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MASQUE MACABRE at the Strawdog Theatre Company, Oct. 4 – 31

  • Posted : September 23rd, 2018
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Strawdog Theatre Company Presents the World Premiere Immersive Theatrical Experience


Inspired by the Stories of Edgar Allan Poe

Written by Aly Greaves Amidei, Cara Beth Heath & John Henry Roberts
Directed by Anderson Lawfer, Janet Howe & Eli Newell

October 4 – October 31, 2018

CHICAGO (September 20, 2018) – Just in time for Halloween, Strawdog Theatre Company launches its 31st season with the world premiere of MASQUE MACABRE, a dark and bloody thrill ride inspired by the works of Edgar Allan Poe – think Carrie meets Eyes Wide Shut. The handlers of a “bad boy” entrepreneur go to extremes to give him one last big bash before his past catches up to him. An explorative immersive theatre experience a la Sleep No More, guests travel from room to room throughout the space and follow stories of revenge and murder as they play out in real time.

Written by ensemble members Aly Greaves Amidei* and John Henry Roberts* and company member Cara Beth Heath^ and directed by Co-Artistic Director Anderson Lawfer*Janet Howe and Eli NewellMASQUE MACABRE will play October 4 – 31, 2018 at Strawdog’s new home at 1802 W. Berenice Ave. in Chicago’s Northcenter neighborhood. Single tickets and season subscriptions are currently available at www.strawdog.orgThe press opening is Friday, October 12 at 7 pm or 9:30 pm.

MASQUE MACABRE will feature Strawdog ensemble member Michael Reyes* with guest artists Andrew BailesDan CobblerKatie GonzalezHenry Greenberg, Adam HinkleBrian HinklePatrick TJ KellyLisa McConnellLaura Nelson, Ella RaymontCollin Quinn RiceShaina Schrooten and Julian Stroop.

Comments Co-Artistic Director Michael Dailey, “MASQUE MACABRE is the most ambitious project in our 31 year history. We’re thrilled to share the immersive and horrifying world of MASQUE with Chicago audiences. With fourteen storylines playing out in real time throughout our entire space, you could see this show multiple times and come out with a totally different experience each time. At a haunting time of year, MASQUE delivers a modern nightmare that explores the line between revenge and justice and how what we do (or don’t do) makes us complicit in the evil and darkness of others. It may just keep you up at night.”

The production team for MASQUE MACABRE includes: Strawdog ensemble members Claire Chrzan* (co-lighting designer), Heath Hays* (sound designer) and Kyle Hamman* (video/media designer) with guest artists: Tom Burch (scenic designer), Virginia Varland (costume designer), Shelbi Arndt and Daniel Friedman (co-lighting designers), Lacie Hexom (props designer), Bobby Wilhelmson (violence designer), Kate Lass (intimacy designer), Mike Sanow (technical director) and Megan Gray (stage manager).

* Denotes Strawdog ensemble member

Denotes Strawdog company member



Inspired by the stories of: Edgar Allan Poe

Written by: Aly Greaves Amidei*, Cara Beth Heath^ and John Henry Roberts*

Directed by: Anderson Lawfer*, Janet Howe and Eli Newell

Cast: Strawdog ensemble member Michael Reyes* with guest artists Andrew BailesDan CobblerKatie GonzalezHenry Greenberg, Adam HinkleBrian HinklePatrick TJ KellyLisa McConnellLaura Nelson, Ella RaymontCollin Quinn RiceShaina Schrooten and Julian Stroop.

Location: Strawdog Theatre Company, 1802 W. Berenice Ave., Chicago

Dates: Previews: Thursday, October 4 at 7 pm, Friday, October 5 at 7 pm, Sunday, October 7 at 2 pm & 5 pm and Thursday, October 11 at 7 pm & 9:30 pm

Board Night Performance: Special performance with hosted drinks and appetizers, Saturday October 6 at 7 pm.

Press performance: Friday, October 12 at 7 pm or 9:30 pm

Regular run: Saturday, October 13 – Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Curtain Times: Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7 pm & 9:30 pm, Sundays at 2 pm & 5 pm. Please note: Halloween week performances added on Monday, October 29 at 7 pm & 9:30 pm, Tuesday, October 30 at 7 pm & 9:30 pm and Wednesday, October 31 at 7 pm & 9:30 pm.

Tickets: Previews $30. Regular run $50. Seniors: $40. Board Night: $75. Single tickets and season subscriptions are currently available at Half price Rush and Student tickets available at every performance and other discounts available. Call (773) 644-1380 for details.

About the Artists

Aly Greaves Amidei (Co-Writer) has worked as a designer, playwright and maker based in Chicago for the last 18 years. She is an Assistant Professor of Costume Design at UNC-Charlotte. She is proud ensemble member of Strawdog Theatre Company and Lifeline Theatre. Her plays and audio dramas have been produced at Lifeline Theatre, WildClaw Theatre, Strawdog Hit Factory, College of DuPage and Cartage Theatre of Charlotte.

Cara Beth Heath (Co-Writer) has an MFA in Playwriting from Western Michigan University and a BA in Creative Writing from the College of Charleston. She is the Literary Manager at Strawdog Theatre Company. She’s also been invited to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for dramaturgy, directing and playwriting. Her work has been read and produced in several festivals and workshops across the Midwest, including her award-winning play Good Enough about the women of the Gibson guitar factory during WWII. She’s been in Chicago for a couple of years now, developing her plays and advocating for local playwrights.

John Henry Roberts (Co-Writer) joined the Strawdog ensemble in 2004. Previous writing credits include Strawdog’s production of The Sweeter Option and the Neo-Futurists’ production of True Dreams of Annie Arbor. Recent acting credits include Pillars of the CommunityBarbecue and The Night Season (Strawdog), Neverwhere and Miss Holmes (Lifeline Theatre), The Little Flower of East Orange (Eclipse Theatre, Jeff Nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Lead Role), Diamond Dogs and The Hammer Trinity (The House Theatre). He’ll next appear in Twelfth Night at Writers Theatre. He is represented by Paonessa Talent.

Janet Howe (Co-Director) is a director, immersive theatre consultant and Co-Artistic Director of (re)discover theatre. Over the past four years, Janet’s work has focused exclusively on immersive and site-specific works. Janet directed and spearheaded projects such as FOR ONE: a series of plays built for an audience of one and Farewell My Friend, an immersive melding of Romeo & Juliet and Tristan & Iseult. Other directing credits include LysistaratraFifty Shades of Shakespeare and Jason & (Medea). Starting October 2018, Janet will be studying immersive theatre at Middlesex University: London, focusing on accessibility in immersive forms.

Anderson Lawfer (Co-Director) is a Co-Artistic Director of Strawdog. He was the previous Artistic Director of Strawdog’s Hugen Hall and focused on new works, adapting and directing Pontypool, Fail/Safe and Kill Shakespeare. He is the creator and host of many Strawdog late night shows including Theatre Wars!The Direct Off! and The Game Show Show and Stuff! He will also be directing a new musical in the spring written by Mark Guarino and Jon Langford called Take Me.

Eli Newell (Co-Director) Eli Newell is thrilled to return to Strawdog after having previously assistant directed Damascus. He is a Chicago-based director from the Twin Cities, Minnesota. In Chicago, Eli has assisted at Goodman Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Raven Theatre, Strawdog Theatre Company, Haven Theatre and Windy City Playhouse. In the Twin Cities, he has worked with Guthrie Theater, Children’s Theatre Company, Ordway Center and the Playwrights’ Center. Eli is a graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Communication.

Crystal Head Vodka is the official vodka of MASQUE MACABRE.

About Strawdog Theatre Company

Since its founding in 1988, Strawdog Theatre Company has offered Chicagoland the premiere storefront theatre experience and garnered numerous Non-Equity Jeff Awards with its commitment to ensemble acting and an immersive design approach. The celebrated Company develops new work, re-imagines the classics, melds music with theatre, asks provocative questions and delivers their audience the unexpected.

Strawdog Theatre Company is supported in part by The Macarthur Fund for Arts & Culture at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, the Alphawood Foundation, The Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation, and the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

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Horror Society’s Kick Off to Halloween Hootenanny and Screening, Sept. 26 @ Fat Cat Chicago

  • Posted : September 22nd, 2018
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Horror Society's Kick Off to Halloween Hootenanny and Screening

Matt from Horror Society will be presenting a secret double feature at Fat Cat. 2 Horror movies to get you in the mood for Halloween all for the price of FREE! We’ll have DVDs for sale! Plus a fun raffle in between films! Come hang at 8:30pm, films begin at 9! Party and get spooky with us! Details:

Fat Cat Chicago is located at 4840 North Broadway, Chicago, Illinois 60640.

21+ to enter

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Chicago Horror Film Festival, Sept. 28-30 at the DeKalb Red Roof Inn

  • Posted : September 21st, 2018
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Chicago Horror Film Festival

The 2018 Chicago Horror Film Festival!





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Second Skin Now Playing at the Wildclaw Theatre through October 13th

  • Posted : September 21st, 2018
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Second Skin - Wildclaw Theatre

Runs September 14 – October 13, 2018
At the Den Theatre 1333 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
For tickets and details:

On these nights, you hear footsteps behind you.
But when you turn around, nobody’s there.
There’s just the smell of salt.
That’s me.

When Quinn discovers her estranged mother is dying, she returns to a home she fled long ago. As she cares for her mother, Quinn wrestles with disturbing childhood memories. What is her mother’s secret? What do the bedtime stories of Selkies her mother once told her really mean? Told in three interconnected monologues, SECOND SKIN (winner of the Kennedy Center’s Paula Vogel and Jean Kennedy Smith awards) investigates the fraught relationship between mothers and daughters, and how one mistake can reverberate across generations.

Come drown in the refreshingly cold waters of this three-woman-told fever-dream of fractured fantasies and secrets buried in the deep…

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Terror in the Aisles presents The Massacre at the Davis Theater, Sept. 29-30

  • Posted : September 21st, 2018
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The Massacre

Terror in the Aisles presents The Massacre, 24-Hours-of-horror-movie-insanity! Sept 29, 2018, Noon ’til Noon – All Ages at the Davis Theater, 4614 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL

Film Line-Up:

  • Noon – The Sealed Room (Silent Short Film with Live Organ)
  • 12:15 PM The Mummy (Sponsored by House of Monsters)
  • 1:50 PM Plague of the Zombies (Sponsored by House of Monsters)
  • 3:40 PM Short Films
  • 4:20 PM Female Trouble (Sponsored by Jason Swanson)
  • 6:15 PM People Under the Stairs (Sponsored by Neon Movie Bunker)
  • 8:15 PM Nightmare on Elm St. #4 (star Tuesday Knight in Person!)
  • 10:20 PM American Werewolf in London
  • 12:15 AM Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Sponsored by Dark Sky Films)
  • 1:45 AM Nightbreed
  • 4:05 AM Zombie 3 (Sponsored by Severin Films)
  • 5:50 AM God Told Me To (Sponsored by House of Monsters)
  • 7:45 AM The Changeling (Sponsored by Severin Films)
  • 9:45 AM Psycho II

Short Films Include:

  • Open Caskets: Bad Sleep by FlemFilms
  • Terms and Conditions – by Erik Gulbrandsen
  • Don’t Go Down Into The Cellar – by Corey Kuropas & Drew Martyn
  • Night of the Martian Girlfriends – by Down With That Productions
  • goWitch’s Rite – by dir. Jordan Selander.
  • Abi Teaser Trailer” by Crazy Little Monster Productions

Vendors Include:

  • Terror in the Aisles
  • House of Monsters
  • Reel Art
  • Time Warp Collectables
  • Cain’s Collectables
  • Severin Films
  • Horror Host
  • The Art of Eric Rot
  • CinemApocalypse- The Art Kevin Kehoe
  • Bric-A-Brac Records

Tickets $30 presale online here: / $35 at the door, day of sale.

Plus: Vendors, Vintage Trailers, Free Posters, Charity Auctions for and more.

No Outside Food Or Drink Please.

Pay Once, Come & Go As You Like.

Films, Times, Guests Subject To Change.

For more info: and

No Returns, No Refunds.

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