Written and Directed by Andy McQuade
Presented by Second Skin Theatre
“The Horla” was first introduced to the world by way of a short French horror story written in 1887 by Guy de Maupassant.
The story, written in the style of a bourgeois man’s journal, tells of the haunting he experienced at the hand of a mysterious and mostly invisible being. His tormentor sending him almost mad.
In this modern interpretation of the strange and chilling tale, the Horla is an uninvited companion to a shy and troubled young woman, Isabelle, in the final throws of a doomed online romance. Once jilted, and far beyond her feeble attempts at an explanation as to why the man of her dreams, to whom she wired not a small amount of money, suddenly seems to be unreachable, Isabelle, in her desperation and humiliation, seems convinced that there is a malevolent presence in her home.
We follow her plight through misery and madness as she relives torments from far earlier in her life as a means to connect her to this disturbing and devilish phantom. The extremely talented Asia Lynn Pitts is the center of the play and manages to beautifully and tragically belie the sadness of her spiral into madness.
This play is not for the faint of heart. It shockingly and furiously reminds us that for every one of us that has faced their ‘Horla’ and sent it on its way, there are many that are not as fortunate. We are all beset by our past and haunted by our weaknesses and in some cases our abuses. This play, in the darkest and most European of fashions, reminds us how vulnerable we are and how sometimes it is only a matter of luck or by a strange turn of fate that we all not turn to the ultimate escape from our pain.
This is the perfect season for such a dark stroll through our delicate psyche.
If you have the gumption to face “The Horla” do it soon, the show is only running for a few more weeks and I highly recommend it…whatever you do…just don’t go home alone afterwards!!!
The Sherry Theater, 11052 W Magnolia Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601, North Hollywood – October 12th, 19th, 26th at 8pm