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Shocktoberfest!! 2010: Kiss of Blood
The Hypnodrome
San Francisco, CA
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Shocktoberfest!! 2010: Kiss of Blood
Note:  On-line ticket sales end two hours before curtain time.  If you would like to check on ticket availability after that time please call 415-377-4202.  Ticket refunds and exchanges are only available for four hours after the original ticket purchase.

About SEATING OPTIONS at Thrillpeddlers' Hypnodrome:
Our intimate venue seats only forty-five guests, so we do recommend purchasing your tickets in advance.  "General Admission" seats are filled on a first-come basis and we A encourage patrons to arrive early (the doors open a 1/2 hour before show time).  For couples seeking privacy and an extra jolt during the Shocktoberfest!! lights-out spookshow finale, the Hypnodrome's signature "Shock Box" seats are well worth the higher ticket price of $70 per couple ($35 each).  Winner of SF Weekly's "Best of San Francisco 2008" Award for "Best Bonus Theater Experience" Hypnodrome's "interactive audience-invading" Shock Boxes are themed loveseats (Heaven and Hell, The Pharaoh's Tomb, and The Asylum of Shock), that offer the same opportunity for illicit trysting that was once a feature of the Parisian Theatre du Grand Guignol - thanks to a sheer curtain that can be drawn to conceal the goings on inside each private booth.  A "Shock Box" couple can see the show, but the show cant see them!  In our "Turkish Lounge" for two, couples may bask in decadent languor and kick back among oriental carpets and silken pillows while enjoying the show.

About SHOCKTOBERFEST!! 2010:  Kiss of Blood:
Thrillpeddlers' 11th annual pageant of terror and titillation is a must-see this Halloween season.  The festival of one-act plays pays homage to Grand Guignol terror theatre and sex farces, a theatrical genre that began in Paris at the turn of the 20th Century and had a profound influence on the development of scary entertainment from "Tales of the Crypt," to "Sweeney Todd" and Hollywood's golden era of horror films.  This year's bill includes revivals of some of Thrillpeddlers favorite repertoire from the past decade of Shocktoberfest!!  

The program will feature 3 One-Act plays, including the title piece KISS OF BLOOD by Jean Aragny and Francis Neilson, a 1929 shocker from the repertoire of Le Théâtre du Grand-Guignol the original French horror theatre, in a new English adaptation by Daniel Zilber (co founder of Thrillpeddlers), and LIPS OF THE DAMNED and THE EMPRESS OF COLMA, two original plays in the Grand Guignol tradition commissioned by Thrillpeddlers from New York playwright Rob Keefe. The bill culminates with Thrillpeddlers' famed black-out spook show finale when ghostly apparitions materialize before the audience's startled eyes. The Hypnodrome's "Shock Box" seats provide pairs of patrons with privacy and an added jolt of "lights-out thrills".

KISS OF BLOOD (Le Baiser de sang) caused a sensation when it debuted at infamous Parisian horror theatre, Le Theatre du Grand Guignol in 1929 due to the gruesomeness of its opening scene, set as it is in an operating theatre during the aftermath of a botched brain surgery. At a theatre that had acquired an international reputation for onstage violence, shocking its audience must have been no mean feat – but by confronting the audience with a gruesome tableau the moment the curtain rises, they achieved their goal. The science of brain surgery was still in its infancy, and inexact, to say the least. As the play unfolds, the theme of madness as a surgically operable malady is explored with even more startling developments.

LIPS OF THE DAMNED, suggested by "La Veuve" (a French slang term for The Guillotine, literally "The Widow"), is set in a French museum of torture devices and other antique curiosities, forced to close its doors due to an uncontrollable infestation of starved rats. An illicit amorous tryst is interrupted, or perhaps enhanced, by the intrusion of unwelcome parties.

THE EMPRESS OF COLMA takes place in the basement clubhouse of potential pageant candidates all vying desperately for the title of "Empress of Colma". Their dental assistant girlfriend, tolerated only for her easy access to pharmaceutical drugs, scores the wrong drugs one fateful day, with hilarious, …albeit disastrous, results.


The Hypnodrome
575 10th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
United States


Arts > Theatre

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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