The Hall of Haunts is the Mediums' October collaboration with Rutherfurd Hall. Every autumn we devise a series of short interactive solo and duo performances, each based on historic or folkloric figures. Part haunted house, part poly-sensory psychodrama, the Hall of Haunts takes groups of 20 people through the mansion every 20 minutes on the weekend before Halloween.
Current status: Available for commission. Individual pieces have been performed elsewhere in NJ and Philadelphia.
2016's "Hall of Haunts V: RED PLANET" led by tour guides Annie (Alanna Bozman), Charlotte (Dani Soloman), Harv (Morgan FitzPatrick Andrews), and Rupert (Mason Rosenthal) through 9 scenes:
1. The Gallery where the tour is interrupted by an emergency alert.
2. The Ballroom where we said hello (and goodbye) to Randy (Kevin Meehan).
3. The Second Floor where Betty (Paloma Irizarry) surprised us more than once.
4. Ringside where Mars, God of War (Elizabeth Weinstein) fought everything he hated on this Pale Blue Dot.
5. Wormholes and time loops...wormholes and time loops.
6. Quarantine and a brief check-up from Nurse Jackie (Rebecca Kanach).
7. Shag Carpet Room where Stephanie (Lily Kind) was last seen.
8. Martian Landscape and an invitation from a mysterious alien (Eppchez!) to smell a beautiful flower.
9. Rutherfurd's Crater where we're reunited with our old friend, Lewis Morris Rutherfurd (Mal Cherifi).
Conceived, created, and designed by the cast, with costumes by Rebecca Kanach, sound by Mason Rosenthal, Martian landscape set by Suzy Varin. Parts of RED PLANET previously appeared in ONE WAY RED, the Mediums show at the 2016 Philadelphia Fringe Festival.
2015's "Hall of Haunts IV: THE GAUNTLET" in 8 acts:
1. The Waiting Room in which Gene questions are asked.
2. The Tub, where rules are read and the audience chooses their favorite contestant to be their Guide.
3. Two Doors lead to safety and doom for that Guide.
4. The Web that contains a potential new Guide, should you choose to free them.
5. Chairs and a monster that wants to sit in one.
6. One Box, Two Locks, and Three Keys are the ingredients to a puzzle of encryption.
7. Mirrors mask the faces of some hooded figures and their mysterious leader.
8. The Verdict: Did we win or lose? And what will happen to our Guide?
Elements conceived and directed by Morgan FitzPatrick Andrews, Daniel Park, Mason Rosenthal and Elizabeth Weinstein.
Created with Alanna Bozman, Mal Cherifi, Dana Haberern, Paloma Irizarry, Austin Kelley, Eliza Leighton, Eli Preston, Dani Solomon and Monica Wiles.
Costume help from Rebecca Kanach.
2014's "Hall of Haunts III: ALCHEMY!" in 6 acts:
1. Persephone Proserpina (Dana Haberern, Liz Hollon, Lee Minora or Elizabeth Weinstein) introduces prospective students to the Allamuchy Alchemy Academy, explains the First Law of Alchemy and asks for help with her project of sororal reanimation.
2. We obtain the recipe for our project and its first ingredient from Tiresius (Morgan FitzPatrick Andrews), the reader without eyes whose project is to read every book in order to determine the Laws of the Universe.
3. We steal the second ingredient from Labraid (Sebastian Cummings), the clocksmith without hands who wants to stop Time by removing the hands from all the world's clocks.
4. Kalika (Dani Solomon), the inquisitor without a tongue presents us with cryptic puzzles, one of which yields the third ingredient.
5. We make a deal with Vincent R. Abbot, a human-eating rabbit (played by himself, voiced by Mason Rosenthal) to obtain our fourth ingredient.
6. Persephone provides the final ingredient to complete the experiemnet, only to begin it all over again.
Conceived and written by Morgan FitzPatrick Andrews
Directed by Mason Rosenthal
Costumes by Rebecca Kanach
Sound design by Jonathan Pfeffer
Hallway denizens: Rebecca Kanach, Calia Marshal, Jonathan Pfeffer
2013's "Hall of Haunts: LYCANTHROPY" in 6 acts:
1. Magdalena San Millan and Chelsea Murphy as two nuns and former residents of the hall, assisted by the long-eared Vincent R. Abbot.
2. Dana Haberern as the Reverse Little Mermaid assisted by her pet beta fish.
3. Mason Rosenthal as Victor the Wild Boy, assisted by Morgan FitzPatrick Andrews in the role of Dr. P.T. Smilgrim.
4. Xtn Hansen's painted ladies, an installation of latex-dipped Barbie dolls.
5. Marcia Ferguson as the bird-witch Baba Yaga, trapped in her cage.
6. Ruby L.L. Voyager hosting a banquet as Venison Berry, half deer, half dear.
Orderlies: Xtn Hansen, Rebecca Kanach, Ky Metler.
Costumes by Rebecca Kanach.
2012's "Hall of Haunts I: THE INSTITUTE OF EERIE OCCURRENCES" in 5 acts:
1. Morgan FitzPatrick Andrews as professor M.C. Marsh and his Sense-O-Scope.
2. Brian Ratcliffe as Dr. Rutherford (no relation) with his radioactive elements and pills of sour sweetness.
3. Dana Haberern as Pearl, the girl in the attic, held captive by the jealous ghost in her radio.
4. Kimya Imani Jackson as the witch in her kitchen, with magic spells and strange fruit.
5. Mason Rosenthal as Nobody (who would later star in Nobody's Home), with Hannah de Kaijzer (pictured) as Nobody's Body.
Orderlies: Sarah Gladwin Camp, Amy Capomacchio, Xtn Hansen.
Nobody's head created by Ryan Kelly.
The characters and ideas in 2012's Hall of Haunts were used as studies for the Mediums' next play, Meet the Mediums.
M A R S !
M A R S !
A young woman applies for a seat on the first ever rocket to Mars. If accepted, she'll take the one-way ticket in hopes of establishing a colony on the Red Planet. While the whole world is watching, half of it is laughing at the project's logistic, scientific, and sociopathic flaws. Meanwhile our hero insists that this one-way mission is neither folly nor fantasy, but the next great phase for humanity, and that she has the right stuff to lead our race to the stars. Is it ignorance, stubbornness, or want of attention that propels her? Or perhaps the pull of those same heart strings that have always spurred stargazers and scientists to leap into the unknown?
ONE WAY RED is Dani Solomon's one-woman show based on the project proposed by Mars One to send civilian applicants on a one-way mission to Mars. A short version of the piece debuted at the 2016 SoLow Festival. This new iteration, directed by Mason Rosenthal, features a series of immersive 5-minute installation performances designed for the studios of the Panorama Artists Collective in Southwest Philly.
"Dani Solomon’s ONE WAY RED, a 40-minute sojourn to Mars, is inspired by testimonials from folks who are seriously vying for a one way ticket to go to the red planet. Solomon’s beautifully expressive tale begins with the business of prioritizing what to pack for space, as she relates her character’s historical sense of destiny towards that 'planet of superlatives' with endearing enthusiasm. Moments of comedy and music make the surreal decision to travel so far away, forever, all the more poignant." —Phindie
This project was made possible by funding from Project Stream, a grant initiative of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts that is regionally administered by the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance.
June 2015:: One Way Red/Human and Autisman at SoLow Fest
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Meet the Mediums is an impossible comedy about a family of fortune-tellers, time-wrinklers and spiritualists, or—more accurately—mediums, who live an eccentric life in the tumultuous 1930s. There’s Ms. McMedium, a savvy suffragette who channels her clairvoyant abilities from ordinary newspapers; her husband, Mr. Medium, a quarterback savant that’s unaware of what’s going on at the present moment but always knows what will happen 20 seconds into the future; The Medium Sisters, twin philosopher musicians who speak with the spirits but haven’t spoken to each other in 17 years; and then there’s Junior, that feckless weak-chinned boy—will he ever amount to anything besides his constant sniveling and skulking? Perhaps he just needs some rousing words from President Roosevelt…or maybe a girlfriend. But what will happen when a guitar-toting stranger’s car breaks down near the Medium Mansion? Or when the professor of paranormality pops in to play the ukulele? Or when a mysterious voice inside your head warns you not to move the chewing gum from its hiding place beneath the divan—you’d better do what it says, hadn’t you? These questions, and so many more, shall be asked—and maybe even answered—in Meet the Mediums.
Starring Morgan FitzPatrick Andrews, Dorie Byrne, Sarah Gladwin Camp, Dana Haberern, Kimya Imani Jackson, Mason Rosenthal and Travis Sehorn. Production and stage management by Amy Capomacchio, costumes by Rebecca Kanach, music direction by Dorie Byrne. Written and directed by Morgan FitzPatrick Andrews and the Mediums with production help from Amy Hufnagel.
Meet the Mediums premiered at Rutherfurd Hall in March of 2013. An excerpt was featured in May of 2013 at Goddard College's Alternative Media Conference.
Current status: Being reimagined as a musical.
An eccentric preacher, a star-gazing lawyer, a mysterious servant girl, and some wayward wildlife are the stars of The Sea of Tranquility, a play set across many centuries of New Jersey’s folkloric history and performed for the grand rooms of Rutherfurd Hall. When the audience steps through the doors, we all become ghosts in a place where day and night, springtime and autumn, the 1940s and the 1490s all happen at once. A cast of musicians, dancers and theater-makers use antique modes of storytelling, such as the newspaper column, the radio drama, the illustrated scientific lecture and yes, live theater, to unveil tales from obtuse angles. The Sea of Tranquility is a play where walls have ears, panthers speak their minds, and young women defy gravity to take us beyond the stratosphere and dance softly upon the surface of the moon.
Starring Morgan FitzPatrick Andrews, Sarah Gladwin Camp, Stephen Dahmer, Dana Haberern, Daniel McNamara, Mason Rosenthal and Alie Vidich. Written and directed by Morgan FitzPatrick Andrews and the Mediums, with production support from Amy Hufnagel.
Premiered at Rutherfurd Hall in March of 2012. Excerpts have since appeared at the Bread & Puppet Theater, Great Small Works' International Toy Theater Festival and elsewhere.
Current status: Available for remount.