Halloween Massacra-ade

This October, The Desultory Theatre Club teams up with Hole In The Wall Theater to bring you…

The Halloween Massacr-ade, featuring Elmwood Productions‘ award-winning puppet horror film, HEAD.

Halloween Massacr-ade at Hole In The Wall Theater in New Britain, October 21, 2016

The evening of terror begins with a screening of the film HEAD, followed by music by The Super Scenics. A cash bar and other treats will be available to keep your thirst and hunger at bay. (We don’t want you eating the other guests, after all…)

It’s not a Halloween party without costumes! The theme for the night is Summer Camp Killers v. Counselors. Dress up as your favorite Slasher (or create one of your own) or one of the Camp Counselors they love to stalk and you may take home the prize for best costume!

Where: Hole In The Wall Theater, 116 Main Street, New Britain CT 06052

When: Friday, October 21, 2016 – 7 pm – 12 midnight

Admission: $10 at the door

Please note that this is not a BYOB event.

For more information, check out the Facebook Event page.


Tricks and Treats at The Hardcore Halloweenie Burlesque & Variety Show

An exciting evening of original thrills and chills awaits scary monsters and super creeps alike!

The Desultory Theatre Club partners again with Cupcake Wars winner Hardcore Sweet Cupcakes  to bring you The Hardcore Halloweenie Burlesque & Variety Show at the Hardcore Sweet retail shop, bakery and performance venue at 20 Main St. in Oakville, Conn. The lights go down and temperatures rise when the show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $13 at the door. In true Halloween fashion, audience members are encouraged to come in costume for contests and prizes.

The Hardcore Halloweenie Burlesque & Variety Show will offer both tricks and treats for ghosts and ghouls on October 24th!

Some of the best in burlesque are prepared to bewitch: the award-winning Dot Mitzvah (Conn.) is the juiciest Jewess this side of the Wailing Wall; Vanil LaFrappe (Conn.) will shake and stir; Niki Tiki (N.J.) astounds as the Jessica Rabbit of burlesque; and Vivienne LaFlamme (Conn.) sets hearts on fire.

A wide array of talent will further enrapture: mind-bending illusions from Jaysin Katsikis; shadow puppets from Anatar Marmol-Gagné; and sideshow stunts from Circus Delecti members Uber Dami, Jackalope, Earl of Grey and Blackrock. Local rock/R&B band The Strangers, featuring Connecticut music mainstays Doron Flake and Spencer Luckey, will lend their talents for bone-rattling music.

At 7 p.m., local food trucks Spuds Your Way and The Green Grunion will offer themselves for the ravenous hordes. The doors open at 7:30 p.m. to Hardcore Sweet’s retail shop and lounge, featuring cupcakes so award-winningly, terrifyingly good that Rob Zombie couldn’t resist. Firefly Hollow Brewing Co. of Bristol will offer samples of its craft beers that can quench any thirst at Hardcore Sweet’s responsibly BYOB establishment.

Local filmmakers Elmwood Productions, makers of the all-puppet slasher movie Head currently touring film festivals across the country, and Justin Talarski, an up-and-comer in the indie horror scene with the film Deimosimine (Legless Corpse Productions), also will be on hand to slay before the performers kill.

Are you ready for a scary good time? An offbeat Halloween trick AND treat? The Hardcore Halloweenie Burlesque & Variety Show will be your graveyard smash!

HEAD Is Making Headway

Did you know that our fearless leader–Keith Paul–is a puppeteer?

It’s true! He’s partnered with those crazy kids over at Elmwood Productions for a few projects now, including his role in the highly-anticipated, all-puppet horror flick HEAD!

HEAD is a one-of-a-kind film starring an all puppet cast in a throwback to the slasher films of the 1970’s and 1980’s. A group of twenty somethings go for a nice fall weekend camping trip and end up in the middle of nightmare they may never escape from…

And now? HEAD is going on the road!!!

HEAD - HORROR THE ELMWOOD WAY is a puppet horror film harking back to the 70s era of horror. Screenings will be held on 3/28 and 3/29 in Plantsville, Connecticut

That’s right–HEAD will be a part of **3** film festivals, getting out in front of more eyes, and (hopefully!) winning some well-deserved accolades!

  • On September 18, 2015, HEAD is screening as part of the late nite screenings at the Lake Erie Arts and Film Festival in Sandusky, Ohio! – you can find the full festival schedule here: http://lakeeriefilm.org/2015festival.html
  • Come out for a special screening of HEAD in Belfast, Ireland on October 24, 2015–just in time for Halloween! Check out the website for The Yellow Fever Indie Film Fest at Movie House Cinemas for all the details! http://theyfiff.wix.com/theyfiff
  • Fall festival season continues!!! HEAD will be screening on HALLOWEEN at the FANtastic Horror Film Festival in San Diego, California, at Reading Cinemas Gaslamp on October 31, 2015! And it’s been nominated for “BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS” in a feature film!

AND HEAD was just added to the Puerto Rico Horror Film Fest in San Juan, Puerto Rico, October 20-26, 2015! This is a biggie–Puerto Rico Horror Film Festival has been named one of the Top 13 Horror Film Festivals to Die For by Movie Maker Magazine!

Looks like HEAD is taking over the world!! You’ll want to be there to see history in the making!!

Missed HEAD? Catch It Again August 28th!


HEAD screening at Best Video Hamden on August 28th

The Desultory Theatre Club and Elmwood Productions are super excited to be teaming up with Best Video Performance Space to bring you another wonderful screening of this bloody good flick!

HEAD is a one-of-a-kind film starring an all puppet cast in a throwback to the slasher films of the 1970’s and 1980’s. A group of twenty-somethings go for a nice fall weekend camping trip and end up in the middle of nightmare they may never escape from…

Following the film, the filmmakers, along with cast members, will be on hand for a Q&A session for anyone interested.

HEAD is Rated R, for gore, horror, four letter words and anything else you’d expect in a horror movie starring puppets, so we advise leaving the kids at home!

Tickets are $5

Check out all the juicy behind the scenes stuff at the HEAD Production Blog – http://head-horror.blogspot.com/

Elmwood Productions – The Home of The Elmwood Puppets And More! would like to thank everyone for their support on the film–we can’t wait to see your faces at this screening!!

Best Video Performance Space ~ 1842 Whitney Ave, Hamden, Connecticut 06517

Keith Paul continues to Team Up with Elmwood Productions!

Our fearless leader, Keith Paul, lover of puppets, and his new teammates over at Elmwood Productions bring more film to Paris In Plantsville as they continue their screening spree this summer with a short film double-feature!

Paris in Plantsville presents a double feature of short films on August 21 & 22, 2015. August 21 and 22, they’ll be screening the thriller, The Hollow Waltz, from Euphio Films, and the comedy, The Risley Brothers, from Elmwood Productions.

Look for more film events to be announced!

The doors open at 7PM for both screenings, with the films starting at 8PM–$5.00 at the door for admission. Following the screenings, the filmmakers and cast members will be on hand for Q&A sessions.

THE HOLLOW WALTZ: Written and Directed by S.W. Rand

In a city filled with corruption and greed, a sorted array of characters lead this tale through a corrupt New England city. Everyone is trying to survive another few days, despite their dwindling luck. Revenge, backstabbing, and riches make for a good time in Frog Hollow. Rated R for language and violent behavior. www.euphiofilms.com


Wes and Quig have just re-opened their grandfather’s bar. With low expectations for success, and discovering that the old regulars have all passed away, they aren’t sure if they will make this first month’s electric bill. But they have bigger problems to deal with: the women in their lives… Rated PG-13 for language and brief sexual discussions. www.elmwoodproductions.com

Total run-time for both films is approximately 90 minutes.

We look forward to seeing everyone!

Upcoming Events: HEAD premiere and SWAN Day 2015

March is a busy month with two fabulous events featuring The Desultory Theatre Club’s own, Keith Paul, that you’ll want to catch!


is a one of a kind film starring an all puppet cast in a throwback to the slasher films of the 1970’s and 1980’s. A group of twenty-somethings go for a nice fall weekend camping trip and end up in the middle of a nightmare they may never escape from…

HEAD - HORROR THE ELMWOOD WAY is a puppet horror film harking back to the 70s era of horror. Screenings will be held on 3/28 and 3/29 in Plantsville, Connecticut

Elmwood Productions invites you to join them March 28th and 29th at Paris In Plantsville Gallery and Studio for the premiere screenings of HEAD.

Following the film, the film makers, along with cast members, will be on hand for a Q&A session for anyone interested.

Tickets are on sale now! $8.00 – 3/28 at 8PM & 3/29 at 7PM
Or at the gallery during normal operating hours.


Tickets at the door on the nights of the screenings are $10.00! So get ’em before and save some money!

HEAD is Rated R for: gore, horror, four letter words, and anything else you’d expect in a horror movie starring puppets, so we advise leaving the kids at home!

Stay up to date on The HEAD Production Blog.


This year, there is an amazing line up of 14 Bands, 25+ Artists and Vendors, Burlesque, Dance and Performance Art, with The Desultory Theatre Club’s Keith Paul and Ebony Amber as the emcees for the festivities!!

SWAN Day 2015, with The Desultory Theatre Club's own, Keith Paul, emceeing!

Truly more Lollapalooza/Banaroo than Lilith Fair, it is a night the ladies take center stage! The bands range from Jazz, Pop, Rock, Funk, Americana, Rap, to Electro Pop…the Artists from the tame to the wild.


Canyon Sharits, Nancy Marie Michaud-Wozniacki (Nan Roy), Carrie Johnson, Lys Guillorn, Sarah LeMieux, Dina Brass, Beth Patella, Elizabeth Dellinger (Lady Elizabeth+ Snooty Garland), J-Cherry, Julia Autumn Ford, ArleneWow!, Irena Hart, Virginia Semeghini (That Virginia), Jennifer Hill (Jennifer Hill and Co.).

Burlesque Performances by Mistress Leona Star, Mrs Haggerty, and Vivienne LaFlamme
Dj Breakadawn will be spinning
Other acts include: Amanda MacFarland, Anatolia Firegoddess, Danielle Duncan, and Kara Purdy

You can dance, sing, network, eat, drink and shop all under one roof! Everything made by local artists and vendors, who are making a noise in scenes outside of Connecticut. The ladies of SWAN have been evolving and have the credentials of not only being the very best our state has to offer, but also as being strong competition in their fields throughout the rest of the globe.

Come see them while they are under one roof and the tickets are affordable!

Only $20 purchased online and $25 at the door for over 7 hours of fun, 14 bands, beautiful burlesque beauties, HardCore Sweet Cupcakes, shopping, networking, laughs, dancing, food, drinks…and a partridge in a pear tree!!!

Check out the music and videos of the ladies of SWAN DAY CT 2015 at http://www.reverbnation.com/swandayct


Illusions Dance Club & Restaurant
1639 Wolcott Road, Wolcott, Connecticut 06716

Find more information on their Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/swandayct

Do It for The Puppets!

You might remember Elmwood Productions from ANIMAL BEHAVIOR last December. Not only do these crazy kids put on live puppet performances for your wonder and amazement, it turns out that they’re also pretty skilled at making movies. The Desultory Theatre Club’s own Keith Paul has partnered with them on a hell of a project that you won’t want to miss!

HEAD **Horror Film Starring Puppets!** is exactly what it sounds like–a 70’s-style B-horror film populated entirely by puppets…who are playing it straight as humans. It’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before!

What could be better than a weekend camping retreat with your friends? What could be worse than finding out the woods where you’re setting up camp was the site of a brutal mass murder from the decade before? Four young men and women are about to find out more than they ever bargained for in HEAD.

This is where you come in… There’s less than a week to go on the HEAD Kickstarter and they’re short of their goal. If they don’t reach their minimum funding, they will get nothing, nada, zip, ZILCH! All that money raised so far goes away! Even $1 can make the difference between a dream and a reality. Do it for the little company out of Plainville, Connecticut with a panache for puppetry. Do it for Keith Paul’s debut with Elmwood Productions. Do it for the puppets!

“ANIMAL BEHAVIOR” from Elmwood Productions

The Desultory Theatre Club presents…
Elmwood Productions‘ crazy puppet web series!!!


On Saturday, Dec 21st, come follow the misadventures of two special felines: the charming and murderous Tugger, and the clueless kitten, Ripper. Find out what hijinks they have in store for their frazzled owner Jon!

“My cats are trying to kill me.”

It’s one of the first things you’ll hear him confess.


A G-Rated Puppet Comedy for ages 6 & Up!! Free with Donation!! $5.00 Suggested Donation to benefit The Torrington Animal Shelter or bring a toy for Toy 4 Tots!

Doors open at 6:30! Show starts at 7pm!

The Desultory Theatre Club – 63 Water Street – Torrington, CT