Grandstreet Theatre

Irma Vep: Press Release

A Hilarious Halloween Tour de ‘Farce’!

Grandstreet howls in Halloween with a side-splitting thriller!
The laughter will be frightening!

Oct. 16-31, 2009, Thurs-Sat at 8 pm
Sunday matinee: Oct 25 at 2 pm

Grandstreet Theatre is located at 325 N. Park Ave. in downtown Helena

Call Grandstreet’s Box Office for reservations: 406.447.1574, or order anytime online:

$16 for tickets, $14 for students, seniors and military

Two actors. 48 costume changes. An knife-wielding housekeeper. A peg-leg gardener. A couple of werewolves. A dancing Mummy Queen. And the occasional cross-dressing vampire.

Grandstreet Theatre sends Halloween into quick-change, melodramatic over-drive, with The Mystery of Irma Vep. Written by Charles Ludlum, Irma Vep has been called one of the greatest all-time comedies by “Time “magazine & “The New York Times.”

All of the spooky, hilarious characters in Irma Vep are portrayed by only two actors: Matt Mhoon (recently seen as Brad in The Rocky Horror Show) and Nathan Wright (The Spitfire Grill, Batboy). The comedy is a “penny dreadful,” a sensational type of thriller that inspired Alfred Hitchcock and modern horror movies. Combine Dracula, The Mummy, The Wolf Man, add a dose of Carol Burnett & “Laugh In,” and get ready for terrifying fun!

After her speedy marriage to Lord Edgar, Lady Enid begins her new life in his manor, Mandacrest. But the spectre of Irma Vep, Edgar’s first wife, continues to haunt the English moors & the home itself! The sinister housekeeper Jane & the gardener Nicodemus see more frights surrounding the mansion, including the blood-thirsty werewolf Victor. But perhaps Irma Vep never died! After all, her name is Vampire “anagrammatized.” To solve the mystery, Lord Edgar goes all the way to Egypt to uncover the tomb of Pev Amri, only to evoke the curse of the undead!

It’s hard being married to a man who’s hung up on his “mummy.”

“Rehearsals are a real work out for the two actors,” says Stephen Alexander, the show’s director and Artistic Director of Grandstreet. “It’s almost like the challenges on ‘The Biggest Loser!’ Matt & Nathan end up panting & sweating every day, but they keep us in hysterics the whole time.”

Emily Forsman designs the period set, with lighting by Cody W. Doll. Alexander also designs the costumes, all rigged for the quickest of changes.

You won’t soon forget this side-splitting farce. The Mystery of Irma Vep is the perfect way to laugh away the ghouls!

Grandstreet Theatre welcomes the press to follow the opening and run of The Mystery of Irma Vep. Please contact Stephen Alexander: 442.4270, or [email protected]