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Shocktoberfest!! 2009: The Torture Garden
The Hypnodrome
San Francisco, CA
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Shocktoberfest!! 2009: The Torture Garden
NOTE:  Online ticket sales end two hours prior to that evening's curtain time.  After that, please do call 415-377-4202 to check on the availability of tickets for "cash-at-the-door" for that night's performance.  

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 encourage patrons to arrive early (the doors open at 7:30 pm).  For couples seeking privacy and an extra jolt during the black-out spookshow finale, 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 Shocktoberfest!! 2009:
The program will consist of two shocking one-act plays, THE TORTURE GARDEN (1922) by Pierre Chaine and Andre de Lorde, and THE PHANTOM LIMB, an original play in the Grand Guignol tradition commissioned by Thrillpeddlers from New York playwright Rob Keefe.  At intermission, guests are treated to head-on demonstration of our life-size guillotine (cameras and strong nerves a must!).

THE TORTURE GARDEN (Le Jardin des supplices) is based on the infamous novel by Octave Mirbeau, once described as the most sickening work of art of the 19th century. Mirbeaus sensual and disturbing novel follows a young mans journey to the ends of desire and depravity in a grand Chinese palace garden where torture is enjoyed and practiced as a form of art itself  and of the mysterious woman who leads him there. As adapted by Chaine and de Lorde, the play is an quintessential example of Orientalism, a wildly popular artistic movement in Paris in the 1920s, depicting hostile and deprecatory views of the East as interpreted and shaped by the attitudes of 19th century Europeans.

THE PHANTOM LIMB is set in a New Orleans brothel during the days immediately following the American Civil War, where a rag-tag parade of wounded and mutilated Confederate soldiers have gathered for solace and healing at the hands of a money-hungry madam, who is only too willing to supply the young soldiers with their every needuntil a dark and mysterious stranger arrives at her door one sultry afternoon.


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


Arts > Theatre

Minimum Age: 14
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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