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Monday, October 2, 2023

Rough House relocates House of the Exquisite Corpse III to Steppenwolf’s Merle Reskin Garage Space Opening Friday the 13th

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Rough House relocates House of the Exquisite Corpse III to Steppenwolf’s Merle Reskin Garage Space

The scaring begins Friday the 13th for 
Chicago’s only immersive puppet haunted house 

This production is recommended for audiences ages 14 and over. 
Rough House Theater's House of the Exquisite Corpse III features 
puppets by Pablo Monterrubio-Benet (artist and photo credit).

Here at ChiIL Live Shows, we adore Rough House Theater of Chicago and have been covering their shows for years, and their House of the Exquisite Corpse since it's inception. Before this immersive puppet haunted house was a thing, I never realized how many people are truly terrified of puppets, even when they're not trying to be scary. If you're ready for the dark side of puppetry, bring your big kids and adult friends and check out this visually stunning, macabre production!

Rough House Theater of Chicago is relocating its annual Halloween seasonal haunt House of the Exquisite Corpse III to Steppenwolf's Merle Reskin Garage Space, 1624 N. Halsted St. in Lincoln Park.

Chicago’s one and only immersive puppet haunted house is moving to a new location with an all-new program of immersive acts of puppet horror, guaranteed to shock, scare, astonish and delight. 

Friday the 13th (Friday, October 13) is Opening Night for House of the Exquisite Corpse III

Ticketed entries are scheduled every 15 minutes from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Performances continue through October 29 on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., with special Halloween Night closing performances on Tuesday, October 31.

Tickets for timed entries into House of the Exquisite Corpse III are on sale now at Tickets are $21-$46. Rough House also offers several Pay What You Want options. 

House of the Exquisite Corpse III was originally scheduled to run October 6-31 at Chopin Theatre. Anyone who already purchased tickets is being contacted individually to alert them of the new location, which offers better proximity to public transit, increased access for persons with disabilities and a wide open space to host Rough House’s puppet haunted house homage. 

Step inside - if you dare - Rough House Theater’s House of the Exquisite Corpse III

Rats by Kendall Buckingham (credit Mike Oleon)

“If you want to move beyond schlock and shock into an elevated horror experience this October, look no further than House of the Exquisite Corpse,” advised the Chicago Reader.

This year, Rough House’s Halloween peep show/puppet theater anthology is inspired by the book “Our Homes and How to Keep Them Healthy,” published in 1883 by Robert Brudenell Carter. 

Top Chicago puppet theater artists have selected different chapters like “The Difficulty of Proof in Cases of Arsenic Poisoning,” “The Dangers of Rebreathed Air” and “Advantages of the Removal of The Sick” to unleash and lay open their darkest creative impulses. 
Audiences enter House of the Exquisite Corpse in small groups via timed entries. Once inside, they must brave its dark halls for about an hour, stopping at each room to spy through keyholes, cracks, and hidden doors to witness the horrors within. Through original puppetry, physical performance, soundscape, and illusion, each room terrifies as it enraptures. Collectively, anyone who loves haunted houses or theater of the macabre will feel buyer’s envy after touring the otherworld ills plaguing Rough House Theater’s horrifying domestic spaces. 

For 2023, House of the Exquisite Corpse III stitches together six puppet peep-shows created by Chicago artists who work in multiple disciplines, including Pablo Monterrubio-Benet and Grace NeedlmanTom Lee and Sam LewisCorey SmithClaire BaumanChio Cabrera and Jacky KelseyJustin D’Acci and Sion SilvaKen Buckingham, and Felix Mayes and Kevin Michael Wesson. Process directors are Claire Saxe and Mike Oleon.

“Our Halloween production gives these artists the freedom to follow their own visions, create their own visuals, and be presented as individuals,” said Mike Oleon, Co-Artistic Director of Rough House, who conceived House of the Exquisite Corpse. “They get to work independently, motivated by whatever flavor of horror that freaks that person out the most. Then we all come together to assemble a collaborative anthology that, collectively, blurs the lines between horror, puppetry and theater, beckoning you to gaze into a variety of nightmares you won’t soon forget.”

This puppet (left) by Jacky Kelsey ponders “The Difficulty of Proof in Cases 
of Arsenic Poisoning” by Jacky Kelsey and Chio Cabrera. Photo by Chio Cabrera

Health and Safety

For the health and safety of our audiences and performers, Rough House strongly encourages all audience members to wear masks during the entire performance, regardless of vaccination status. For details, visit

About Rough House Theater Co.

Rough House Theater Co. is on a mission to connect individuals and communities through art that celebrates the weird things that make us unique and the weirder things that bring us together.

Rough House creates theater that captures the heart through the eye. Their shows use puppetry, music, and human performance to tell intimate stories, as strange as they are sincere.

Through performances, presentations of work by fellow artists, and artist training, Rough House aspires to make Chicago a national hub of contemporary puppet theater, comprising a diverse and ever-growing community of audiences and artists. The company’s work has appeared in the National Puppetry Festival, The Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival, punk houses, funeral parlors, a lotion factory, and the woods of Appalachia.

For more information, visit and follow the company on Instagram and Facebook.

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