Nine tales of terror heads to final weekend at Shelterbelt

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October 24th, 2012

Omaha, NE – There’s still time to catch a few tales of terror before Halloween.

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The Shelterbelt is a small theater in the heart of midtown Omaha with a mission to produce new and original works. Each year, it accepts script submissions from all over the region – and the world, and for the past 17 years, the Shelterbelt has continued a tradition around this time of year of showcasing some ghoulish tales to set the mood for Halloween.

Shelter Skelter: Nine Tales of Terror runs through Oct. 27th at the Shelterbelt Theater at 3225 California St.

Craig Bond, executive director of the Shelterbelt, said this year the theater is staging nine brand new plays. “They range from intellectual terror to in-your-face blood,” he said. “It’s a good mix of plays and subject matter.”

The plays of Shelter Skelter: Nine Tales of Terror are connected by a theme this year. Each is inspired by the work of the classically macabre poet Edgar Allen Poe. Bond said some are modern re-imaginings of his work, and others are inspired re-tellings. Each of the nine plays, which run back to back, is about eight to five minutes long, Bond said, and the theater’s intimate setting adds an element of intensity to the performances.

“It’s a lot more intense than, say, sitting back 30 feet from the stage and you can kind of really remove yourself from the situation,” Bond said. “Everything’s right there in front of you; you’re just a few feet away.”

So you can get some of that blood spatter right on you?

“No,” he said with a laugh. “We do a pretty good job of making sure that doesn’t happen.”

“It’s not a real gore-heavy year this year,” he added. “Some years past it has been. This year we have a little bit, I mean I think a lot of people would be disappointed if we didn’t have a little bit in the mix.”

But this year the plays are more cerebral and a “little more spooky than outright in-you-face scary,” he said.

“Although, we have a little bit of that too,” he added.

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