Do you dare discover the true meaning of stage
a comedy/horror play
by Robert Dunbar & Karen Scioli
has been released in playbook form
by Mousseau Enterprises Theatre Publishing.
~ The Philadelphia Daily News
"Funny, outrageous and spooky!"
~ Au Courant
"... a darkly satirical homage full of howling winds and swooping bats."
"Humorously inspired ... it's an eerie one-woman show that parodies classic horror films of the 1940s and 50s ... a bevy of bizarre characters - all of whom wind up alone in the dark. An affectionate parody of the "screamers," BATS! illuminates the fright genre, the people who made the films, and audiences who always love to be spooked."
~ The Philadelphia Inquirer
Back before DVDs and videotapes, back before cable even, people used to sit up at night to watch the Late Show. Remember all those horror movies? The creaking doors? The clanking chains? Remember the thunder and lightning and those mysterious groans from the crypt? BATS! stakes out rich comic territory. Skewering classic fright flicks, this one-woman play chronicles the career of a B-movie queen … from her earliest days on the set of her first horror film ... to her dark nights as a forgotten icon. (Fear not: she rises again, and the show climaxes on the eve of her big comeback as ~ what else? ~ a late night horror movie hostess.) It's a bumpy ride, and along the way BATS! explores the enduring fascination of things that go flap in the night.
About the Mad Creators of BATS!
Emmy Award winner Karen Scioli played a horror-movie hostess named "Stella" for six years on Philadelphia television (KYW's Saturday Night Dead). Since then, she's been a producer for the show COPS, performed comedy in clubs, appeared on numerous television programs, and starred in the independent film Postcards from Paradise Park (currently touring film festivals throughout the US and Europe).
Robert Dunbar has written and produced for public television and the Discovery Channel. He's also the author of the horror novel The Pines (Leisure Books). His work has appeared in publications as diverse as After Hours, Applause, Art & Understanding, The Baltimore Alternative, Bay Windows, Book Talk, The Bottom Line, The Chancery House, Cineaste, Dance, Descant, The Edge, Film Forum, The Front Page, Frontiers, In View, Kirkus Reviews, Lambda Literary Review, Lodestar Quarterly, Midnight, New Writers Magazine, Out, Philadelphia City Paper, Philadelphia Weekly, Southern Voice, Voyage, The Washington Blade, Writer's Connection and Writer's Digest.
Contact: DunbarRbrt@aol.com or visit his WEBSITE
Reincarnation is a wonderful thing:
After workshops at Philadelphia's Arts Bank way back in 1997, BATS! received "honorable mention" in the ALR New Play Search before making it to the semifinals of the Pennsylvania State Theater's New Works Festival. It was produced at the Ritz Theater (Oakland, NJ) as part of their New Plays Festival, played at Philadelphia's Society Hill Playhouse, then was revived the following Halloween at the Shubin Theatre (also Philadelphia). After (finally) winning a theater competition, excerpts from the play appeared in On Stage Magazine. Now it's been released in playbook form.
To order a copy of BATS!
Mail $12.55 (plus $1.50 per copy for shipping) to Mousseau Enterprises Theatre Publishing, 686 Wall Side Road, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada, P6A SK6
Theaters may fax orders to (705) 779-3331.