Tickets on Sale for A Little Sumpin’ WildClaw: The Creature from the Black Lagunitas Halloween Benefit!

lagunitasA Little Sumpin WildClaw: The Creature from the Black Lagunitas
All proceeds will go directly towards DEATHSCRIBE 2014, our January production of Scott Barsotti’s The Revenants, and our world premiere production of Motel 666 in the Spring.

By all proceeds, we mean all. Every dollar spent at the bar for every IPA, Lil Sumpin Sumpin, Dogtown Pale, etc., goes directly towards WildClaw Theatre. So come on down, enjoy one of Chicago’s newest and finest taprooms, overlooking one of the largest independent breweries in the nation, all while supporting Horror Theatre!

Costumes totally optional.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

Doors open at 5:30pm
Lagunitas Chicago Taproom
2607 17th Street




Meet Our 2014 Deathscribes (Part 1 of 5): Kevin Alves

Looks just as good onstage as on paper...

Looks just as good onstage as on paper…

Welcome to our first spotlight interview with the braiiiiiiiiins behind Deathscribe 2014! For the next five weeks, we’ll be showcasing the writers and directors dedicated to delivering our newest crop of audio traumas on December 1st at the beautiful Mayne Stage Theatre. Today, we’re exploring the storybook existence of first-time Deathscribe Kevin Alves. Kevin is no stranger to things that go bump (or squish) in the night: in addition to being a regular in The Bruised Orange Theater Company‘s “I Saw You,” performing funny and ridiculous personal ads from in and around Chicago every Wednesday night at the Town Hall Pub and the first Monday of every month at Mary’s Attic, Kevin stars as Harold Bloodstone in The Factory Theater‘s Hotel Aphrodite, a farce set in a Sybaris-styled sex hotel opening November 14th. Kevin is going to talk to us today about stretching yourself artistically, motherly love, and What Scares Him.

How did you get into horror?

My first touch of horror was A Nightmare on Elm Street.  Freddy scared the shit out of me because the one time you should feel safe is while you’re sleeping.  He messed that up for me.

What excites you most about writing horror, compared to other genres?

My mom always said that I have a weird, sick mind (in a good, loving motherly way).  It’s nice to let some of the dark out, on occasion.

What was the hook for you in this story? What came first, the story or the sound?

It was a blend of the character and music.  I ran across an album called Waltz of the Monsters.  It’s an orchestral album with a lot of slow toy piano pieces.  Sounds like that creep me out and put my brain in a weird place.  The main character, Louis, is based on a character I did in a performance of “I Saw You”.  The personal ad was from a guy who just wanted “some body”.  He was very lonely and he felt very sad.  A mind set like that can make you do crazy things to feel loved and I wanted to explore that.

What do you consider the biggest challenge in writing for “radio,” compared to traditional theatre?

Remembering that you’re having to show action through sound only.  No “The room is decorated with this” or “Steve cringes in fear”.  You have to show everything through your words and the Foley.

I'm sorry, Monsieur Marceau, I know it hurts when we talk about you like you're not hear.

I’m sorry, Monsieur Marceau, I know it hurts when we talk about you like you’re not hear.

What discoveries have you made about storytelling during this process that you are excited to use in future projects?

Since this is one of the first things I’ve written since college, the fact that I am writing excites me for more in the future.

What sound would you most like to see/hear performed in a Deathscribe piece?

Someone expelling all of their internal organs and/or exploding.  Good luck with that one.

Do you have any advice for aspiring Deathscribes?

I almost wrote and submitted Louis for Deathscribe 2013, but I didn’t because, since I’m not a “writer”, I did not have the confidence.  This year, I gave myself the artistic goal to suck it up, stretch myself, and just do it.  I thought, “They’ll pick it or not pick it.  Either way, this is for me to see what I’ve got on the inside and to step into something outside of my realm.”  My advice would be if you’re interested in it, just do it.  Put yourself out there and something good may come out of it.  If not, at least you proved to yourself that you can do it.  Sometimes it works out in the end (case in point).

What scares you?

As a 39 year old man I am sad to say that the dark still scares the shit out of me.  If you can see what you’re fighting, you can possibly find a weakness.  If not, you’re just screwed.  In the dark, you’re always screwed.

What’s your favorite kind of snake?

The dead kind.  (I’ll be here all week).

Kevin’s here all week, but Deathscribe is One Night Only! Come check out Kevin’s “Louis,” directed by Shade Murray, at the beautiful Mayne Stage on Monday, December 1st!

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.~T~

 

Announcing the Finalists for DEATHSCRIBE 2014

For those of us who are of Clavian descent, there is little in this world that makes us smile on a consistent basis. Our hearts are full of soot and bile, our blood like vinegar, our minds a yawning trenchlike abyss, our souls…pfft…*snicker*…souls. Can’t even type it with a straight face.

But if there is one thing in this world that will never fail to rouse our dark spirits it’s DEATHSCRIBE, and few occasions more pleasing to us than the announcement of our five annual Deathscribe Finalists, and the infernal talents damned to direct them.

So without further ado, we Daemons gleefully present to you the lineup for DEATHSCRIBE 2014:

PLEASE STAND BY

written by Steve Baldwin

directed by Kevin Theis

THE WOLF AT THE DOOR

written by 2011 Bloody Axe winner Jessica Wright Buha

directed by Anderson Lawfer

LOUIS

written by Kevin Alves

directed by Shade Murray

DOWN BY THE LAKE

written by Ignacio Zulueta

directed by Mary Rose O’Connor

FRACTURE ZONE

written by Christopher M. Walsh

directed by Sara Sevigny

This year’s crop was culled from over 100 submissions from all over the U.S. and many spots abroad. We even received one from “Parts Unknown,” so we have to assume it was submitted by Papa Shango.

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Sorry, Papa. Maybe next year.

DEATHSCRIBE 2014 will take place on December 1st at the gorgeous Mayne Stage. Mark your calendar to come witness the 7th annual Battle for the Bloody Axe!

Our Fair City Live at Chicago Fringe THIS WEEK!

All of the good little boils and ghouls in WildClaw are hard at work reading this year’s treasure trove of submissions for Deathscribe 2014. Rest assured, there are vampires, there are sea monsters, there are serial killers, and a couple more that…well, while they defy description, they have already begun to worm their way into our hearts and braiiiiiiiiiiins.

But don't axe me where...

I tell ya, that Sutter Cane is going places!

But we know that doesn’t dull the ache of waiting for Deathscribe 2014 on December 1stninety-nine whole days away. That’s ninety-nine lifetimes to a mayfly, and twice that to my downstairs neighbor (shh–don’t tell him). Lucky for you, live radio fans, we have just the thing to keep your blood a-boiling and ears a-ringing: Our Fair City’s live show at Chicago Fringe!

Our Fair City is a locally produced, internationally loved dystopic science fiction podcast entering its sixth season. They’ll be gracing Chicago Fringe with a noir-styled live radio show set in a world run by the nefarious Hartlife, which prizes efficiency and algae production above everything else, until a series of mysterious deaths prompts Detective Jack Winters to cut through their web of red tape.

Opens Thursday, August 28th!

Opens Thursday, August 28th!

Featuring Deathscribe 2013 darlings Jeffrey Gardner and Jared Latore, along with the vocal talents of Kat Evans and Sebastian Orr, music by DJ Catnip & Betsey Palmer, and WildClaw’s own Helper Monkey/Foley girl Ele Matelan, this production promises powerhouse performances and a body count that would make even the WildClaw daemon’s eyes bulge and mouth water.

You can check out the Fringe performance schedule & buy tickets here, and delve deeper into the world of Our Fair City here with previous seasons and comics, brought to you by Hartlife: all the life you’ll ever need.

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.~T~

 

WildClaw in the Wild, part II (a nightmare come true)

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Better late than never. Too many Daemons having babies these days. We’re all like, “um, hey, did you warn the minions about the coming nefarity? No? Just on Facebook? Just in a newsletter? YOU MUST PUT IT ON THE WEB YOU USELESS IMPS!!!”

Our second WildClaw in the Wild reading is TOMORROW at 3031 (3031 N Honore, Chicago). For a suggested donation of $5 you get delectable beer from Uinta Brewing Co to delight your taste receptors, and a reading of a classic ghost story by some of Chicago’s finest actors.

Join hosts Ele Matelan and Josh Zagoren as reading begins at 6:00pm at 3031 (3031 N. Honore); doors open at 5:30pm. Suggested donation $5

Sunday, July 27, 2014

THE OLD NURSE’S TALE
by Tim Foley
directed by Josh Sobel
featuring Ariel Brenner, Ed Dzialo, Elizabeth Dowling, Lona Livingston, Peter Greenberg, and Stevie Chaddock Lambert

Music from Erik Hellman

In a Victorian manor house far to the north, when the winter storms rage, a melody flows from a broken organ, a ghostly child walks the night, and a family curse is reawakened. An adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell’s classic story of a house haunted by the cruelties of the past.

Ele Nominated for Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award

Hi ‘claws, Ele here.

I’m thrilled to share that my poem, “The Last Lullaby,” which Steve Herson read so deliciously in a recent Deathscribe, has been selected as a semi-finalist for the 21st Annual Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Award for poetry!

Less "muse," more "amusing."

As you can see, everyone is thrilled.

The finals are tomorrow–Wednesday, July 23rd, at 7 pm at the beautiful Chopin Theatre. The 20 semi-finalists will perform their nominated pieces, and audience voting will determine the winner of the $500 grand prize!

I hope that those of you who favor cursed verse can join us at the Chopin tomorrow night–as with all things WildClaw, our fans support means the world to us.

Gwendolyn Brooks

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.~T~

WildClaw in the Wild: Tales at Twilight on July 27th, 2014

twilightjulyWILDCLAW IN THE WILD: TALES AT TWILIGHT
a summer reading series at 3031

Join WildClaw in the great outdoors this summer as we gather in the twilight at 3031 to hear three chilling new plays. Sip on a beer, have a snack, and hear a scary story as the sun goes down…what better way to spend a Sunday night?

Each selection for this series represents a different flavor of Horror than what WildClaw has done in the past. We invite you to join us (and bring a minion!) to hear these exciting new plays read aloud by some of Chicago’s finest actors, and then stick around to talk about what Horror Theatre means to you.

The WILDCLAW IN THE WILD series will take place on the last Sunday evening of the months of June, July, and August.

Join hosts Ele Matelan and Josh Zagoren as reading begins at 6:00pm at 3031 (3031 N. Honore); doors open at 5:30pm. Suggested donation $5

Sunday, July 27, 2014

THE OLD NURSE’S TALE
by Tim Foley
directed by Josh Sobel

Music from Erik Hellman

featuring Ariel Brenner, Ed Dzialo, Elizabeth Dowling, Lona Livingston, Peter Greenberg, and Stevie Chaddock Lambert

Evil Dead 2 Collectibles | Sideshow Collectibles

Evil Dead 2 Collectibles | Sideshow Collectibles.

 

Super Excited?  We are!!!

Monstrous Regiment Or Bad girls do it well

This past Monday at Lifeline Theatre in Rogers Park, Chris Hainsworth’s adaptation of Terry Pratchett‘s Monstrous Regiment premiered.Chris Hainsworth is one of the Daemon’s most favorite WildClaw Artistic Associates. “Something about the scent of his blood…” he said. “Egyptian papyrus, aged tobacco & the ink of an Ancient One.” Now, I don’t know about all that, but he makes a great mix CD.

I’m not an avid Pratchett reader. Truth be told, I’ve only read Monstrous Regiment to prepare for the role of Maladict. But Pratchett’s Discworld is amazing & rich & HILARIOUS.

If you’re in the Chicago area, stop by and check it out!

Our cast and crew are stoopid.

Sarah Price as Polly Perks is new to us in the WildClaw clan, but she’s got moxie and we’re into it.
Robert Kauzlaric, one-time Deathscribe judge and avid one who appreciates the strong qualities of Event Horizon, as Lt. Blouse.
Chris Walsh as Sgt. Jackrum has been known to participate in Deathscribe both as a performer, and in 2011 as a finalist with “Comparing Notes at the End of the World”.
Mandy Walsh and I met when I murdered her in Carmilla. “Tonight…” was always hers, and the matches are always hers as Lofty.
Kim Boler is a huge Discworld fan and a regular participant of Bruised Orange‘s “I Saw You” at the Town Hall Pub. As Tonker, she has a tendency to face off with… Everyone. Always.
John Ferrick is our man of many faces as Corporal Strappi, General Froc, one of Heinrich’s biatches & Bernice the washerwoman. He’s a friend to the claw and is birthing a monster soon.
Justine Turner is Carborundum. We had to turn down the a/c in the theater to make sure, as the troll, she’d get her lines out in a timely manner.
Katie McLean Hainsworth & I met when I was a bad penny at the very first Deathscribe. As Igor, she’s always pulling something out somewhere. Stitching, fixing, lisping.
Matt Engle is our man of many moustaches. He’s our Handsome Young Man, Prince Heinrich, Lord Rust, Paul & … Let’s just say he’s got to polish himself up a bit. A member of The Factory Theater, he was recently nominated for a Jeff Award for his directorial work on Incident on Run #1217.
Melissa Engle is a sweet dream and our Wazzer.
Oh, and me. I’m Maladict. Yes. Total typecasting.

 

WILDCLAW IN THE WILD RETURNS ON JUNE 29TH!

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In a few short weeks, WildClaw once again descends upon the theatre at 3031 to present you, yes you, with the horror you so crave these summer nights. After the success of last year’s WildClaw in the Wild, we had no choice but to bring this unique series back for another round. No, seriously, there were flaming hot pokers and steaming acid baths involved, and much gnashing of horrible little teeth. That’s the Daemon’s way of asking nicely.

We kick things off for 2014 with Ian McDonald’s play “The Boy Who Lived Forever.”  Directed by Mary Rose o’Connor.

THE BOY WHO LIVED FOREVER (and the woman who didn’t) 
by Ian MacAllister-McDonald
Directed by Mary Rose O’Connor
Sunday, June 29, 2014
3031 (3031 N Honore, Chicago)
Doors open at 5:30pm
$5 suggested donation

When a ten year old boy discovers the body of a dead woman hanging in the woods behind his house, an ancient evil is set loose upon him and his friends. THE BOY WHO LIVED FOREVER (And The Woman Who Didn’t) is a play about the world of children: a world where ignorance fuels creativity as well as cruelty, and where curiosity can reveal equal parts wonder and danger; where evil still has its roots in monsters, and not in men.

 

SPONSORED BY DRY HOP BREWERS AND PNAKOTIC ATLAS!!!!