As reported in the Dec. 11-17 issue of The Rock River Times, Rockford’s new fringe theater company, The West Side Show Room, will present the play Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, written by Charles Busch and directed by Mike Werckle. Tickets ($10-$15 in advance, $12 at the door) are still available for 8 p.m. shows Fridays and Saturdays, Dec. 20-Jan. 4.
The West Side Show Room is at 410 Mulberry St., next to the former Parthenios diner in downtown Rockford. Advance tickets are available at www.thewestsideshowroom.com/tickets with more information at www.thewestsideshowroom.com.
One of the longest-running off-Broadway plays of all-time, Vampire Lesbians of Sodom provides an opportunity for this young, innovative theater company to perform the kind of raw, no-holds-barred theater that is rarely experienced in Rockford.
According to Busch’s website: “Vampire Lesbians of Sodom tells the saga of two fatally seductive vampiresses whose paths first collide in ancient Sodom. Their bitter rivalry as bloodsuckers but more importantly, as actresses, endures for 2,000 years with stops along the way in 1920’s silent movie Hollywood and contemporary Las Vegas.”
With outrageous humor, flamboyant cross-dressing, and ridiculous sight gags, Vampire Lesbians of Sodom is a satire of Hollywood stardom done in a burlesque comedy style.
The play will be presented with companion piece Sleeping Beauty or Coma, a send-up of 1960s Mod fashion London. Enid Wetwhistle, a young office temp, is selected to model the new fashion line of tyrannical designer Sebastian Lore. When Enid is a no-show on the runway, the evil Sebastian takes his revenge by spiking her drink with LSD.
The cast includes Beloit, Wis., comedian Vickie Lynn; Second City Training alum Kevin Poole (who recently portrayed Riff Raff in The Rocky Horror Show at Starlight Theatre); veteran performer Chad Brazzle; and Liz Newman, who performs with local bluegrass band The Stragglers.
The West Side Show Room was founded by a diverse group of theater artists who are committed to bringing exciting, locally produced theater back to downtown Rockford. Vampire Lesbians of Sodom is their inaugural show.
Director Werckle earned a bachelor of fine arts in character animation from California Institute of the Arts in 1992 and a master of fine arts in film production from The University of Texas in 2006. Using his mastery of both animation and film, he became a sought-after pre-visualization animator and VFX artist, working alongside top directors to design thrilling sequences on films such as Superman Returns, Live Free or Die Hard, I Am Legend, Tropic Thunder, Machete and Predators. He recently helped design the dinosaur sequences for Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life (Palme d’Or, Cannes Film Festival, 2011) and worked with The Wachowskis on their upcoming sci-fi epic Jupiter Ascending. He is the owner and creative director of Animcorp, a full-service animation and video production company.
More information can be obtained by e-mailing Werckle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
From the Dec. 18-24, 2013, issue