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  Horror playsMar 18, 2014 6:38 PMBryan Ringsted
  RE:Horror playsMar 18, 2014 8:15 PMJohn Perry
  RE:Horror playsMar 19, 2014 9:21 AMElisabeth Ledwell
  RE:Horror playsMar 19, 2014 9:47 AMChelsey Cavender
  RE:Horror playsMar 20, 2014 10:34 AMDebbie MacKinney
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Mar 20, 2014 11:10 AMJeremy Williams
  RE:Horror playsMar 21, 2014 8:36 AMCarolyn Kovar
  RE:Horror playsMar 21, 2014 8:39 AMCarolyn Kovar
  RE:Horror playsMar 21, 2014 10:40 AMMerritt Beischel
  RE:Horror playsMar 19, 2014 10:00 AMGretchen Barbor
  RE:Horror playsMar 19, 2014 10:37 AMBrian Benz
  RE:Horror playsMar 19, 2014 1:38 PMVictoria Kesling Councill
  RE:Horror playsMar 21, 2014 8:19 AMVictoria Kesling Councill
  RE:Horror playsMar 22, 2014 8:34 PMShira Schwartz
  Scary playsMar 23, 2014 6:01 AMConnie Voight
 

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Horror plays
From: Bryan Ringsted
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Posted: Mar 18, 2014 6:38 PM
Subject: Horror plays
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Does anyone know of any good Horror plays? Just...really scary horror or psychological thriller?

Thanks!

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RE:Horror plays
From: John Perry
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Posted: Mar 18, 2014 8:15 PM
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Dracula is always good. This is a good version:

http://www.playscripts.com/play/1512

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RE:Horror plays
From: Elisabeth Ledwell
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Posted: Mar 19, 2014 9:21 AM
Subject: RE:Horror plays
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Wait Until Dark is a great play. So is Murderer by Anthony Shaffer - the first fifteen minutes are a technical challenge. Both of these have smallish casts. Also, Arsenic and Old Lace, technically a thriller, though a comic one, and there is a really creepy one act ( about an hour long) in the National Theatre'sConnection Series - plays for young people- about a historical witch and modern day kids who set out to make a documentary about her. I can't remember the title, but it is on there website. Good luck!
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RE:Horror plays
From: Chelsey Cavender
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Posted: Mar 19, 2014 9:47 AM
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I have seen some very well done adaptations of Edgar Allen Poe's works. "The Tell Tale Heart," in particular, can be quite scary when good storytelling and technical effects combine! You could do several of his adapted short stories back to back for a night of Edgar Allen Poe. 

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RE:Horror plays
From: Debbie MacKinney
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Posted: Mar 20, 2014 10:34 AM
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We did the one-act "One Lane Bridge" by Stephen Gregg last year and many theatre students and parents said they were freaked out by it (even though they didn't really understand it).  The right lighting and fog machine can really boost the effects of the play.

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RE:Horror plays
From: Jeremy Williams
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Posted: Mar 20, 2014 11:10 AM
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If you're into zombies, the film Night of the Living Dead is in the public domain, so it can be adapted for the stage without any copyright concerns. We adapted it ourselves and performed it as a 40-minute one-act in 2008. If you like the idea but don't want to go to all the trouble of adapting the film to the stage yourself, a published stage version is available here:http://www.dramaticpublishing.com/p1051/Night-of-the-Living-Dead/product_info.html.

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RE:Horror plays
From: Carolyn Kovar
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Posted: Mar 21, 2014 8:36 AM
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I do Halloween shows every year with my Acting 1-4 classes. They may not be classified as "horror" but I've done Fright Night by L. Don Swartz, All Hallows' Eve by Burton Bumgarner, Tombstone Terror Stories by Pat Cook, Ghost Hunters of Rt 666 by D. M. Larson, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Clay Presley, Boo! Thurteen Scenes From Halloween by Pat Cook, and The Devil and Danielle Webster by Burton Bumgarner. Break a leg!!!

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From: Carolyn Kovar
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Posted: Mar 21, 2014 8:39 AM
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This past fall we did Dracula by Tim Kelly, too. :)

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RE:Horror plays
From: Merritt Beischel
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Posted: Mar 21, 2014 10:40 AM
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I haven't seen it yet...so maybe I shouldn't suggest it...but there's an adaptation of The Birds by Conor McPherson (based on Daphne Du Maurier's short story, The Birds) that sounds spooky. The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is doing the play next season and this is their description:
"The Birds" by Conor McPherson from the short story by Daphne du Maurier: For reasons unknown, the birds have turned against man, attacking them maliciously and relentlessly. In a small seaside cabin, a group of strangers find themselves thrust together, each seeking sanctuary from the savage avian menace. But as the situation becomes increasingly dire and the tension between the survivors inexorably grows, it isn't long before the atmosphere turns ugly, and they discover that the horror hovering outside is nothing compared to that which lurks within. - See more at:http://www2.cincinnati.com/blogs/arts/2014/02/26/cincinnati-shakespeare-announces-2014-15-season/#sthash.A6CgyKbU.dpuf
"The Birds" by Conor McPherson from the short story by Daphne du Maurier: For reasons unknown, the birds have turned against man, attacking them maliciously and relentlessly. In a small seaside cabin, a group of strangers find themselves thrust together, each seeking sanctuary from the savage avian menace. But as the situation becomes increasingly dire and the tension between the survivors inexorably grows, it isn't long before the atmosphere turns ugly, and they discover that the horror hovering outside is nothing compared to that which lurks within. - See more at:http://www2.cincinnati.com/blogs/arts/2014/02/26/cincinnati-shakespeare-announces-2014-15-season/#sthash.A6CgyKbU.dpuf

The classic Hitchcock thriller that's been terrifying audiences for generations is winging its way toward Cincinnati for Halloween.  For reasons unknown, the birds have turned against man, attacking them maliciously and relentlessly. In a small seaside cabin, a group of strangers find themselves thrust together, each seeking sanctuary from the savage avian menace. But as the situation becomes increasingly dire and the tension between the survivors inexorably grows, it isn't long before the atmosphere turns ugly, and they discover that the horror hovering outside is nothing compared to that which lurks within.


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RE:Horror plays
From: Gretchen Barbor
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Posted: Mar 19, 2014 10:00 AM
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Wait until dark
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RE:Horror plays
From: Brian Benz
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Posted: Mar 19, 2014 10:37 AM
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It has a small cast but "The Woman in Black" is a great horror play.http://www.samuelfrench.com/p/4619/woman-in-black-the.

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RE:Horror plays
From: Victoria Kesling Councill
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Posted: Mar 19, 2014 1:38 PM
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Not exactly Horror but definitely suspenseful if done right: Wait Until Dark.

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New Kent County Public Schools


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From: Victoria Kesling Councill
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Posted: Mar 21, 2014 8:19 AM
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Also, not horror but certainly gruesome and suspenseful; Volume of Smoke by Clay McLeod Chapman. The script is available for free online and he (Clay) let me produce the show for free. It is about the great Richmond Theatre Fire and recounts the experiences of those involved in it: patrons inside the theatre as it began to burn, the performers and crew, and the people of the city seeing the fire from the outside of the building. Contains elements of theatre vs. religion, theatre styles of early america, slavery, pre-civil war medical practices, the experiences of children during this time period- it's got a little but of everything. Cast size expandable or shrinkable. Cannot recommend it enough.
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RE:Horror plays
From: Shira Schwartz
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Posted: Mar 22, 2014 8:34 PM
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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Noah Smith (http://www.playscripts.com/play/183) was really well received in our school. We did it with a minimalist set and sent our Mr. Hyde into the audience looking for a victim. I'd also recommend Dracula by William McNulty (http://www.playscripts.com/play/1512). It starts off with a chase scene (again we did it through the audience). 

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Chandler Unified School District


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Scary plays
From: Connie Voight
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Posted: Mar 23, 2014 6:01 AM
Subject: Scary plays
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We loved Maxwell Anderson's Bad Seed. Scary and creepy!
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Randolph School
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