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Obie-winning writer/director Julia Jarcho’s world premiere horror/live performance experience “The Terrifying” Comes to Abrons Arts Center in NYC


The world premiere of THE TERRIFYING by Obie award-winning (Off Broadway Theater Awards) playwright Julia Jarcho, who also directs, will take place March 12-April 2 at the Abrons Arts CenterThe Terrifying is performed by Jess Barbagallo, Kim Gainer, Kristine Haruna Lee, Hanna Novak, and Pete Simpson for an audience of 60 who are seated onstage at the Playhouse, close enough to hear a faint whisper. An immersive, live sound design by Obie-winner Ben Williams adds tension to the rich and intimate experience.

In a creepy little village on the cusp of modernity, teenagers and their families are stalked by a ravening monster. How can people live with forces that want to destroy them? Perhaps by cultivating some dark appetites of their own…

The Terrifying marks the debut of Minor Theater, a new New York City-based theater company that presents playful, experimental work written and directed by Julia Jarcho. Her play Grimly Handsome won an award for Best New American Play. She has received a Doris Duke Impact Award (2014), a MacDowell fellowship (2016) and the Sarah Verdone Writing Award (2016) and is an LCT New Writer in Residence at Lincoln Center. She teaches and writes about modern drama in the English Department at NYU.

The Terrifying

Recently, The Terrifying was highlighted as a “Sit on The Edge of Your Seat” pick in the New York Times. In the feature, Julia describes an early scene from her play:

“We’ll see a kid walking home through the woods at night. We’ll hear breathing behind him. We’ll hear the voice of someone who’s dead, and we’ll see him react to that. Then we will hear more and more the sounds of something approaching, and then it will black out just as we see the kid being snatched up. We’ll hear the sounds of an attack, and we’ll hear the kid screaming and maybe we’ll hear some eating and then lights will come up and the kid won’t be there. But we’ll see a pool of blood.”

The play was also featured as a Culture Essential on the “Brooklyn Based” website. We’re extremely excited about this one for a couple of reasons. First, it’s a unique genre performance from an incredibly talented playwright and self-described horror aficionado. It’s also a female-driven production, written and directed by a woman and featuring a strong female lead.

Leading lady Kim Gainer had this to say about her character in The Terrifying:

“I’m an actress, writer and burlesque artist so I look at characters from all those perspectives. Annalise’s burgeoning sexuality and insistence on creating her own destiny—literally writing her own story—are fascinating to me. She’s at a crossroads, a girl on the edge of womanhood, facing monsters of all sorts, some strange and some closer to home. I think she’s a character for our time, a bad-ass girl who persists despite all the odds. Who can’t identify with that?”

We’ll be attending and upcoming show and reviewing it for this site, so stay tuned for our thoughts on this highly anticipated performance.

The Terrifying


Performances of The Terrifying will take place March 12 – April 2 (see complete schedule below) at Abrons Arts Center (466 Grand St, Manhattan). The show is 90 minutes with no intermission. Tickets are regularly $25 each. However, Morbidly Beautiful readers can purchase discounted tickets for $20 each using the code: minorhorror. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 212.352.3101.

Show Date/Times:
March 12, 19, 26 at 7pm
March 16-18, 23-25, 29-April 1 at 8pm
March 19, 26 at 3pm
April 2 at 5pm
Opening Night: March 19 at 7pm 

Abrons Arts Center (466 Grand St, Manhattan)

$25,; 212.352.3101
$20 for Morbidly Beautiful readers; Use discount code: minorhorror

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