The NEON Arts District was definitely the place to be in Hampton Roads this weekend, and that was no exception this past Saturday evening for those who came out to the debut performance of the 666 Project at the Push Comedy Theater. Brad McMurran, one of the original Pushers and co-owner of the Push Comedy Theater, said he and fellow Pushers came up with the idea for the “666 Project: A Horror Anthology” show back in 2006. Fast forward nine years later and the production is finally a reality, with performances running up to Halloween.
No two nights of the 666 Project will end the same way. I may just need to check it out again myself to see how the story ends on that particular night.
Okay, so what is this 666 show about anyway? Besides being jam packed with horror inspired sketch comedy, the concept was that there would be six different writers, six directors, and six actors, all locals, who would come together to bring six short comedy/horror shows to the stage. The call went out months ago and the response was exciting and overwhelming at the same time. Assistant producer and stage manager Amber Nettles said they received 30 scripts and over 25 people auditioned for the six acting parts, but it was narrowed down to the following talented individuals/groups.
Directed by: Garney Johnson, The Core Theatre Ensemble, Jill Sweetland, Brendan Hoyle, Christopher Bernhardt and The Pushers.
Written by: Evan Grummell, Brant Powell, John Sharp, Matt Cole, Sean Devereux and Brad McMurran.
Starring: Nancy Dickerson, Rob Williams, Barrett Sigmon, Kat Schultze, Noelle Peterson and Rafael Henriquez
Without spilling the beans too much I’ll tell you the six stories were blended together seamlessly around the the future “demise” of the Push Comedy Theater, which was written by John Sharp. He wrote the story as a stand alone piece, but it worked perfectly the way it was tweaked to give the entire performance a cohesiveness it otherwise would have lacked. It’s tough to pick a favorite story or scene, but you just gotta love any poker game where Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees are at the table. That and this photo (above) are all you’re getting out of me; you’ll have to experience the rest for yourself.
I have been to over 20 shows at this theater, and now that I think about it I may have even taught yoga classes in this place, but there has been nothing at “The Push” quite like this before. It was a really fun ride with great story lines, lots of laughs, and very creative stage sets.
Mark your calendars and get your laugh-loving-scary-selves and friends out one of the these five stellar, definitely not kid friendly, performances on either October 22, 23, 24, 30 or 31st. All shows start at 8pm.Tickets are $15 (worth every penny) and are available at 666 Project Tickets or pushcomedytheater.com