If you take a David Lynch movie, a domestic drama, and a haunted house than shuffle them together and toss them up in the air, you get “70 Scenes of Halloween,” a theatrical “52 card pick-up” of a play.
Redhouse Arts Center continues its fall season with “70 Scenes of Halloween” by Jeffery M. Jones, which runs from Oct. 19 to 29.
Scenes are randomly selected live on stage by the stage manager at every performance of horror-comedy-tragedy about a dying marriage. Playwright Jeffery M. Jones crafted the play while his own marriage seemed to be falling apart, creating a fractured autobiographical play in which the outcome depends on the luck of the draw.
Joan and Jeff, a young married couple in suburbia, love each other but no longer desire each other. Their mundane daily irritations have become actual monsters, witches, ghosts — and maybe even killers.
While you’re entertained trying to piece the story together, you’ll discover to your delight and horror many tricks and treats in this frighteningly funny evening. When the doorbell rings this Halloween, will you be brave enough to answer?
“70 Scenes of Halloween” features a blend of Redhouse newcomers and Redhouse favorites. Making their Redhouse debuts are Equity actor Gavin McNicholl as Jeff and Whitney Andrews as Joan.
Returning to the Redhouse stage are Stephond Brunson as the Beast and Marguerite Mitchell as the Ghost. Donovan Stanfield will play the Stage Manager.
Gavin McNicholl is an actor based in Manhattan. His most recent credits include Frederick Fellowes in “Noises Off” and Patsy in “Spamalot” at Connecticut Repertory Theatre; Arceo in “Mornings of April and May” with Connecticut Free Shakespeare; George Lewis in “Once in a Lifetime” and Marchbanks in “Candida” at The Monomoy Theatre on Cape Cod.
Whitney Andrews is a recent graduate from the University of Connecticut, where she received her BFA in acting. She was recently seen in “In The Car With Blossom and Len” at Queens Theatre. Previous credits include “Lysistrata,” “Olives and Blood,” “O Beautiful” and “Spelling Bee.”
The preview performance of “70 Scenes of Halloween” takes place at 7 p.m. Oct. 19. The show runs at 8 p.m. Oct. 19 to 22 and Oct. 25 to 27.
Redhouse Arts Center productions tend to sell quickly. Tickets and information on 70 Scenes of Halloween are available by calling the Redhouse Arts Center box office at (315) 362-2785 or visit theredhouse.org.