Southeastern NEWS Southeastern Louisiana University Public Information Office email@example.com SLU 880, Hammond, LA 70402 504/549-2341/fax 504-549-2061 Date: 10/19/99 Contact: Christina Chapple 52M SLU'S "FORBIDDEN THEATRE" PROMISES HALLOWEEN TRICKS AND TREATS HAMMOND -- Southeastern Louisiana University and the Hammond area will experience tricks and treats at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 27, as Fanfare, the university's annual fall arts festival, presents a special Halloween stage show by Forbidden Theatre, Southeastern's own dark comedy radio troupe. The free stage show, which includes time travel, ghost stories, and--allegedly--zombie attacks, will take place in the Oak Grove Room in Twelve Oaks Dining Hall and is free to the public. The event has prompted legendary New Orleans horror show host Morgus the Magnificent to "caution people not to attend the show," said Wayne Cain, president of the SLU Creative Writers Group. "Morgus, who has recorded a radio commercial for the event, said Forbidden Theatre is 'conducting experiments with radio that break all the laws of physics' and that his operatives have told him that Forbidden Theatre 'could attempt to raise the dead,'" Cain said. Forbidden Theatre, formed in 1997 as an offshoot of the SLU Creative Writers Group, includes Cain, a former longtime Baton Rouge radio personality and current Southeastern English graduate student; Phil Sevin, a senior mass communications student from Zachary and a recent winner of the Turner Network Television Screenplay challenge; Michael Libersat, a senior English major from Hammond who is president of Sigma Tau Delta English Honors Society and has more than 27 years of theater experience; Corbett Mount, a junior from Denham Springs majoring in history and longtime member of the SLU Creative Writers Group, and Jonathan Magee, a Hammond freshman majoring in mass communications and minoring in theater. Also joining the group for the show is Lillian Gray of Hammond, a Southeastern dancer/choreographer and founder of the performing arts group Uncaged. (MORE) FORBIDDEN THEATRE Add One Mount characterized the Forbidden Theatre Halloween show as "whimsical yet postmodern, scary but heartfelt, diabolical yet pretty darn good." "The only people the show will be more dangerous to--than the performers themselves--is the audience," said Magee. When asked about rumors that zombies would attack the audience at some point in the performance, Sevin gave a tight-lipped "no comment," but called the group's mission of reviving radio comedy and drama a "Lazarus of art." Most people, Sevin said, only listen to radio in the car, and, therefore, don't pay much attention, "but in this room (the Oak Grove Room), leave the driving to us and we'll drive you to horror." "We predict you'll have a good time," Cain said. For a Fanfare brochure and ticket order form or for additional information about Fanfare events, call the SLU Public Information Office, 504-549-2341, send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the Fanfare web site, www.selu.edu/fanfare. Fanfare tickets are available at the Fanfare box office 504-549-2323, Gate 1, SLU University Center, 700 W. University Ave., 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., weekdays. Alumni discount applies to dues-paying (active) Alumni Association members.