Summer vacation is here, and for some people, that means a trip to the beach. For others, it means a trip to a secluded cabin in the woods, where things don’t always go as planned. This summer, Bootless Stageworks invites you to accompany five students to the abandoned cabin to end their 2014-2015 season with their annual Bloody Summer Stage production of Evil Dead: the Musical.
This hilarious, gory musical splices together all three original Evil Dead movies into one plot, but doesn’t skimp on the one-liners, the camp, or most especially the blood. Director Rosanne DellAversano promises that there will be plenty of blood: “Where other theaters offer a “Splash Zone” or a Splatter Zone that really only gets you a bit moist, Bootless has perfected the art of drenching an audience in blood. This year, we’ve gone so far as to rename the Splatter Zone to The Pit. All I will say right now is that it involves a pond liner.”
Not every seat will be covered, though- there will be plenty of places to sit without fear of splatter. Only those seated in the Pit are advised not to wear anything or bring anything they don’t want destroyed. DellAversano assures Geekadelphia that “Yes, we make it rain blood.” If it isn’t waterproof, don’t bring it. If you’re worried about it staining, don’t wear it.
For the first time, Bootless is able to present their Bloody Summer Stage production in their new permanent home at St. Stephen’s Church in Wilmington, DE. This has created a unique challenge for the production, causing the construction of an upstairs loft to accommodate all of the set needs for the musical, because as DellAversano points out: “when you can’t build out, you build up.”
Beyond their new home and copious blood, Bootless boasts a cast of Bloody Summer Stage alumni- Karina Balfour (Linda), Shaun Yates (Ed), Katey O’Conner (Annie), Colleen McGinnis (Cheryl), Meg Falasco (Shelly,) Jason Webb (Jake,) Justin Walsh (Scotty,) and Ryan Mulholland as the boomstick-toting icon Ash.
Tickets are limited, and historically, Bootless’s Bloody Summer Stage productions have sold out. DellAversano advises buying tickets in advance: “Buying your tickets online not only guarantees you a seat but it also saves you money. Tickets at the door are $5 more. That’s enough for a beer and a snack.” Who could argue with that logic?
Comedy though it might be, Evil Dead: The Musical is still Evil Dead. Violence and strong language will be in attendance, so while there is not an age limit, please be aware.
Evil Dead the Musical
July 10, 11, 17, and 18 at 8pm
1301 N. Broom Street, Wilmington, DE 19806
You can get your tickets directly from Bootless Stageworks!