In an abandoned theater on the outskirts of town, an experiment is happening. An experiment to extract dreams. But if the extraction works, what dreams may come? Mad scientists, monstrous killers, tyrannical royalty, government witches and hipster occultists (and not one damn vampire or zombie) explode forth in this crazed horror anthology that incorporates song, dance, puppetry, aerial, magic and more to build a theater experience like none other.
Also, come early and bring your appetite for healthy and delicious vegeterian dinner and treats from It's Veggie Time, La Luz's excellent in-house home cooking food service!
Jake Thomas and Eric Schmalenberger - Producers
JAKE THOMAS (writer/producer)
is a writer, performer and producer with a keen interest in the strange, speculative and surreal. Currently an editor on top titles at MARVEL Comics, Jake is invested in highly stylized story telling. Favorite writing and performing credits include: the weekly absurdist sketch show Professor Top's Old-Timey Radio Hour (head writer and producer), Sean Frasier's Applewood Review (writer and performer) Junta Juleil's Theatrics (performer) Ray Sawhill and Polly Frost's Sex Scenes and The Fold (performer), Fuddy Meers and Dark of the Moon with Thirsty Turtle (performer), The Ateh's Long Distance (performer) and Mo Beasley's UrbanErotika series, where his piece "Consume" was selected for their "Best Of" show and was cited by The Huffington Post for being "particularly smart and funny." With his former theater companies Centaurface and The 7th Sign he was involved in a number of compelling pieces, including directing a production of Julius Caesar and producing and starring in Kurt Vonnegut's Happy Birthday, Wanda June, at which Jake also led a talkback with Mr. Vonnegut. Some of his writing, reviews and his horror commentary podcast "Headcheese," which he co-hosts with Nicole Baer, can be found at www.ragingsquidink.com.
ERIC SCHMALENBERGER (producer)
is a Brooklyn based producer, performer, curator, and nightlife personality. Working in a variety of different media with various ensembles, spaces, and artists, Mr. Schmalenberger's community driven work and collaborations have included groups such as Rachel Klein Productions, The Citizens Band, assume vivid astro focus, The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black, The House of Yes, and Vanessa Walters Man Dancers. Eric a producer of the infamous BANZAI parties at the Red Lotus Room where he and his co-producer Muffinhead annually put together the work of over 100 performers, visual artists, video artists, installation artists, and club personalities into a single extravagant event. He is also the producer of his solo effort BLUNDERLAND, an evening of surreal cabaret and performance art. Other favorite projects include producing Claywoman, a lecture series given by a 500 million year old being from another galaxy. Performances in Spiderman: Turn of the Lights, Circus of Circus, and The Christmas Spectacular at The House of Yes, Rachel Klien’s productions of Symphony of Shadows and Maria Macabre, a pilot for the independent sitcom BLACK BOX, producing a series of live performances for famed art collective assume vivid astro focus at their exhibit absolutely venomous accurately fallacious (naturally delicious), And his recent solo cabaret show MIRIAM, I am a LADY?
Rachel Klein (director)
is a theater director, choreographer, and costume/production designer. Her production of Around the World in 80 Days (coined “Endlessly clever” by the New York Post) is currently running Off-Broadway at the New Theater at 45th Street. Recent credits include the Mondo Cane Dance Commission from Dixon Place to create her dance and circus nightmare-scape, Symphony of Shadows and the critically acclaimed morbid fantasia The Tragedy of Maria Macabre. Rachel is set to direct the Off-Broadway bound rock n’roll musical Gay Bride of Frankenstein, of which she directed a presentation at the inaugural iStar Theater Lab last summer followed by an industry reading. Favorite productions include: Go-Go Killers! a 1960’s retro-futuristic dance drama about gang debs on the loose, All Kinds of Shifty Villains, a pulp noir portrayal of a man losing his mind, and a Neo-Victorian interpretation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She received nominations from the Innovative Theater Awards for Outstanding Director of a Play and for Outstanding Choreography/Movement for the aerial musical spectacular, Circus of Circus at the House of Yes. Her choreographic work has been presented all over the city including at the Kitchen, La MaMa, Theater for the New City, DUMBO Dance Festival, Night of 1000 Stevies, legendary rock ‘n roll club Don Hill's, Galapagos Art Space, (le) Poisson Rouge, HOWL Festival, and 45 Bleecker. Miss Klein holds a BA in theatrical directing from Columbia College, is the recipient of an Emerging Artist’s Residency from the Tides Foundation, is an alumnus of the International Director’s Symposium in Spoleto, Italy, and is an Associate Member of the SDC. www.rachelkleinproductions.com
Sean Gill (video designer/associate director)
is a Brooklyn-based playwright, filmmaker, editor, musician, and writer who has written over twenty plays produced in New York, including Aenigma, Laurie Deacon & the Night Caller, Stage Blood is Never Enough, and Dreams of the Clockmaker. He has directed over thirty feature-length and short films including the Sleepy-Time Time cycle, Girls Before Swine, Growing Boy, Thursday Night, Mustache Party, Makin' a Martini, and Laughter is the Music of the Gods. His work has been screened everywhere from dingy, Midwestern basements to Brooklyn dive bars to the Canadian Film Centre to the Anthology Film Archives to the Staten Island Ferry. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Oberlin College in 2006 with Highest Honors in Cinema Studies and History. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, the founder and administrator of Junta Juleil Productions, has studied with Juan-Luis Buñuel, and is a graduate of Werner Herzog's 2010 Rogue Film School. He was also an artist-in-residence at the Bowery Poetry Club from 2011-2012. He has edited and junior edited for a number of documentary and reality television programs which have aired on the A&E and National Geographic networks.