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Street Theatre's Ten Minute Haunted Playhouse, 'Macabare' early Halloween treats

'Macabaret' and Ten Minute Haunted Playhouse offer theatre-goers twice the Halloween mayhem with Street Theatre Company
'Macabaret' and Ten Minute Haunted Playhouse offer theatre-goers twice the Halloween mayhem with Street Theatre Company

This Halloween season Street Theatre Company is offering twice the thrills and chills as it teams up with Playhouse Nashville and St. Ann's Episcopal Church for two very different, but frightenly entertaining theatrical experiences during the remaining weeks of October.

Up first, Street Theatre Company had partnered with Playhouse Nashville to host a spine-tingling evening with 'Ten Minute Haunted Playhouse'. The limited presentation premiered this weekend and concludes with a final performance Monday, October 14 at 7:30 p.m at Street Theatre's 1933 Elm Hill Pike location. As the event name alludes, Ten Minute Haunted Playhouse will consist of spookily-themed ten minute staged readings--six in all--of brand new works written by local playwrights.

Since its inception in 2011, Playhouse Nashville has quickly garnered buzz within the theatre community as a new and exciting outlet for area playwrights. The collaborative brainchild of Lauren Shouse, Christopher Bosen, Garret Schneider and Nate Eppler, Ten Minute Playhouse has already presented nearly fifty plays by some thirty area playwrights.

Earlier this year, Street Theatre's Cathy Street announced that Playhouse Nashville's first production in residence at Street Theatre Company would be Playhouse Nashville's Eppler's 'Sextape', which enjoyed a great run from February 28-March 10. That was followed by a two-day April presentation of Ten Minute Playhouse and an August mounting of Kenley Smith's 'Devil Sedan'.

For more information about Playhouse Nashville, CLICK HERE. General Admission tickets to Monday night's Ten Minute Haunted Playhouse are only $5 and are available online or at the door. To purchase tickets, CLICK HERE.

Ten Minute Haunted Playhouse isn't the only collaboration Street Theatre Company is involved in this Halloween season. On the heels of their recent two-week run of Jeremy Sony's family friendly, but seasonably appropriate 'Ichabod: Missing In Sleepy Hollow', Street Theatre Company will join forces with St. Ann's Episcopal Church's Arts at Ann's Series to present what has become an annual favorite among Nashville theatre-goers, 'Macabaret'.

Much like Ten Minute Haunted Playhouse, 'Macabaret''s name is pretty self-explanatory. Presented in cabaret-style with plenty of song and dance, 'Macabaret' cleverly includes a healthy dose of the macabre. While the venue has switched to St. Ann's this year marks the fifth annual presentation of Street Theatre's 'Macabaret.

Think of 'Macabaret' as an amalgamation of local 70s Saturday afternoon horror host Sir Cecil Creep, Elvira Mistress of the Dark and a twisted night at a Vegas lounge in Hell featuring some of the most clever songs you're likely to hear this Halloween, including my personal favorite, Marriage is Murder'.

'Macabaret' will be presented at St. Ann's (419 Woodland Street) on Friday and Saturday, October 25 & 26 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15/person or $25/couple and include a complimentary dessert. Additional options include unlimited soft drinks or coffee for $1 and pizza for $2/slice. Proceeds from 'Macabaret' will benefit Street Theatre Company. To reserve your seats, please call St. Ann's at 615.254.3534.

Next up for Street Theatre Company's regular season will be 'Monty Python's Spamalot' with shows November 1-17. CLICK HERE for more information or to purchase tickets.

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