Working With Angus Oblong On The Victorian Hotel

Angus Oblong, in his usual full clown make-up, with the cast and crew of The Victorian Hotel. Photo: courtesy John Tyndall.

Working With Angus Oblong On The Victorian Hotel

For their senior BFA project, Performance Production’s John Tyndall ’18 and Becca Pauza ’18 decided to stage the Seattle premiere of The Victorian Hotel by Angus Oblong.

The audience experiences terrors and laughs as Lady Claudia Frothington and Winston Frothington III venture into The Victorian Hotel full of resident ghosts and ghouls. Like all of illustrator Angus Oblong’s work (Adult Swim’s The Oblongs), the humor is decidedly adult and dark.

John Tyndall ‘18 and Becca Pauza ‘18 decided to set their production in Cornish’s oldest building, the 1915 Raisbeck Hall. Originally built as a Sons of Norway lodge, and once used for a Twin Peaks location, the theater is the perfect place for a haunted night out.

Tyndall blindly sent an email to Oblong after discovering his play as an unpublished work (the play was produced by the Rogue Artists Ensemble at Santa Monica’s Powerhouse Theatre in 2006). Oblong responded with phone call and was delighted that Tyndall wanted to do The Victorian Hotel as his senior project. He’s been corresponding closely with Tyndall since granting him the rights. Oblong also traveled up from LA to help workshop script adjustments and is lending his aesthetic to the designers to bring this haunting and beautiful comedy to life.

Cornish students from Theater, Dance, and Performance Production are involved in the show. “We also had the pleasure of working with professionals in puppeteering, acting, and designers from outside our Cornish network,” said Tyndall.

“We stretched our skills and knowledge as we learned how to make art with a limited budget, interpersonal communication, and sharing,” said Pauza.

For both of them, sharing meant more than designing the production – “it is thoughts, concerns, hopes, fears, and who we are as people. The Victorian Hotel wasn’t just a place to stay for the night. The Hotel was a place to meet in the lobby and work together to make art,” said Pauza.

Check into The Victorian Hotel at Raisbeck Performance Hall, February 14 to 17. Be warned, the producers said, you may never check out.

The Victorian Hotel
Raisbeck Performance Hall in the Ned & Kayla Skinner Theater
2015 Boren Avenue Seattle, WA
Feb 14 - 17, 8:00 p.m.
Feb 17 matinee, 2:00 p.m.
**Not recommended for young audiences**
Free tickets available through Brown Paper Tickets [https://bpt.me/3225288]

To learn more about this production, see:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheVictorianHotel/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thevictorianhotel/
Website: http://www.jft3design.com/the-victorian-hotel.html

Thank you to Becca Pauza and John Tyndall for this story. If you have a story about a Cornish production past or present, please contact communications@cornish.edu.