TWO WEIRD TALES
Eldritch Theatre presents…
TWO WEIRD TALES!
April 20th to 30th, 2023
Kafka’s Metamorphosis &
Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness
…what chitinous, oozing monstrosities await you here?!
“Seriously bone-chilling… engaging theatrical experience: it was oddly thrilling” – Lights Up Toronto
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, with dark magic, hideous puppetry, and shambling, protoplasmic terrors. The Metamorphosis is Franz Kafka’s famous tale about a man who wakes up one morning to discover he’s transformed into a gigantic insect. Considered by many to be controversial author HP Lovecraft’s greatest work, At the Mountains of Madness chronicles a doomed Antarctic expedition’s discovery of an ancient alien civilization rife with cosmic horrors sure to leave you screaming for more.
“A whimsical, campy celebration of Kafka and H.P. Lovecraft. Intimate, eerie, goofy spectacle. And surprisingly faithful, even with the puppets & magic!” – Istvan Reviews
“Two Weird Tales is a fun, freaky, fascinating night out at the theatre! With an intimate space and creative storytelling methods, it’s a truly unique experience!” – A View From The Box
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 | Assistant Stage Managed by Beatrice Freedman
Poster Design by Michael Ripley
Produced by Adrianna Prosser
TWO WEIRD TALES
April 20th to 30th, 2023
at the creepily uncanny Red Sandcastle Theatre
922 Queen St E, Toronto
Eldritch Member Tickets $15/$20
$20 Tuesdays/$30 Advance/$40 Door/PWYC Sundays
and introducing Socially Distanced Wednesdays
7:00PM Doors/7:30 Showtime
3:00PM Doors/3:30 Showtime
2 hours, with 15 minute intermission
*Masks are mandatory for audience members*
Eldritch Theatre engages professional Artists who are members of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association under the terms of the INDIE 2.2
Photography by Adrianna Prosser
Cast + Creative Team
Mairi Babb – Director
When Mairi was a young naive ingenue living in Winnipeg, she never could have dreamed of working with the renowned Eldritch Theatre on these oozily chitinous shows. She was previously seen by Eldritch audience as Princess Jenora in Space Opera Zero. Other favourites include: War Horse (Mirvish/North America/Tokyo), The Great Divide (Harold Green), Spider’s Web (Aquarius), Baskerville (Lighthouse), The Tempest (RMTC), Brief Encounter (VP/RMTC), Guys and Dolls (MTC/Citadel/TC), Cymbeline (Shakespeare Bash’d), The Gift of the Magi (Orangeville). Directing credits include: february – a love story (Sudden Spark), Early August (Lighthouse), Diminished (Driftwood’s Trafalgar 24). Mairi has also appeared in Run The Burbs, The Stanley Dynamic, Good Witch, and What We Do In The Shadows.
Eric Woolfe – Creator & Performer
Eric Woolfe is an actor, playwright, puppeteer and magician, and the
Artistic Director of Eldritch Theatre, a Toronto Company specializing in horror plays using puppetry, live actors, and parlour magic. His work for Eldritch Theatre includes The Harrowing of Brimstone
McReedy, House at Poe Corner, Frankenstein’s Boy, The Haunted Medicine Show, Madhouse Variations, The Babysitter, The Strange &
Eerie Memoirs of Billy Wuthergloom, Dear, Grendelmaus, and Sideshow of the Damned. Some of his other credits include Old Man and the River (Theatre Direct), The Comedy of Errors (Humber River Shakespeare), The Glass Menagerie, Ghosts (Touchmark Theatre) Rocket and the Queen of Dreams, (Roseneath Theatre). Little Shop of Horrors (Canstage), Timon in Disney’s The Lion King; Eric has been nominated for over a dozen Dora Mavor more awards as both an actor and playwright. He is a three time nominee for the prestigious KM Hunter Memorial Award. The World Encyclopaedia of Puppetry lists him as one of Canada’s exciting new wave of notable puppeteers. He has been nominated for 20 Dora Mavor Moore Awards and won zero.
Sandi Becker – Stage Manager
Sandi Becker is a Toronto based stage manager. She is a graduate of York University’s Theatre Studies Programme.
For Eldritch: Space Opera Zero, The Harrowing of Brimstone McReedy, Frankenstein’s Boy
Selected credits include: Our Fathers, Sons, Lovers and Little Brothers (Tarragon), Simone Half and Half (Black Theatre Workshop), This London Life (Grand Theatre), Every Brilliant Thing (Festival Players), The Black Drum (Deaf Culture Centre/Soulpepper), Torn Through Time (MTYP), Romeo and Juliet/Midsummer Nights Dream (Canadian Stage), Beneath the Ice (Persephone Theatre), Silence (Grand Theatre/NAC), King Lear/ Twelfth Night (Canadian Stage), Birds of a Feather (Roseneath Theatre), The Taming of the Shrew (Driftwood Theatre), Ultrasound (Cahoots/ Theatre Passe Muraille).
Michael Brunet – Lighting Designer
Michael Brunet is a multi-talented theatre artist. He has been nominated five times for awards for his lighting designs and three times as an actor, winning twice for design and once for acting. Michael grew up in the dark woods of Western Québec, kilometres from the nearest source of artificial
light. As a result he has excellent night vision and can navigate the darkest paths in near total darkness.
He used to gaze at the glow coming over the mountain and wonder about its mysterious source, imagining stories about the inhabitants of this world of light. Now, Michael is one of those inhabitants, using light to help bring tales out of the dark, leading others down the varied paths of the story. This is Michael’s second collaboration with Eldritch Theatre, having created the lighting effects for Space Opera
Zero. Enjoy the show.
Lindsay Anne Black – Designer
Lindsay Anne had a fifteen-year career as an award-winning theatre craftsperson and production designer, an arts educator, and (somehow) a mentor. However, it all tried to kill her, so now she has to stay in her home indefinitely. Lindsay Anne is currently the Nebulous Associate at New Harlem Productions, a social media manager and consultant, a low-key graphic artist, and she creates words, images, and sounds for the digital realm. Recent works include: composer for “You Made It” (DM St. Bernard – Femmepocalypse); digital designs for Sound of the Beast (FIBA – Argentina), Underneath It All (NHP), and the Community Justice Forum (NHP). Her play GRASS is in super-early development with PTE, so maybe watch for that in the futuretimes. Her first production with Eldritch was building props for puppets on The Babysitter. She is hugely grateful to the marvellous Eric, and all involved, for doing everything possible to revamp the creative process on this production so that she could rejoin them and contribute from a safe distance.
Lindsay would like to thank Jaime Gawrylash, Michelle Ramsay and Carole Black & Paul Brisley.
Melanie McNeill – Designer
Melanie is a Toronto based set and costume designer who has worked extensively with Eldritch Theatre, Theatre français de Toronto, and Videocabaret, amongst many others. She is also a Production Designer and Art Director in the tv world. Melanie has received 3 Dora Awards, 7 other Dora nominations, a Prix Rideaux Award, and a nomination for the 2015 Prix d’Excellence artistique. Melanie is a graduate of Ryerson Theatre School, and a member of Associated Designers of Canada.
JB Nelles – Technician/FOH
B is a new face at Eldritch Theatre and is thrilled to be part of the team! A scenic painter by day and a “costume witch” by night (and on most weekends), they love to bring worlds to life on stage and screen. JB is a graduate of York University’s Theatre Production and Design Programme and has spent the past 2 years working with McWood Studios as the head of the scenic art department. Other past productions include Cold War (Videocabaret), Height Markers (a Basement Juice Productions film), American Idiot; Bittergirl; The Last 5 Years; and Alice in Wonderland (Stephenville Theatre Festival). JB was also nominated for the 2022 Pauline McGibbon Award as a craftsperson. Instagram: @thecostumewitch
Adrianna Prosser – Producer
Adrianna Prosser is an award winning digital storyteller specializing in marketing strategies for cultural organizations. She currently is the Artistic Producer of Eldritch Theatre, and General Manager of The Red Sandcastle Theatre.
Adrianna was the Social Media Specialist for The City of Toronto’s Museums from 2011-2019, Groundling Theatre’s Julius Caesar 2020 production, a Co-Founder of GhostLight as well as their Digital Producer & Marketing Director, led Digital Marketing for Festival Players of Prince Edward County, and has held various contracts within the indie arts around Ontario. She taught the Web and Social Media Marketing course for Museum and Cultural Management program for five years, and has taught the Arts Marketing and Innovative Technology for the Arts, as part of the Arts Management program at Centennial College in 2019.
Michael McClennan – Composer
Michael is an award winning composer, arranger and bassist.
Recent performances include 10 seasons at Stratford(Chicago, Billy Elliot, Rocky Horror, Crazy for You, Music Man, et al.), Anastasia, Charlie & the Choc. Fac.(Mirvish), Caroline or Change, Grey Gardens, The Wild Party(Musical Stage). Writing/arranging credits include Charlottetown Festival, Stratford Festival, Drayton, Stage West, Grand Theatre. He was the inaugural winner of the Phil Nimmons/SOCAN emerging composer award and holds a Master of Music Performance degree(University of Toronto). He spent nearly 20 years as a Professor of Music Theory and Bass at Toronto’s Humber College. Michael can an be heard on dozens of CDs as bassist, producer and/or arranger.