Fresh from the morbid minds of the fiendish folks at the wonderful Write Act Rep, “Cringe Festival 2023” is this year’s homage to the undead, the insane and the thoroughly unhinged.
A series of seven (lucky for us) one-act plays with a heavily leaning Edgar Allen Poe vibe, these supernatural stories give the actors plenty to sink their teeth into!
A new couple moving in together finds there’s more than one way to get passed an old relationship…even if they are long dead. A young bride visits the grave of her beloved for her last goodbye. A group of friends and family mourn their lost one 21 years after the fact, each in their own unique ways. Poe’s most infamous characters unite to solve his mysterious death. A phone rings eternal in a house of ghosts, proving that a game isn’t always fun. Two insane murderers try to outdo each other to death. A witch finds the cure for ugly, but it comes with the ultimate sacrifice.
The stories range from gruesome to heartfelt, from thought-provoking to scary funny, from poignant to very clever. As a group of plays, they fit perfectly together and the actors do a splendid job with some wonderful material.
As usual, the folks at Write Act Rep fully invest in every way. The energy is high and the performances truthful and bold. “Cringe Festival 2023” is an excellent way to begin the spooky season and the Brickhouse theatre has its own haunted atmosphere to elevate the show.
So if you are in the mood for morose and macabre and need a little fright, then head over to The Brickhouse and allow yourself to be spirited away!
October 14 – 22
Friday, Saturday @ 8pm, Sunday @ 3pm
The Brickhouse Theatre
10950 Peach Grove St., NoHo Arts District, CA 91601The Cast
Starring Alicia Marie Agramonte, Franck Amiack, George Caleodis, Sienna Camille, Marisa Desa, Danny Huen, Mary Kathryn Nakanishi, Jesse Paul O’Freel, Annie O’Neil, Maira Padamata, Joshua Rehfeldt, Jasmine Alexandra Rivera, and Gyl C. Roland.
Written by Susan C. Hunter, Rochelle Perry, Jorge A. Pulido, and Darrin Yalacki.
Directed by Anne Mesa, Christopher Gauntt, Jorge A. Pulido, Judith Rose, and Darrin Yalacki.
Produced by Write Act Repertory’s Producing Artistic Director John Lant with Producer Anne Mesa.