Ten days of horrifying excitement at the Southern Theater featuring theater, dance, music, and film. Oct. 25 - Nov. 3.
For ten days this fall, seven different groups present an exploration of the genres of horror through a multitude of performance disciplines at the 2012 Twin Cities Horror Festival at the Southern Theater. The festival features local theater, storytelling, dance and music artists presenting their take on the theme of “horror.” The festival will present more than 30 performances over two weekends with a costume dance party and late night horror film showing on Halloween night.
Festival shows include Ghost Force: Search for the Truth by Mike Fotis, the psychological horror-comedy Harold by Four Humors Theater, an original horror film score by The Poor Nobodys, the bloody thriller Senseless by RedRawMeat Productions, a one-woman musical The Legend of White Woman Creek by Nick Ryan and Katie Hartman, Bump in the Night by Erin Sheppard featuring dance and storytelling, and the horrifying magic of God Damned Son of a Bitch by Tim Uren.
The festival runs October 25 through November 3.
Ghost Force: Searching for the Truth
by Mike Fotis
"Fotis is developing into a force as an observational storyteller, with ace timing and a gift for the devastating throwaway line" – City Pages
“If Kevin Kling were on steroids and yet inexplicably still had a bit of a self-confidence problem, he would be Mike Fotis" – TC Daily Planet
Ghosts exist. They're everywhere. That's a fact. A fact that the mainstream science community wants to ignore. Join the team of GF:SFTT as they seek to uncover the truth! Their next mission? The Southern Theater. Boom! You've been truthed!
by Four Humors Theater
Winner of the Critic’s Pick Award at the 2010 Cincinnati Fringe Festival
“Claustrophobically intense… Beautifully paced… you need to see this one.” – Cincy Beat
“Harold brings the Funny to Terror and hits the Scarecrow out of the park.” – TheConveyor.com
Based on the best of campfire ghost stories, Harold is a horrific comedy that delves into the deepest fears of our own imaginations and the animal instincts of the human psyche.
Two brothers drive their herd deep into the mountain to graze. Isolated from the outside world, they build a scarecrow for their amusement; Harold. They show Harold amazing kindness and they show Harold amazing cruelty, until one day, Harold starts repaying the favor.
Original score of a silent horror film
by The Poor Nobodys
“The music is a powerful, sultry blend of folk and jazz, with a hint of classical sounds,” - The Northeaster, MN
“Epic, yet grounded largely in folk and classical territories, The Poor Nobodys are a varied and multi-dimensional take on the spaghetti-western soundtrack genre as typified by Ennio Morricone – combining this, elements of Chopin, and a strong Americana base yields distinct (and decidedly good) results.” – Sputnik Music
After successful runs at the Trylon Cinema with original scores for The Black Pirate (1926) and Battleship Potempkin (1925), The Poor Nobodys present a new original score for a silent film from the horror genre. Film TBD.
by RawRedMeat Productions
"The tension builds until finally your inner voice is screaming, ‘Oh my God! Just gouge her eyeballs out already!’" The LAist
A production in the disorienting and visceral style of Japanese Horror films, SENSELESS will draw upon the foundations of modern horror, the ghost story, and lots and lots of blood. Raincoats suggested for the front row.
The Legend of White Woman Creek
by Nick Ryan and Katie Hartman
"Katie Hartman stands out with her power house voice… her solo brings the house down." --The Happiest Medium
"…belts out her songs with a passion and commitment that stands above the rest." --Nytheatre.com
"So pleasing to the palate… stir(s) in fantastical elements to absurd extremes… " - New York Times on Ryan’s Le Gourmand or Gluttony!
"Thrilling, engrossing, amusing, and brisk, with masterfully overlapping and interwoven stories…" -Nytheatre.com on Ryan’s Endurance.
On fall evenings, in those brief moments between sunset and darkness, mists arise from the sandy banks of that Kansas stream bed now known as White Woman Creek. And out of that mist comes the ghost of Anna-Wee, wandering the prairie of her earthly happiness; a white woman captured by Cheyenne raiders, who fell in love and bore the child of Chief Tee-Wah Nee and was slaughtered in a massacre by the cavalry from Fort Wallace. The song she sang long ago for Tee-Wah-Nee still drifts across the tall grasses like a single white cloud in the endlessly blue Kansas sky. Many have heard her song, but few remember the story of the "white woman" and the Cheyenne Chief.
Bump in the Night
by Erin Sheppard
From trapped souls to psycho cheerleaders, zombie apocalypse to haunted houses, Bump in the Night weaves throughout many facets of the horror genre using dance and storytelling. Sometimes the darkness within is more terrifying than the monsters that lurk in the shadows . . . sometimes zombies have a sense of humor . . . and sometimes we find ourselves bound between darkness and light, clawing our way towards redemption.
God Damned Son of a Bitch
by Tim Uren
“This is, quite simply, one of the finest adaptations of a Lovecraft weird tale to cinema that I have ever seen. It is brilliant and effective in every way.” - Author W. H. Pugmire on The Curse of Yig
"Skilled performances by all hands, especially Tim Uren in the title role…Good. Bloody good." - Pioneer Press on Macbeth the Video Game Remix
“A clever twist on a classic tale. Highly recommended.” - Twin Cities Daily Planet on The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Dr. Jekyll
She performs escape illusions. He reads Tarot cards. He wants to believe that he can love her, but he's trapped by the sins of his past. The Lovers and the Devil — one is real and the other is illusion. What possible escape is there for a man who is damned?
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