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Theater of Death was founded in

2014 by musician and impresario,

 Joe West.  

Its home has been the Engine House

Theatre in Madrid, New Mexico where

the company has dedicated itself to the creation of original short plays of horror and comedy in the tradition of the French Theatre du Grand Guignol.

   Recently the company has grown to become a production company as well and has been the driving force behind The Madrid Film Festival, Madrid Film Festival on Tour and several art exhibitions and theatrical events in the state of New Mexico.

The original Grand Guignol was a theatre which opened its doors in Paris in 1897

and, remarkably, stayed in business until 1962. Although it came to life in an age of melodrama, its first creator was attempting a theater of Naturalism. It's dramatic presentations, revealing the dark side of human behavior, became a tantalizing thrill for Parisians. As it grew to fame, tourists rich and poor came from all over the world. They had heard of this phenomenon which claimed to have a "doctor on duty" at all performances to treat audience members who had fainted or suffered heart problems from what they saw on stage.

Located in an old abandoned Catholic convent, The Grand Guignol was thick with ghosts from the past. Combined with streets full of wine, opium, prostitution and absinthe, a trip to this theater was an adventure never to be forgotten.