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VILLAINY ~ or ~ H. H. Holmes' Own Story
Whitefire Theatre
Sherman Oaks, CA
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Wednesday Oct 03, 2018 8:00 PM - Wednesday Nov 07, 2018 8:00 PM | $25.00









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VILLAINY ~ or ~ H. H. Holmes' Own Story
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RUE-MORGUE.COM says with VILLAINY...

"Writer John Strysik and director Jeff G. Rack have created a chillingly intense show with a small but mighty cast of incredibly talented players."

NOHO ARTS DISTRICT calls VILLAINY...

"...wickedly good, wonderfully written and directed and beautifully acted. I highly recommend it."

ALL ABOUT THE STAGE thinks in VILLAINY...

"Holmes is evil at its best. He hides his thirst for murder with a charming smile and lively personality. ...its a hell of a great story to tell, especially since Halloween is nearing by."

INDULGE MAGAZINE says VILLAINY...

"...tells the story in multi-dimensional layers. Dr. Holmes is a charming womanizer with an insatiable appetite for money, sex and murder."

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In 1893 a Devil roamed the White City at the Chicago World's Fair.

The Devil was Herman Webster Mudgett, a medical doctor who went by the alias of Henry Howard Holmes, America's first known serial killer.

When captured Holmes penned a pamphlet pleading his innocence, but quickly changed his tune when William Randolph Hearst offered a small fortune for the true story.

Holmes then wrote a lurid account of murdering men, women and children in a Hotel he built for the Fair, and selling their bones to medical schools.

"One pictures him scurrying into the cellar to dissect a corpse," wrote Robert Bloch, author of PSYCHO, "then hurrying through a concealed passageway to join his latest inamorata in an upstairs bedroom. The comings and goings, the opening and closing of doors as though on cue, are reminiscent of a French farce."

VILLAINY is Holmes' Own Story as a sometimes scary, sometimes farcical tale of murders & marriages, seductions & swindles, and... a whole lot of skeletons.  

John Strysik is the Playwright

He is known for his work in film and television, including the screenplay for the award-winning movie "Stuck," directed by Stuart Gordon and starring Mena Suvari and Stephen Rea. Strysik was a director and writer on the television series "Tales From the Darkside," "Monsters," and the reboot of the ABC series "Land of the Lost." He also co-authored "Lurker in the Lobby: A Guide to the Cinema of H.P. Lovecraft."

Jeff G. Rack is the Director

A co-founder of Unbound Productions and its signature show Wicked Lit, Jeff has recently directed a production of "The Birds," and this fall directs "Martians: An Evening with Ray Bradbury," also playing at Whitefire Theatre. He is perhaps best-known to Los Angeles theater audiences for his award-wining set designs (over 200 productions and counting).

Produced by John Strysik and Mike Carroll

Lightning Design by Derrick McDaniel

Set Design by Jeff G. Rack

Costumes by Shon LeBlanc

Music & Sound Design by Jay Woelfel

Solo Cello by Jennifer Novak Chun

Make Up & Wigs by Judi Lewin

Technical Director Bandon Loeser


CAST (In Order of Appearance):

ERIC KEITEL

Henry Howard Holmes

TOR BROWN

Herman Webster Mudgett + Ben Pitezel + Ned Conner

JENNIFER NOVAK CHUN

Mrs Holton + Carrie Pitezel + World's Fair Woman & Chorus

McKENZIE ECKELS

Clara Lovering Mudgett + Julia Conner + Nannie Williams + World's Fair Woman & Chorus

NATHALIE RUDOLPH

Myrta Belknap Holmes + Minnie Williams + Alice Pitezel  + World's Fair Woman & Chorus

TANYA RAISA

Emeline Cigrand + Georgiana Yoke Howard + World's Fair Woman & Chorus


Wednesdays at 8 PM, Oct 3 - Nov 7, at Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks.


Six performances only.


Valet Parking available at Augustine Wine Bar 1/2 block east of the Theatre.


Halloween is coming. And so is VILLAINY.

Location

Whitefire Theatre (View)
13500 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
United States


Categories

Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!

Contact

Owner: Whitefire Theatre
On BPT Since: Jun 19, 2018
 
Whitefire Theatre
818 990-2324
bryan@whitefiretheatre.com
 

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