Two tales of horror in the FSU/Asolo Conservatory’s The Mystery Plays.
The first journey, The Filmmaker’s Mystery, takes place initially on a train headed south to Virginia from New York. A young director (well, with one film to his credit) is headed home for the Christmas holidays and strikes up a conversation with his seatmate, a friendly and apparently successful neurologist; before much time elapses, they’ve made plans to meet for brunch on New Year’s Day. But then the mystery begins: The director feels himself inexplicably called to step off the train at a station, and the train goes on to explode, killing all aboard. Haunted by survivor guilt, he’s also haunted by something more: the ghost of his seatmate, whose story is much darker and more complicated than the one he had told.
Kenneth Stellingwerf and Dane Dandrige Clark in The Mystery Plays.
The second piece, Ghost Children, tells the tale of a young lawyer (who happens to be acquainted with the filmmaker), who’s also headed home, this time to a small Oregon town, again around the holidays. But this is no happy homecoming: 16 years earlier, a horrific triple murder (of her parents and sister) changed her life forever, and now her older brother—the murderer—is asking for her help from prison. Can she step back into the abyss of that awful night of the killings and somehow find it in herself to forgive him?