Scary Mary

and the nightmares nine

 by Amy Escobar

Fun and frolicsome with the perfect amount of soul-crushing darkness.
— City Arts

Scary Mary and the Nightmares Nine examines a young woman's struggle with depression and suicidal thoughts through the shadowy realm of her imagination; a fantastical world full of humor, horror, friendship and foes.


development History


Scary Mary was originally written as a one-act for the 2015 Zig Zag Festival at Annex Theater, directed in collaboration with Seayoung Yim.

(Rachel Delmar in photo by Ian Johnston)


Scary Mary premiered as a 90-minute play at Annex Theatre in February 2017 directed by Eddie DeHais.

(Corinne Magin & Jenn Ruzumna in photo by Joe Iano)

A fantastic tale haunted by gaunt demons, a mad librarian and a lurking beast named Slither with a taste for blood.
— The Seattle Times
A clever and charming play with great wit, much warmth and some smartly constructed imagery that delights all the senses. Amy Escobar’s script is appropriate for most age levels but it never feels too childish… it’s a mature story but grounded in the fairy tales/fantasy worlds enjoyed by young and old.
— Seattle Gay Scene

praise from audiences on social media:

If you are into imaginative worlds like Psychonauts or Coraline or love a good dark adventure I highly echo the recommendations to see Scary Mary and the Nightmares Nine.
I was so impressed with how completely I was swept away into the story. It’s amazing what good acting, creative art direction, and a story both humorous and intimate can do in such a small space.
I saw Scary Mary and the Nightmares Nine and it was delightfully spooky and fun and thought-provoking.
I don’t have enough superlatives to praise Scary Mary – the BEST theater I’ve seen in a long time.
Scary Mary is delightfully weird & wonderful & full of my favorite things: puppets, hella good production design, great comic timing, super cool ensemble work, physical theater of all kinds, lyrical & poetic & funny text, female friendship, creeper sidekicks, & librarians (well, one librarian). Go see it & enjoy living in the nightmares
Intermission endorsement: Holy shit. Go see Scary Mary while it’s still running. Just go. I promise.
Wish the show was called “Scary Mary and the Nightmares Forty” because then it would have never ended. Amazing.