Join us for a Workshop Production of Anna Rebek's GASP! @ Dixon Place, Wednesday December 18, 7:30pm (Q&A to follow in lounge upstairs).
A group of families head to the dormant Bloomingdale Campus to part-take in a Horror Writing class to help them improve communication in their relationships. While there, they discover this institution has a dark history of its own. In order to save their relationships, that have to deal with a haunted past and risk everything.
GASP! Synopsis: GASP! Is the story of an empathy horror writing class that unlocks an ancient evil.
Held in the former Bloomingdale Asylum, over the course of a 48-hour retreat, 8 families, couples, and participants engage in role-playing and writing exercises in order to try and increase their positive communication skills through the lens of horror. Just as the group is coming closer to achieving their communication goals, they locate a journal from the past, and find out there's a sinister history to the asylum. As they continue to dig, they awaken an ancient evil lurking underneath that has an appetite for souls. Truth and communication are put to the ultimate test if they are to work together and make it out alive.
KARIN: (Karin’s Name is pronounced Kah-RIN) Diligent, sensitive, professional. Teacher of the class. Believes she is doing the right thing by having people unlock themselves and their ties to the past. This Role is played by FAITH CONNOR
TUNDE: “groundskeeper” The cook for the weekends activities. It is unclear whether Tunde is consciously in on the creepiness of the location. She is the reason the letters from Abigail are “discovered.” She could turn out to be the MOST evil, or a sad minion trying to defeat the evil with what little freedom she has. This Role is played by MARINA MIKHAILOVNA
DOUG: Middle-aged father. Wonders if he missed out on life- or made the right choices. He feels he could’ve succeeded on a different path- but he played it safe and had a family instead. Recently divorced, he has custody of his two daughters for this weekend and decided this “would be fun” because of the divorce/quality time, etc. This Role is played by Paul Weissman
ABIGAIL: Woman who disappeared at the camp 30 years ago- who started to poke into the history. A people pleaser, curious, awkward, SWEET. She is a graduate student on the hunt for answers for what happened to the missing female patients during Bloomingdale Asylum's hidden past. This Role is played by Emily Caffery
MILES: About 30. Has worked in a military environment for all of his adulthood. He’s just starting to question why he’s devoted his life to this. He lost some vision in Iraq- he has Oakley sunglasses on his head at all times to mask this because his pupils don’t dilate anymore because of an IUD. Is a sports coach and a media teacher at a military academy and is watching the boys change for the worse. This Role is played by Ian Lim
CRAIG: Craig has had an easy life, which spoils him. He not very present as a partner or in general. He’s recently got into trouble at an office tailgate party where he got too drunk and said something sexist to a female colleague. He’s toeing the me too line. He is hard to teach. Craig also has a deep sense of pride and it makes him excel at new things right away. This Role is played by Azad Fakhari
TRACY: an elegant talent/model scout, since she's been married she works part-time, but travels often, recently. She is really in demand for her work, but she has been very selective about the quality of the project. She married the very successful Craig and she believes they'd planned to start a family soon. This Role is played by Kimberly David
NAOMI: Very bright, newly single woman, re-organizing her life around just herself for the first time. Has begun to foster many healthy habit- maybe obsessively so? This Role is played by Jessica Chang
GINA: Gina recently lost her mom due to heart isssues. Ace, her brother, couldn’t participate in saying goodbye to mom as Gina wouldv’e wished, because their mom (due to her “Christian” vaules) wasn’t accepting of his being gay. Gina invites Ace with her to the retreat to rekindle their sibling relationship. This Role is played by Mayelin Geraldino
ACE: Gina’s brother, out of the closet- but had difficulty doing so because their mom didn’t accept him. Has become a man of poetry- still learning how to express himself. Loves his sister and wishes they could be close again, but is hurt that she would follow mom’s path to church, where he wouldn’t be welcome for his own grieving. This Role is played by Jumaane Askew
ALSO: JULIUS CHAMBERS & COVEN John Defilippo
COVEN Maureen O'Boyle Rebecca Werner
Due to spooky content, may not be suitable for very young audiences.