Lovecraft: Nightmare Suite at DC Arts Center

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In its creepiest cocktail yet, the Molotov Theatre Group presents an intoxicating flight of short stage works based on the writings of H.P. Lovecraft -- the man whom Stephen King (and just about everyone else) calls "the greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale." Lovecraft: Nightmare Suite includes works from the 1910s-1930s, including the writer's famed The Cats of Ulthar, about a boy whose missing kitten stirs supernatural revenge, and The Statement of Randolph Carter, which explores an archaeologist's frightening discovery, among other hair-raising stories. Please see the full event description for a list of included works.

Event Description:

1.The Statement of Randolph Carter: Two men come across a strange book
suggesting doors to the underworld, and set out to find these portals. This
is the first-person testimony of one of the men, found wandering through
swampland in an amnesiac shock.

2. The Cats of Ulthar: The story of a town called Ulthar, and why it has a
law forbidding the killing of cats. A fable that never was, and one of
Lovecraft’s personal favorites.

3. The Outsider: A classic work of Lovecraft’s gothic fiction, a mysterious
person who has been living alone in a castle for ages decides to break free
in search of human contact and light.

4. The Picture in the House: A young man seeks shelter from a storm in the
home of an old man. Together they examine an ancient book of primitive
customs in savage lands, until one man makes a terrifying discovery about
the other.

5. Cool Air: A woman’s upstairs neighbor is a doctor obsessed with defying
death by any possible means. As the story goes on, it becomes terribly clear
why the woman can no longer stand any “drafts of cool air.”

6. Nyarlahotep: Nyarlathotep was of the race of the Pharaohs who traveled
from city to city demonstrating his supernatural powers. Wherever
Nyarlathotep went, the inhabitants’ sleep would be plagued by vivid
nightmares.

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