The Dark Fantastic


An immersive storytelling experience

The Dark Fantastic posteriDiOM’s Fall Fringe Festival wraps up this weekend with The Dark Fantastic, the time-twisting tale of a boy with two hearts, told by touring artist and audience favorite Martin Dockery.

Accompanied by a musical score, you will journey to a solitary house in the middle of the desert to hear the tale of an old man, the woman he loves, and her son, a boy who has two hearts. The story moves forward and backward through time, from a car crash in a barren landscape to a jammed photocopier in a hastily-constructed city, bringing together three disparate characters, one of whom is you, the audience, in a world that is as fantastical as it is mundane, and as terrifying as it is alive with wonder…


Opening October 9:

Ancient Greek playwright Sophocles wrote hundreds of plays. Only seven have survived the millennia.
THESE SEVEN SICKNESSES distills all seven surviving plays into one epic show.

With a 4.5-hour running time, a cast of 23, two intermissions for dinner and dessert served by the cast, sophisticated costuming, fight choreography, live music and special effects, THESE SEVEN SICKNESSES is the largest production iDiOM has ever mounted, and is the don’t-miss event of the 2014–2015 season.

iDiOM’s production of THESE SEVEN SICKNESSES will be the West Coast premiere of the play, which opened to rave reviews in Chicago, and had an acclaimed run at The Flea Theater in New York City. Playwright Sean Graney has wisely infused Sophocles’ seven surviving tragedies with humor and music, while managing to keep the gravity of the ancient stories intact.

Sophocles (496–406 BCE) was the most celebrated playwright of the most celebrated era of theater and wrote over a hundred plays during the height of theater festivals in ancient Greece, only seven of which survive today. Known as a theatrical innovator, he wrote well into his nineties, and into the declining days of Athens. These works span the entirety of his career from an upstart playwright to the most respected voice of the city.

iDiOM Artistic Director Glenn Hergenhahn-Zhao directs his first show since returning as Artistic Director of the theater he founded in 2002, with his most ambitious undertaking to date. With a cast of twenty-three, a chorus of singers, original music, countless bloody deaths and an epic running time, 7S is a serious undertaking. iDiOM will be raising funds to make the production possible through a Kickstarter campaign entitled THE SOPHOCLES PROJECT: patrons can secure tickets by donating to the campaign, or through our tickets page.


Thu Oct 9, 6:30PM – Special Preview
Fri Oct 10, 6:30PM – Opening Night Reception
Sat Oct 11, 6:30PM

Thu Oct 16, 6:30PM
Fri Oct 17, 6:30PM
Sat Oct 18, 6:30PM
Sun Oct 19, 3PM

No Thursday show
Fri Oct 24, 6:30PM
Sat Oct 25, 6:30PM
Sun Oct 26, 3PM

No Thu/Fri show
Sat Nov 1, 6:30PM
Sun Nov 2, 3PM