"Blood Rose Rising" opens tomorrow night at Naga in Central Square -- a serial ghost story combining magic, music, and gothic satire in one of Cambridge's hippest nightspots.
Full disclosure: I'm an investor, and hope to make my money back.
Fun disclosure: I'll be "hostessing" some of the performances as a character I've developed, The Housekeeper. You'll like The Housekeeper. She's like Miss Conduct, only mean.
I love everything about this show. It was invented by Ben Evett, the genius behind Actors' Shakespeare Project. It's the story of a Boston community college professor who is the estranged son of a long, distinguished line of scientists, quacks, and madmen, who falls in love with a beautiful ghost. The ghost, Rose, has a few ... special needs ... and Robert's attempt to meet those needs, and keep his beautiful Rose on the material plane forever, drives the plot.
We'll be running the first three episodes from now through November 18.
Here are some shots from last night's tech rehearsal:
And this, this is a quote from Nightmare on Main Street by Mark Edmundson:
That's what we're going for. That's it, really. The gothic is crazy and over-the-top and impossible, but it's psychologically real. You may not have a literal evil twin who is trying to kill you ... but some part of you is, isn't it? You may not be haunted by an actual ectoplasmic ghost ... but rather by your student loans. The haunted house is the subconscious.
Come haunt with me!
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