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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


VILLAINY ~ or ~ H. H. Holmes' Own Story
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"Writer John Strysik and director Jeff G. Rack have created a chillingly intense show with a small but mighty cast of incredibly talented players."


"Eric Keitel is suave as the smooth-talking Holmes. His kind face and soft tone of voice are surely not those of a killer, right? Tor Brown (who) slips into many different characters is wonderfully transformational. Jennifer Novak Chun, McKenzie Eckels, Nathalie Rudolph, and Tanya Raisa (making) up a multitude of victims, easily and skillfully take on a variety of characters. ...a gruesome tale befitting this ghoulish time of year."


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


"Holmes is evil at its best. He hides his thirst for murder with a charming smile and lively personality. As horrid as the subject is, its a hell of a great story to tell."


"...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):


Henry Howard Holmes


Herman Webster Mudgett + Ben Pitezel + Ned Conner


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


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


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


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.


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


Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre

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


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