Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Best of Fresh Blood 2014

LA PETITE MORGUE is proud to announce our selections for The Best of Fresh Blood 2014! We have received over 270 submissions, and since the Fresh Blood reading series began in August 2012, we have shared over FIFTY short horror plays with our audience. Every playwright who has had their work read at Fresh Blood should be proud of their work. Narrowing down our choices was very difficult, but we are pleased to be producing the following works of horror this July:

The next step is to recruit some fearless directors - so, if you know any masochists with God complexes, please, send them our way - and once we have built our team, we will be announce our audition dates. In the meantime, don’t forget to join us on Wednesday, April 2 for Fresh Blood: Revenge Served Cold, 8pm at The Dressing Room.

Seeking Fearless Directors

We have the dates! We have the times! We have the shows! And now we need the directors to bring The Best of Fresh Blood to life! If you are interested in directing, you can send your resume to: LaPetiteMorgue@gmail.com. If you’re not sold on the idea, here’s some more information:
What We’re Offering:
  • Your choice of scripts. We will let you read the selected scripts and choose the one you like best. If you don’t like any of the scripts, no hard feelings! We’ll still keep your resume on file for next time. You won’t get stuck directing a script you don’t like. That’s for people who are getting a paycheck.
  • Fancy lighting and a real sound system. The space (Stage Left Studio) has an actual light board and sound board, and an operator to run them. No need to bring your own heat lamps or run the sound cues off your iPod - LPM is moving up in the world!
  • Air conditioned performance space. If you’ve ever done a show in July that didn’t offer AC, you realize how important this is.
  • An assistant. Not only do you get to boss around your actors (that is why Kellie directs plays), you also get to boss around (within reason) a wannabe future director - someone with limited directing experience who wants to study at your feet, learn from you, and more importantly, be on book when actors call “Line?”
  • Help finding props and costumes. We can’t promise to reimburse you for all of your expenses, but we can promise to help you buy, beg, borrow, and/or steal what you need from our vast network of fans and horror enthusiasts.
  • Marketing, publicity, and programs. Yes, we want you to invite your family and friends. When it comes to indie theatre, word of mouth is the most important form of marketing. But the burdens of writing the press release, printing the programs, running the box office, sucking up to critics, and otherwise attempting to drum up an audience is on the company, not on you.
  • A special effects makeup designer/artist. To handle any special effects makeup your show may need! (Not to do your laundry. Pervert.)
  • All the Fake Blood you can drink. It’s sticky, but delicious!
  • We can help you find your cast, but you are under no obligation to use “our” actors. If you have friends you want to work with, you can skip the auditions and recruit them.
  • You determine your own rehearsal schedule, with the exception of a communal first read-through (TBA), tech rehearsal/dress rehearsal (July 16), and performances (July 17-19).
  • You get to see the other shows for free. Depending on how fundraising goes, you might even be able to bring a guest.
  • Our undying gratitude.*
But wait, there’s more!

  • A sweet Letter of Recommendation and/or the ability to list Kellie and/or Chelsea as a Professional Reference. (I have been a reference for two people, and both were hired. That means: I have a 100% success rate.)
  • Swag. Your very own BOFB Poster or a custom-made LPM T-Shirt.
  • A credit on your resume. You can say that you directed a reading in Manhattan! You don’t have to tell anyone that you did it in exchange for a Bloody Mary and a high five!
  • A Bloody Mary and a high five. 
  • First shot at being hired for paid directing gigs in the future if/when the company offers any.
* Previously defined here.

Your Qualifications:
  • Free of conflicts for July 16-19, 2014.
  • Personal traits: Organized, reliable, punctual, flexible, and ridiculously brave.
  • Leadership Skills - otherwise known as The Ability to Boss People Around When They’re Not Getting Paid To Do What You Say.
  • Willing to rehearse in Creative Places, or pay for your own rehearsal space. (Previous LPM shows have rehearsed in: director’s apartments, public parks, bars, coffee shops, lobbies, and large hallways.) We will be providing the space for the communal auditions, communal first read-through, tech/dress rehearsal, and performances. We will help you as much as we can to find cheap or free rehearsal space. But ultimately, you have to be willing to shell out some dollars, or rehearse in your kitchen. This is NYC, after all.
  • Previous directing or stage managing experience, in some capacity.
  • Ability to catch bullets in your teeth, and leap tall buildings in a single bound. (Just seeing if you’re paying attention.)
We hope that you will consider directing for La Petite Morgue. We would hate for you to miss out on the fun!
Monday, March 10, 2014

Upcoming Fresh Blood Themes!

Hey, scary playwrights!

It gives me great pleasure to announce that we are currently seeking horror & suspense plays for the following themes:

"Revenge Served Cold"
Submissions due by: March 24, 2014
Reading: April 2, 2014

"Prom Night"
Submissions due by: April 16, 2014
Reading: May 7, 2014

Make sure to review our general submission guidelines, then send your play to: lapetitemorgue@gmail.com


Thursday, March 6, 2014

"Seven Years" by Margaret Donahue

Did you miss Fresh Blood last night? Check out this video of the La Petite Morgue crew reading Seven Years by Margaret Donahue! And don’t forget to join us April 2 for the next edition of Fresh Blood!
Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Seeking New Hunting Grounds, and other plans in the works

Planning has begun for the next edition of The Best of Fresh Blood. If you weren’t around last April, The Best of Fresh Blood is where Chelsea and I choose the best plays from this year’s reading series and decide which ones to fully stage, with sets, lights, costumes, props, special effects - the works!

We’ve launched a fundraising campaign to help with our expenses, but there are lots of other things we need your help with. First and foremost, we’re looking for the right venue. It has to be on the cheap side, but with enough room backstage to hold our fabulous actors, ideally without giving them claustrophobia. The ideal venue would be centrally located in NYC, with a dark and creepy atmosphere, a lobby or waiting area for patrons (as opposed to making people wait in stairways). If you work at a venue - or you just happen to own an abandoned butcher shop in Midtown - we want to hear from you!

Also, if you’re interested in volunteering your time and energy to direct or stage manage a play, or help with a technical or design element, feel free to let us know. Actors, standby for audition announcements. And playwrights, it’s not too late to send your scripts, we still have a Fresh Blood or two left this year!

Friday, November 8, 2013

New Deadly Nights Video

Do you like music videos where hipsters die bloody? Then watch and enjoy!

Follow Deadly Nights on facebook for updates.
Thursday, November 7, 2013

News From Our Performers & Writers

Last night, we held our second edition of Fresh Blood at The Dressing Room Boutique & Bar, featuring plays by Trystin Bailey, Ria Hill, and Eric LaRocca. If you missed the fun - or you’re just hungry for more - check out these upcoming events:
  • Aleks Merilo, writer of Bloody Mary, will see Sanguine Theatre Company premiere his new play Exit 37, November 7-10 & 13-17. 
  • Chelsea Holland is featured in M is for Mammary, a short film from the “The ABC’s of Horror” competition, now available for viewing online.
  • Adriana Jones will be singing in And You Were Wonderful, a new musical production, November 8-10 at the National Academy Museum.
  • Molly Lisenco performs with her comedy group The Internet Disagrees With You, November 8 in Astoria. 
  • Elizabeth Weitzen stars in We Might Be Superheroes, a campy-fun web series by Amusement Films.
  • Lisa Huberman, writer of Ghost-Busted and Heart/Succor, will have her short Life Play read as part of New Light Theatre’s Dark Room Series, November 14 & 15 at Access Theatre.
And, on the off-chance that you’re in New Jersey and enjoy suspense plays, make sure you check out True Story by EM Lewis at Passage Theatre in Trenton, November 7-24.

If anyone has any short horror plays that are related to PROM, please send it immediately to: lapetitemorgue@gmail.com - The next edition of Fresh Blood will be on Wednesday, December 4, so check back for details, my little ghouls and goblins!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

November Theme: It’s Crazy!

Next month’s Fresh Blood theme will be Lunatics & Lost Souls. Send us your short horror plays about mental illness, psycho killers, hallucinations, the institutionalized & the incarcerated. Please send your plays to lapetitemorgue@gmail.com by October 26; readings will be held November 6.
Thursday, August 29, 2013

News From Our Performers & Writers

It’s a busy time of year for La Petite Morgue’s actors and playwrights! In addition to the latest installment of FRESH BLOOD on September 4 at Happy Ending, these are a few shows this month featuring familiar faces:
  • Adriana Jones opens her one-woman show Vivien On the Rocks on September 5 at Theatre Row.
  • Amanda Berry is performing in The Oedipus Project with New Light Theater, September 5-15.
  • Lisa Huberman's LIFE PLAY premieres as part of the new competitive one-act festival at The Secret Theatre, September 6, 8, 13 & 15. Lisa is the author of Heart/Succor and Ghost-Busted, as well as an LPM guest-blogger.
  • Joe Brofcak's I Can Build You will be presented by the Endangered Artists Sanctuary, September 11-15 at the Producers Club. You may remember Joe’s plays In Sickness, Endless Tomorrows, and/or The State. I Can Build You is directed by frequent-Fresh-Blooder Yuriy Pavlish, and the cast includes Joe Caintic and Aaron Kapner.
I also want to mention that The Dead Dream Machine is playing September 18 - October 13 at La Luz. Make sure you check it out - us horror people have to stick together.

Are you involved with a show this month in the NYC area that you’d like us to mention? Drop us a line at: lapetitemorgue@gmail.com

And don’t forget to submit your ghostly new short plays for FRESH BLOOD: Conversations With Dead People. The deadline to submit is September 21, and the selected plays will be read on October 2.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Upcoming “Fresh Blood” Reading Events

Hey, writers! You only have two days left to submit your short “Break-Ups From Hell” horror play for us to read at Fresh Blood on Wednesday, September 7

We’re also accepting plays to read at Fresh Blood on Wednesday, October 2, when our theme will be “Conversations With Dead People”. The deadline for that theme isn’t until September 21. Even if you don’t have a short horror play with ghosts in it just lying around, you still have time to write one especially for us!

We at La Petite Morgue are always accepting submissions for our Fresh Blood Reading Series, which takes place the first Wednesday night of each month at 8pm at Happy Ending Lounge - 302 Broome Street in downtown Manhattan. Please read our full submission guidelines and send your submission to: LaPetiteMorgue@gmail.com

And don’t forget to join us for Fresh Blood: Break-Ups From Hell on Wednesday, September 7 at 8:00, which will feature In The Basement by Julia Rae Maldonado. You get to see our lovely acting ensemble read new works of horror, drink, and give us your opinion on the ones you’d like to see us produce. There is no charge for admission, and it’s a great way to get involved in making horror happen in NYC.

Until then - stay scary, New York!