Thursday, September 10, 2015

The Haint (2001)

I've been working on a play this year. Well, technically, revising a play. The original version was first performed by the Nebunele theater troupe in their own beautiful guerrilla style way, some years back. Now I'm simply sharpening it up for an actual stage. I'm pretty excited about it. Not sure how far it will go in the theatre world but I'm moving onward all the same.

In-between play writing time, I ran into another play: The Haint. Folks, I had no idea this was a play until I started watching it. Also, what in the world is a "haint"?

I learned many things just a matter of minutes with this Southern belle.

Simpy put: a haint is a restless spirit, and a term most popular in the Southern states. Paranormal fan that I am, it was a bit of a blow to realize that I've never heard (or if I had, understood) this word before! However, I have yet to visit the South, so I'm going to forgive myself for this arcane knowledge faux pas... 

Here's a little story from Appalachian to give you a better idea of this unique community-driven/humorous/gossipy ghost. Also, if you happen to stumble upon Foxfire book #2 then you'll learn quite a bit about Southern "Boogers, Witches, and Haints". 

This particular Haint is a recording of a play and consists of 13 characters all performed by one amazing actor and fellow Seattleite: Troy Mink. He is hilarious, moving, adorable, and so remarkably good that it's hard to believe he's the only person on stage. The story quickly dives into the social dramas of a small Southern town, a sad but bizarre death, and how the folks of town deal with their uniquely perceived and potentially prosperous haint.

Note! This play should not be confused with Justin Asher's play of the same name. Two different stories. To learn more about Mink and this Haint, check out the play's StageDirect link.

Although great for most ages, the younger crowd may not fully understand all the drawling social, religious, or economic conflicts. The older crowd, however, may completely appreciate the incredible dark humor and the truths that lies therein.

In all, this is a wonderful one hour play. Highly recommended for the whole family, individuals of all ages, small groups, thespians, appreciators of the Southern Gothic, and every walk of ghost story fan.

Recommended pairing: get on a porch, have your iced tea ready, and sit back like you're about to spin a yarn. OR just chill out on the couch and get yourself ready for chuckles and some very fine drama.

As of today, this video is available through Amazon. Free with an Amazon Prime account. Use the links under Find It. Watch It. on Horror Habit's side bar to locate where else you can find this fantastic performance.

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