Double the thrills, double the chills, a double bill full of nightmarish horror, low trash meets high art that fills you up on pulp!
Two Weird Tales is a theatrical double bill adapting two of the 20th century’s most acclaimed novellas of the uncanny: Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis and HP Lovecraft’s At The Mountains of Madness. Both plays are created and performed by Eldritch Theatre’s artistic director, Eric Woolfe, using a unique blend of puppetry, parlour magic, and storytelling. The novellas were chosen as they exist at the crossroads where high art intersects low trash, expressionism meets pulp excess and allegory smacks head long into nightmarish horror, and yet arrive at this meeting place from opposite directions. Directed by Mairi Babb (Space Opera Zero) and be performed in Eldritch’s newly refurbished home at Red Sandcastle Theatre, in the heart of the Independent Theatre District in Leslieville.
"Eldritch’s artistry in puppets and physical effectspunches above its weight" - Toronto Star
The Metamorphosis is Franz Kafka’s famous tale about a travelling salesman who wakes up one morning to discover he’s transformed into a gigantic insect, and his resulting isolation and decline in the months to follow. This stage version has been created with celebrated designer, Lindsay Anne Black, who retired from theatre in 2014 as a result of her diagnoses of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity causing her to become largely housebound. This project was conceived as way to bring her talents back to the stage, by allowing her to collaborate remotely while in isolation.
"Outrageously fun, horrific good times" - Life With More Cowbell
HP Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness, chronicles a doomed Antarctic expedition's discovery of an ancient, alien civilization rife with cosmic horrors, and is considered by many to be that controversial author’s greatest work. The adaptation was created in collaboration with Eldritch Theatre’s resident designer, Melanie McNeill, during the first Covid19 lockdown.
Created & Performed by Eric Woolfe | Directed by Mairi Babb
Metamorphosis Designed by Lindsay Anne Black
Mountains of Madness Designed by Melanie McNeill
Spooky Lights by Michael Brunet | Original Music by Michael McClennan
Apprehension Engine played by Mark Korven
Stage Managed by Sandi Becker | Produced by Adrianna Prosser
May 25th to June 5th, 2022
At the creepily uncanny Red Sandcastle Theatre
922 Queen St E Toronto
7:00PM Doors/7:30 Showtime
3:00PM Doors/3:30 Showtime
2 hours, with 15 minutre intermission
$15 Arts Worker/$25 Advance/$35 Door/PWYC Sundays
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