Tottenville's Conference House, also known as Billop Manor, a 300 year old historic Staten Island landmark will bring some theatrical scares this October. The house is the setting for local playwright Joe Simonelli's thriller entitled "The Haunting of Billop House" whos writing was inspired by legends of a haunted Conference House. The four character play, with the house itself serving as the fifth, will be staged in the basement. The story follows a new caretaker who is intrigued by the mysterious connection she feels to the house.

"The Haunting of Billop House," stars, from the left, Travis Hentrich, Summer Moran, Debbie O'Brien, and Jai Sada. The original show, (script by Tottenville playwright Joe Simonelli) plays through Nov. 1 in the Conference House, Tottenville.(Source: Staten Island Advance/courtesy of the artist)

Simonelli , a Tottenville based screenwriter and actor began writing plays in the year 2000.

You can catch "The Haunting of Billop House" Oct. 10, 11, 17, 18 and Nov. 1 at 8 p.m. with matinees Oct. 12, 19 and Nov. 2 at 4 p.m. A Halloween show Oct. 31 at 7:30 p.m. will include a talk-back with the playwright. Seats are $18 gen. admission $15 (seniors/students). For reservations — strongly recommended — call 347-355-8989.

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