The arts line-up is described as "a multi-arts festival sent straight from the netherworld." In practical terms, that means a lot of plays that take place in Hades or take Hell as their subject. Some are famous—Goethe's Faust, Shaw's Don Juan in Hell—and some are new , such, as Lucifer Is Jesus, or Holy Frankenstein!, No Exit Part II ("the missing second act of [Sartre's] No Exit"), Step on Beelzebub's Toes Aphrodite, Crush Them and Martian Holiday, a dark romantic comedy by John DeVore about "the last two men in the galaxy, stranded on a rat-infested mine of the red planet." The cast of the latter features Mikki Baloy, Robert Honeywell and Time Out New York theatre editor David Cote. The line-up of the Hell Festival will include not only theatre acts, but also visual art, dance, poetry, music and film.
The closing night party will be "The Carnival of Souls, a party of the dead, at which guests are encouraged to dress as their favorite demonic icon. Cheap beer will be served and all sins will be encouraged throughout the fest."
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