This is what you turn into when you grow up
Southern Gothic next door to a rural Appalachian funeral
home. Murders. Suicides. Embalmings. Divorces. Hauntings.
funeral for the living. A coming-of-age embalming. A
suicidal decapitation by coal train. A cross-dressing
hillbilly named Doodlebug. This autobiographical,
metatheatrical, taphophilic, musical monologue resurrects
and converses with the cadaverous--from rural southwestern
Virginia to Philly’s Laurel Hill Cemetery to a British
colonial era graveyard in India to ancient Greek tomb
worshippers. Each show concludes with a real, audience-led
seance featuring an antique Ouija board and electronic
spirit box for hearing voices of the dead.
Paranormal activity guaranteed.
premiered in the 2013 Philly Fringe and has been running
ever since, usually at its home base in the coal cellar of
the 120-year-old Shivtei Yeshuron-Ezras Israel Synagogue,
aka The Little Shul, in South Philly.
February, 2015 it received its New York premiere at the Morbid Anatomy
Museum in Brooklyn. The macabre collection is known
for its lecture series but this theatrical event was a
During the June, 2015 Solow Festival in
Philadelphia, come in from the heat and peacefully rest in
the cool, dark, parlor of the Art
Church of West Philadelphia, formerly a private
residence built in 1925.
The performances are part of the Body Horror
Mini-Fest including solo shows from performance
artists Joy Cutler and Joseph Ahmed,
produced by Cara Blouin.