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BLOODBATH: VICTORIA'S SECRET
As "Tori Piper," Victoria Leigh was once the darling of mid-to-late eighties low-budget horror—she was the go-to final girl of a dozen or so B-level slashers. Then she filmed the cult classic Sorority Bloodbath, a cinema verité horror film plagued by rumors of sinister occurrences on-set. Then she vanished, fueling a subset of fan conspiracy theories.
Fast forward to 1999, where Victoria Leigh is planning a quiet New Year’s Eve dinner with her girlfriend, but things aren’t working out. People keep showing up at the apartment, and some of them may have sinister intentions. Add in a crazed young wanna-be agent and Tori’s former lover / co-star who has hidden motivations of her own, and the pressure and terror mounts quickly for the former scream queen.
Bloodbath debuted at the Magnetic Theater in Asheville on October 15th, 2021, directed by the author and starring Lauren Otis, Matilyn Hull, George Heard, Sonia D'Andrea, Stephanie Nusbaum, and Casey Steen.
When Mark and Kristen James move into an old house in another town, it feels like the perfect opportunity to escape their recent tragedy and start afresh. But the new neighbors have their own secrets, and the neighborhood may be as haunted as the James’ own past.
A classic ghost story in the tradition of M.R. James and Peter Straub, Grave Lullaby was a National Finalist for the 2013 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival David Cohen Playwriting Award. Grave Lullaby's first professional production was at the Magnetic Theater in Asheville, NC in 2018, directed by the author and starring Carrie Kimbrell Kimzey, Adam Lentini, Serena Dotson-Smith, Murphy Funkhouser-Capps, Jason Williams, and Rodney Smith.
The Final Interview
Aspiring journalist Olivia Blake has landed an interview with her childhood idol, Terry Tempest, lead singer of the punk band The Storm. It could be the making of her career, but she knows that the reclusive punk rocker is notorious for abusing interviewers, that is when he doesn’t just ditch the interview altogether. Olivia brings her friend and fellow Storm fanatic Stacy along for luck, and they are shown to Terry’s hotel room by The Storm’s manager Joey. Terry is none too happy to discover two “twelve-year-old fangirls” in his hotel room, and even more unhappy when Joey locks them in the room until he agrees to give an interview. The discovery of not one but two guns hidden in the room lead to the uncovering of secrets from all four characters; suicide, attempted murder, fandom, and grief intertwine in the bloodsoaked finale. Terry Tempest debuted at the Magnetic Theater in Asheville in 2017, directed by Rodney Smith and starring Hayley Heninger, Carrie Kimbrell Kimzey, Cody Magouirk, and Pasquale LaCorte.
Production photos from the Magnetic Theater, March, 2017: