April 22 – July 31, 2011
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 PM
Sundays at 7:00 PM
At the Hypnodrome – 575 10th St., in SF 94103. (Bryant & Division Sts.)
Tickets available online at BrownPaperTickets.com
or by phone at 800-838-3006
$30 General Admission
$35 Shock Box and Turkish Lounge
Thrillpeddlers are happy to announce that after their record-breaking 22 month run of the award-winning production of PEARLS OVER SHANGHAI, they are presenting composer Scrumbly Koldewyn’s revival of the 1972 Musical revue extravaganza “VICE PALACE: The Last Cockettes Musical” at the Hypnodrome Theatre from April 22 thru July 31, 2011 in SF. With a book by Martin Worman and music composed by Scrumbly Koldewyn, the show was originally performed by The Cockettes during Halloween 1972 at the Palace Theatre in North Beach. This revival has been extensively revised by composer Scrumbly Koldewyn with additional material that originally appeared in past Cockettes productions.
“VICE PALACE: The Last Cockettes Musical” is loosely based on Edgar Allan Poe’s hallucinatory short story, “The Masque of the Red Death,” and the even more hallucinatory 1964 Roger Corman film of that name starring Vincent Price. It also gives a stylistic nod to the early 1960s films of Frederico Fellini, specifically “La Dolce Vita” and “Juliet of the Spirits”. VICE PALACE was originally written as a vehicle for Divine and actress Mink Stole (best known as stars of cult-director John Waters’ films), and The Cockettes.
Originally produced as a “Nocturnal Dream Show” and performed at midnight at the old Palace Theatre in Chinatown on Halloween weekend of 1972, VICE PALACE was the fabled and fabulous Cockettes’ final stage presentation. The Thrillpeddlers revision features selections from other Cockettes shows including “Les Etoiles du Minuit,” “Journey to the Center of Uranus,” and “The Circus of Life.”
“VICE PALACE: The Last Cockettes Musical” is directed by Russell Blackwood, and original Cockette and composer Scrumbly Koldewyn is the Musical Director. Costumes by Kära Emry, lights by Nicholas Torre, sound by Chris Paulina, and make up coordinator Kegel Kater.
Composer Scrumbly Koldewyn plays piano for all performances of “VICE PALACE: The Last Cockettes Musical.” Thrillpeddler and San Francisco favorites will be featured in this new production, including: Leigh Crow (Divina), Flynn DeMarco (Goldoni), Birdie-Bob Watt (Vagina Dentata), Steven Satyricon (Niccolini), Eric Tyson Wertz (Bella), Ste Fishell (Tonio), L. Ron Hubby (Madame X), T.J. Buswell (Paulo), James Toczyl (Polo), Russell Blackwood (Lucretia), and making his Thrillpeddlers debut as Ricciolini is Joshua Devore. Best known as former porn star Tober Brandt, Mr. Devore (aka Brandt) was named Best Fetish Performer at the 2009 GayVN Awards.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org "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.