Walk through the haunted corridors and sit in the ghoulish chamber of darkness -- of the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center on NY's Suffolk Street, and you'll meet all of Shakespeare's creepiest characters. That's the idea behind William Shakespeare's Haunted House, a special Halloween presentation by the Faux-Real Theatre Company, Oct. 29-Nov. 2.
A cast of 20 will portray such Bard bad`uns as the witches from Macbeth, King Richard III, Caliban and Titus Andronicus. William Shakespeare will rise from his grave to take the gathered audience on a walking tour of scary scenes from his plays, while his characters pop out at unexpected moments.
Faux-Real director Mark Greenfield describes the project as, "The Globe Theatre meets a Coney Island fun-house." Adding ambience to the evening will be the Velez Center itself, due to its neo-Gothic architecture. Lighting for the show is by Sarah Sidman.
The show isn't recommended for children under 5, but older folks who want a good scare can call for tickets ($5-$10) and information (212) 388-7265, featuring an appropriately diabolical answering machine announcement.
-- By David Lefkowitz