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GOREFEST: The Gruesome Tale of Penny Dreadful

“A Show about Hearts and Other Organs”

October 23 - November 1, 2014

Eventbrite - Gorefest    


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Click to read about GoreFest on our Blog

(Clockwise from top left) Jimi McEvoy as Darius Nobble and Lauren Robinson as Penny Dreadful, Matt Walczak as Doctor Listenburg and Liz Roderick as Madame Listenburg, Lauren Robinson, Liz Roderick, and Jimi McEvoy. Photo Credit: Scott Istvan.

An ImprovBoston tradition, GoreFest is an intimate splatter musical with a steampunk vibe, dripping with unidentifiable bodily fluids and lacking in good taste. This year's revival of The Gruesome Tale of Penny Dreadful puts the audience on its feet and brings the actors up close for a fully immersive experience. Dismemberment, disfigurement, disgust and dancing abound in Penny Dreadful, a Victorian-era love story that meets bawdy original musical comedy. ImprovBoston's GoreFest is part campy, part Broadway, part haunted house and all hilarious.
Running Time: 75 Minutes
Originally created by Don Schuerman
Book by Don Schuerman, Music by Steve Gilbane, Lyrics by Don Schuerman and Steve Gilbane
Executive Producer - Don Schuerman

Show Dates & Times

All shows are located in ImprovBoston's Studio Theater at 40 Prospect St, Central Square Cambridge

Show Schedule
Thursday, October 23, 8pm SOLD OUT
Friday, October 24, 7:30pm SOLD OUT 
Friday, October 24, 9:30pm (show added) SOLD OUT
Saturday, October 25, 7:30pm SOLD OUT
Saturday, October 25, 9:30PM (show added)         
Sunday, October 26, 7:30pm SOLD OUT
Thursday, October 30, 8pm SOLD OUT
Friday, October 31, 7:30pm SOLD OUT 
Friday, October 31, 9:30pm SOLD OUT
Saturday, November 1, 7:30pm
Saturday, November 1, 9:30pm (show added) 
Creative Team
Matt Chapuran - Director
Steve Sarro - Musical Director
Julia Deegler - Choreographer
Emily Rosser - Costume Designer
Sam Monk - Gore/Effects Designer
Kimberly Margolis - Properties Designer
Bobby Smithney - Puppet Design
Ethan Selby - Drums & Percussion 
Production Team
Christine Toohey - Producer
Josh Garneau - Technical Director
Caitlin Mason - Stage Manager
Jake Marino - Assistant Stage Manager
Padraic O’Connor - Marketing Associate
Stirling Smith - Production Associate
Aries Custom Works - Scenic Construction
Jimi McEvoy - Master Carpenter
Mac Gostow - Public Relations
Matt Walczak - Graphic Design and Video Production
Julia Deegler - Bart
Mac Gostow - Lord Bosleby
Ciarán Grumley - Art
Sarah Jacobs - Angie Nobble
Jimi McEvoy - Darius Nobble
Lauren Robinson - Penny Dreadful
Liz Roderick - Madame Listenburg
Bryan Smith - Lord Farquart-Hill
Matt Walczak - Doctor Listenburg
Special Thanks
Lynn Wilcott, Michelle Boncek, Arwen Miller, Allison Olivia Choat, Joe Gels and Boston Latin School, The Post-Meridian Radio Players, Flat Earth Theatre, Will Luera, Ruth Roudiez, Mike Cox, Chico, John Myers, Katja Ruf, Phil and Diane McAvoy, Del Close, Rachel Klein, Jeff Perry, Brian Donnelly, Andrew Lloyd Webber, For Eyes, Ronna Margolis, Danny Balel, Jackie Presedo, Maya Roderick and John Serpico.


GoreFest is a special ImprovBoston event - there will be no LivingSocial or Amazon Local vouchers accepted. Thanks!

BEWARE: Audience members may be splattered in fake blood, guts, and gore. Dress for the season. 

Check out the following GoreFest posts on our blog!

The Cast of Gorefest 
Spotlight on Music Director Steve Sarro
Spotlight on Director Matt Chapuran
Spotlight on Costumer Designer Emily Rosser