The fourth version of our Grand Guignol show included these three plays:
Producer: Stephanie Kincade
Assistant Director: Rebecca Schneidereit
Lighting Designer: Vance Vegas
Stage Managers: Liz Thomas, Mark Monk
The show was presented at the Bus Stop Theatre on 2203 Gottingen St. from Nov. 6th to Nov. 9th at 8 pm with a 2 pm matinee on Sunday, November 9th. The ticket prices were $15 regular, $10 for seniors, artists and the unwaged.
For more information on Grand Guignol, the French theatre of horror popular in the early 20th century, see the website grandguignol.com.
Criminal Negligée by Dan Bray (Atlantic Fringe Festival 2013)
At the 23rd Atlantic Fringe Festival, Taboo Theatre delighted audiences with a raucous re-staging of Grand Guignol III‘s hit sex farce, Criminal Negligée, written by Dan Bray. Starring Genevieve Jones, Ira Henderson, James MacDonald, Colleen MacIsaac and Keith Morrison. Directed by Stephanie Kincade. Stage management by Christina Macdonald.
The Madonna Painter by Michel Marc Bouchard (June 2013)
Festival of Fear: An Evening of Grand Guignol III (Nov. 2012)
Taboo Theatre’s annual Festival of Fear: An Evening of Grand Guignol ran from November 7-11 at the Bus Stop Theatre, and once again delighted audiences with blood, gore, sex, comedy, suspense, and horror! Like our two previous fear festivals, Grand Guignol III comprised three short plays (two dramas and a comedy) in the style of the early 20th century French theatre of horror. In 2012, Taboo introduced something different: all three plays were new, original works by local playwright Dan Bray. Not only that, but Bray’s plays were gorier, sexier, and reflect the author’s trademark wit.
Cradles and Graves is inspired by real events that occurred in Argentina, but Bray’s version takes place in a militaristic Paris, where a member of a revolutionary group decides to take revenge on a doctor she believes murdered her child. Criminal Négligée is a dark comedy about an arrogant intellectual who decides to commit the perfect murder but gets more than he bargained for when he chooses two plucky prostitutes as the victims. In The Rites, a supposed suicide victim is horribly mutilated because of an ancient superstition, leaving his bride-to-be to deal with the mortifying consequences.
Scaraoke Fundraiser (Oct. 2012)
Phaedra’s Love by Sarah Kane (May 2012)
Taboo Theatre’s production of Phaedra’s Love by Sarah Kane, directed by Artistic Director Stephanie Kincade, ran from May 9-13, 2012 at the Bus Stop Theatre and featured an exceptionally talented and experienced cast including:
About the Play Sarah Kane is one of a few young playwrights that emerged out of Great Britain in the 1990s who specialized in shock or “in-yer-face” theatre.” These playwrights present vulgar, shocking, and confrontational material on stage as a means of involving and affecting their audiences. It is a theatre form that breaks with the conventions of Naturalist theatre. Kane’s plays are characterized by a poetic intensity, pared-down language, exploration of theatrical form, and, in her earlier work, the use of extreme and violent stage action. “Phaedra’s Love” was a commissioned work. Loosely based on Seneca’s play Phaedra, it has been given a modern setting and a distinctly modern twist by reversing classical tradition by showing, rather than describing, violent action and sexuality on stage. In this retelling of the myth, it is Theseus’ son, Hippolytus, and his cruel treatment of Phaedra that takes focus over Phaedra’s doomed love for her stepson. Often described by Kane as “my comedy,” the play explores the brutal nature of love, social relations, nihilism and belief.
Banned Aid Fundraiser (April 2012)
The Eight: Reindeer Monologues by Jeff Goode (Dec. 2011)
Cast (left to right): Charles Crosby, Heather Beresford, Christine Daniels, Dan Bray (front), Eric Fitzpatrick (back), Darrell Yates, Mike Chandler, Lisa Rose Snow
Festival of Fear: Another Evening of Grand Guignol (October 2011)
Bloodthursty Fundraiser (Oct. 2011)
A Box, A Bag and A Bottle by Charles Crosby (May 2011)
An Evening of Grand Guignol (Oct. 2010)
Adult Entertainment by George F. Walker (Oct. 2009)
A Midlife Marriage by Charles Crosby (Atlantic Fringe Festival 2006)
Porn Shoppe by Charles Crosby (Atlantic Fringe Festival 2005)
Sticks and Stones (Atlantic Fringe Festival 2004)
Spendthrift by Charles Crosby (Atlantic Fringe Festival 2002)
Tattoo You by Charles Crosby (Atlantic Fringe Festival 2001)
Cast: Denis Envoldson, Leana Todd, Lee Pitts, Susan Reicheld, and Darrell Yates