La Petite Morgue
The live experience is like no other. Horror movies, while scary, keep the audience at a safe distance. LA PETITE MORGUE doesn’t want you to feel safe. With a live performance, you never know what can happen, the show is never the same twice, and you never know when the actors might break the fourth wall and force you out of your comfort zone.
People have been telling spooky stories in the dark for hundreds of years. LA PETITE MORGUE deeply respects this most ancient of traditions, and is excited to present new and classic “campfire tales” in a more immersive, theatrical way. We aim to combine the interactive haunted house experience with the live stage experience, and in doing so, reach theatre fans who are scared of horror and horror fans who are scared of theatre.
LA PETITE MORGUE is thrilled to work with talented contemporary playwrights who use the horror genre to explore taboo topics in distinctive ways. We are also eager to revive the classic works of renowned masters and mistresses of horror for a contemporary audience. By collaborating with a variety of artists and existing groups, LA PETITE MORGUE plans to create a unique and multidisciplinary nexus for artistic expression and philosophical exchange.
LA PETITE MORGUE finds inspiration in everything from Victorian ghost stories to "The Twilight Zone" to contemporary so-called ‘torture porn’… and all the things that lurk in between. We can’t wait to test your character, push your limits and allow you to explore (and potentially overcome!) your fears in a cathartic way.
In other words... we can’t wait to scare the hell out of you.
The Fresh Blood Reading Series - On the first Wednesday of every month, we read a selection of short horror plays, related to a given theme. LA PETITE MORGUE has received over 270 submissions, and our performers have read just over FIFTY plays as part of the Fresh Blood series.
The first Best of Fresh Blood Festival brought four of the best plays from the reading series to the stage in April 2013 at Alchemical Theatre Laboratory. The second Best of Fresh Blood Festival featured four more of the best new horror and suspense plays, in July 2014, at Stage Left Studio.
Writers whose work has been produced by LA PETITE MORGUE as part of the Best of Fresh Blood include: Christine Croyden, Ria Hill, Shannon Lippert, Kellie Powell, Devlin Giroux, Christopher Krovatin, Eric LaRocca, and Aleks Merillo.
Bloody GORE-geous Monologues - As Ambassadors for Women In Horror Recognition Month in 2013, we raised money for the Viscera Organization and WomenArts (The Fund for Women Artists) with an evening of horror monologues written for women, by women.
We celebrated Valentine's Day 2014 with a Black Magick Ball at Legends Bar, and we raised funds with the Party of the Living Dead in the fall of 2012 with vaudeville rock band Peaches & Crime.
Actors can send their headshots or reels, playwrights can send their short horror plays, and everyone else can send a quick e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org