A Bucket of Blood is a new play written by Mitch Brian and directed by Cody Wyoming. It features a live, also original, jazz score by some of KC's finest musicians!
Adapted from the ultra-low budget 1959 Roger Corman movie of the same name, it is the story of Walter Paisley, a put upon busboy in a Greenwich Village coffee shop who longs to be an artist like the beatniks, poets and painters who populate the cafe where he works.
Through a series of misfortunes, a cat is accidentally killed and Walter, in order to hide the tragedy, covers it in clay and passes it off as an original statue. The half baked plan works and Walter becomes an overnight sensation in the Village art scene. In order to create more art, Walter resorts to murder propelling his rise and eventual fall.
This production of A Bucket of Blood, is a comedy (albeit a very dark comedy), but not a parody of the original film. It is both a loving homage to the cult film as well as a theatrical reinvention, creating an immersive environment where the audience is transported back to 1959, replete with a live jazz score. It is also a commentary on the nature of art and on the self-importance that frequently comes with its creation.
It stars Matt Weiss as Walter Paisley, as well as Kimberely Queen, Forrest Attaway, Damian Blake, Meredith Wolfe, Kelly Main, Brian Stubler, Emma Taylor, Matt Anderson, Coleman Crenshaw, Dana Nicholson, and Rick Williamson. Providing the music will be Johnny Hamil, Jeff Freling, Kent Burnham, Christian Hankel, Cody Wyoming and Katie Gilchrist.
Director Cody Wyoming has been a fan of the film and low budget/ exploitation films in general for a long time and looks forward to bringing some of the good natured salaciousness and sleaze inherent in the material to the stage.
Playwright Mitch Brian continues to explore the relationship between cinema and live performance as he did with two previous hit productions Maul of the Dead and Sorority House of the Dead.
The Living Room (View)
Kansas City, MO 64108