Entity Theatre presents THE DARK - A Halloween Radio Play photo: Peter Heinz
Entity Theatre presents THE DARK - A Halloween Radio Play photo: Peter Heinz

MUNICH — (MunichNOW Arts & Culture) — Be prepared to face your biggest fears! WNTT Radio Theatre presents some of the scariest, creepiest, most shocking short stories from the deepest catacombs of radio plays adapted to the stage.

Three Skeleton Quay by Georges-Gustave Toudouze
The Shadow People by Richard Thorne
Hairy Monster by Alonzo Deen Cole
The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe
War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells – adapted by the LMU English language writing group

Performed live from 28 to 31 October 2021, 7.30pm, at the new THX-certified
4K-video-capable Amerikahaus auditorium (Karolinenplatz 3, 80333 München).
Listeners at home can tune in to the LIVE broadcast on Halloween night.

Tickets are 15 € full price/8 € concessions (students, people with disabilities). VIP
“Kulturfreund” tickets are 25 € and include a guaranteed first row seat. Order your
tickets online: https://thedark-halloween.eventbrite.com

The event is not suited for children under 12 years of age. The venue is wheelchair
accessible.

In cooperation with Amerikahaus München.

Entity Theatre presents THE DARK - A Halloween Radio Play photo: Peter Heinz
Entity Theatre presents
THE DARK – A Halloween Radio Play photo: Peter Heinz

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Synopses

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Three Skeleton Quay by Georges-Gustave Toudouze
Three men tending a lighthouse on a remote island find themselves lonely no more when an abandoned ship carrying terrifying visitors makes landfall. Nightmare becomes reality as the island is quickly overtaken by a horde of ferocious, blood-hungry rats. When the monster rats break into the lighthouse tower, a life-and-death struggle ensues as the men seek to save themselves by fleeing to the top of the lighthouse, with nothing more than a metal trapdoor between themselves and their impending doom. Will the three men survive the rats and ever make it off Three Skeleton Quay?

The Shadow People by Richard Thorne
Sally is reading in the library of her house late one evening when she senses that she is not alone. Someone… or something is there, watching her from the shadows. Following a whisper to the pitch-black hallway, Sally feels an evil presence as a large, hulking shape creeps toward her. She quickly switches on the light and the shape disappears! What exactly is lurking in the shadows, and what does it want from Sally? Leave the lights on as you listen to this dark and frightening tale of a young girl’s fight to survive the evil that is closing in around her – The Shadow People.

Hairy Monster by Alonzo Deen Cole
Barbara Turner inherits a large mansion and grounds from a strange old lady named Hawkins and moves there with her young brother and aunt. The mansion will soon be all theirs if Barbara carries out the strange wishes in Mrs. Hawkins’ will, including living there continuously for one year and sleeping in a specific room every night for at least three hours, all by herself. The unwitting new tenants at the stairs of this big house will soon learn about the mysterious connection between the unusual inheritance conditions and a strange creature that leaves 6-foot-long hairs behind – The Hairy Monster!

The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe
In comfortless surroundings, a young man plans and commits the “perfect crime” to rid himself of the horror of enduring his landlord’s “evil” eye. When a detective stops by on a quite different matter, it becomes apparent that the young man has little to fear. The only trouble is, he can’t stop the pounding of the dead man’s heart. Why can’t the detective hear it? As the pounding grows, witness the madness of a guilt-ridden murderer in The Tell-Tale Heart.

War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
Keen to determine once and for all whether humans are alone in the universe, a field reporter recounts live events while a large crowd gathers at the landing site of a strange, cylindrical meteor. As tentacled visitors from Mars emerge from the cylinder, it quickly becomes clear that they did not come in peace. Chaos erupts as the Martians attack the bystanders with heat rays and spider-like tripods descend upon New York City, dispensing deadly black smoke as far as the eye can see… Is anywhere safe? Is there anyone left? Have the Martians taken over the world? Listen to find out if humanity can hope to survive this Martian invasion in War of the Worlds.

Contact: Katrin Fegert (katrin.fegert@entitytheatre.org, 0176 210 593 64)

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Entity Theatre presents THE DARK - A Halloween Radio Play photo: Peter Heinz
Entity Theatre presents
THE DARK – A Halloween Radio Play photo: Peter Heinz

Director’s statement

The War of the Worlds by English author H. G. Wells first serialized in 1897 by Pearson’s Magazine in the UK and by Cosmopolitan magazine in the US has inspired seven films, as well as various radio dramas, comic-book adaptations, video games, a number of television series, and sequels or parallel stories by other authors. The most famous, or infamous, adaptation is the 1938 radio broadcast that was narrated and directed by Orson Welles. The first two-thirds of the 60-minute broadcast were presented as a series of news bulletins, often described as having led to outrage and panic by listeners who believed the events described in the program to be real.

Tonight’s adaptation was inspired by a 1971 radio broadcast by WKBW in Buffalo, NY and made relevant to our time and place by Untold Stories, the LMU English Language Writers’ Club.

Entity Theatre presents THE DARK - A Halloween Radio Play photo: Peter Heinz
Entity Theatre presents
THE DARK – A Halloween Radio Play photo: Peter Heinz

Cast & Crew

Director: Jim Nellis
Producer: Katrin Fegert

Cast (in alphabetical order): Alexander Siebert, Brianna Goins, Bogdan Tabacaru, Cristina
Richardson, Daniel Beaver, David Kinsella, David Viita, Elif Bilge Kavun, Esther Gilvray, Jennifer Blastorah, Jennifer Mikulla, Jodi Pfleghar, Kumar Barua, Ladan Shahlaei, Marc Lachance, Silvia Pfleghar, Susan Voight

Stage Manager: Birgit Mueller
Technical Director: Daniel Plappert
Assistant director (Three Skeleton Quay, The Shadow People, Hairy Monster): Bogdan Tabacaru

Costumes: Susan Voight
Hair and makeup: Adriana Godrid
Graphic design and photography: Peter Heinz
Blog and podcast: Roger Voight
Copywriter: Emilee Bonner
Front of house: Andy Biggs
Lights: Daniel Plappert
Sound design: Andrey Korotkov
QLAB audio playback: Christine Fuß
Live broadcast: Andrea von Eichhorn
Stage hands: Mattias Carlborg, Ogdon Waggoner

Contact: Katrin Fegert (katrin.fegert@entitytheatre.org, 0176 210 593 64)

Entity Theatre presents THE DARK - A Halloween Radio Play photo: Peter Heinz
Entity Theatre presents
THE DARK – A Halloween Radio Play photo: Peter Heinz