Passion project: Haunting show in evocative venue will linger like a kiss…of death

Posted by Anne McCullough on September 28, 2014 | Comments Off on Passion project: Haunting show in evocative venue will linger like a kiss…of death

Local theatre impresarios collaborate to bring The K of D to St Louis backyard


OCTOBER 2014: St Louis Theatre Circle Award recipients Tom Martin and Em Piro collaborate to present Laura Schellhardt’s haunting contemporary play, The K of D: An Urban Legend.

The production is brought to life with some of Martin and Piro’s favorite local theatre artists, and presented under the auspices of Martin’s company, Blue Rose Stage Collective.  Blue Rose previously featured Martin directing Magan Wiles in My Name Is Rachel Corrie, a solo show about the conflict in Palestine.  The current offering once again features a one-person performance.

“I’ve always wanted to tell a ghost story around a campfire in October,” said Martin, who directs the project.  Schellhardt’s haunting script blends polished theatricality, while still leaving room for alternative storytelling.

Martin and Piro summoned a dream team of theatrical practitioners: Mark Wilson on scenic, lighting and shadow puppet design; Tori Meyer on sound design; and directorial insight by ERA’s Lucy Cashion.  Live music and shadow puppetry also accompanies the performance.

Performances will take place at the Revisionist Inn, a loosely-assembled artist space and performance art incubator on the Antique Row side of Cherokee Street, near the Mud House and Lemp brewery.  The intimate backyard venue features an outdoor stage and fire pit.

The K of D follows the story of Charlotte, a young girl in a small town whose brother is killed in a tragedy.  In his final moments, he kisses her – shortly thereafter, kids in the town begin to notice strange behavior in Charlotte, and grow suspicious that she is now cursed with the kiss of death.  One performer brings over fifteen characters, and the real-life town of St. Mary’s, Ohio to life.

Performances tend towards the later evening and run October 10-25.  Patrons are invited to arrive early to enjoy the artwork at the Revisionist Inn and enjoy swapping their own ghost stories and urban legends around the camp fire.  Details may be found at


Performance summary:

The K of D: an urban legend

By Laura Schellhardt

The Revisionist Inn: 1950 Cherokee St

Oct 10, 11, 16, 24, 25 doors at 9:30, show at 10pm

Oct 17 doors at 10:30, show at 11pm

Directed by Tom Martin, performed by Em Piro

Design and additional direction by Mark Wilson, Tori Meyer and Lucy Cashion.



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For further information, contact:

Em Piro
Blue Rose Stage Collective


in everything you do, there has to be a part of yourself in it.  otherwise it’s not acting.  it’s lying.


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