January 8th, 2011 to March 5th, 2011 Odradek A world-premiere by Brett Neveu Directed by Dexter Bullard Music by Josh Schmidt
Part Midwestern Gothic Fairy tale, part Hitchcockian thriller, Odradek is The Houses first collaboration with celebrated playwright Brett Neveu. Join us for this dark tale about a troubled young boy and his relationship with the monster under the stairs.
Odradek tells the story of a single father from a small Iowa town who becomes troubled over his sons declining mental heath. After a visit with a new doctor, the boy returns home and develops an odd friendship with a creature named Odradek, a dark, shifting form made of twine and rags that lives under the stairs outside his bedroom. When the boys health continues to deteriorate, the father returns to the doctor for further advice and the two enter into a romantic relationship. As his illness progresses, the boy begins to perceive the romance between his father and doctor as an echo of twisted words and hallucinated deeds. Cryptic fantasies become the boys stark reality as his life twists towards the shadows of Odradeks existence, creating a world where the most sinister fairy tale may hold the key to the boys only means of mental and physical salvation.