Thrillpeddlers have been performing their unique brand of horror and fetish theatre in SF since 1991. Under the direction of Russell Blackwood, Thrillpeddlers are 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 they were invited to perform 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 SF in 2009 and ran for 22 months. In the summer of 2011 they revived another of Koldewyn’s works, VICE PALACE. The hit show (which was revived Winter 2012 ) 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 to celebrate the life and works of long time Koldewyn collaborator, Martin Worman.
The company’s SOMA performance venue, The Hypnodrome, is tailor-made for the specific needs of horror theatre, musical extravaganzas, and “lights-out” spook show spectacle. Inaugurating The Hypnodrome with WELCOME TO THE HYPNODROME in 2004, Thrillpeddlers have produced wildly popular Grand Guignol bills including BLOOD BUCKET BALLYHOO, FLAMING SIN, AUDACIOUS ARTEFACTS, KISS OF BLOOD and the 2012 hit, THE BRIDE OF DEATH. 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 S.F. Fringe Festival), 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” and, and back-to-back “Best of San Francisco” awards from SF Weekly. Thrillpeddlers Theatre Company received a coveted 2009 GOLDIE AWARD (Guardian Outstanding Local Discovery award) from the SF Bay Guardian! In 2010, 7 X 7 Magazine named Thrillpeddlers “BEST UNDERGROUND THEATRE COMPANY IN SF”. They are also the purveyors of www.GrandGuignol.com the most complete source of Grand Guignol info on the Net.
For an archive of Mr. Wa’s video clips collection spanning several years of Thrillpeddlers’ productions, CLICK HERE.