Friday, October 28, 2005

Director Combines Broadway And Haunted House For ‘Nightmare’

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A New York director who wants his haunted house to be on par with a Broadway production is admitting, sometimes it feels like a nightmare.

Director Timothy Haskell has created a theatrical haunted house experience in New York City called Nightmare, open every night until 2 a.m. through Monday (Oct. 31).

It sounds like a dream, but Haskell says it isn’t always easy getting 20 actors to recreate “empathetic” scenes like being buried alive, drowning, falling in ice or being cut up by a fan.

The director says he held two-day auditions for the roles, but admits, “It’s not Hamlet. Unfortunately, it was more about gauging the actors’ commitment level.”

A few slackers must have slipped through the cracks, because Haskell says some Nightmare performers “don’t do a single thing I ask them to.”

Surprisingly, he thinks it might be scarier to hire a professional like Corey Feldman, who he once worked with in an Off-Broadway show. In his words, “I’ll have to direct him in a play to get a nightmare.”

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