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Audacious Artefacts: Parisian Grand Guignol
The Hypnodrome
San Francisco, CA
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Audacious Artefacts: Parisian Grand Guignol
NOTE:  Once on-line ticket sales have ended (at 6 PM on the day of a performance), please call 415-377-4202 to check on ticket availability and reservations.

Held-Over through May 16!  
Added performances on Fridays and Saturdays May 8 and 9, 15 and 16 at 8 PM.

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 at 7:30 pm).  For couples seeking privacy and an extra jolt during Thrillpeddlers famed blackout spook show finales, the Hypnodrome's signature "Shock Box" seats are well worth the higher ticket price of $69 per couple.  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 "Audacious Artefacts: Parisian Grand Guignol":
Thrillpeddlers is proud to announce the first production of their 2009 season, Audacious Artefacts: Parisian Grand Guignol, which will include four terror plays and sex farces from the repertory of the famed Parisian Theatre du Grand Guignol.  The show will be presented on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m., March 12 through May 2, at Thrillpeddlers Hypnodrome, 575 10th Street, San Francisco.

The Head Hunters, a late entry into the genre from 1958, concerns the disappearance of ethnologist Philippe Roujan into the jungles of French Guiana with only an escapee from Devils Island as his guide. Alarmed and concerned about his uncertain fate, the young mans father and fiance travel from Paris to Amazonia, guided only by the girls unfaltering belief in the questionable science of Radiesthesia, a method of locating the missing man through psychic means. Among the formidable obstacles they encounter are a ferocious tribe of headhunters, poison arrows, cannibalism, foul venomous beasts, and the oppressive sights, sounds, and sensations of the South American jungle.

Private Room Number 6, a revenge drama from 1907 along the lines of Death and the Maiden, takes place back in Paris at the Rat Mort, a celebrated nightspot with a shady reputation. A sadistic, dipsomaniacal Russian general gets more than he bargained for when he invites a young working girl from the Rue de la Paix for a midnight liaison in one of the notorious brothels private dining rooms.

Tics, or Doing the Deed, from 1906, is a sex farce that draws its humor from a very peculiar premise. Two country gentlemen involved in a bit of illicit wife-swapping, as well as a hapless male domestic, all develop peculiar physical tics after doing the deed. An episode of unbridled hilarity ensues, as only the French could envision.

Fleshing out the program will be The Discipline, a morsel of eighteenth-century erotica involving two young Catholic novices and the convent gardener, which will feature the Thrillpeddlers' first-ever erotic spookshow. Due to the adult nature of this presentation, absolutely no one under the age of eighteen will be admitted.

Pairs of patrons will surely enjoy Hypnodrome's Shock Box seats for two, which garnered SF Weekly's Best of San Francisco 2008 for Best Bonus Theater Experience.  These themed seats include sumptuous Turkish Lounges, as well as private boxes including Heaven and Hell, Pharaohs Tomb, and Padded Cell, which offer the same opportunity for illicit trysting that was once a feature of the Parisian Theatre du Grand Guignol with added special effects as a nod to the 1950s horror movie gimmicks of William Castle.


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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