BELFAST — Fresh off the heels of its production of “Five Socially-distanced Comedies,” Belfast Maskers is taking a darker turn with “Tales From the Muck,” an anthology of short horror plays. Presented on the last two weekends of October, the shows will be performed outside of the theater at 17 Court Street, with socially-distanced seating in the street.
Local director and actor Erik Perkins decided to organize the production with Maskers artistic director Meg Nickerson after performing in the last show with his wife, Katie Glessner.
“We were impressed at how well that event came together,” said Maskers, in a news release. “Theater-starved audiences loved it, so I stole the idea and applied it to one of my favorite genres. I always like to do or see something dark or creepy in the Fall, so what we’re putting together here is an homage to the old anthology shows like Tales of Tomorrow, Twilight Zone, or Stephen King and George Romero’s film Creepshow.
“Tales From the Muck” will feature five short plays, introduced by the legendary Muck Witch, and featuring a cast of Maskers favorites that will take theatergoers on a journey through the haunted past, the frozen arctic, outer space, and beyond the grave.
All recommended social-distancing and sanitation recommendations will be followed and, as a result, just 45 seats will be available for each evening’s performance, and can only be purchased online at BefastMaskers.com.
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Performances will be October 23, 24, 29, and 30, at 7 p.m., and two shows on Halloween, October 31 — a 5 p.m. show that will be toned down a bit for younger audiences, though parental discretion is still advised — and a final show at 7 p.m.