The character of Sweeney Todd, homicidal barber, first appeared in Victorian England, a modernizing society fascinated by sensational tales of murder. In our own societal moment characterized by violent diversions, we ask why. Does cultural preoccupation with expressions of violent death reflect reality or promote violence? Does it sublimate our violent anxieties into safe entertainments – like a night at Trinity Rep? Join horror writer Janaya Kizzie and others for a contemplation of cultural carnage.