johnJohn Wilson has the exciting job of acting in the first and final pieces of Motel 666. A long-time horror fan, he shares some unique fears with us today.

Do you consider yourself a horror fan? What is your favorite genre of horror?
I am a huge horror fan, have been for years.  I was deeply affected by the horror movies from the 70s and 80s.

What was the first time you encountered horror in entertainment? Was it a book, a movie, a play or something else?
I stayed up late when I was young once and saw The Shinning way past my bed time. It felt like I was on a roller coaster, been hooked to the feeling of fear ever since.

Does acting in a horror piece present any unique challenges or opportunities? Have you done any horror theatre before, or is this your first time? What is your favorite part about being in a horror piece?
My favorite part by far is the audience reaction to a truly deep scare, also the laughter that usually follows.

How have motels played a role in your life?
No comment.

If you could take on any role in any horror tale what would it be?
A updated version of The Creature of The Black Lagoon.

What is the one thing that scares you the most?
Needles and Pine Nuts…in that order.


Motel 666 is OPEN and runs through June 28 – get tickets here! Performances will be held at the DCASE Storefront Theatre, 66 E. Randolph Street, with shows ThursdaySaturday at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2:00pm.