To celebrate the Halloween/Dia de los Muertos season, The El Paso Playhouse presents “Witness! The Curiosity House Featuring the Tales of Terror,” an ensemble Halloween production of one-act plays consisting of both adapted and original horror-themed works, including adaptations from Edgar Allen Poe and The Brothers Grimm.  The Playhouse will also be home to a Curiosity House with various natural oddities and supernatural themed exhibits. 

Nathaniel Long has been active in Hell Paso theater for over skele-ten fears. In that time, he has worked posthumously with Shakes-Fear on the Shocks, and has deformed in most slay-jor ven-boos boo-out the city. He has also provi-dead voice over and scare-ation for severed shows. He currently screeches at UTEP (The Utter Terror Ecole de Pandemonium) and EPCC (The Evil Palace of Chilling Cadavers).

BACKGROUND

I've always had an interest in regional folklore, the creepier the better. When I came upon this story from Germany, I thought it was simultaneously disturbing and bleakly funny - a perfect fit for the anthology we've been designing. Like a lot of the best folk-stories, it's a tale of evil with no actual moral: things just happen, and not everything turns out as it should.

Dionicio Ronquillo Jr. graduated from El Paso Community College in 2011 with an Associates Degree in Digital Video Production. He aspires to work both in front of the camera (as an actor) and behind the camera (camera operator, director, prop maker, and everything in between) one day. He began participating in community theater in 2013 with Shakespeare on the Rock's production of Christopher Marlowe's "Dr. Faustus", playing the role of a devil/demon. He's gone to work with Shakespeare on the Rocks in 4 more productions including reprising his demon role in "Dr. Faustus", Robin in Shakespeare's "The Merry Wives of Windsor", Tybalt in an English/Spanish adaptation of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" ("Romeo y Julieta"), and a western interpretation of Shakespeare's "Taming of the Shrew" playing the part of Petruchio. He has worked on outside projects ranging from voice acting for a motion graphic novel, assistant directing a short film homage to horror films, and various youtube video productions. In "Tales of Terror" he will be portraying Death in "Bodas Negras". He would like to very much thank his parents for their never ending support his theatrical endeavors.

Priscilla Duran teaches English at both EPCC and UTEP. This is her first time working with The El Paso Playhouse.  She has previous experience with Shakespeare on the Rocks. 

Kimberly Dillard  This is her 2nd show at the playhouse,  following Blood Wedding/Bodas de Sangre. Previously, she has been in various productions with community theatre in SW Florida. These include "Dracula", in the role of Lucy and "The Lion in Winter", in the role of Alais Capet. She would like to recognise her husband, Berry, for his loving support.

Sammantha Franco recently this year returned to El Paso from Dallas,  where she finished university with a BA in Education and Theatre from the University of North Texas.  She has participated in shows such as, "One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest" (2008) as Nurse Ratchet, "Shadow Box" (2010) as a grieving wife named Maggie, and a hot tempered wife named Jesse Me in "The Trip to Bountiful" (2010). This is Sammantha's first production at the El Paso Playhouse.

Rachel Mullins, formerly a professional stage manager, now teaches theater arts in the Ysleta School District. She has performed locally with the UTEP Union Dinner Theater (Godspell), The El Paso Playhouse (The Curious Savage, Leading Ladies), and Shakespeare on the Rocks (Twelfth Night, Othello). Rachel has sound designed at the Playhouse for Spider's Web, The House of Bernarda Alba, and Normal Heart. Thank you for supporting local artists, and enjoy the show!

Desmond Linney   23 year retired Army Veteran (CPT), This is Desmond's first stint with the El Paso Playhouse. He however has done other productions in the past such as A Raisin in the Sun, The Wind in the Willows, The Nutcracker and God, Why Did You Make Me Black. A family man and huge tech geek, Desmond enjoys spending time with his family and doing computer and phone repairs. Desmond currently works as a Systems Analyst contractor for the US Army. Desmond would like to give a big thanks to his wife and two daughters for their continued support.

Andrew Leal  (Fortunato, Grandma Chupie) wrote “Public Spirit,” his first writing for the stage. Most of his writing has been non-fiction, often about pop culture, including entries for The Animated Movie Guide (2005) and the anthologies Kermit Culture (2009) and The Wider Worlds of Jim Henson (2013). 

As an actor, past EPPH work includes the Agatha Christie plays Witness for the Prosecution (Vole), And Then There Were None (Dr. Armstrong), and Spider’s Web (Hugo Birch), as well as several radio recreations (i.e. It’s a Wonderful Life). For Shakespeare on the Rocks, he’s been in Dr. Faustus (Wagner), Taming of the Shrew (Baptista), and many others.