Theater of the Ridiculous

In 2008, Thrillpeddlers embraced another niche theatrical genre with the company’s annual Theatre of the Ridiculous Revival. That year they performed for NYC’s HOWL Festival with their 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 San Francisco in 2009 and ran for 22 months. In the summer of 2011 Thrillpeddlers revived another of Koldewyn’s works, VICE PALACE. The hit show garnered 6 SF Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards and the group’s second trip to NYC to perform at the HOWL Festival which included a special performance at NYC’s Lincoln Center to celebrate the life and works of long time Koldewyn collaborator, Martin Worman. Thrillpeddlers have since produced two more Cockettes musicals: Hot Greeks and Tinsel Tarts in a Hot Coma.

Recent iterations include a reprise of Club Inferno,  a glam-rock musical based on Dante’s The Divine Comedy and THE UNTAMED STAGE: Weimar Berlin Kabarett, a new two-act musical by Scrumbly Koldewyn.


Cast members of the 2010 revival of the Cockette’s “Pearls over Shanghai”