Stories written by Clay McLeod Chapman. Performed by Chapman and Hanna Cheek.
Celebrating its second decade of performances, the Pumpkin Pie Show is a literary fist in the face. Part storytelling session, part boxing match, part shamanistic ritual, the Pumpkin Pie Show has established itself as an all-points artistic hodgepodge of theatre and literature. We pick and choose the essentials of both mediums, channeling their rocking properties in order to create a more intimate relationship between performer and audience. We want to see the whites of our audience’s eyes. Certain basic rules that we’ve set up for all our shows are: No sets. No costumes. No nothing beyond the text and the performance itself. Our goal is to strip away those elements that we find extraneous to the tale being told, conjuring up an atmosphere of “creating something out of nothing,” as well as focusing on that ethereal connective tissue between the one telling the story and our audience. Packed with enough emotional intensity to feel like a rock concert rather than just spinning a yarn, the Pumpkin Pie Show is pure bedtime stories for adults.
Coverage: "Death to the Pumpkin Pie Show," Time Out New York, October 2017
"Theatre Talk: Halloween Gala," Thirteen/PBS, October 2017
"The Pumpkin Pie Show, Night of the Voting Dead," New York Times, October 2016
“Underneath the Horror, Evidence of Some Heart,” New York Times, October 2008
“The Pie’s Piper,” Time Out New York, October 2001Events Related Blog Post
“[There is] a new generation of theater artists reared on a diet of vampires, zombies and charming serial killers. Call this movement the Theater of Blood… At the forefront is Clay McLeod Chapman, whose “Pumpkin Pie Show” channels the spirit of H. P. Lovecraft.”
– The New York Times