“I don’t recall when I’ve experienced anything that terrifying” – William Friedkin, director of The Exorcist
“[Timothy] Haskell stages these mini-dramas and sleights of hand with the panache of a seasoned magician. Paul Smithyman’s production design is, like so many of the greatest horror movies, rooted in a grim realism.” — New York Times
NIGHTMARE HORROR SHOW
NEW YORK’S MOST TERRIFYING THEATER FESTIVAL
OCTOBER 7TH – OCTOBER 31ST, 2015
AT THE CLEMENTE
(107 Suffolk Street, NYC)
(New York, NY) – Psycho Clan, the artistic team behind Nightmare Haunted House, will forego mounting it’s unique brand of theatrical haunted house for a 12th season and present the inaugural Nightmare Horror Show: New York’s Most Terrifying Theater Festival running October 7th-31st. All performances take place at the same venue where the haunted house ran, the Flamboyan theater at The Clemente, located at 107 Suffolk Street between Rivington and Delancey on Manhattan’s lower east side. All tickets are $25. For complete schedule of events, more information and to buy tickets visit www.NightmareNewYork.com
For four-weeks, eight new mini-horror productions will take place. There are four programs, each premiering two new horror works that will thrill even the most jaded theater goer. Each evening will feature either 2 or 3 programs (late nights on the weekends and closer to Halloween). In addition to the 5 productions accepted into the festival, Psycho Clan will be premiering 3 original works from members of the Nightmare creative team including Eddie by Nightmare production designer Paul Smithyman, Me_irl by Nightmare specialty props and puppet maker Aaron Haskell and the World premiere of Nightmare creator and director Timothy Haskell’s SMILE. The other hand-selected shows include Necromancer by Johnathan Frost, Bane from APT Theater, Night of the Touching Zombies from Figment, and Anthony Girorgio’s Broken.
“When I started the haunted house 12 years ago we were the only one in town. Part of the reason I started NIGHTMARE was because I loved haunted houses so I built one to go to. Now that they are somewhat ubiquitous, I am returning to my roots as a theater director in an attempt to create actual, honest-to-goodness scary theater. Something that has proven to be very difficult since the Grand Guignol, and what I believe can be the most terrifying live experience. Better than the most spine-chilling scary movie”
Tickets for NIGHTMARE HORROR SHOW are $25 and can be purchased at the box office prior to each performance or in advance on the website. For a full schedule of performances visit www.NightmareNewYork.com
Shows in NIGHTMARE HORROR SHOW:
SMILE (Produced by Psycho Clan, written and directed by Timothy Haskell): Haunted House meets Dario Agento in this interactive theatrical happening where a horror photographer who takes photos of genuinely terrified people by terrifying them let’s things get out of control and has to take his victimization to the next step
Timothy Haskell recently directed the visual spectacle James and the Giant Peach at St. John’s University in addition to Sex You (I’m Gonna) by Nathan Phillips at the ACE Hotel and then in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Other credits include Off-Broadway’s Stitching (The Wild Project and The Elephant in Los Angeles), The Jaded Assassin (Ohio Theatre), Fatal Attraction: A Greek Tragedy starring Corey Feldman at the Classic Stage Company, the Paris Hilton spoof I Love Paris by Doug Fields also at the Blue Heron Arts Center and the cult hit Road House: The Stage Play, which transferred from Off-Off Broadway to Off-Broadway at the Barrow Street Theatre. Mr. Haskell is also the creator and director of the annual Nightmare: New York’s Most Horrifying Haunted House, which has run each fall for the past eleven years.
Eddie (produced by Psycho Clan and written by Paul Smithyman, directed by Matt Acheson): Eddie is simple Wisconsin fella, keeping the lamp lit on the family homestead, working hard in the Gein Summer Kitchen, creating all kinds of American artifacts. In 1954 America’s first high sensation serial killer, ED GEIN, was arrested following the murder of respected towns-woman. Following the arrest the local police searched the Gein residence and were horrified by what they found in Eddies Summer Kitchen. Eddie is a new play exploring the internal dialogue of a serial killer. ‘EDDIE’ takes you right inside the venom-soaked heart and mind of the man who inspired ‘Psycho’, ‘Leatherface’ and ‘Buffalo Bill’.
Paul Smithyman is a core member of Psycho Clan, scenic designing the Nightmare Haunted Houses since they began.
Since 1993 Paul has worked off-off, off and on Broadway in a myriad of different roles. Co-Director of The Interart Development Series from 95’ to ’04, Paul developed 30 new plays.
Me_irl (produced by Psycho Clan, written and directed by Aaron Haskell):
BANE (Produced by APT Theater and written by Kate Dickinson)- After a bizarre accident, James and Natalie find themselves confined to a cabin in the woods. As more of their lost past comes into focus, they realize their lives are in danger. Paranoia, accusations, and suspicions erupt as the terrifying truth is finally revealed.
APT Theater is a company co-founded five years ago by Katie Dickinson and Justin Goodemoot. They unleash provocative, original new works, and throw the audience within arm’s reach of the action. They want their original works to be examined by the audience throughout the entire development process, to remind them of things they never realized, and to be influenced by a network of artists and collaborators.
Night of the Touching Zombies (Produced by Figment and written by Jason Ellis) is a stupid, terrible, terrible name for a play. How did this happen? Five survivors of a recent and totally unexpected Zombie apocalypse arrive in a small house in the woods around the same time. Terrified of being touched by the zombies, the survivors resourcefully kill the f*ck out of them. Based on the script “A Cabin in the Woods” by Greg Loproto, Jason Ellis extrapolates LoProto’s world to create a gory and touching play-outside-a-play.
Figment specializes in cabaret theater and off-kilter new plays, including: Robot Uprising (2008), Monster Uprising (2009), Barbarian! (2010, a bawdy 60 minute “nerdcore” Hip-Hopera), Simon Astor’s Strange Tales of Preston Stagger (2013) and World War Bee (2015), and The Last Temptation of Keiko (2014, the true life story of the largest Hollywood celebrity that ever lived).
BROKEN (written and directed by Anthony Giorgio is a psychological thriller, using dance, original music and environmental theatrics to convey a dark world. Inside this world, we find ourselves privy to one woman’s intimate struggle with her inner demons. She is urgently pursued by something/someone unknown and throughout, she fights to escape and battles to remain sane. Because of her intense circumstances, we wonder, is she living inside a fantasy, or has her boogey man actually come to life, stalking her every move? We’re left with the final question, “if you could have a terrifying moment of your life taken away, erased, no matter what the cost, would you eliminate it?
Anthony Giorgio (creator/choreographer) brings ‘Broken’ a psychological physical theatre dance piece into the world of Nightmare . He has showcased his work in around NYC since 2008 taking part in The West Village Musical Theatre Festival, Midtown International Theatre Festival, FringeNYC and most recently at The Tree House Theatre. He has assembled 4 of the most talented dancer actors led by Kristen Gehling Schario and original soundtrack by long time collaborator Davey Patterson and has set them on a path to embrace their own strengths, fears and inner demons.
Necromancer (Produced by Macabre Talent and written and directed by Johnathan Frost): Necromancer is a show unlike any other. Take a brief journey to the ethereal and haunting world of the spirit realm with a participatory gory group seance. The Necromancer will be your guide and medium to the afterlife full of other worldly entities. The thrilling surprises of the spirit world & the dark humor of the Necromancer are sure to tickle the blackest of hearts. ~necromancerny.com~
Macabre Talent is a production company & talent agency based out of NYC. The company focuses on artists and theatrical events of a darker and more demented persuasion. Combining elements of humor, shock, the mysteries of the occult and spell binding charm Macabre Talent is sure to bring an exciting edge to your evening. So sit back and let magic happen, you’re bound to have a memorable night. ~Chillingentertainment.com~