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Red Rat Theater presents “The Pitchfork Disney”

August 10, 2023 @ 8:00 pm - August 19, 2023 @ 9:30 pm

Red Rat Theater presents

The Pitchfork Disney

by Philip Ridley

Directed by: Jack Rento

August 10th-August 19th, 2023

“It’s a ghost train, Mr. Chocolate. People love it. Sitting there in the dark. Having the living daylights scared out of them.”
Experience Red Rat Theater’s inaugural production of Philip Ridley’s fractured fairytale, The Pitchfork Disney.

Set over the course of one evening, The Pitchfork Disney follows agoraphobic twins Presley and Haley Stray as they reckon with the beauty and danger of the outside world, unraveling their notion of safety forever.

30 years after its Helen Hayes award-winning U.S. premiere at Woolly Mammoth, our immersive production takes Pitchfork’s “in-yer-face” legacy literally: you’ll be in the Strays’ apartment as they confront their deepest desires and darkest fears.
The Pitchfork Disney is as provocative, relevant, and haunting in 2023 as it was in the ’90s. With the Doomsday Clock set at 90 seconds to midnight and a society capitalizing off its “us vs. them” mentality, The Pitchfork Disney challenges modern audiences to hold a mirror to their own fears – and explore the power of facing them head-on.

CAST (in order of appearance): Jack Rento, Em Whitworth, Stephen Kime & James Finley

CREATIVE TEAM: Jack Rento (Director); Caroline Joy Johnson (Associate Director/Stage Manager); Alexis Sheeks (Lighting Designer); Andrew Goehring (Sound Designer); Sierra Young (Intimacy Direction/Fight Direction); Nick Gay (Videographer/Graphic Design)

Age recommendation: The Pitchfork Disney is appropriate for audiences ages 18+.

Content & Themes: The Pitchfork Disney contains mature content and themes, including: – Discussions of homophobia, physical and emotional abuse, murder – Drug use – A simulated sexual assault (a finger placed in a mouth)

Buy tickets now to experience the horror (and comedy) for yourself:


Note: CHAW is unfortunately accessible only via stairs. Built before the Americans with Disabilities Act became law in 1990, our studios, theater, and gallery are not accessible by either an elevator or ramp. If you have questions, please feel free to give us a call at 202.547.6839, or email a staff member.


August 10, 2023 @ 8:00 pm
August 19, 2023 @ 9:30 pm