Gorilla Tango Burlesque Opens THE OREGON TAIL BURLESQUE: YOU HAVE DIED OF SEXY Tonight
Get your wagons ready, someone's dead on the Oregon Trail and it ain't from Dysentery! Gorilla Tango Burlesque - local burlesque powerhouse dedicated to creating all-female fusions of classic striptease and comedic parody - is opening its first premiere in almost a year! THE OREGON TAIL BURLESQUE: YOU HAVE DIED OF SEXY, a video Game Film Noir Murder Mystery Burlesque, will perform Fridays at 9pm, tonight, January 10-April 11, 2014, at Gorilla Tango Theatre Bucktown (1919 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago IL 60647). Tickets are $28-$35. Call 773-598-4549 or visit www.gorillatango.com/oregon for more info. 18 and over only.
Do you have fond memories of being a Wagon Leader in 1848? Did you contract Cholera, break an arm for no apparent reason, and haggle with a Hungarian for an unheard of amount of bullets? Were you the kid who penned the epitaph"Here lies BriansMomisHot, dead of measles"? Then this show is for you!
THE OREGON TAIL BURLESQUE: YOU HAVE DIED OF SEXY is the latest offering from Gorilla Tango Burlesque and a retro film noir send-up of the classic educational video game from the 1970s. The original game, developed by Don Rawitsch, Bill Heinemann, and Paul Dillenberger and produced by the Minnesota Educational Computing Consortium, was designed to teach school children about the realities of 19th century pioneer life on the Oregon Trail. A staple of schools since, Oregon Trail featured such "typical" pioneering hardships as getting oxen stolen, starvation, and tragic drowning, as well as the now infamous death announcement: "You Have Died of Dysentery." (For a great cultural reference, check this out! http://www.buzzfeed.com/bennyjohnson/how-oregon-trail-traumatized-all-of-us-as-children)
Gorilla Tango Burlesque's version, however throws sexy ladies and a Film Noir murder mystery into the mix, to make this the most INTERESTING trek West ever!
Says Director Sabrina Harper (director/writer of the smash hit "Sweetie Maude"), "This is my first burlesque and I am loving it. For this show, we've incorporated a blend of classic music with a twist of 80 fitness rock. If you think back fondly on playing the video game as a kid, or just like to see some silly pioneer inspired boobies, you'll love this show!"
While the video game caters to the school age crowd, THE OREGON TAIL BURLESQUE: YOU HAVE DIED OF SEXY is most definitely 18 and over only. Come along with Pa P Cok, Ma Boobs, and the whole gang for fordin' n huntin' and peepin' n pioneerin'. "BANG!" "WHAM!" "POW!" Let's hit the trail and hit it hard.
Directed by Sabrina HarperChoreographed by Zatanna Zor-ElleWritten by Sarah Illiatovitch-GoldmanCostumes by Kristen AhernProduced by Gorilla Tango Burlesque Featuring: Bonnie Cupcakes as Pa P. Cok, Emma Glitterbomb as Ma Boobs, Estrella Von Trapp as Thrustonix, EV Velour as Whip Her Willow, Kit'n Whispers as Trader Joe, Peaches N. Cream as The New Banker, Polly Pom Poms as Peachy Keen, Titty Titty Bang Bang as Big Dick, Prima LaDonna as Whip Her Willow/Thrustonix (Understudy), and Tallulah Twist as Ma Boobs (Understudy).
MORE ABOUT OREGON TAIL CREATIVE CREW:Sabrina Harper (Director) is currently Director of Audience Services at The Second City Theatre Chicago. She was born and raised in New Orleans and is a graduate of Pine Manor College in Boston. Sabrina started her career as a stand-up comedian and finished the Directing Program at The Second City Theatre, Chicago in July 2009. She founded and co-owned The Improv Inferno in Ann Arbor, Michigan and spent two amazing years producing, directing, performing and programming shows there. Directing credits include "PEEEVED" (IL), "Stacey & Who" (NY), "SNR-Saturday Night RE-Written" (NY), "The Ladies Show", "Dick & Jane" (MI) "The Second City National Touring company 2012" (IL), "Swallow Your Pride" (GayCo), "Adorable Disasters" (GayCo), "Pre-FAME" (IL) and the recent smash hit musical "Sweetie Maude", which she also co-wrote and produced. Improv and stage credits include "Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolfe?" (MA), "Trigger Finger", "Tippi-Portrait of a Virgin" (IL), "Late Night Ritalin" (NY), and "The Damnation Game" (MI). Sabrina has assistant directed "The Vortex" and "Nightclubbing" with The Innocent Theater Co. in New York as well as The Second City e.t.c's "Sky's the Limit (Weather Permitting)" and is a Director for The Second City Communications in Chicago.
Zatanna Zor-Elle (Choreographer) has been performing at Gorilla Tango as a burlesque dancer for more than two years. Credits include: Spock in "Boobs of Kahn: A Star Trek Burlesque" (coming back in April 2014!); Rita Repulsa in "Hooter Rangers", Princess Peach in "Boobs and Goombas: A Super Mario Burlesque", and as well as several of their themed cabarets. She began her formal dance training more than 20 years ago and received her bachelor's degree from Millikin University where she studied opera and political science. Zatanna may currently be found performing as Leia and Obi Wan Kenobi in "A Nude Hope: A Star Wars Burlesque", The Imperial Officer in "The Empire Brings Sexy Back: A Star Wars Burlesque Sequel" and Willie in "Temple of Boobs: An Indiana Jones Burlesque".
MORE ABOUT GORILLA TANGO BURLESQUEGorilla Tango Burlesque has gone from the debut of the surprise hit "Boobs & Goombas: A Super Mario Burlesque" in October 2010 to a local burlesque/comedy powerhouse with literally thousands of audience members through the door to see unique burlesque parodies of everything from Star Wars to Indiana Jones, from superheroes to 1990s pop-culture phenomena -- and that's just a small selection of what they have available for-- as their slogan states-- "the Discerning Nerd." THE OREGON TAIL BURLESQUE: YOU HAVE DIED OF SEXY is their first new work since their February 2013 hit "Don't Blink: A Doctor Who Burlesque." Stay tuned for their Star Trek Burlesque, coming back in April 2014!
Gorilla Tango Theatre (GTT) provides year-round theatrical venues where audiences of all ages can consistently go to see a wide variety of talented artists. GTT exists to provide artists with an opportunity to produce their work in professional environment. GTT was created by Dan Abbate and boasts two venues: an 80-seat performance space in Bucktown and a 150-seat performance space in Skokie. GTT Bucktown is conveniently located at the intersection of Western and Milwaukee in Chicago's Bucktown neighborhood. Easily accessible by public transportation, GTT is steps away from the Western Blue Line stop and the #49 Western, #73 Armitage and #56 Milwaukee buses. Street parking is readily available. Gorilla Tango's Skokie Theatre is located in the heart of Downtown Skokie; street and lot parking available. With shows for all ages, all GTT performances are on a rating system, similar to the one used in movie theatres. GTT offers a variety of affordable beer and wine for purchase. Consult the website for show details, rating information, tickets, and more.
More information: www.gorillatango.com Bucktown: 1919 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60647; 773.598.4549.