A Vampire Ball at Synetic Theater

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Synetic Theater’s Vampire Ball

Witches, zombies, and ghosts are spooky, but Arlington’s Synetic Theater is betting that the grotesque works of Edgar Allan Poe are even scarier. Just in time for the season of scares, Synetic returns with an updated Madness of Poe. With minimal dialogue and larger-than-life projections of Poe’s poetry and prose, the physical theater troupe has blended a reimagining of several of his works. Synetic first dazzled with its 2007 adaptation of The Fall of the House of Usher by Nathan Weinberger; the updated version has added Katherine DuBois’ adaptation of The Raven into the mix. Together, director Paata Tsikurishvili delivers a 90-minute thriller that unpacks the monsters of Poe’s mind. But for one night only, Madness of Poe’s nightmarish characters will travel from the main stage to the monster mash, as Synetic kicks off Halloween weekend with its Vampire Ball. Following the Oct. 29 performance of Madness of Poe, ticket holders will be whisked into an indoor/outdoor dance party. There, DJ G-Money and DJ Louie Flaco will get the festivities started with a ghoulish take on club music. The ball-meets-after-party will make you dance til you drop, but it will also feature a cash prize costume contest. Guests won’t be left thirsty for blood as all ticket options (Basic Witch or Vampire RIP) include Poe-themed cocktails, fun-sized candy bars, and hors d’oeuvres. Vamp level tickets get you access to the “RIP Lounge.” Synetic’s Vampire Ball promises to be a “party to wake the dead”—a treat you won’t want to miss this Halloween, but you can’t crash the party without tickets to the show. The show starts at 8:00 p.m. on Oct. 29 at Synetic Theater, 1800 South Bell Street, Arlington, VA. synetictheater.org. Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test required for entry, and masks are required during the performance. $95-$125.