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1.  Horror plays

Does anyone know of any good Horror plays? Just...really scary horror or psychological thriller?

Thanks!

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Bryan Ringsted

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2.  RE:Horror plays

Dracula is always good. This is a good version:

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

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John Perry
Drama/ Humanities Instructor
Atherton High School


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3.  RE:Horror plays

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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Elisabeth Ledwell
Falmouth Academy
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4.  RE:Horror plays

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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Chelsey Cavender
Membership Service Specialist
Educational Theatre Association


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5.  RE:Horror plays

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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Debbie MacKinney
Teacher
Tanque Verde Unified School District


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6.  RE:Horror plays

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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Jeremy Williams

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7.  RE:Horror plays

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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Carolyn Kovar

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8.  RE:Horror plays

This past fall we did Dracula by Tim Kelly, too. :)

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Carolyn Kovar

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9.  RE:Horror plays

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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Merritt Beischel
Membership Service Specialist
Educational Theatre Association


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10.  RE:Horror plays


Wait until dark
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Gretchen Barbor
Senior High Dramatics Coordinator
Indiana Area School District
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11.  RE:Horror plays

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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Brian Benz
Membership Manager
Educational Theatre Association


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12.  RE:Horror plays

Not exactly Horror but definitely suspenseful if done right: Wait Until Dark.

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Victoria Kesling Councill
Theatre Teacher
New Kent County Public Schools


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13.  RE:Horror plays

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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Victoria Kesling Councill
Theatre Teacher
New Kent County Public Schools


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14.  RE:Horror plays

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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Shira Schwartz
Chandler Unified School District


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15.  Scary plays

We loved Maxwell Anderson's Bad Seed. Scary and creepy!
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Connie Voight
Alabama
Randolph School
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