CHICAGO’S WEIRD, GRANDMA: WildClaw Theatre

Posted by Joe on October 9, 2012

That's Weird Grandma TWG Weekly Update Touring Performances

Monday, Oct 15th WildClaw Theatre

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Come see WildClaw celebrate students’ work.

Here is an interview between you and our artistic director Molly Brennan:


You: Tell me about Wildclaw Theatre?

Molly: “Storytelling is in our blood” is their slogan. “All the thrills that our imagination, heart and intellect derive from the greatest horror fiction, art, film, games, and poetry - all these thrills, we will provoke alive, in the flesh, breathing and bleeding from the stage, and right in your face. Horror Theatre.”  They are scary and awesome.

You: What will Wildclaw bring to the adaptation process that is unique?

Molly: This team plays exclusively with horror.  As you may know, monsters, zombies, mummies, vampires, werewolves, and movie greats like Jason and Chuckie are often stars of our students’ stories.  Wildclaw has chosen a story by Francisco from our Loyola Park After School Program about a zombie-eating dinosaur, and since this piece is in the Wildclaw genre, these experts are going to nail it!

I went to their rehearsal for CWG and I am thrilled for it to hit the Grandma Stage!  They will be performing UNTITLED (T Rex Eats Zombies) By Francisco V Loyola Park After School Program

You: How else can I experience Wildclaw Theatre if I like what I see or want to know more?

Molly: I attended the opening of “Life of Death” at the DCA Theatre, and I have this to say: I found it to be excellent. This piece scores high in psychological terror, philosophical challenge, and onstage gore effects. The storytelling is excellent. It flows beautifully between high theatricality and sobering realism. The sound and lights are fantastic, and the multi media stuff is clever and never disrupts the flow. The set is impressive and well-used. There are a ton of locations and scene changes and they range from entertaining to impossibly smooth. The cast nails it. It is creepy and scary and wonderful. It only runs through November 4. It is not for kids. For tickets, go here!

Incidentally, something I was tickled by in seeing their latest production, was the number of devices they used that are common in the Barrel of Monkeys’ staging:  1:  The use of onstage slow motion.  2.  The simple but effective physical choreography of people on a subway and 3.  What BOM calls the “Silverberg turn”. 

You: The “Silverberg Turn”..?

Molly: Named after one of the original actors in Barrel of Monkeys, Eric Silverberg, it refers to the technique of actors turning around in place to suggest travel to a new location.

Anyway, it’s delightful and surprising to see these kinds of similarities between a Horror company and us.

Learn more about Chicago’s Weird, Grandma!

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