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.
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 […]
From Kimberly Chun of 7×7 ::
For kids who were born too late to experience the fabulous freaks and drag delights of San Francisco’s world-famous underground troupe the Cockettes, your moment has come to truly sample the, ahem, wares of the groundbreaking psychedelic tranny troupe. The Cockettes may be gone, but it hasn’t been […]
From Carnal San Francisco ::
I recently got to see a preview of the revival of the Cockette’s show “Pearls Over Shanghai.” It’s an original musical written by Cockette Scrumbly Koldewyn, a musical genius born in the wrong era. His tastes and style come directly from show tunes of the early to mid 20th […]
“It’s like your brain just had a lot of unprotected sex and maybe some roofies and you woke up with your frontal lobe feeling really stretched out in a way that you’re too embarrassed to even tell your doctor about. It’s that much fun.”
Vetern Thrillpeddler Will McMichael writes and directs his new play Night Witches for the Hollywood Fringe Festival with the help of Thrillpeddlers. Thousands of young women went to war on the Eastern Front of WWII. Among the most elite were the women of Night Bomber Regiment 588. In hushed fearful tones, the Nazi called them Nachthexen (Night Witches). Playing June 5 - 23, 2016.
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Thrillpeddlers is auditioning performers of all genders, races and ethnicities for the acting ensemble of "Shocktoberfest," San Francisco's 17th annual extravaganza of terror and titillation celebrating the Grand Guignol theatre tradition (www.grandguignol.com). This year's lineup includes classic Grand Guignoil horror plays, black comedy, and original music by Scrumbly Koldewyn (resident composer for Thrillpeddlers and the fabulous Cockettes). Auditions are June 6, 6:30 - 8:30 pm & June 13, 6:30 - 9 (also callback) at The Hypnodrome, 575 10th St. (@ Bryant St.), S.F. Please prepare: one 1-2 minute monologue. You'll also have the option sing a song or share a special skill (musical or otherwise). Appointment/Info: Russell at email@example.com "Shocktoberfest" rehearsals are Aug 1 - 3 workshops, Aug 15 - Oct 12 weeknights and some Saturday days. Performance are Thur, Fri, Sat at 8 pm Oct 13 - Nov 19, plus Oct 30 and 31 at 8 pm. Performers receive a $250 travel stipend.