“HOT GREEKS” – Revival of The Cockettes 1972 Musical Opens This Sunday

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Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

Thrillpeddlers is proud to announce production of a revival of the 1972 Cockettes musical extravaganza HOT GREEKS, an original musical by Martin Worman and Richard “Scrumbly” Koldewyn. This show is part of our 3rd annual Theatre of the Ridiculous Revival, which will play in repertory with performances of the long-running hit musical PEARLS OVER SHANGHAI. Originally produced as a Nocturnal Dream Show and performed at midnight at the Palace Theatre in San Francisco’s Chinatown, Hot Greeks and Pearls Over Shanghai are the only scripted book musicals from the famed and fabulous Cockettes. Hot Greeks is directed by Russell Blackwood, and original Cockette and composer Richard “Scrumbly” Koldewyn serves as Musical Director. The cast includes Connie Champagne, Thrillpeddlers stalwarts Birdie-Bob Watt and the ever luminescent Michael Soldier as “Lysistrata”.

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Will McMichael as “Pendulem Pulaski”. Photo, davidallenstudio.com

Hot Greeks plays as a limited engagement – running only 17 performances – Thursday (8 pm) and Sunday at (7 pm) from May 2nd –June 27th. The program will be presented in repertory with Thrillpeddlers’ current production Pearls Over Shanghai which will continue to run through August 1, 2010. Friday and Saturday – through June 26, 2010 at 8 pm, in July through August 1, 2010 Pearls plays Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 7 pm.

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Connie Champagne (center) as “Clitoristra”, (clockwise from top) Will McMichael,
Jeka Chernoble, Kegel Kater, Ste Fishell, and L. Ron Hubbie.
Photo, davidallenstudio.com

SYNOPSIS
College rhythm meets the Peloponnesian War as Athens University takes on Sparta State for their annual pigskin showdown. This musical, loosely based on Aristophanes’s Lysistrata, features the Tri Thigh Sorority girls jiving to the big-band hit parade sounds of the 1940s. The kids sing and dance through the ruins, on their way to consult the Oracle of Delphi (The Hot Twat of Tangier) in their pursuit of victory on the gridiron with Lysistrata, in full football player drag, strives to save the day for the Gods and Greece.

HOT GREEKS comes with a floorshow – great musical moments from the Cockettes including Tinsel Tarts In A Hot Coma, Journey To The Center of Uranus (JCU), and Vice Palace. Thrill to songs made famous by the show’s original cast members, Divine and Mink Stole, best known for their work in the films of John Waters. Fans will remember these great tunes, “A Crab On Your Anus Means Your Loved” (Divine – JCU), and “No Nose Nanook” (Mink – VP).

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Michael Soldier, Miss Sheldra, and Eric Tyson Wertz
Photo, davidallenstudio.com

ABOUT THRILLPEDDLERS
THRILLPEDDLERS have been performing their unique brand of horror and fetish theatre in San Francisco since 1991. Under the direction of Russell Blackwood, Thrillpeddlers are continuously engaged in translating, adapting and producing classic plays from the infamous repertoire of Le Théâtre du Grand Guignol and producing other works inspired by the Grand Guignol. The company’s SOMA performance venue, The Hypnodrome, is tailor-made for the specific needs of horror theatre, “lights-out” spook show spectacle, multi-act bills, and arts education programs for young people.

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For more information about additional seating “options” including Turkish Lounges, The Pharaoh’s Tomb, and The Padded Cell, click here: HOT GREEKS

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Seán Martinfield
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