Classic tales of horror and suspense will be offered this Halloween season as Fulton Community Theatre will present “Foretold Tales.”
The production, featuring a quartet of one-act plays drawn from stage, old time radio, and pulp fiction will run weekends October 19, 20, 21, 27, and 28 at the theatre’s home performance space, Jubilee Hall in Holy Trinity Church, 309 Buffalo St., Fulton.
Curtain times for the Friday and Saturday night performances are 8 p.m.; the Sunday matinees will begin at 3 p.m. Tickets may be obtained by calling 598-7840.
“Foretold Tales” includes the Lucille Fletcher plays “Sorry, Wrong Number” and “The Hitchhiker”; the classic horror story “The Monkey’s Paw”; and “I of Newton,” based on the short-story by science fiction author Joe Haldeman and adapted for the stage by the production’s director and FCT Artistic Director William Edward White.
“These are the kind of stories that kept several generations of American kids – including myself – looking for the monster under their beds,” White said.
“Be it ‘The Twilight Zone’ or ‘Alfred Hitchcock’ or ‘Monster Movie Matinee’ on the old WSYR Channel 3 in Syracuse, or even the CBS Radio Mystery theatre and reruns of Orson Welles, ‘Lights Out’, and ‘Suspense’ on WRVO in Oswego, scary, well told stories just stay with you,” he added about the genre.
The production features Betsy York, Michael A. Bolio, Scott Pflanz, Renee Fenske, Adam Schmidtman, Beverly Poznoski, Sabrina Woodward, and Rita Lapage portraying over 24 roles.
“Sorry, Wrong Number” – made famous on 1940s radio by Agnes Moorehead – tells the story of Leona Stevenson, a neurotic invalid, whose only contact with the outside world is her phone. Over this, one night, because of a crossed wire, she hears plans for a murder. York plays Leona, with Fenske as the operator.
In “I of Newton,” Faust takes a comic turn through the chalk-dusted world of advanced calculus when mathematical prodigy Samuel Ingard accidentally conjures up a Demon while trying to solve an advanced equation. Schmidtmann plays Sam with Bolio as the Demon.
“The Hitchhiker” – originally written for the voice of Orson Welles – is a modern take on an old folktale about Ronald Adams, an average motorist, who sets out to drive from Brooklyn to California, and his encounters with a strange and inexplicable hitch hiker. Pflanz plays
Adams with Bolio as the titular hitch hiker.
“The Monkey’s Paw” recounts the story of the White family who while entertaining an old friend come into the possession of an object that is said can grant its owner three wishes. Bolio plays Mr. White, with York as Mrs. White, Schmidtmann as Herbert, and Pflanz as the mysterious Sergeant Major Morris.