Dark Matter: Five Gothic Tales of Horror
by Don Nigro
Directed by Jennifer Decker
July 7–21, 2007
Midtown Art Center
Five short plays of gothic horror by Don Nigro. The plays include:
Lucy and the Mystery of the Vine Encrusted Mansion: An eccentric comedy that is a ‘Gorey drawing come to life’ in which a girl, ‘sixteen and lost’, becomes entangled in a tale of her own invention that may not allow her to return from it sane.
The Malefactor’s Bloody Register: A true story of abuse and murder from the pages of the notorious eighteenth century compendium of crime, The Newgate Calendar, in which three young girls tell of the horrors they suffered at the hands of a mad midwife. “One lived, one died, one was lost. Which is which?”
Higgs Field: Andromeda awakens from a dream about ravens and runs to Higgs Field, where surreal metaphors of modern physics spring to life as a Gothic nightmare.
Darkness Like a Dream: A lonely actress cast as a fairy in A Midsummer Night’s Dream leads a man on an eerie journey through a labyrinth of dark country roads, growing more and more afraid of what will happen when they stop.
Joan of Arc in Autumn: A young woman speaks about her confused memories of her life and martyrdom, which now seems like a dream in which there is much whispering and everything is burning. Perhaps she is a mad girl found in a brothel; perhaps not.
Dark Matter: Five Gothic Tales of Horror – Lee Williams, Houston Press, July 5, 2007
A five-pack of unusual tales: “Dark Matter” goes for the shiver factor – Everett Evans, Houston Chronicle, July 7, 2007
Any time the riveting Duran pops up on stage, usually at the enterprising little Mildred’s Umbrella Theatre Company, the audience snaps to attention. In Mildred’s recent Dark Matter: Five Gothic Tales, Duran’s two indelible turns — as a madly inventive adolescent obsessed with spinning Gothic years and a feverishly intense Joan of Arc — were the best in show, justifying the whole enterprise. – Houston Chronicle Ultimate Houston 2007, October 16, 2007
Cast and Crew
Director: Jennifer Decker
Assistant Director/Stage Manager: Mike Switzer
Set Design: Ayn Morgan
Sound Design: Charlie Naked
Light Design: Kevin Taylor
Costume Design: Jennifer Decker
Video Design: Mike Mullins (“Higgs Field”); Eric Doss (“Joan of Arc in Autumn”)
Light Operation: Robin Ziegler
Video & Sound Operation: Rebecca Ayres