WildClaw Theatre presents an adaptation of Arthur Machen's The Great God Pan at Chicago's Athenaeum Theater.
Adapted by Charley Sherman, the novel was published in the 1890’s to great controversy, due to its decadent mixture of sex and horror. One paper described it as “An incoherent nightmare of sex”. Another said it was “The most acutely and intentionally disagreeable book yet seen in English”.
And yet it has proved to be one of the most influential horror stories of all time, inspiring writers such as H.P. Lovecraft, Stephen King, Clive Barker, and Peter Straub. In fact, Lovecraft once said of Machen, “Of creators of cosmic fear raised to its most artistic pitch, few can hope to equal Arthur Machen”.
And, as such, our challenge is to capture such an intense expression of fear upon the Chicago stage in 2008.
Opening Night is February 24th, 2008 at 7:00 PM.