Off the Wall Performing Arts Center

Through June 28
8 p.m.

You’ve seen the original 1981 film, played the video game and even read the comic book. Now it’s time to see Evil Dead: The Musical.

Based on the cult classic 1980s-era films by Sam Raimi, Evil Dead: The Musical is a rip-roaring retelling of an age-old thriller story line presented by No Name Players. Theater-goers will find out what ensues when a boy takes friends on a weekend adventure to a deserted cabin in the woods, expects to get lucky and then naively unleashes ancient evil spirits that turn his friends into Candarian Demons. Will they survive the night?

Those lucky enough to snag tickets to the sold-out Pittsburgh premiere of Evil Dead: The Musical are in for a theatrical spectacle that is equal parts hilarious and terrifying. A rock musical stage play based on the cult classic film series, Evil Dead: The Musical was penned by Canadian comedy writer George Reinblatt, and features music by Christopher Bond, Frank Cipolla and Melissa Morris. Dubbed “the next Rocky Horror Show,” the hit musical premiered in 2003 at Toronto’s Tranzac Club, and went on to enjoy an off-Broadway run in 2006.

For its Pittsburgh premiere, No Name Players has teamed up with award winning special effects artist Steve Tolin. Owner of Tolin FX, the prominent artist and designer has worked on feature films such as The Dark Knight Rises, Jack Reacher and Adventureland.

Directing the lively production is No Name Players’ artistic director Don DiGiulio. In addition to DiGiulio and Tolin, the production team also includes musical director Joseph P. Stamerra and choreographer Kaitlin Dann (Attack Theatre). Featuring David Bielewicz as Ash, the local cast also includes Philippe Arroyo, Julianne Avolio, Maggie Carr, Parag S. Gohel, Adriana Milbrath, Brad Stephenson, Andrew Swackhamer and Madeline Wolf.

Heightening the on-stage suspense and gore, the production features the infamous audience “splatter zone,” an at-your-own-risk seating area that pretty much guarantees a dousing with stage blood.

After selling out all nights, No Name Players has just added an additional midnight show for Saturday, June 28th. Purchase tickets now.

Off The Wall Performing Arts Center is located in Carnegie.

Jennifer BaronArts & Entertainment / Jobs Editor

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.