Audiences weren’t content to let the four-week run of Matt Ritchey’s hilarious love letter to drama kids, musical theatre nerds and Shakespearean scholars alike end on schedule. Instead Force of Nature Productions rallied the gonzo cast back together for just one more show. Sunday December 1st at 7pm, for those who missed the run, or folks who didn’t, but feel compelled to come back to Hell, all have that opportunity.
See the show that prompted Steve Biodrowski of Hollywood Gothique to opine “Although the plot of Romeo and Juliet in Hell sounds like a premise for a wacky five-minute Monty Python sketch, it actually sustains a full-length play thanks to consistently funny dialogue and the unflagging energy of the performers.” And to add “Bottom line: Probably the most fun you will ever have in Hell.”
And Mark Hein, Theatre Ghost, to write “A swift, silly romp that has laughs – and groans – aplenty, as the star-crossed lovers must watch their life story. Played as a musical (directed by the Devil himself, Bob Fosse). And starring the other folks who died in Shakespeare’s plays. A delightful pastiche by author/director Matt Ritchey, served up by the Force of Nature troupe.”
And Ernest Kearney, The TVolution, to sum up the show as follows “Sinful silliness, a helluva lot of Shakespearian in-jokes, a bunch of theatrical wisecracking and a great deal of fun all in the vein of Christopher Durang’s 1981 snicker-fest The Actor’s Nightmare.”
From the website: Romeo and Juliet, dead, wake up to find themselves stuck in their Personal Hell – forced to listen to WEST SIDE STORY music for eternity. To escape, they must suffer through a production of their life story performed by the other inhabitants of Hell – Shakespeare’s dead characters – who butcher the story in hysterical ways!
ROMEO AND JULIET IN HELL is full of theatre-goer inside jokes, Broadway show tunes, and madcap madness! Recommended for ages 15 and up.
Written and Directed by Matt Ritchey
The production features The Talents of:
Kawika Aguilar, Colton Butcher, Carlos Chavez, David Chernyavsky, Lauren Diaz, Jennifer Novak Chun, Ron Gabaldon, Nick Ley, Mikael Mattsson, Sebastian Muñoz, Therese Olson, Graydon Schlicter, Brenton Sullivan, Chloe Zubiri
Ticketing Information for this limited event available here.
Graydon Schlichter (L) in Romeo & Juliet in Hell
As a bit of an armchair spy craft buff, no one could have written a more perfect piece to lure Graydon into an immersive experience than Cold War Lounge – The Asset. And no one could have written it better than Nick Rheinwald-Jones of Spy Brunch, LLC. Graydon is having a blast with the process, and can’t wait to share it with audiences in early September.
From the website:
The creators of Safehouse ‘77, The Sideshow, and Grunge Shop Tavern team up for a brand-new experience with Cold War Lounge: The Asset. For three nights only, Downtown LA’s Brack Shop Tavern will be transformed into a swinging ‘60s lounge, featuring custom cocktails, themed dining, and live music. As you bask in the sexy and mysterious atmosphere, be sure to keep your eyes and ears open: you may find yourself at the center of a covert operation.
Tickets to Cold War Lounge: The Asset include a themed cocktail, access to an intimate VIP lounge with live musical performances, and an hour-long adventure including secret encounters with shadowy characters.
Focusing on the golden age of espionage, when the Americans and the Soviets gave their secret operatives free rein to fight a high-stakes war in the shadows of society, Cold War Lounge: The Asset gives participants the chance to experience the thrills, risks, and human drama that defined this era. A skilled cast of immersive performers portray operatives on all sides of the global conflict.
This experience is written by Nick Rheinwald-Jones and directed by Lyndsie Scoggin & Payden Ackerman, with art direction by Cam Sampson. The production is a collaboration between Spy Brunch LLC, CoAct Productions, and Sampson Creative Enterprises. Featured Performances by: Alex Demers, Deirdre Lyons-Butchko, Graydon Schlichter, Lauren Hayes, and Lyndsie Scoggin.
Ticketing information available here
TU ensemble member and Resident Sound Designer Graydon Schlichter has released his latest audiobook, the unabridged rendition of acclaimed author Staci Layne Wilson’s City of Devils: 13 Tales of the Uncanny, Unlucky & Unholy: A horror anthology. Set in an around the infamous City of Angels, the tales contained in this volume boil down to this, “Los Angeles and Lucifer are a lot alike. They both seduce and lure with promises of wealth, fame, beauty or love. But those promises are often empty; and even when they’re not, there’s a price to pay.” And readers have been enjoying these creepy tales. “From the Lynchian, almost dreamlike poignancy of Tasty Waves to the gut-wrenching Lansdalian endings of the lead-off story He Was Asking for It and its follow-up Based on a True Story, Wilson pulls absolutely no punches.”
For those familiar with LA’s foibles and fascinations you’ll recognize “the anxieties, stresses, passion, humour and outright horror of living the lifestyle” of Southern California that pepper this “delightfully dark and fun” collection. As one reader put it, “Staci Layne Wilson has once again written a page turner of horror stories set in the real city of devils, which she knows so well. Shades of Edgar Allan Poe, Stephen King and even Dashiell Hammett permeate through the book. The stories are smart, sassy, seductive and scary.” And now established fans and newcomers alike can grab the audiobook collection of these chilling vignettes to enjoy for themselves.
About Graydon Schlichter
Graydon Schlichter has loved audiobooks almost since before he could easily pronounce the term. Declaring at the age of six that “one day that’ll be me on the tape” he got it mostly correct. Although… actual tapes are pretty rare these days. As a voice over artist, Graydon has happily recorded cranky gnomes, gruff soldiers, helpful handy folks, and others, but rare is the time when he isn’t part way through one narration or another.
For the Los Angeles Horror Anthology completionist, you can check out Hell Comes to Hollywood and the cleverly titled sequel Hell Comes to Hollywood 2 the latter featuring an original short story by Mr. Schlichter himself titled This is a Recording, both collections co-narrated by Ms. Jennifer Knighton. Leaving LA behind, take to the open road in 18 Wheels of Horror, once again featuring the talents of Ms. Knighton.
If Lovecraftian horror is more you style, don’t miss The Drinker of Suffering, by A. M. F. This disturbing, modern tale centers on one person’s search for meaning and greater Truth. The descends into the swirling darkness he discovers at the edges of everything he thought he knew. Pulp lovers might enjoy the Nick Caine Adventures, beginning with Temple of the Jaguar. An action packed romp through deepest jungle co-written, by Aiden James, and J. R. Rain. The classic thriller enthusiast should look up In Their Blood, by Sharon Potts. A chilling story of accidental death that begins to unravel into something…more. Find these and all of Graydon’s titles on Amazon, Audible and itunes, or by clicking the links above.
About Staci Layne Wilson
Staci Layne Wilson is an award-winning filmmaker Cabaret of the Dead, Psycho Therapy, The Night Plays Tricks and an Amazon #1 bestselling author So L.A. – A Hollywood Memoir. She wrote, produced and hosted three entertainment talk shows online: This Week In Movies, Inside Horror, and Dread Central Live. She has been featured on the BBC, Bravo, Reelz, M-TV, CNN (and many more) as a film historian and author.
Hailing from the heartland of rural Pennsylvania, descended from solid farmer stock, of course Graydon blew into the City of Angels, his eyes full of the footlights. And after a few missteps put his dreams and his love of the stage on hold. But shortly after discovering Theatre Unleashed, that passion would re-consume him, and the rest was history.