Geeks and Ghouls

Illustration by Alex Mitchell.
Illustration by Alex Mitchell.

By Steve Sucato

Who doesn’t enjoy a good ghost story this time of year? Combine those stories with creepy dance and you get Manifestations II: Ambitions Running Cold. The 90-minute production at the 99-seat The Maker TheaterGeeksdanz‘s sequel to last season’s Manifestations — features storyteller Stas Ziolkowski. He will spin original and classic spine-tinglers including W.W. Jacobs’ “The Monkey’s Paw,” about a mysterious, wish-granting totem; a tale of a ghostly biker gang; and a version of Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart.” Four dancers including Geeksdanz artistic director Ellen Deutsch will enhance the experience with choreography developed by tapping into the dancers’ own fears. Deutsch believes this approach will result in more authentic movement to accompany the chilling stories. The PG-13 Manifestations II is set to a blood-curdling cinematic soundscape by various composers, taken from the Oddio Overplay album Calling All Fiends, and features atmospheric lighting and other surprises. Steve Sucato – 7 and 9:30 p.m. Sat., Nov. 1. 5950 Ellsworth Ave., Shadyside. $15. www.geeksdanz.org

This article originally appeared in Pittsburgh City Paper October 29, 2014. Copyright Steve Sucato.