Psycho Clan, the artistic team behind New York’s well known Nightmare Haunted House, has announced that it will shift it’s unique brand of terror from theatrical haunted house to a series of terrifying plays in it’s 12th season, presenting the inaugural Nightmare: Horror Show – NYC’s Most Terrifying Theater Festival, which will run October 7-31.
During four weeks in October, eight new mini-horror productions will be staged by Psycho Clan and various other theater companies. There are four programs, each premiering two new horror works that will thrill even the most jaded theatergoer. Each evening will feature either two or three programs (late nights on the weekends and closer to Halloween). In addition to the five productions accepted into the festival, Psycho Clan will be premiering three original works from members of the Nightmare creative team including Eddie by Nightmare production designer Paul Smithyman, Me_Irl by Nightmare specialty props and puppet maker Aaron Haskell and the World premiere of Nightmare creator and director Timothy Haskell’s Smile. The other hand-selected shows include Necromancer by Johnathan Frost, Bane from APT Theater, Night of the Touching Zombies from Figment and Anthony Girorgio’s Broken.
“When I started the haunted house 12 years ago we were the only one in town. Part of the reason I started Nightmare was because I loved haunted houses so I built one to share that experience with New Yorkers. Now that they are somewhat ubiquitous, I am returning to my roots as a theater director in an attempt to create actual, honest-to-goodness scary theater. Something that has proven to be very difficult since the Grand Guignol, and what I believe can be the most terrifying live experience. Better than the most spine-chilling scary movie.”
All performances take place at the same venue where the haunted house ran, the Flamboyan theater at The Clemente, located at 107 Suffolk Street between Rivington and Delancey on Manhattan’s lower east side. All tickets are $25. For complete schedule of events, more information and to buy tickets visit www.NightmareNewYork.com.