table
  • The Garbage Pit
  • Stranger Pins
  • The Cryptic Closet
  • Artist Jeff Busch
  • House of Monsters
  • Reel Art
  • Horror Host
  • Aaron Stockwell Art
  • CinemApocalypse
  • Pretty Spooky Handmade
  • On the Slab Ceramics
  • LIX

No Outside Food or Drink please 🙂

Pay Once, Come & Go As You Like.

Tickets $20 presale here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3019715

$25 at the door day of show.

Films, Guests, Times Subject to Change. No Returns, No Refunds.

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1209317199201418/

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Enter to Win a #JIGSAW Prize Pack from Dark Chicago!

  • Posted : October 12th, 2017
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Enter to win a fun prize pack from JIGSAW! Go to http://tinyurl.com/JIGSAWDarkChicago to enter – winners will be awarded via mail by all entries received by noon on Friday, October 27.

Thirteen years ago on Halloween weekend – SAW and the character of JIGSAW introduced the world to a new face of horror. For seven straight years “If it’s Halloween it must be SAW” was a holiday tradition. This October 27, Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures proudly present JIGSAW! After a series of murders bearing all the markings of the Jigsaw killer, law enforcement find themselves chasing the ghost of a man dead for over a decade and embroiled in a new game that’s only just begun. Is John Kramer back from the dead to remind the world to be grateful for the gift of life? Or is this a trap set by a killer with designs of their own?

Official Site: http://www.jigsawsaves.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Saw
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SawMovie
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/Saw
Hashtag: #Jigsaw

JIGSAW opens nationwide on October 27, 2017.

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