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Got Blood?: On October, Friday the 13th, The Tragedies Takes on the Original French Theater of Horror “Theatre du Grand Guignol”
The Tragedies mutate from a sketch comedy troupe into a monstrous theater company this Halloween season, premiering with Theatre du Grand Guignol, the original French theater of horror and comedy. Grand Guignol runs October 12th through the 28th at The Little Church, 5138 NE 23rd Avenue. Our opening Gala on Friday the 13th for $20 is not to be missed! Doors open at 7:30pm and show begins at 8pm. Tickets are $15 and available on the web at www.thetragedies.com/tickets.htm, at the door, or by calling (503) 367-2100.
What is Grand Guignol?
“The Grand Guignol (Grahn Geen-YOL) was a theatre (Le Théâtre du Grand-Guignol) in the Pigalle area of Paris (at 20 bis, rue Chaptal), which, from its opening in 1897 to its closing in 1962, specialized in the most naturalistic grisly horror shows and farcical comedies. The theater owed its name to Guignol, a traditional Lyon puppet character, joining political commentary with the style of Punch and Judy.” -Wikipedia.com
Grand Guignol’s formula of the horrific, the erotic and the comic, fulfills that primal human need to have the snot scared out of us and then laugh it off. The popularity of film classics like “Psycho” and modern shockers like “The Descent” attest to it’s commercial viability as well.
The Tragedies intend to present Grand Guignol as a faithful take on the original French theater with realistic special effects, stage trickery and sleight-of-hand in the intimate setting of a deconsecrated church in the Alberta District, while actors simultaneously juggle various acting styles.
The Tragedies’ Grand Guignol will feature the sharp, playful and mordant cabaret-style of piano genius Amoree Lovell and the mysterious, exotic and powerful vocal talents of the lovely Lisa Stringfield. Special effects make-up will be provided courtesy of the uber-talented Christina Walker of 13th Door and Haunting Productions! There is also a recurring theme of revenge in both the comedies and the scary plays, resonating with the bloody events of the world stage. Guignol is book ended by two high profile days, opening on Friday the 13th and closing dangerously close to Halloween night!
Proven popular by contemporary theater companies like San Francisco ’s Thrillpeddlers and New York ’s AboutFace, this will mark Portland ’s 1st Annual Grand Guignol production and the biggest, funniest, sexiest and boldest Tragedies show ever! The show begins before you enter the theater, setting a tone of unease, and it will haunt you long after you exit the church.
Oh, and there’s comedy, too!
Theatre du Grand Guignol runs Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, October 12th, 13th, 14th, 19th, 20th, 21th, 26th, 27th, and 28th at 8pm. Tickets are $15 and available on the web at www.thetragedies.com/tickets.htm, at the door, or by calling (503) 367-2100.
The Tragedies sketch comedy and theater troupe have been performing for and entertaining Portland audiences since 2003. Through several sold-out runs and special appearances, The Tragedies have maintained a clever and wry approach to their comedy. They often perform at charitable events for such organizations as The United Way, Mercy Corps, everyamericanvotes.com and Epilepsy Foundation Northwest. Portland, however, is not the only location that the Tragedies have an audience. Their successful podcast and website have been enjoyed by over 250,000 people from 93 countries. The Tragedies have released one CD to date, and are currently working on material for their next audio outing. They are also filming their latest show, "The Butler Did It" for television distribution and DVD. When The Tragedies are not starring in their own shows they are guesting with other comedy performers. To date they have performed with: Fort Hal, Extra Medium, Kick the Squirrel, Girls Girls Girls, and The Screaming Mee Mees. One member has even performed with Robert DiNero. The Tragedies plan on rounding out their 2006 season with three more original shows followed by sketch comedy circuit shows throughout the nation in 2007.