Cthulhu's House of Z

Text and Direction: Jon Burklund and Ilana Stuelpner 
Inspired by the work of H.P Lovecraft
Performers: Jon Burklund, Anastasia Clarke, Ilana Stuelpner, Niko Tsocanos
Music & Sound Design: Anastasia Clarke, Jon Burklund

Performed at HERE in New York City July 7-9th, 2012
Developed 2011-2012
Addional showings at Snowballs Theater Festival (2012), and Dixon Place (2012)

Stage Manager: Connie Panzariello 
House Manager: Meg Osborn 
Lighting Design: Niko Tsocanos 
Live Video Feed: Julia Mounsey

Support for this project was provided by Materials for the Arts

Program Notes:
H.P. LOVECRAFT (1890-1937) was an American author of horror, sci-fi, and what he dubbed “weird fiction.” One of his most famous stories, The Call of Cthulhu, is a fake (though convincing) account of a scientist who comes across a series of disparate instances of terrifying fever dreams occurring around the globe over a specific window of time in 1925. Through in-depth research into cults, primitive Eskimo mythology, etc., he links the incidents to the rising of the legendary monster Cthulhu, who lives in the seas of all our subconsciouses. Cthulhu’s name comes from the sound of the “enigmatical sense-impacts” with which he assaults his dream-victims: “Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn,” which translates to “In the house of R’lyeh dead Cthulhu waits dreaming.” Of course, it’s all fiction. But Lovecraft’s detailed and inventive “cosmic horror” stories of this sort have spawned various weird cult followings, which you can definitely find online.