• Kevin Broccoli

A Message From Aaron Blanck

They say dying is easy and comedy is hard. Well, if writing this play has taught me anything, it's that that's a fat lie. Comedy is easy. All you have to do is let it into your life and suddenly dire situations are hysterical. And dying is most certainly not easy. In fact, it's much harder than people make it sound.

Hi, I'm Laura Linney and this is Masterpiece Classic.

When Kevin first came to me about writing a Halloween sequel to Aaron Blanck's "A Christmas to Forget," I said, "Sure."

And write it, I did!

I wrote a carbon copy of the Christmas show, but about Halloween! And it was terrible. And long. And stupid. Why I thought I needed to include "Walk Like an Egyptian," I'll never know.

So I went back to the drawing board, filled with depression and some slight suicidal thoughts (Spoiler Alert: I started therapy, I'm on the road to recovery, and I'm doing better!) And I wrote about the things I'm really afraid of: Change, senseless violence, emotional intimacy, the fact that people wait all year to wear costumes when every day the world is your RUNWAY, and finally the relationship between an actor and an audience member.

Thus Aaron Blanck's "Trick or Treat-quel" (Credit to Katie Westgate for coming up with the title) was born. So we got 19 actors and a stage manager, who all put their blood, sweat, and blood into this show. This two hour musical filled with the scariest things on earth, including group numbers and show tunes and references to like two horror movies and wigs and members of the Garland-Minnelli family. And I hope you will come see it mostly because I doubt it is going to be what anyone expects it will be, and I want to see all of your faces when you realize what exactly is happening in front of you.

So please, come with an open mind and an open wallet and let yourself get a little offended and a little confused and be a little bit happier than you were when you walked in.

But please, do NOT mention the events surrounding last April's Aaron Blanck's An Easter to Recall. I will NOT be answering any questions about that show until AFTER the Trick or Treat-quel.

Photo by Samantha Gaus

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