CARMILLA follows an orphaned young woman facing prison in the chaos after World War II, as she tells the haunting story of her life-altering encounter with a mysterious stranger.
As the war ends, and Nazi atrocities are coming to light, a British officer interrogates Laura, a young Austrian citizen. Capt. Martin can let her leave for England, her father's home - or imprison her as a collaborator. Laura responds with her story.
Seven years earlier, as the Third Reich absorbed Austria, Laura and her family witnessed an auto accident. A young woman named Carmilla was injured. They took her in, and she and Laura fell in love. Carmilla, however, was not all she seemed; she may not even have been human ... But too soon, other monsters invaded their secluded garden.
Adapted by LA playwright David MacDowell Blue from the classic novella, CARMILLA had its world premiered at Zombier Joe's Underground Theatre in early 2014 (and was picked by LA Weekly as one of LA's 10 Best). Last fall, it also had an award-winning production in New York.
Now, CARMILLA returns to LA for the Halloween season. It opens Friday, October 16, at the Lyric-Hyperion Theatre & Cafe in Silver Lake, and will run through Sunday, November 8, with a possible extension.
CARMILLA is co-directed by Mark Hein and Blue (the play's author).
The cast includes veteran LA actor and singer Belinda Howell as Capt. Martin, and film actor Lauren Kathryn ("Lulu and the Right Words") in the title role.
Erin Reed, a Texas transplant and former lawyer, plays Laura; her father is played by Doug Haverty, familiar to audiences nationwide as both an actor and a playwright ("Aftershocks," "Could I Have This Dance?").
Also in the cast are well-known local actor/director Roger K. Weiss, USC graduate Courtney Berck, voice-over artist and actor Gary K. Shaw (Westchester Playhouse's "Dracula"), actor/musician Ellen Burr, and Michelle Danyn reprising her role as Ingrid.
CARMILLA is the third production of Actaeon Players, who mounted the warmly praised world premiere of "Amelia's Going Down" at the 2015 Hollywood Fringe Festival.
Performances of CARMILLA are Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 and Sundays at 3:00, at the Lyric-Hyperion, 2106 Hyperion Avenue, LA 90027. Tickets are $15, available at <www.brownpapertickets.com>. All performances will include cabaret seating, and patrons enjoy a discount on Cafe food and drink before and after the show. Parking is available for a fee in an adjacent lot.
Lyric-Hyperion Theatre & Cafe (View)
2106 Hyperion Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
|Minimum Age: 9|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|