“Something wicked this way comes”
PHANTASMAGORIA RETURNS TO BALTIMORE WITH ITS BRAND NEW TOURING SHOW
If you’re up for a good, oldfashioned horror show, you’re in for a wicked treat. The Victorian horror troupe Phantasmagoria will bring its new touring show “Wickedest Tales of All” to Baltimore for a limited engagement Thursday – Sunday, July 27 – 30 at the Theatre Project. This is the second time that the Orlandobased troupe has come to Baltimore.
“Wickedest Tales of All” is an immersive stage show featuring dance, live music, explosive stage combat, large scale puppetry and creative storytelling of the most popular horrific folk tales, legends and myths from around the world. And Baltimoreans will be very familiar with one of the featured authors, Edgar Allan Poe.
“We can’t wait to get back to Baltimore,” said John DiDonna, Phantasmagoria creator, writer and director. “We always do Edgar Allan Poe stories. They are just perfect, like you are sitting by the campfire telling horror stories. Every year we do a new Poe.”
This year, the troupe will present one of Poe’s most well known works, “The Masque of the Red Death,” in which a prince and 1,000 of his closest friends take refuge in a large abbey to avoid the “red death,” a plaque that has been killing people swiftly across the land. Other tales include Charles Dickens’ “A Madman’s Manuscript,” the Hindu “Tale of the Churel,” and the macabre offerings of centuries old nursery rhymes from “Gammer Gurton’s Garland.”
Over the past eight years, Phantasmagoria has covered 90-100 stories. “Wickedest Tales of All” features the best of those sold out shows that have enjoyed rave reviews, all in newly approached and reimagined versions.
“It’s almost like a circus. There’s a lot of dancing, like waltzes and belly dancing. It’s a tapestry of so many different things,” said DiDonna, who founded the troupe in 2010.
Phantasmagoria performs 12 months of the year at special events, appearances, and touring shows, and produces their main full length original show each year in Orlando. Phantasmagoria is also in the process of forming an Atlanta troupe. There are 40 actors in the Orlando troupe and 14-15 will be coming to Baltimore.
“Wickedest Tales of All” is an all ages show, though DiDonna recommends children are 8 and older. “The kids will be fine as long as parents understand and ex- plain this is a horror show. But this is frightening Victorian horror, not exploitation horror, and there is nothing overtly sexual,” he said.
As director, DiDonna will occasionally act in the shows, and this is one of those occasions. He plays the role of Byron.
“We have become the characters. They are extensions of our own personalities,” he said.
“Baltimore brings a great crowd. The atmosphere, the architecture of the old building. It’s an old world city. We feel like we are in the right time and place,” said DiDonna. “Come and have a rollicking good time. It’s not just horror. We’ve got some comedy. We im- merse ourselves in the stories. We become the stories. So our audience is part of the story as well.”
For more information, go to www.PhantasmagoriaOrlando.com or www.facebook.com/PhantasmagoriaOrlando.
Phantasmagoria “Wickedest Tales of All”
Thursday, July 27 & Friday, July 28 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, July 29 at 2 & 8 p.m.
Sunday, July 30 at 3 p.m.
Theatre Project 45 West Preston Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
$25 General Admission / $20 Seniors, Military / $15 Students
For tickets, go to http://www.theatreproject.org/wickedest-tales-of-all/.