Theater of Death was founded in 2014 by
Northern New Mexico's renaissance man
Joe West. Over the years the company has grown
to include some of Northern New Mexico's most
talented theater artists.
Based in the historic Engine House Theatre in
Madrid, New Mexico, Theater of Death creates original theater based in the tradition
of The Grand Guignol Theater.
The original Grand Guignol was a theater 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, Andre Antoine, 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 more famous, 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.