“I reply that I knew nothing beyond what I saw. Vision or nightmare it may have been. Vision or nightmare I fervently hope it was. Yet it is all that my mind retains of what took place in those shocking hours after we left the sight of men. And why Harley Warren did not return, he or his shade – or some nameless thing I cannot describe – alone can tell.”
– From “The Statement of Randolph Carter” by H.P. Lovecraft, Adapted by Chris Morse.
I met Chris Morse at the 24 Hour Cram, where we performed in a show that involved him throwing me over his shoulder. I’m an Amazon, tall for a lady, and muscular, so that’s no easy feat. He must have done it 40 times in rehearsal, and though I could see that it exhausted him to do this act of weight lifting time after time, I was impressed that he continued. His dedication to the show, and theater in general, impressed me. It only took a couple minutes of talking to Chris to realize that we were:
2. Going to become great friends
Number 2 has since come to pass as Chris and I have played games together, done a photoshoot, and once, as a favor, he became a Zombie for me. That’s friendship.
Chris is in a one-man production of H.P. Lovecrafts The Statement of Randolph Carter, which he is doing as part of the Fringe festival in Philadelphia. Chris asked if I would do some promotional photos for his show, and I was happy to do it. Actually, first, I said no, I don’t have enough time, and then later time magically manifested itself, so we went ahead and trotted down to the local cemetery for some shots.
The trouble with our local cemetery is that it’s actually very nice, friendly and serene. It doesn’t look very spooky at all. Perhaps at night, with some dramatic lighting, but mostly its a very nice place where one would be comfortable visiting relations who have passed. We had to do some searching to find anything that was even remotely spooky.
Working with Chris is a delight. I really like shooting actors, because we have similar artistic sensibilities. I like to create stories and characters, and actors understand that point of view, so our shoots always seem to work out well. Actors understand their own faces, know how to convey emotion with their bodies, and always have an understanding of where the audience is. I never need to tell an actor to cheat out towards me, because they are always aware of how what they look like must look to me.
The show is called Solo Tales of Terror and it involves Chris’s show and a one man adaptation of Dracula. The show runs from September 8th to September 17th. For Tickets, visit http://www.magiccircletheater.com
Interested in hiring me for your theatrical production? Information about my rates can be found here: https://jrblackwell.wordpress.com/2011/07/20/photography-rates/
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