Thursday, October 13, 2011

Center for Puppetry Arts looks into "The Bloody Chamber"

Posted By on Thu, Oct 13, 2011 at 11:28 AM

The Center for Puppetry Arts has an unflowing crypt's worth of spooky stories composed for The Ghastly Dreadfuls, its annual anthology of comedic and scarifying short puppet shows. Co-creators Jon Ludwig and Jason Von Hinezmeyer debuted the show in in 2006 as The Ghastly Dreadfuls: Compendium of Graveyard Tales and Other Curiosities, then revised it in 2008 as The Ghastly Dreadfuls II: Handbook of Practical Hauntings and Other Phantasmagoria. Currently Ludwig and Von Hinezmeyer can cherry-pick their favorite tales of the lot, such as the witty, grisly "The Girl in the New Dress," adapted from the story by Larry Letemplier, which unfolds - or maybe "unscrolls" would be a better word — on a single, seemingly endless sheet, in the style of old Coca-Cola advertisements. You'll recognize the music of "La Danse Macabre" by Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns, accompanying a skeleton dance worthy of Fantasia, when the show opens tonight.

The titular characters comprise a ghostly band and perform Halloweeny music from the likes of Irving Berlin, Conrad Eugene Mauge, Jr. and Stan Jones (not to give their titles away). This year the show introduce a new chiller, “Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber,” based on the story of Bluebeard and his ill-fated bride. "The Bloody Chamber" occupies the penultimate slot of the evening, usually reserved for the night's scariest show. Ludwig offers a behind-the-scenes preview:

The Ghastly Dreadfuls. Oct. 13-29. The Center for Puppetry Arts. www.puppet.org/

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