No Proscenium: LA
THE SPOOKY SEASON
The Guide to Immersive Entertainment in Greater LA
THE TIME IS UPON US.
Every year LA goes gaga for all things Halloween.
Every year the start of this "Spooky Season" seems to creep forward, like some eldritch thing left unattended by its inept jailers.
Lo, Spooky Season is here and it is glorious.
The format of the newsletter changes during Spooky Season. You'll still find that which is NEW THIS ISSUE (spooky or no) right at the front, followed by the SPOOKY SEASON section, and then the NOT SO SPOOKY section. Hey, you never really know with some of this stuff, right?
Finally the ONGOING, ADVENTURES, and ON THE HORIZON sections bring up the rear.
That assumes you survive: there are 23 listings in this issue. Including a lucky 13 brand new entries. Better get some coffee. Or some booze. Ah, hell, hedge your bets: get both.
Here's another tool for your Spooky Season planning: the My Haunt Life calendar.
This week's episode of the podcast features an interview with Mike and Russell of My Haunt Life, who share their top picks for the season. You can access the full calendar--which really is a calendar and it really is full--to find everything from the big corporate mazes (Universal, Knott's) to home haunts! It's a great resource if you like variety in your scares and want to spend every waking minute making sure you'll never sleep again.
Speaking of the podcast, we've had a great run of episodes. Our conversation with Darren Lynn Bousman, creator of The Tension Experience, is one of the best we've ever had. The episode takes a lot of the themes that we've been talking about over the past year and puts them all in one place. If you've never bothered with the podcast I'd say this one is the one to mess with.
We've also talked with the folks behind Wicked Lit, have another with actor/creator Jenapher Zheng ready and Zay--our New York curator--is eager to sit down for another of our "After Dark" episodes. I can't wait.
Meanwhile, if you're willing to go off the immersive/interactive track and just want to see some great theatre this September allow me to point you in the direction of Four Lark's The Temptation of St. Anthony. It's one of the best shows I've seen in LA. Period. (I liked it so much, that I used a photo from it for this issue's header.)
Before we go: this here newsletter only works because you help us find great stuff. Like our reader Alyssa did this week. THANKS Alyssa! Use the links below to contact us with your finds. We can also, as always, use your help with keeping the newsletter and podcast afloat by having you become a Patreon backer. As little as $1 a month goes a long way. (We're going to start having to pay for Mailchimp soon.)
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I'll see you at the show,
Image: from Four Lark's The Temptation of St. Anthony