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THE DEAD DREAM MACHINE Continues at at La Luz Through 10/13

RAGING SQUID INK & ERIC SCHMALENBERGER are pleased to announce the world premiere production of Jake Thomas' THE DEAD DREAM MACHINE, which will play a limited engagement, from September 18 - October 13, at La Luz (135 Thames Street, Brooklyn, NY). Previews are Wednesday, September 18 & Thursday, September 19, opening on Friday, September 20. THE DEAD DREAM MACHINE features direction & choreography by Around the World in 80 Days' Rachel Klein & video art direction by Sean Gill. Ben Kato is the lighting designer, with scenic design by Evan Collier, costume design by Juanita Cardenas & the RKP Ensemble Costume Collection, puppet design by Elena Delgado & original music by Sean Hagerty.

THE DEAD DREAM MACHINE is an interdisciplinary horror anthology written by Jake Thomas & is the debut production at La Luz Art Space in Brooklyn. The production features frightening & fun fast-paced nightmare scenarios, aerial acrobatics, video art, puppetry, magic & a terrifying twist on classical ballet.

Rachel Klein is a theatre director, choreographer & costume/production designer, recently coined "The Mistress of the Macabre" by Flavorpill. Her production of Around the World in 80 Days received rave reviews for both the production & Klein ("Endlessly clever" New York Post, "inventive" by TheaterMania & "a new generation's Julie Taymor" by Woman Around Town) & is currently running Off-Broadway at the New Theater at 45th Street. Recent credits include the Mondo Cane Dance Commission from Dixon Place to create her dance & circus nightmare-scape, Symphony of Shadows & the critically acclaimed morbid fantasia The Tragedy of Maria Macabre. Rachel is set to direct the Off-Broadway-bound rock 'n roll musical Gay Bride of Frankenstein, which she directed at the inaugural iStar Theater Lab, followed by an industry reading. Her other productions include Go-Go Killers! a 1960's retro-futuristic dance drama about gang debs on the loose, All Kinds of Shifty Villains, a pulp noir portrayal of a man losing his mind & a Neo-Victorian interpretation of A Midsummer Night's Dream. She was nominated for an Innovative Theater Award for "Outstanding Director of a Play" & for "Outstanding Choreography/Movement," for the aerial musical spectacular, Circus of Circus at the House of Yes. Her choreographic work has been presented all over the city including at the Kitchen, La MaMa, Theater for the New City, DUMBO Dance Festival, Night of 1000 Stevies, legendary rock 'n roll club Don Hill's, Galapagos Art Space, (le) Poisson Rouge, HOWL Festival & 45 Bleecker Street. Miss Klein holds a BA in theatrical directing from Columbia College, is the recipient of an Emerging Artist's Residency from the Tides Foundation, is an alumnus of the International Director's Symposium in Spoleto, Italy & is an Associate Member of the SDC.

The cast is comprised of a mélange of downtown luminaries, actors, circus performers, burlesque stars, comedians & nightlife personalities including Michael Porsche, Robyn Nielsen, Jillaine Gill (all members of the Rachel Klein Theater Ensemble), Elena Delgado, Brian Joseph Ferree, Nicki Miller (aerialists from the House of Yes & Circus Warehouse) burlesque diva Darlinda Just Darlinda, late night icon Michael Cavadias, famed seductress Arden Leigh, party impresario Eric Schmalenberger, the Love Show's emcee, David F. Slone, Esq., magician Greg Dubin aka the Great Dubini, the prima ballerina of burlesque Aurora Black, fashion icon Malia Scharf & seasoned actorsAmanda Peck, Charlie Wilson & Chris Cipriano. Each performance will feature a special guest artist in the role of the Shaman, releasing sexy demon dancers from a Lovecraftian portal of hell... into a nightclub.

Photos © 2013 Michael Blase

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