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New Conkel Play to Open

The House of Von Macramé is a new musical with book by Joshua Conkel [TH ’03]; it’s slated for a January opening in New York.

Cornish grad Joshua Conkel calls his new play The House of Von Macramé, his “biggest show yet.” The play, which features music by Conkel’s collaborator Matt Marks, is a “pop horror fashion show” which is “a celebration of stylish European horror films from the sixties and seventies, an extravaganza of design and spectacle, and an exploration of iconoclasts.”  It will open off-off-Broadway at New York’s Obie Award-winning Bushwick Starr sometime in January under the direction of Nick Leavens.

The production will be a cooperative effort of Bushwick Starr and Conkel’s own company The Management. Joshua says the work started as a “spooky late-night serialized piece … and has now become a full-length musical. Before the opening, there are money problems to iron out, because the musical has a cast of 15 and over 150 costumes —and lots of stage violence. “Seriously,” says Conkel, “We got the guy from Lieutenant of Inishmore!” Besides Conkel, the management of The Management includes fellow Cornish graduates Megan Hill [TH ’02] and Nicole Beerman [TH ’02].

The House of Von Macramé  tells the chilling tale of Britt, a small town girl who unwittingly becomes a muse to eccentric fashion designer, Edsel Von Macramé.  As she becomes increasingly tormented by psychic visions of grisly occult murders within the industry, as more and more models disappear and Von Mac works on his radical new line, Britt and famed fashion journalist Rosemary Crawley team up to search for the horrific truth. What’s behind this string of murdered models? And what glamorous terrors await them within The House of Von Macramé? 

Joshua Conkel is the author of MilkMilkLemonade (Best Off-Off-Broadway Show of 2009-NY Press, published by Playscripts), The Chalk Boy (Published by Original Works Publishing), Lonesome Winter (with Megan Hill), The Sluts of Sutton Drive and I Wanna Destroy You as well as many short plays. Conkel’s work has been seen all over the country as well as internationally and has been developed by The Management, Soho Rep, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Old Vic, Dixon Place, The Flea and more. He is the co-artistic director of The Management, and a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Soho Rep Writers/Directors Lab, TOSOS and The Dramatists Guild.


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