Reviews

“Pontypool proves that in horror, less is often more and what is suggested can be just as dark as what is shown. It plays like the twisted terror found in the pulp classic EC comics, with a slight hint of WKRP and a gnarly squib. It’s fast. It’s fun and it’s a frightening treat for both horror and theater fans alike.”

—Venus Zarris, Chicago Stage Review

 

“Pontypool will elevate your heart rate following the tried-and-true formula for building a horror mystery: tension to fear to fully realized horror. A mystical twist brings new life to an overdone genre, and prevents you from predicting any outcomes.”

—Time Out Chicago

 

“…Pontypool is as much fun as a trip to the haunted house.”

—NewCity Stage

 

“Pontypool is a potentially chilling illustration of the dangers of repetition without critical thought as a means of enslavement.”

—Clint May, Chicago Theater Beat

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Last Chance Productions presents Pontypool LIVE February 25, 2016 in Vancouver, BC at the Revue Stage on Granville Island.

 

Shut up or die…Shock jock Grant Mazzy has been kicked-off the airwaves and now works at a small-town morning show. Another mundane day on the job quickly turns deadly when reports pile in of people developing strange speech patterns and evoking brutal acts of violence.

 

In the sleepy town of Pontypool, Ontario, no one is safe from an epidemic so devastating it will leave you literally speechless.

 

Pontypool was directed by Gregory J. Sinclair as a radio drama for CBC Radio in 2009 and starred Stephen McHattie as Grant Mazzy, Lisa Houle as Sydney Briar, Georgina Reilly as Laurel Ann, Rick Roberts as Ken Loney, Hrant Alianak as Dr. Mendez, and Daniel Fathers as Nigel Healing.

 

The radio drama was adapted for the stage and first produced by Strawdog Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois, from October 13 to November 4, 2012.

 

Characters

Grant Mazzy

 

Sydney Briar

 

Laurel Ann Drummond

 

Ken Loney

 

Dr. Mendez

 

Nigel Healing