Splatter Theatre

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Splatter Theatre was the first show for The Annoyance Theater. The show was first performed at the Cabaret Metro, on October 31, 1987 and directed by Mick Napier. [1]


A spoof of gory slasher films, along the lines of Friday the 13th or Halloween, Splatter Theatre features thirteen characters, all cliched horror movie characters--the high school jock, the virgin, the class jerk, the bimbo, the nerd--killed in various creatively disgusting ways. [2]

The stage itself is freshly painted white, and the actors wear white costumes, allowing the red blood to stand out for the audience. [3]


With the reopening of the Annoyance Theater, the company has begun producing Splatter as a Halloween Tradition.

Mick Napier directed the remount of the show in 2006, with an entirely new cast, adding effects to the show to change some of the deaths. [4]

In 2007, Andrew Hobgood directed a remount of the show, with several members of the 2006 cast returning. On October 31, 2007, the 20th anniversary of the Annoyance Theater, Splatter was given a special performance, which included several of the original castmembers from the 1987 production. The returning cast members were Eric Waddel, Joe Bill, Ellen Stoneking, Lynn Pusztai and Margueritte Hammersley. [5]

In 2008 and 2009, Sam Locke directed the show, with a mostly new cast each year. [6] Ray Mees directed in 2010.


  1. ^ http://events.nbcchicago.com/chicago-il/venues/show/943555-the-annoyance-theatre-bar#
  2. ^ http://www.theatreinchicago.com/playdetail.php?playID=1216
  3. ^ http://events.nbcchicago.com/chicago-il/venues/show/943555-the-annoyance-theatre-bar#
  4. ^ http://www.theatreinchicago.com/playdetail.php?playID=1216
  5. ^ http://www.theatreinchicago.com/news.php?articleID=278
  6. ^ http://events.chicagoreader.com/events/Event?oid=849023