May 4th, 2023
Shady’s back, ya’ll!
We’re taking our original show, Cthulhu: the Musical!, on the road to cities throughout the NW in our “Back From the Dead” 2023 summer tour. We’re so freakin’ excited to be back in action after Covid. We’re bringing our biggest production yet on our biggest tour to date.
For the uninitiated, here’s our deal: PFF is Oregon’s only dedicated puppet musical horror troupe. We perform original scripts with original music. Far from the lo-fi puppet show stereotype, our productions feature elaborate custom-built hand-and-rod (Muppet-style) puppets, a full-rock band, multimedia scenic art projections, and a full cast of performers––each a Swiss army knife of talent unto themselves, slaying as actors, puppeteers, singers, improv comics, and world class Twister athletes (srsly, it gets crazy behind the puppet house).
In previous years, PFF has sold out entire runs in Oregon, Washington, and Los Angeles, and has earned rave reviews from publications like from SyFyWire, Bloody Disgusting, Broadway World, Jefferson Public Radio, The Seattle Times, and more.
The play is adapted from the 1929 short story, The Call of Cthulhu,” by horror icon, H.P. Lovecraft, and tells the story of his most famous creation: Cthulhu, a giant, malevolent, octopus-faced elder god who hibernates beneath the ocean, communicating to humans through their dreams, slowly driving them mad. While Lovecraft is not as much of a household name as writers like Stephen King or Edgar Allen Poe, he is widely considered to be the creator of the genre of gothic horror, and the creatures and themes he created are highly influential on modern literature of all genres. The story we chose to adapt is dark, disturbing, and totally unfit for musical comedy—all qualities that make it a perfect fit for our style.
Cthulhu: the Musical! will be directed by Katy Curtis, with a script and original songs from playwright Josh Gross. Performances will feature live puppetry, a full rock band, and multimedia scenic art by technical director and production designer Aubry Hollingshead. The show stars Hunter Prutch, Alyssa Marie Mathews, Alex Giorgi, Jake Raiter, and Forest Gilpin. Shows will open up with a live set by our mega-talented and totes adobs house band, The Elephant.
Run time is approximately two hours with an intermission. Tickets are available on the PFF homepage. We’re bringing merch, post-show puppet cuddles, the realness, and probably sandwiches (but those are mostly so the puppeteers can carbo load).
We’re so excited to see your stupid faces. AAAAAAAAAHHHH!