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A One Act Play; 60 Minutes

By Maggie Smith

Couch Tomb

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Couch Tomb

Based on true events, Laura, Phoebe, Nellie, Alice, Ida, and Edgar embark on an all-night journey in order to protect the city they love from vampires. Despite their young ages and constant adult supervision, the six Chicago children are determined to prove their neighbor's disappearance is related to the supernatural, though their excursion may prove to reveal a more sinister reason.

This story is a fictional retelling of the real children who devoted themselves to catching the vampires they were positive lived among them in the 1880s. From accidentally stumbling over their story while taking a haunted tour of Lincoln Park, to diving into the history of Chicago's famous Couch Tomb, this play allowed for me to hold an even deeper love and understanding of the city I live in.

On October 27th, 2023, Couch Tomb received its first staged reading with the Municipal Hole Company at Wilson Abbey, as a part of their one-night-only event, WAMPYRRE. The event featured both Couch Tomb and Grey Smith's The Consumption of Mercy Brown. 

COUCH TOMB was directed by Grey Smith. It featured Jenn Hessel, Simon Stringer, Sophie Duque, Rose Ley Hayek, Levi Welch, Elsa Roeber, and Will Colley

Poster by Grey Smith

Watch the full play!

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