College rhythm meets the Peloponnesian War in our revival of the 1972 Cockettes musical extravaganza HOT GREEKS. The show is loosely based on Aristophanes’s LYSISTRATA and is set to the sounds of the big-band hit parade of the 1940’s. It is the fabled and fabulous Cockettes’ only other scripted book musical besides PEARLS OVER SHANGHAI. May 2 – June 27, 2010 Thursdays at 8:00 PM and Sundays at 7:00 PM
Young devotees of Horror, Sci-Fi and Suspense have a summer camp to call their own! Creepshow Camps face “fright” with curiosity and creativity, revealing the secret techniques behind scary entertainments’ vitality and power. Workshops led by our dedicated staff of teaching artists engage participants, hands-on, in activities that teach and reinforce the fundamental skills in monster make-up, special effects, sleight of hand and stage combat. In our theatre venue, campers rehearse on-stage for a farewell performance given for family and friends at the end of every Creepshow Camp session. Four 2-week sessions: June 14, July 5, July 19, and August 2. Ages 8 – 15.
Channeling spirits, science, and seduction… A Musical Seance returns to The Hypnodrome! TWO NIGHTS ONLY!
March 7 & 8, 2010 at 8:00 PM
Hailed by LA Weekly as “the cult darling of the underworld,” our favorite chanteuse fatale Jill Tracy returns to Thrillpeddlers’ Hypnodrome to resurrect her wildly popular “Musical Seance”, a collaboration with Atlanta cult composer/violinist Paul Mercer, and featuring master percussionist Randy Odell, and special guests.
By Leslie Katz for the SF Examiner:
Not only has “Pearls Over Shanghai” survived a flash flood that closed it down for several weeks, the good-humored, gender-bending show is hosting guests of national prominence and questionable tastes — such as John Waters.
Chris Jensen for the SF Weekly:
In November 1971, a San Francisco theater troupe became the laughingstock of New York. The Cockettes were a ragtag bunch of acid-tripping Bay Area misfits who had started performing less than two years earlier at the Palace Theater in North Beach.
By Lynn Ruth Miller for For All Events ::
In her wonderful and fascinating description of her life as a Cockette, MIDNIGHT AT THE PALACE, Pam Tent says, “Although PEARLS OVER SHANGHAI had long been germinating in the fertile mind of Link Martin, it was extremely fortuitous when the real Peking Opera played […]
In San Francisco, you need not worry about which horror movies the video store has in stock when there are half a dozen Halloween-themed plays you can see. “Shocktoberfest,” for instance, has become a Halloween tradition.
This annual blood-fest, put on by the Thrillpeddlers, is […]
How can I best describe the adults-only, non-PC, musical extravaganza “Pearls Over Shanghai?” Take our local, super-talented Grand Guignol theater company The Thrillpeddlers and mate them with the legendary drag troupe The Cockettes — it’s as if Heklina birthed Rosemary’s Baby. It’s also the most entertaining live performance you […]
Thrillpeddlers, the Bay Area’s Grand Guignol maestros, is having a very good year. Amid an ever-extending run of the gloriously notorious Cockettes’ musical Pearls over Shanghai — the hit revival now shimmying its way to New Year’s Day — opened its 10th anniversary pageant […]
October 1 – November 20, 2009
Thrillpeddlers are proud to announce our signature Halloween show “Shocktoberfest!! 2009: The Torture Garden,” our tenth annual pageant of titillating Grand Guignol terror plays and stimulating sex farces. “Shocktoberfest!! 2009” will consist of two plays, the Grand Guignol classic “The Torture Garden” (1922) by Pierre Chaine and Andre de Lorde, and “The Phantom Limb,” an original play in the Grand Guignol tradition commissioned by the Thrillpeddlers from New York playwright Rob Keefe.