By Nicole Gluckstern for the SF Bay Guradian ::
Thrillpeddlers has slyly redefined its brand of thrills to embrace a wholly different genre besides the Grand Guignol revivalism for which it is best known; setting aside its usual quotient of twisted naturalism and splattered gore for the rambunctious, over-the-top glitter and glam of Theatre of the Ridiculous.
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.
It was quite a thrill for Thrillpeddlers last Friday night when John Waters came the Hypnodrome to see “Pearls Over Shanghai.” The visit was planned well in advance and I could feel our excitement mounting from the moment we heard the news last November that he was all set to come on January 8th. The […]
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 […]
True to form, Halloween weekend was a blast at The Hypnodrome. We sold out all three performances of Shocktoberfest!! 2009: The Torture Garden (including a special midnight show on Halloween night). The 8 pm performance of Peals Over Shanghai was standing room only with most of the audience in full costume. Kudos to the couple […]