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73 Wave Street
Staten Island, NY 10304

The Grand Guignol 

at Hub17 a Success

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by:  Kimbra Eberly  

Last weekend at Hub17, actors, playwrights, directors, a bunch of tech people, one extraordinary makeup artist, thirty-one people in all celebrated theatre with their own version of “The Grand Guignol.”

The Grand Guignol started when Artist, Douglas LaTourette approached Kimbra Eberly with the idea of having a Staten Island Grand Guignol.  He also wanted a severed head that would talk. 

With months of preparation, Hub17 was transformed into a small twenty-five seat black box theatre in order to bring you five plays in the horror genre that kept the audience on the edge of their seats. 

Staten Island playwright, Larry Schwabacher contributed his published play, “The Barn.” Kimbra Eberly wrote a Lizzie Borden play and “The fearless Ghost Hunter”. Chris Mancuso wrote “Room 309”,  a zombie apocalypse story and Brooke Haramija wrote “Dreams and Wishes” about a one hundred seventy-five year old woman. 

We could not have pulled this off without the help of experienced theatre people.  Among many, Jodi Garda and Larry Schwabacher, from Staten Island Playwrights collected, Brooke Haramijia from Sundog theatre, Mike Veasey from Seaview and Dori Aspinwall from the Shakesperian theatre group all pitched in with advice and lessons that was so appreciated.  The actors also had many challenges not only learning their parts but adding in special effects.  Blood packs, homemade vomit, zombie makeup, fake knives that oozed blood were used and timing was crucial to make the effects work.

Other contributors were artist Stephanie Kosinski who painted the tarp canvas, Patti Kelly who helped with changing of the sets, Caitlin Arizmendy who did all the special effect and of course the seventeen actors who spent hours rehearsing and perfecting their parts.  

We had so much fun with this challenging show.  Everyone went beyond their comfort zone, figuring out how to make things work.  There is nothing like this on Staten Island, said producer Kimbra Eberly. All three performance days were sold out.  This speaks volumes and It is our hope to start a longstanding tradition of horror theatre on Staten Island.

Producer /Visual Artist/Poet      Doug LaTourette  

Producer /Writer/Director           Kimbra Eberly 

Writer Director                           Lawrence Schwabacher 

Writer /Actor                               Chris Mancusso 

Writer/Actress/stage Manager   Brooke Haramija 

Tech/ lighting                              Miriam Silver 

Technical Director                      Kenny Graham
Director                                       Jodi Garda 

Director/Actor                             Mike Veasey  

Performance Art/Actress           Vivan Vassar  

Performance Art/Actress           Mary Campbell  

Actress                                       Margaret Chase   

Actress                                       Dorri Aspinwall 

Actress                                       Casrissa Pignatell  

Actress                                      June Chen   

Actress /Musician                      Rina Sklar Dabjoub  

Actress                                      Shani Mitchell   

Actor                                         Daniel Wuerdeman  

Actor                                        Calvin Motte  

Actor                                         Michael Somogyl 

Actor                                          Tyler Cuccinello   

Actor                                          Anthony Casino   

Actor                                          Ray Vazquez  

Caitlin Alyce Arizmendy - Make up / Special Effects  

Behind the scenes and Participants/ assistant

Hector Boso - Actor (lizzie borden film)

Jay Sayers- Carpentry

Patti Kelly - Artist/ Installation assist

Stephanie Kosinski - Artist/ Installation

Cassie Lola Arizmendy -Make up assist /Actress

Aaron Wineman - Special Effects

David Altair- Severed head mechanics/design



April 1st  8-10pm
April 2nd 8-10pm
April 3rd 3-5pm  

Ticket price

1 - $22.00
2- $40.00 (discount)

Hub 17  at 73 Wave Street, Staten Island NY,

is proud to be sponsering 3 nights of performance theatre featuring five plays that will keep you on the edge of your seat.  
Because of the intimate setting,  audience space is limited . We suggest you purchase tickets in advance.  You can purchase tickets at the door, but there is no guarantee their will be an empty seat. 

There is nothing like this on Staten Island. The Grand Guignol (The theatre of Horror) started in France in the late 1800's and continued for over sixty years. Hub 17 will be paying homage to this style of theatre with their own original plays and performances.  

 From the moment of entrance, you can expect a feeling of eeriness and uneasiness.  The plays include an array of questionable characters, filled with intensity and also humor.  We are honored to have gifted writers, directors, actors and professional tech folks working with us.  


Hosted by Doug LaTourette
Plays included are:

1. Inadmissable (Lizzie Borden) written by Kimbra Eberly - Directed by Lawrence Schwabacher

2. Dreams and Wishes - written by Brooke Haramija
Directed by Jodi Garda

3. The fearless Ghost Hunter - written and Directed by Kimbra Eberly

4. Room 309 - written by Christopher Mancuso
Directed by Mike Vesey

5. The Barn - written by Lawrence Schwabacher
Directed by Lawrence Schwabacher