The Visceral Company to Stage H.P. Lovecraft's The Call of Cthulhu

Sep 4, 2014
The Call of Cthulhu

The Visceral Company, winner of "best LA theater season" accolades for 2013 from review aggregate site Bitter Lemons, is pleased to present the world premiere of an all-new adaptation of H.P. LOVECRAFT'S "THE CALL OF CTHULHU" for the 2014 Halloween season.

H.P. LOVECRAFT'S "THE CALL OF CTHULHU" is based on the short story originally published in 1928 and widely considered to be one of the most important and enduring works by Lovecraft, the godfather of modern horror. From the same creative team behind last year's highly acclaimed, sold-out Lovecraft: Nightmare Suite, this production of H.P. LOVECRAFT'S "THE CALL OF CTHULHU" is adapted and performed by NY Drama Desk nominee Frank Blocker (Southern Gothic Novel) and developed and directed by Visceral's artistic director and LA Weekly Theater Award winner Dan Spurgeon. Blocker performs all 9 characters in the show, from a Brown University archaeologist, to a New Orleans police detective, to a Norwegian sailor and his wife. All of these personae are linked together across several decades, caught up in the mystery of an ancient, frightful clay idol of the alien god Cthulhu, the cult that worships him - and the doomsday his awakening will bring. H.P. LOVECRAFT'S "THE CALL OF CTHULHU" will play Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 pm and Sunday matinees at 3 pm, from September 19 through November 9, 2014, at the Lex Theatre, 6760 Lexington Ave., Hollywood, CA. Official opening night is Friday, September 26. Tickets are $20 for all performances and are available at There are special preview performances September 19-21 with all tickets just $10. Parental guidance is recommended for young children. Due to the nature of the performance, there can be no late seating. Set and puppet design is by Johnny Burton, lighting design by Joshua Silva, sound design and original music by Tyler Burton, technical direction by Ben Womick, and costume design by Moe Marks. The Visceral Company, called "LA's premiere horror theatre troupe" by Fangoria magazine, specializes in works that explore the dark, strange, and macabre -- killer shows from darker places. We hope to encourage further onstage exploration of the horror, thriller, and science fiction genres, which have been underrepresented in theatre, and to build an appreciation of theatre in the younger audiences that are traditionally drawn to them.

This production is presented under the AEA LA 99-Seat Theatre Plan.