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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
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.
"GET READY, GET SET, GUIGNOL"
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