The Theater Room

Avatar Author: JayDee The patron saint of lost causes. Read Bio

It is not uncommon for certain Victorian Manors to have a room set aside for theatrical presentations, especially when entertaining guests or if the house boasts many residents. This is one such room.

When you walk into the room, you see the stage, where you may watch the players perform

No, you are the stage and the players watch you.

in a delightful variety of costumes and masks

The only masks are the human faces, underneath them lies something alien and unspeakable…

and put on masterfully choreographed displays of dancing and music.

Or is it you who is dancing for them?

And of course, there are performances of plays both classical and modern

Every story ends in tragedy and despair.

always offered to all, free of charge!

That’s because they have already taken what they need from you

Better yet, you can join the show as a new member!

After all, the troupe is always looking for fresh blood!

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  1. Avatar ElshaHawk (LoA)

    Performance art in words!

  2. Avatar zxvasdf

    Jonathan, did you see me there the other day? Either way, I saw you. It was tragic! But this story isn’t, being a stroke of genius.

  3. Ahfl_icon THX 0477

    Bizarre and unsettling. Kept making me think of a Dr Who episode, or a Jethro Tull song, though which one escapes me at the moment. I liked the interjected ‘whispers’, or at least that’s how I read them.

  4. Avatar Onion Camp

    This is incredible! I totally get the whole Dr. Who vibe that THX mentioned, but also a little e. e. cummings? So beautiful.

  5. Avatar JayDee

    Thanks so much guys! I was channeling Doctor Who with all my might, and I’m delighted that it came through!

    By the way, this is an awesome idea for a challenge, zxvasdf and I’m already trying to think of other rooms!

  6. Avatar Wednesday [PJ] ((LoA))

    Ooh I love how this is written. Like the whispers of the Silence. Did someone say something? I don’t remember…

  7. Avatar Garsecg

    A wonderfully creepy piece. I wonder if they perform the King in Yellow?

  8. Avatar smdasilva {LoA}

    Ohh, goosebumps. Nice juxtaposition of the 2 “voices”.