We are pleased to be returning to C2E2 Chicago Comic Convention for the third time to drop some wisdom on you. This time we will be talking about horror and comedy. Should be an interesting discussion!
Title: Bloody Good Fun: Exploring Comedy Within the Horror Genre
Time: 1:30 PM — 2:30 PM
Speakers: Aly Amidei, Matt Engle, Scott T. Barsotti, Ele Matelan, Josh Zagoren, Brian Amidei
Description: Horror and comedy are weird sisters: incisive at their best, groan-inducing at the worst, and tireless in their pursuit of THE BIG REACTION. This panel, hosted by horror experts WildClaw Theatre, peers into how the two genres use similar tactics to get a rise out of audiences.
WildClaw Blood Radio 2014 episode 1
Links of interest from the episode:
Our Fair City Podcast: http://www.ourfaircity.com
Filament Theatre: http://www.filamenttheatre.org
The Paper Machete: http://thepapermacheteshow.com
Plenty of people probably think Valentine’s Day is scary enough already. If you have someone special, you worry about everything from planning the evening to exchanging gifts. If you’re still looking for your better half, it’s easy to feel a little more alone, a little more judged, and, especially this winter? A little more like you’ve been given the cold shoulder.
That’s why WildClaw is especially excited to bring you Open Heart Surgery, a presentation of medically themed horror shorts. Let’s face it: if there’s anything modern medicine has taught us, it’s that we’re never truly alone.
This One Night Only event features never-before-produced audio dramas by company member Ele Matelan, FOUR TIME Deathscribe finalist, 2009 Bloody Axe Winning, Artistic Associate Chris Hainsworth, and newly-minted Pseudopod author Krista Soli Foster. Throw in host Josh Zagoren and a couple of bonus bits&pieces, this is a Valentine’s Day special guaranteed to keep you in stitches.
We hope you’ll join us at the beautiful Den Theatre on Friday, February 14th, at 8 p.m. Come on your own, or bring that special someone for an evening of naughty nurses, deranged doctors, and patients that lost their patience along with their minds.
Already one of my favorite online non-porn destinations. Especially for late night drives. Or for working in the crawlspace.
Alasdair thanks her personally in his outro. I think I’m jealous. But I’ll forgive any trans-atlantic uber-nerd romance that might be budding because of their nice shout-out to WildClaw.
Now’s your chance to get two doses of Lovecraft to start off your New Year! WildClaw is bringing Witch House back with a reading featuring some amazing Chicago actors and directed by Paul Holmquist. Get your tickets while you can! $15 (plus $2) for the reading at 3pm and get a half price ticket for Innsmouth later that night! that’s two shows for $30! Plus a smarty pants discussion lead by Lovecraft expert and WildClaw associate Kenneth Hite! Call the Athenaeum Box Office at 773-935-6875 or buy your ticket to the reading online: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe.c/9870917 then use the code SUPERLOVE to get a $15 ticket to the January 4th performance of The Shadow Over Innsmouth!
H.P. Lovecraft’s The Dreams in the Witch House
Adapted by Charley Sherman*
Directed by Paul Holmquist
“Lovecraft’s naturally daffy plot is treated with the utmost seriousness and menace by director Shade Murray and his cast and that’s why it works. Which is not to say that the play doesn’t have a great deal of humor. In fact it’s screamingly hilarious, particularly scenes involving the two Marsh siblings, Barnabus (Bob Kruse) and Millicent (Mary Jo Bolduc) who are clearly as bizarre as the rest of Innsmouth but make incredibly implausible attempts to seem normal.
It should be emphasized that the comedy here is NOT campy but rather fully integrated into the very well constructed atmosphere of tension and dread.”
“… this is a very satisfying piece of horror theatre.”
-Rory Leahy- Centerstage.com http://centerstagechicago.com/theatre/shows/15110.html#review
“It is a cerebral horror story and a fine introduction to the Lovecraft mythos.”
-Elizabeth Ocon- Terror from Beyond the Daves http://terrordaves.com/2013/12/19/review-wildclaw-theatre-presents-h-p-lovecrafts-the-shadow-over-innsmouth/
“Aly Renee Amidei’s makeup and mask design are stellar”
-Zack Freeman- New City http://newcitystage.com/2013/12/20/review-the-secret-over-innsmouthwildclaw-theatre/
“…The Shadow over Innsmouth is probably the best adaptation I’ve ever seen of a Lovecraft story to another format. It is definitely worth your money and your time.”
Seems only fitting to highlight the work of Liam at Upon A Midnight, who uses leather to craft fantasmagorical artwork and masks that can help transform any space or face into something that would make most of us feel at home.
You can Browse his handiwork at uponamidnight.com/portfolio.html…
or just contact Liam (William Damon) via his Etsy shop to inquire about purchases or custom work.
WildClaw Theatre is thrilled and chilled to announce that this Monday, 2013′s coveted Bloody Axe went to Chelsea Paice, for her grotesque story of the WORST. COMMUTE. EVER: We Apologize for the Inconvenience!
Susan, Jim and Derrick do not have TIME for the CTA’s shenanigans this morning, but that doesn’t stop them from being stopped for a medical emergency. Missy can’t do anything but “apologize for the inconvenience,” as tempers flare, time wastes, and our rapid transit system produces the worst headaches since Ventra took over. Performed by Justine Turner, John Ferrick, Anita Deely, Chris Rickett and Darren Stephens, and directed by Kevin Theis, the director so nice that he’s now won TWICE, Chelsea’s terror train offered us the opportunity for thrilling performances, shockingly squeamish sound effects, and some, shall we say, stirring visuals.
The daemons of WildClaw are hard at work bringing our previous Deathscribes to the website for your aural pleasure. As always, we are immeasurably thrilled for the contributions of ALL of our playwrights, directors, actors, musical guests, sponsors and patrons for making Deathscribe 2013 a roaring, thundering, flarping success. Deathscribe is a celebration of scary stories, more importantly, Deathscribe is a celebration of YOUR scary stories. We cannot make this unique event happen without our audience, our brilliant, bold, beautifully twisted audience, and every year, we learn, grow, sprout, mutate, explode…well, we get even better, is where I was going with that, and that is thanks to you, our wonderful fans.
Submissions for Deathscribe 2014 will open in the spring, and while we’ve put away all of our things that go bump in the night for another year, WildClaw’s Dismember December is far from over. TONIGHT, we move into The Athenaeum Theatre to begin teching for our next production, “The Shadow Over Innsmouth,” adapted by Scott T. Barsotti, directed by Shade Murray. Join us as we explore this classic by American horror visionary H.P. Lovecraft, as Regina Olmstead learns the hard way that something fishy is going on in Innsmouth.
Small towns have big secrets. In the dead of winter, an eager young student of anthropology is pulled toward the strange and isolated village of Innsmouth, Massachusetts, where the only thing more disquieting than the furtive townsfolk is the pervasive odor of death, decay, and rotting fish in the air. Some say a pagan cult drove all of the orthodox churches out. Some say there are endless tunnels beneath the town. And some say they’ve seen devils on the reef by the light of the moon. But all who hear its name, spoken in hushed whispers throughout New England, will agree on one thing: there is a dark and sinister shadow over Innsmouth.
WildClaw Theatre presents the world premiere stage adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Shadow Over Innsmouth”. Previewing December 12th, then opening Friday, December 13th, 7:30pm at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 North Southport, Chicago, IL. Running through January 26th, 2014 with performance times Thursday thru Saturday at 7:30pm, and Sunday at 3pm.
Directed by Shade Murray, and featuring company members Steve Herson, Brian Amidei, and Ele Matelen, with Brittany Burch, Christy Arington, Mark Pracht, Jude Roche, Katey Kerman, Bob Kruse, Mary Jo Bolduc, Matt Farabee, Adam Shalzi, David Seeber, and Brady Johnson.