Photo Flash: First Look at NEIL TOBIN, NECROMANCER: NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCE at Rosehill Cemetery
Direct from winning the IndyFringe Theatre Festival's Audience Choice Award, Neil Tobin, Necromancer: Near Death Experience is bringing thought-provoking theatre to Chicago's historic Rosehill Cemetery. Chicago-area writer/producer/ performer Neil Tobin performs six interactive, magical, site-specific solo shows about mortality at the rarely open to the public May Chapel on the grounds of Rosehill Cemetery, 5800 N. Ravenswood Ave. Performances are 60 minutes and begin at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 10; Sunday, March 11; Saturday, April 14; Sunday, April 15; Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6. Tickets are $25 - $30 and available at neardeathx.com.
This is no horror show or cheap, spooky thrill. Tobin maintains a sophisticated tone, deftly fusing mortality and mystery into a life-affirming experience that's smart, darkly humorous, never scary and completely entertaining. According to Tobin, "this show is ultimately about the good that comes from improving our relationship with mortality." So, though it does contain magical performance elements, this is no children's show.
Underscoring this exploration of life and death is the exceptional location: one of the most history-rich cemeteries in the nation. Rosehill Cemetery is on the National Registry of Historic Places; and its Gothic and Romanesque designed May Chapel - built in 1899 and rarely open to the public - provides a fitting setting for the proceedings.
Photo Credit: Jonathan Cohon, Prism Studios