A Memory Palace of Fear is a haunted house about housing — an immersive theater installation exploring the ways the spaces we call home can turn from refuge to menace, and back again.
After a successful workshop production in 2016, we’re bringing A Memory Palace of Fear back in 2017, with performances October 19-22, 25-29, and 31 at Silent Funny, 4106 W. Chicago Avenue in Chicago’s West Humboldt Park neighborhood. Tickets are NOW AVAILABLE; see the Theater Oobleck website.
Participating artists include performers Emmy Bean, David Chervony, Jean Carlos Claudio, Lily Emerson, Sharon Lanza, Charlie Malave, Kat McJimsey, and Stephen Walker. Installation artists include Billie Howard, Sara Heymann, Heather Gabel, and Gabriel X. Michael, along with co-creators Martha Bayne and Andrea Jablonski.
From now through October, Billie Howard will be posting episodes of her micropodcast on fear here, on Bandcamp. Listen in!
Update! Thanks to all for coming! Photos will be posted soon; in the meantime, here’s some press coverage from the Chicago Reader, Chicago magazine, and elsewhere.
*Here’s a lovely, thoughtful review of our “silly, irony-soaked inversion of the traditional haunted house,” from Justin Hayford at the Chicago Reader.
*And here’s Third Coast Review critic Karin McKie on the show, which she calls “a thought-provoking meditation on ‘should I stay or should I go.’”
*Teresa Manring at Chicago Magazine talked with me and co-creator Andrea Jablonski for this preview, “The Creepiest Haunted House is One That Makes You Think.”
*Gary Zidek featured us on his WDCB show, The Arts Section, on Sunday, October 29, with a thoughtful 12-minute interview and exploration of the show.
Update again! Here’s a video!