Thrillpeddlers Hosts SHOCKTOBERFEST 14: JACK THE RIPPER, Now thru 11/23
Thrillpeddlers announces their annual Halloween Extravaganza Shocktoberfest 14: Jack the Ripper - An Evening of Horror, Madness, Spanking and Song Commemorating the 125th Anniversary of the Jack The Ripper Murders in London. Thrillpeddlers presents its 4th and final preview performance of Shocktoberfest 14 on Sept. 30, the very date that police received the letter that coined the name "Jack the Ripper" and the case's double-murder occurred.
This 14th Annual Extravaganza of Terror & Titillation includes:
A Classic Grand Guignol Thriller:
- Jack the Ripper by André de Lorde and Pierre Chaine, Premiere English adaptation by Carl Grose; -
- The Wrong Ripper - a World-Premiere One-Act play by Rob Keefe;
- A Visit to Mrs. Birch and the Young Ladies of the Academy - (The opening scene from the Victorian Spanking drama) - (a Thrillpeddlers' favorite also celebrating its 125 year);
- Salome - by Scrumbly Koldewyn - a new musical spin on Oscar Wilde's classic;
and a Lights-Out Spook-Show Finale.
This annual festival of Grand Guignol horror theatre and black comedies, plays as a Limited Engagement - only 30 performances Thurs., Fri., & Sat. at 8:00 pm from Sept. 26 thru Nov. 23, 2013, with 2 special Halloween performances on Tues., Oct. 29 and Wed. Oct. 30 at 8:00 pm. Previews -Thurs. 9/26, Fri. 9/27, Sat. 9/28, Mon. 9/30, Opening Night (press night) - Thurs., Oct. 3, 2013 - 8:00 pm.
2013 dates for Shocktoberfest 14: Jack the Ripper:
Previews - Sept. 26, 27, 28 (Thurs. - Sat.), 30 (Mon.)
Oct. 3, (Thurs.) opening night), 8:00 pm
Oct. 4, 5, 10,11, 12 / 17, 18, 19 / 24, 25, 26, Thurs. Fri. & Sat. - 8:00 pm)
Oct. 29 & 30 (Tues., Wed. - 8:00 pm) 2 Special Halloween Perfs
Oct. 31, Nov. 1, 2, (Thurs. Fri. & Sat. - 8:00 pm)
Nov. 7, 8, 9 / 14, 15, 16 / 21, 22, 23 (Thurs. Fri. & Sat. - 8:00 pm)
Thrillpeddlers' Hypnodrome is located at 575 10th St. SF 94103. (Bryant & Division Sts.). Tickets for Shocktoberfest 14: Jack the Ripper - $30 all performances - Gen. Admission. $35 premium admission for front row seats and "Shock Boxes" and "Turkish Lounges". ("Shock Boxes" and "Turkish Lounges" tickets sold in pairs only), and are available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/445136 or for info. call 415/ 377- 4202.
Jack the Ripper by André de Lorde & Pierre Chaine, Premiere English adaptation by Carl Grose; Originally performed in 1934 for Le Theatre du Grand Guignol in Paris, the one-act play Jack the Ripper imagines what would happen if the Ripper led police to the scene of a sixth grisly murder in the Whitechapel district of East London. A bloody note pinned to his fifth victim tells police where and when he'll strike next and Scotland Yard makes a bargain with an incarcerated prostitute to help them catch the killer. Jack the Ripper's playwright, André de Lorde, was the most prolific of the Grand Guignol's writers, penning over 150 one-act terror plays and comedies for the infamous "Theatre of Blood." Playwright Carl Grose (who wrote The Wild Bride with director Emma Rice presented in the Bay Area at Berkeley Rep '12 & '13) is writing this first-ever English adaption of the play, feeding his fascination with de Lorde, a character featured in his playGrand Guignol. In Fall 2013 Carl Grose and Emma Rice wlll have the West Coast premiere of their play Tristan & Yseult at Berkeley Rep 11/22/13 - 1/6/14. Carl is also currently writing plays for Kneehigh Theatre Company, Royal Shakespeare Company, and The National Theatre in London.
Cast: Norman MacLeod (Inspector Smithson), Kai Brothers (Sgt. Hopkins), Jack Crow (Richards and Huxley, the prison director), John Flaw (Dr. Morhalt), TJ Buswell (The Warden), Geo Epsilanty (Dr. Thompson), Eric O'Kelly (Dr. Short), Dashiell Hillman (Lord Sheffield), Bruna Palmeiro(Jenny Wickers), Zelda Koznofski (Edith), Julia McArthur (Mary), Tina Sogliuzzo (Michelle, a nurse). Directed by Russell Blackwood.
The Wrong Ripper - a World-Premiere One-Act play by Rob Keefe; This World-Premiere is inspired by the double murder of Blanche Lamont and Minnie Williams, which took place in 1895 at San Francisco's Emanuel Baptist Church that once stood at 131 Bartlett St. (near Valencia & 23rd St.). Like the Jack the Ripper case, it too produced a media circus and at the time when deYoung's Chronicle and Hearst's Examiner were both vying to be the number one paper in San Francisco. Theodore Durrant was convicted and hung for the murders, but there is grave doubt of his guilt. Emanuel Baptist Church's "Pastor Jack" is perhaps a more likely candidate for committing the crime...and was he also Jack the Ripper? Thrillpeddlers recently performed playwright Rob Keefe's The Twisted Pair in Rio Janeiro. His play The Cortez Method opens the New Play Series for Orlando Shakespeare Theater's 25th Season in August 2013.
Cast: TJ Buswell (Barnes, a young policeman), Michelle Louise (Rose, his wife), John Flaw (Euell, a cat burgler), Julia McArthur (Fern, his accomplish), Noah Haydon (Chorine #1), Tina Sogliuzzo (Chorine # 2), Bruna Palmeiro (Chorine #3), Zelda Koznofski (Moira Von Stepp), Russell Blackwood (Beauvais, a newspaper editor), Eric O'Kelly (Costigan, a reporter), Dashiell Hillman (Theodore Durrant). Directed by Alex Kinney.
A Visit to Mrs. Birch and the Young Ladies of the Academy (Anonymous, 1888) -The opening scene from the Victorian Spanking drama. (A Thrillpeddlers' favorite also celebrating its 125th year.) Thrillpeddlers presents the opening scene of this classic Victorian spanking drama. Originally published in 1888, "Mrs. Birch" celebrates the time-honored tradition of corporal punishment in the British boarding schools. Our all-female cast will demonstrate the effects of the 'Birchen Discipline' nightly. Knickers will be dropped.