Dark House Theater, New York’s first theater company to focus solely on horror plays, is crowdfunding for their first full season with an Indiegogo campaign which has raised 55% of its goal in the first two weeks. Founded two years ago by Brian Murray Williams and a few friends, Dark House Theater has produced DEAD OF WINTER, an evening of creepy campfire tales and cocktails, and DARK RITES OF SPRING, an immersive theater experience and party held at La Sala in Williamsburg.
During their first full season, the indie company will present four productions, opening with EAST IN RED by playwright and UFO researcher Ryan Sprague. In October, Dark House will produce Sprague’s re-imagining of Jack the Ripper, set in New York’s Alphabet City in 1998. Williams will direct. In February, two world premieres will comprise the first DARK HOUSE DOUBLE FEATURE. DOUBLE DOUBLE by Emily Bennett is a witchy revenge fantasy, and THE POND by musician Mat Probasco is a short and disturbing psychedelic musical. The Spring production will take on one of horror’s most indelible characters. The title of the show will be revealed following the end of the campaign.
The company is attempting to raise $5,000 to fulfill basic budgetary needs for the first season, but hopes to raise more, so that the productions can be as fully realized as possible. They are offering stickers, show tickets, season subscriptions, curated playlists, and even special access to an original radio play as perks for contributions. The campaign is currently live at https://igg.me/at/darkhousenyc
Brian Murray Williams founded Dark House Theater as an extension of his lifelong love of theater and horror. He grew up in Dothan, AL, watching every slasher movie, and reading every Stephen King book and Tennessee Williams play he could get his hands on. He studied Theater at Auburn University and The University of Florida, where he performed and directed regularly. He has worked regionally and in New York as an actor and director. He is the Artistic Director of Dark House Theater.