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The Weird

The Weird
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service (cover may change)
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 80
Pub. Date: 2008
ISBN-10: 0822222558
ISBN-13: 9780822222552
Cast Size: 3 female, 3 male

About the Play:

The Weird is a collection of short plays by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. This stage play is an anthology style collection of six horror comedy vignettes: Bloody Mary, Insect Love, Rosemary's Baby, Swamp Gothic, Morning becomes Olestra, and Dinner With the Super Friends all narrated by the comically named host, M.T. Grave, who introduces each of the evening's ghoulish, funny delights.

The Weird is an evening of six vignettes inspired by the horror and pulp comic books of the 1950's. They happen separately from one another, connected only by the actors and the show's ghoulish master of ceremonies, M.T. Grave, who takes the audience across decades, weaving one wickedly horrifying (and/or hilarious) tale after another for a night full of laughs and scares.

In Blood Mary, two oversexed teenagers play a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse while driving along a deserted highway late at night.

In Insect Love, a scientist and his lab assistant fall in love… while the sci-fi classic The Fly plays in movie theatres across the country.

In The Ten-Minute Play About Rosemary's Baby, a young couple moves into an apartment building with nosey neighbours… as well as a demonic presence.

In Swamp Gothic, a handsome college student risks man-eating alligators, voodoo and zombies to find his equally handsome missing best friend.

In Morning Becomes Olestra, a conniving femme fatale plans her obese husband's murder… with the help of a vampire.

And in Dinner with the Superfriends, two gal pals get together for some reminiscing… and crime-fighting.

Dark Matters premiered in 2005 at Dad's Garage Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia. The New York premiere was in 2010 at off-off Broadway's Manhattan Theatre Source. Since then the play has been mounted by regional and college theatres.

Cast: 3 female, 3 male

What people say:

"Who's scarier, the knife-wielding maniac or the trusted boyfriend who summons her? The Satanists next door, or the loving husband who might be secretly plotting with them? The Weird goes for both humor and horror by riffing on classic schlock comic books. But subtler themes of trust and the nature of relationships lurk just below the surface…." — Creative Loafing

"Winking at everything from Rosemary's Baby to Tales from the Crypt… this intermission evening of one-acts goes down quick and dirty and gets our vote for best Halloween show." — Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's Bloody Mary is a mordantly funny variation on a vintage urban legend best told in the dark by dating couples in cars… savvy scribe works in a mock-scary idiom that's spot-on for the genre and for youthful auds who grew up on its hokey thrills." — Variety

"Bloody Mary is written with devilish glee by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who clearly knows his horror movies…." — New York Times

About the Playwright:

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is an American playwright, screenwriter, and comic book writer. Born in Washington, DC, and raised in both the United States and Nicaragua, he is Chief Creative Officer of Archie Comics. In addition, he is the show runner of Riverdale and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, and has written for or been a producer on Glee, Big Love, Looking, and Katy Keene.

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