Halloween not enough? The century-old Grand Guignol theatre style is recreated in Thrillpeddlers‘ Shocktoberfest 16: Curse of the Cobra, playing through Nov. 21 at the Hypnodrome in San Francisco. Plenty gory! And Theatre Rhinoceros, the nation’s longest-running LGBT theater company, presents the new comic drama Shakespeare Goes to War at The Thick House. Eric Jansen’s guests are Thrillpeddlers co-founder Russell Blackwood and actor David Bicha, and Theatre Rhinoceros artistic director and Shakespeare Goes to War playwright John Fisher. Get a sneak preview of the plays — including music and dialog from Shocktoberfest and from Thrillpeddlers‘ hit Club Inferno, which returns in February. (Aired 11/5/15.)
Maura Halloran’s Pussy is clever, quirky, and full of wit and insights into human nature that only a pussycat can have. The title character is a cat owned by a lesbian whose romance is on the rocks. Writer and actor Halloran, Eric Jansen’s guest on this week’s Out in the Bay, plays both soon-to-be ex-lovers, their mildly homophobic but clearly curious landlady, and Pussy, a keen observer of human behavior who knows more than she’s able to say. Halloran shifts smoothly and convincingly between all four characters, and is especially delightful to watch jumping onto furniture and calmly licking herself as her ‘masters’ bicker long-distance.
Meet all of Pussy‘s characters and creator Maura Halloran on Out in the Bay, 7pm PST Thursday 11/20 on kalw.org worldwide/ 91.7 fm SF Bay Area; after broadcast at the link below.
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Are gay rights civil rights? Is verbal gay-bashing still more acceptable than racist comments, even here in our Bay Area pro-gay bubble? A provocative play The Submission at the New Conservatory Theatre Center in San Francisco gets into these questions and more. Does the gay rights struggle deserve the same respect as the battle for women’s rights or racial equality? Or are LGBT activists just riding on the coattails of earlier, “real” civil rights leaders? Lead actress Sam Jackson and director Ben Randle discuss these issues and share bits from the play with host Eric Jansen on this week’s Out in the Bay, 7pm PST Thursday, Dec. 6, on 91.7 FM Bay Area + kalw.org globally.