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Mercurial Theatre Presents:

HP Lovecraft's Call of Cthulhu  

July 21, 28, August 6, 13  

@ The Spider House Ballroom

Deep within the forest, police are moving in darkness upon a curious and demented gathering. A disturbed refugee seeks asylum, asking for answers to the abuse they have suffered at the hands of a malignant, dangerous cult. Together, the group must confront a terrifying religion that aims to evoke the presence of a cosmic terror, borne of evil and eons older than man himself. Is this just a mad cult, or a pathway to the dark truth of a cold universe?

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Based on HP Lovecraft’s celebrated short story, Call of Cthulhu distills the sprawling investigative story and condenses it into a single sequence of moments of heightened tension and drama. Themes of insanity, doubt, faith and fear weave in and out of the narrative, culminating in an ending that’s as challenging as Lovecraft’s work can be.

The Cast

Richard Anthony - Francis
Patrick Donelan - Castro
Annie Flores - Sonia
Lauren Giebitz - Maria
Mindy Rast-Keenan - Wilhelmina
Michael Rodriguez - John

Written and Directed by Dan Wolff

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Mercurial Theatre formed over a year ago as an experimental, speculative theatre company in Austin, TX. Inspired by classic film noir, mystery, and horror, along with a healthy respect for and experience with the performing arts, Mercurial Theatre set forth to present audiences with unique, memorable experiences. 

 Our first production, the first adaption for the stage of HP Lovecraft's The Color Out of Space, premiered to sold out audiences throughout the entire run, garnering solid reviews from Broadway World and cementing our place in the Austin theatre scene. We were surprised by the response, and went into our next show with the wind at our backs. 

 In the fall of 2016, we presented our second production, a completely original piece entitled Let the Dead Now Speak. Over three weekends and 13 performances, this immersive piece of theatrical horror placed the attendees "dead" center during a live seance. We were happy to see many faces from Color return for this show, and even happier to see them left unsettled and giddy at the unique experience they'd just been a part of. 

We're confident that, with your help, this production of Call of Cthulhu will be our best yet. 

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Call of Cthulhu is our most ambitious project yet, and that’s why we need your support. Securing a venue for performances and rehearsals is where the most assistance is needed. Performance venues are more popular than ever, and the cost of having a space continues to rise in the Austin area. Securing a great venue with ample seating and a comfortable atmosphere for our audience ensures that we can offer the best possible version of this show.

The second biggest portion of pledges goes to compensating our actors. Live theatre is not easy, and most actors who do it are there just for the love of it. But as an actors' theatre company, it is important to us that we support the people that take the most risk and offer so much of their talent and creativity to our shows. What remains of our goal goes into obtaining all the necessary props, costumes, and set items, as well as marketing for the show.

Specifically, your generous contributions will be used for the following:

  • Venue costs
  • Actor compensation
  • Sets
  • Wardrobe
  • Marketing
With our past successes, we are incredibly excited to get to work on this latest project. With your help, this could be our best experience yet.

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The trailer featured in our Kickstarter was put together by a member of the Mercurial family, Mike Rodriguez. It's meant to convey the tone and theme of the show you're helping us create. In fact, we were so happy with the end product that what started as a promotional video for this Kickstarter has morphed into a bona fide short film, a prelude of sorts to the play this Kickstarter is for. So if you like the trailer, check out our website in a few months at http://www.mercurialtheatre.com for more info about this project!  

Trailer Credits

Cast: Lauren Giebitz, Richard Anthony, Mike Rodriguez, Dan Wolff
Directed by: Mike Rodriguez
Music: 
"Unseen Horrors" and "Vanishing"Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)

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In preparation for this Kickstarter, we shot a short film we thought would be fun, more interesting than your garden variety Kickstarter video. Oh, we created something different, alright. After much deliberation, we elected to use the trailer, instead, as it does a better job of conveying the tone of the play. Nonetheless, this abomination of a short has to live somewhere, and it may as well be here. So... enjoy?

 

Risks and challenges

When creating any live theatre, having a reliable venue as well as a rehearsal space is essential to a project going smoothly. While we do not have a final venue set as of yet, we are in the final stages of this process and feel confident we will have a home for this show.

Pulling the set pieces and props together in an economical way is also a priority. As much as we would like to build a full stage replica of a police interrogation room, such a thing would balloon our budget and make finding an accommodating venue more difficult.

Thankfully, while we have many projects lined up for the future, this project is our only focus at the moment. The script is written, the crew is assembled, and we have an amazing cast made up of past collaborators and some new blood. With your help, we are set for success and ready to get to work.

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