Lisa Appleyard (Coulmier’s Wife) is excited to be back onstage with Thrillpeddlers after having just played the role of Mrs. Ova in this spring’s Hot Greeks. Prior to that, Lisa understudied and went on for all three of the Warblin’ Robins Sisters in Pearls Over Shanghai. You may have seen Lisa in past productions at 42nd Street Moon where her credits include Lady Be Good (Josephine van der Water), Destry Rides Again (Dimples/Mrs. Claggett), COCO (Jeanine/Docaton), and Girl Crazy (Patsy). Other favorite roles include Sheila in A Chorus Line, Frenchy in Cabaret, June in Chicago, Tess in Crazy for You, and the title role in Gypsy. Having played so many scantily clad women in the past, she wonders why she always has to keep so many of her clothes on here. When she is not onstage, Lisa inhabits the role of Mom to Julian and Austin and has taught middle school drama for the past dozen years.
Carlos Barrera (Herald), originally from Colombia and a chemical engineer by training, came to the US to attend graduate school in nuclear engineering at UC Berkeley. Having some time to spare between neutrons and gamma rays, he decided to pay attention to the scenic arts by being part of an on-campus improv comedy troupe (The GOWD squad) and several student productions in the theater department. Having been unable to harness nuclear fusion (either cold or extremely hot) and with PhD diploma in hand, he took a job as a forensic engineer in Silicon Valley, where today he can be found trying to determine the cause and origin of fires and explosions, and burning down the occasional Christmas tree. Recently he was seen walking in high heels as José Sarria in the revival of Sex Rev with Theater Rhinoceros. He has also performed with New Conservatory Theater Center, No Nude Men, and Performers under Stress, and was part of "La Tropa," multiple productions of texts by Latin American authors. In 2010 he made his playwriting debut with 32,700 Instants of Horror at the San Francisco Fringe Festival. This is his second production with Thrillpeddlers, having appeared this spring in Hot Greeks.
Karl Bigley-Bodlak (Patient) is one of the youngest Thrillpeddlers to perform on the stage with his debut in Shocktoberfest!! 2009 as the illegitimate son of Robert E. Lee. He is a recent graduate of Lowell High School, where he performed in their theater department and won first place in the Dramatic One-Act category at the Ohlone theater festival for Medea. He also appeared in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Illegal Playwriting Class as part of a non-profit student-run organization called the Move-About Theatre. Born and raised in San Francisco, he first became involved with Thrillpeddlers through interning as an instructor for summer camp sessions. Now he looks forward to his continued involvement with Thrillpeddlers and performing with an awesome cast!
Connie Champagne (Rossignol) Marat/Sade is Champagne’s fourth Thrillpeddlers production, and she’s delighted to be reunited with Russ, Scrumbly, and the Thrillpeddlers gang! She recently appeared in Canadian indie filmmaker Trevor Anderson’s The Man That Got Away, currently screening at Outfest Gay & Lesbian Film Festival in Los Angeles (www.dirtcityfilms.com/screenings). Past work includes roles at NYC’s Grove Street Playhouse, Woodminster Amphitheater, Magic Theater, New Conservatory Theater Center, San Jose Repertory, 42nd Street Moon, Victory Theater in Burbank, Coast Playhouse in LA, and she has appeared in numerous extravaganzas produced by our beloved impresario, Marc Huestis. Awards include Bay Area Theater Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actress in a Musical, Los Angeles’ Ovation Award for Best Actress In A Musical, and the Shanti Project Breast Cancer Program’s Community Spirit Award. She'll be appearing next month in Man Dance Company's summer show, On Broadway. She earned her MFA in Acting from American Conservatory Theater.
Kära Emry (Simonne Evrard) has been a Thrillpeddler with the award-winning Hypnodrome Theater since 2007. She most recently played femme fatale Claudine in Shocktoberfest!! 2011: Fear Over Frisco, and Dominatrix Lotti Wu in the long-running Pearls Over Shanghai. Her passions include theater, fitness, and kink. She enjoys promoting positive debauchery and is a firm believer in good old-fashioned discipline... particularly spankings.
Victoria Fraser (Musician) is a native of Anchorage, Alaska where she spent the first 18 years of her life before heading off to Smith College in Massachusetts to pursue a degree in Music and Italian. She graduated with High Departmental Honors for her thesis in composition, Magna Cum Laude, and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She is an active singer and composer, having just completed her Masters in voice at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. A certified PADI Divemaster, Victoria is also passionate about finding adventure in one of her many hobbies: SCUBA diving, downhill skiing, hiking, sailing, creative writing, baking, and traveling. In January, Victoria will depart for Germany where she will spend 12 months as an Au Pair and begin chasing her dream of being a sacred music singer in the world's beautiful cathedrals.
Jeff Garrett (Marquis de Sade) loves his job. Past work includes Buried Child, Fool For Love, and Equus at Boxcar Theatre; and Henry IV, Part 1 and The Three Musketeers at Shakespeare Santa Cruz. Future work includes Assassins for Shotgun Players and a one-man Christmas Carol coming to a theatre near you. See you there.
Jamie Harkin (Cucurucu) is originally from Nashville, TN. She moved to the Bay Area last June after graduating with a BA in theater at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She attended Flying Actor Conservatory for six months, a physical acting school run by master teachers James Donlon and Berkeley local Leonard PItt. In her first show in the Bay Area she played Luciana in a new musical A Hot Day In Ephesus at Actor’s Ensemble of Berkeley. This is her first professional show and she hopes there will be many more. Thanks to everyone in the cast and Thrillpeddlers for welcoming her with open arms! She hopes you have a bloody blast!
Noah Haydon (Patient) is very excited to be back on the Thrillpeddlers stage after playing Chop-Chop in Pearls Over Shanghai and most recently, Pandora in Hot Greeks. Other favorite roles include The Emcee(Cabaret), Snoopy(You're a Good Man Charlie Brown), Harry Houdini (Ragtime), Tulsa(Gypsy), Mark (A Chorus Line), and Lewis (Pippin). Noah has also done commercials for MTV, Long's Drug Store, and Jamba Juice, as well as voiceover work for Microsoft, Bagel Bites, and Banana Republic. He would like to thank his friends, his family, and BB for all the love and support.
Scrumbly Koldewyn (Music Director/Keyboard) was a founding member of The Cockettes and composed many songs for Pearls Over Shanghai, Vice Palace, Hot Greeks, and other shows. In the 80s he performed and composed for The Distractions, and then for 25 years with The Jesters Vocal Trio, touring extensively in Europe. He composed for approximately 40 original theatrical productions, including The Jesters' Singing Fools, and has been an accompanist/musical director and performer in theater and cabaret since the mid 1970s. Shows he created include The Untamed Stage (1920s Berlin Cabaret) in 1999 and Wilde Boys at NCTC in 2007 (BATCC awards for musical direction and best production-musical). Awards include the BATCC for original music (1981), two SF Bay Area Cabaret Gold Awards with The Jesters ('91 & '92), and the Dean Goodman Choice Award 2000 for Cabaret performance (Goldfield & Koldewyn). Currently, he is music director at Stagebridge in Oakland and New Conservatory Theatre Center in San Francisco.
Aaron Malberg (Jean-Paul Marat) From coast to coast, on stage, clubs, TV, and radio, Aaron has been an actor/trumpeter/singer for over 45 years. His training started at HS of Performing Arts, NYC (Fame), and continues to this day at Marin Actors Workshop with Terry McGovern. This Vietnam era Navy veteran's favorite mantra is to live truthfully, in the imaginary world of his character. He was last seen as a regretful murderer in the Scottish Play with Marin Shakespeare Co. and the clueless Mr. Collins in Pride and Prejudice at Ross Valley Players. This is his first performance with Thrillpeddlers and Brava Theater. Aaron has heard a lot about Russell Blackwood and he must say that now he sees why actors love this guy. “His insights and directorial chops are fabulous and yet always maintain respect for his actors' ideas.” Aaron is thrilled to work with him and this wonderful company. Enjoy the show!
Rumi Missabu (Jacques Roux) was born in Hollywood and trained in theater with the likes of Sally Field (Norma Rae) and Cindy Williams (Laverne & Shirley). His earliest credits include appearances in two Disney movies, Blackbeard’s Ghost and The One and Only Original Family Band. Bridging the gap between the Summer of Love and the times of Harvey Milk, he was an original member of the gender-bending Cockettes of San Francisco, and before the troupe disbanded in 1972 he ventured to New York City to work with Hibiscus and the Angels of Light, and performance artist Marta Minujin. As self-appointed archivist for the Cockettes, he has contributed to major exhibitions all over the globe including Dear Cockettes in Oslo, Norway; the National Queer Arts Festival at SomArts; and the current traveling exhibit, West of Center: Art and the Counterculture Experiment in America, coming to Mills College in 2013. In 2008 he reprised his original role as Madame Gin-Sling in the Thrillpeddlers revival of the Cockettes 1970 opus Pearls Over Shanghai. In 2009 he celebrated the Cockettes 40th Anniversary at SFMOMA with a screening of his 1971 cult classic Elevator Girls in Bondage. He enjoys contributing to a number of books including Smash the Church, Smash the State!, Open Up and Bleed, 70s Style & Design, Midnight at the Palace, and Season of the Witch, and has made recent appearances in the documentary films Free Love, Uncle Bob, and Revolutionary Sex. He performed at Lincoln Center late last year with Scrumbly, Mink Stole, and Thrillpeddlers in Dr. Queen’s Drag Academy to honor the Martin Worman Papers now available at the NY Public Library of Performing Arts; and also directed The Crystal Ball, an all-male mini-ballet at the Center for Performance Research in Brooklyn. In May of this year he performed with frequent collaborator, dancer-choreographer Francois Chaignaud, in A Cockette in Paris at Menagerie de Verre in Paris to much acclaim, and can be seen in the recently released music video Interiors.
Michael Mohammed (Sister) has received acclaim as a performer, director, and choreographer. He was a soloist in Carmina Burana with the Mendocino Music Festival and performed with the Vinaccesi Ensemble and Ansámbl Luython. Previous roles include St. Ignatius (Four Saints in Three Acts), Avenant (Philip Glass' La Belle et la Bete), Jake (Porgy & Bess), Armand (Once on this Island), and Peggy (Jungle Red). The San Francisco Chronicle has described his performances as 'a magnificent contribution' and 'charismatic' (as Amenhotep in Oakland Opera Theater's Akhnaten) and 'seductive' (as Bobby/Hijra in New Conservatory Theater's Hijra). Upcoming performances include Mitch in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee with Bus Barn Theater, First Witch/Spirit in Dido & Aeneas with the Handel Opera Project, as well as performances with 42nd Street Moon and Mugwumpin. On faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, he has directed productions of Company, She Loves Me, The Telephone, Hansel & Gretel, and an evening of the music of Kurt Weill. Recent directing credits include The Full Monty (American Conservatory Theater MFA Program); Carmen (Mendocino Music Festival); X: The Life & Times of Malcolm X, Queenie Pie, and White Darkness (Oakland Opera Theater); and Trial by Jury (Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco). His production of Wilde Boys (New Conservatory Theater) was a Bay Area Critics Circle Award winner for Best Musical Production. Other affiliations have included San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Symphony, Jarvis Conservatory, Livermore Valley Opera, Guggenheim Entertainment, Dance Theater of Harlem, and the Alvin Ailey School. He holds degrees from Columbia University and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
David Moore (Duperret) has performed with several local and regional companies, including Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Marin Shakespeare Company, African-American Shakespeare Company, and Crowded Fire Theater, where he was most recently seen as Truth in Good Goods. Favorite roles include Booth inTopdog/Underdog for 6th Street Playhouse, Macbeth for AASC, and Learned Jack in I Dream of Chang and Eng at UC Berkeley, where David previously earned a BA in Theater and Performance Studies.
Christopher M Nelson (Polpoch) is a local actor, singer, and writer who most recently understudied the role of the father in Bill Cain’s How to Write a New Book for the Bible at Berkeley Rep. Before that he was seen in NCTC’s productions of Waiting for Giovanni, Boys Will Be Boys, and in the BATCC Award-winning production of Dames at Sea. He’s also been in Theatre Rhino’s A Necessary Evil and Falsettos, and in 42nd Street Moon’s Ben Franklin in Paris and The Student Gypsy. He appeared in the world premiere of Friends Are Forever at NCTC. Before moving to San Francisco, he performed on many stages in San Diego including the Tony Award-winning La Jolla Playhouse, La Jolla Stage Company, Lamb’s Players Theatre, Balboa Theatre Co., and Diversionary Theatre in productions of The Secret Garden; Dracula, the Musical; Into the Woods; Oklahoma!; Godspell; Closer Than Ever; and many others. In addition to his performing, he has also had several scripts produced on San Diego stages and a short story published. Mr. Nelson is a proud member of the Dramatist Guild of America, Playwrights’ Center of San Francisco, and Theatre Bay Area.
Eden Neuendorf (Musician) has a BA in Theatre Performance from the University of Northern Iowa. She is the Artistic Coordinator at California Shakespeare Theater where she assists the Artistic Director and runs the intern program. In the two years she has lived in the Bay Area she has acted with such companies as TheatreWorks, Just Theater, The Eugene O’Neill Foundation, NCTC, Role Players Ensemble, the 2012 BOA Festival, and will be working with Custom Made Theatre Company in January. Thanks to Russell and Thrillpeddlers for the opportunity to jam on her horn again.
Tom Orr (Kokol) is San Francisco's Original Musical Comedy Cabaret Porn Star and a two-time BATCC Best Actor nominee, best known as The Dirty Mind Behind Dirty Little Showtunes!-which recently closed a hit production at New Conservatory Theatre Center and has enjoyed 12 runs in SF, Seattle, Houston, Chicago, Minneapolis, Madison, Richmond, and soon Palm Springs-and for his solo cabarets (Sweet Parody!; Of Me I Sing Baby!; iTom_shuffle [SF & LA]; I Feel A Thong Coming On! A Crass Act!; Jingle Bell Jock!; Aging Bull, or 40 Is The New 10!;and Grrr! Crazy!). A "local gay theatre favorite," Tom has had roles in 8 shows at 42nd Street Moon (notably Coco with Andrea Marcovicci), Naked Boys Singing! and SexRev: The José Sarria Experience (twice!) at Theatre Rhino, Assassins at ROLT, and Pearls Over Shanghai at The Hypnodrome. As Mad Props!, Tom has designed fancy properties, set pieces, and accessories for all of his own shows plus over two dozen productions at Moon, Rhino, NCTC & Eureka. He is an eager New Cockette & Thrillpeddler, playing yet again with his hero, Scrumbly. www.dirtylittleshowtunes.com
Scott Ragle (Nurse) is thrilled to make his debut with Thrillpeddlers and to once again work with Russell Blackwood and Beaver Bauer, having met them at San Francisco Shakespeare Festival (The Tempest). He has worked with Marin Shakespeare Company (Antony & Cleopatra), Dark Porch Theatre (Comedy Ballet), as well as co-founding & co-producing The Magnetic Theatre Company (The House of Yes). Regionally, he has worked and trained with Shakespeare & Company (Love’s Labour’s Lost, Romeo & Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing). Off-Off Broadway credits include a revival of Cy Coleman and Michael Stewart’s I Love My Wife (Fourth Interval). Film credits include Around The Fire, premiering at the 1999 Seattle International Film Festival; Exploding Oedipus, directed by Marc Lafia; and several features and short films. www.scottragle.com
Alison Sacha Ross (Patient) BFA (acting) from NYU/Tisch; studied with Stella Adler, Rychard Cieslak (lead actor of Grotowski's theatre), and members of the Moscow Art Theatre. Has performed for decades in movement-based theatre, Shakespeare, ensemble creations, improv, clown, puppetry, film and TV in NYC (including Off Broadway), Paris, and SF. This is her 6th Thrillpeddlers show.
Carina Lastimosa Salazar (Coulmier’s Daughter) This is Carina's first time working with Thrillpeddlers and she certainly hopes it is not her last. Previous credits include A Hot Day in Ephesus as the Courtesan (Actors Ensemble of Berkeley), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead as Ophelia (Role Players Ensemble), Much Ado About Nothing as Margaret (Arclight Repertory), A Wonderful Life (Hillbarn Theatre), The Apple Tree as Nadjira (Masquers Playhouse) and as a performer for Kaiser Permanente's Educational Theatre Programs. Coming up next for Carina is Arthur Miller's All My Sons playing the role of Ann Deever at Masquers Players this August.
Bonni Suval (Charlotte Corday) has a severe case of Broadway Tourette's Syndrome and is proud to share it with a willing audience. She has performed onstage in various incarnations since the bawdy age of 4.5! Most recently she performed in a trifecta of Cockettes musicals, winning a BATCC award for her work in Vice Palace. She has sung in avant-garde bands, tap danced at fairs (and with Mink Stole at NYC's Lincoln Center library last fall), and has played her fair share of theatrical bad girls. Hot Fruit!
Shawn Toczyl (Patient) has appeared in several plays at home in Humboldt County. Russ and Jim’s son, he enjoys working at the concession stand at The Hypnodrome. Shawn prides himself on having a rich fantasy life.
Brian Trybom (Coulmier) is a graduate of American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NY. Previous Bay Area credits include Fool for Love, True West, The Glass Menagerie, and A Streetcar Named Desire with Boxcar Theatre; The Winter’s Tale, Much Ado About Nothing, and Julius Caesar with Marin Shakespeare Company; Hermes with No Nude Men; Nights Over Erzinga with Golden Thread Productions; Las Meninas with San Jose Repertory; and many others. Endless thanks to Stav.
Birdie-Bob Watt (Musician) has appeared with Thrillpeddlers as Greta and Deluxe in Pearls Over Shanghai, Vagina in Vice Palace, and as Myron in Hot Greeks.
Eric Wertz (Sister) has been a dedicated member of the Thrillpeddlers since 2005, with most recent appearances in Shocktoberfest!! 2011: Fear Over Frisco, as Bella in Vice Palace, and as Lili Frustrata in Pearls Over Shanghai. He was also recently awarded by the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics circle for his supporting role in Vice Palace. He is excited to be on his way to Rio de Janeiro with the Thrillpeddlers in the coming year, where he will perform several of his BDSM fusion theater vignettes along with talented Kära Emry. When not performing, being kinky, or tinkering with automobiles, he shops his PhD in Experimental Physics from the Pennsylvania State University around the Bay Area as well as he can.
Beaver Bauer (Costume Designer) has designed costumes for numerous A.C.T. productions, including Scapin; War Music; A Christmas Carol; The Government Inspector; The Imaginary Invalid; The Rivals; The Goat or, Who is Sylvia?; The Gamester; The Beard of Avon; The Misanthrope; Edward II; Tartuffe; and Insurrection: Holding History; among others. She is the resident costume designer atTeatro ZinZanniand has designed the Brian Boitano Skating Spectacular for eight years. She has also designed for San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Eureka Theatre Company, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Lamplighters, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Magic Theatre, Pickle Family Circus, Classic Stage Company, Theater of Yugen, and the Riviera and Desert Inn hotels in Las Vegas. From 1972 to 1984 she worked for Angels of Light, a troupe that specializes in cabaret and theater, and in 1995 she designed a circus that traveled to Moscow and Japan. Bauer has won several Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards.
James Blackwood (Scene Designer) spent his career on the faculty of the University of Missouri Kansas City Avila College and Paseo High School for the Performing Arts teaching theatre design and stage management. Mr. Blackwood has also designed for Missouri Repertory Theatre, the Coterie, and Theatre Rhinoceros. He’s responsible for the interior design and scene design for Peña Pachamama in North Beach. He has been resident scene designer for Thrillpeddlers Hypnodrome since its inception.
Russell Blackwood (Producer/Director) produced and directed his first Grand Guignol horror play twenty years ago with his own adaptation of the 1926 shocker The Laboratory of Hallucinations. That production led him to found Thrillpeddlers with his boyhood friend, Daniel Zilber. He’s produced and directed for Thrillpeddlers ever since. In 1999, the duo produced the first Shocktoberfest!!, Thrillpeddlers annual Grand Guignol spectacular. Four years later, Thrillpeddlers launched the research web site www.grandguignol.com. In 2004 Russell and his husband, Jim, opened The Hypnodrome to be Thrillpeddlers’ home. Producing and directing Scrumbly Koldewyn’s three Cockettes musicals: Pearls Over Shanghai, Hot Greeks, and Vice Palace were other delightful milestones for Thrillpeddlers along the way. Russell’s productions have played throughout the US from NYC to Alaska, as well as England, Taiwan, and South Africa. Other directing credits include Otello and Carmen (Berkeley Opera); The Pirates of Penzance (Lamplighters); Ex-Lovers, Strangers in Paradox, and Women Behind Bars (Theatre Rhinoceros); Cabaret and Medea (Shotgun Players); and productions for the SF, LA, and Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festivals. He earned his BFA in Acting from Boston University.
Christian Hepcat Heppinstall (Stage Manager) is the former artistic and executive director for both Alaska Theatre of Youth and Theatre Artists United, both in Anchorage, Alaska. He currently is directing Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs for the 80th anniversary celebration of Palo Alto Children’s Theatre. He is the founder of two youth touring programs, Young Shakespeare and The Inner Circle. These tours took place in Alaska, taking both Shakespeare and the message of HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention to youth from Seward all the way up to Fairbanks. He was awarded a Best Educator award by Planned Parenthood, the Red Cross Real Heroes Award, and was honored by the Municipality of Anchorage Assembly for his work in youth theatre. As a director he specializes in Shakespeare and musicals. His work in live gay political satire can be seen on YouTube in Midnight Soapscum. The 15-episode satire is set in San Francisco and tackles all sexual political issues including Prop 8 and DADT.
Marc Huestis (Producer) Marc has acted as an impresario of gala film/benefit events at the 1400-seat majestic Castro Theatre in San Francisco since 1994. "Marc Huestis presents" has produced over 25 in-person tributes to such screen luminaries as Debbie Reynolds, Jane Russell, Ann-Margret, Ann Miller, Tony Curtis, Patty Duke, and a host of others, as well as contemporary concert events featuring John Cameron Mitchell, Justin Vivian Bond, Alan Cumming, Joan Baez, John Waters, and more. Recently Huestis was awarded the coveted Lifetime Achievement GOLDIE Award by the SF Bay Guardian. Co-founder of the San Francisco Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, Marc Huestis' film & video works include Unity (1977); Whatever Happened to Susan Jane (1982); Chuck Solomon: Coming of Age (1986); the acclaimed documentary Sex Is... (1993), winner of the Teddy--Best Gay Film Audience Award at the 1993 Berlin International Film Festival. He was the co-winner of the 2001 Frameline Award.
Nicholas Torre (Lighting Designer) has designed lights for Thrillpeddlers for the past three years including Pearls Over Shanghai, Hot Greeks, Vice Palace, and three Shocktoberfests!!.
Andrea Weber (Choreographer) has designed choreography and movement for SF Bay theater companies such as Word for Word and the Shotgun Players. Also a certified instructor of stage combat, you can find more information on Andrea at www.DuelingartsSF.com. Thanks to Russell, Scrumbly, Hepcat, and the whole cast for inviting me into the Thrillpeddlers family.
Thrillpeddlers (www.thrillpeddlers.com) has been performing its unique brand of horror and fetish theatre in SF since 1991. Under the direction of Russell Blackwood, Thrillpeddlers is 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 tradition. In 2008, Thrillpeddlers embraced another niche theatrical genre with the company’s annual Theatre of the Ridiculous Revival. That same year Thrillpeddlers was invited to perform for NYC’s HOWL Festival with its productions of Charles Busch’s Theodora, She-Bitch of Byzantium; Charles Ludlam’s Jack in the Beanstalk; and Link Martin and Scrumbly Koldewyn’s Pearls Over Shanghai. Following this, a full production of Pearls was mounted in SF in 2009 and ran for 22 months. In the summer of 2011 the company revived another of Koldewyn's works, Vice Palace. The hit show (which was revived Winter 2012 ) won six Bay Area Critics Circle Awards and garnered the group's second trip to NYC to perform at the HOWL Festival, which also included a special performance at NYC's Lincoln Center. The company’s SOMA performance venue, The Hypnodrome, opened with Welcome to the Hypnodrome in 2004. Thrillpeddlers has produced wildly popular Grand Guignol bills including Blood Bucket Ballyhoo, Flaming Sin, Audacious Artefacts, Kiss of Blood, and the 2011 hit, Fear Over Frisco. Shocktoberfest!!, Thrillpeddlers’ annual pageant of terror and titillation, is now in its 13th year and has become a SF Halloween favorite. The company’s production history includes the American premiere of Clive Barker’s Frankenstein in Love, Mondo Andronicus (selected Best of the 1997 SF Fringe Festival), and a double-bill of The Medium and A Crime in the Madhouse (in Pretoria, South Africa). Thrillpeddlers has won the Guardian’s “Best of the Bay,” back-to-back “Best of San Francisco” awards from SF Weekly, and a coveted 2009 GOLDIE Award (Guardian Outstanding Local Discovery Award) from the SF Bay Guardian. In 2010, 7X7 Magazine named Thrillpeddlers “Best Underground Theater.” The company is also the purveyor of www.GrandGuignol.com, the most complete source of Grand Guignol info on the Net. In January 2012, Thrillpeddlers will perform in Rio de Janeiro in a co-production of The Bloody Debutante with Brazil’s Vigor Mortis theatre company.