Dragula takes on San Fransisco with drag legends Heklina and Peaches Christ!
There’s no dragging her out of hell.
While many people love Christmas or Hanukkah or the winter holiday season in general, for many, their “season to be jolly” is Halloween. No sooner have the “Back To School” sales finished then the Halloween decorations and costumes appear in the aisles of your favorite department stores. Of course that also means the pop up Halloween stores with their elaborate costume selection and their fair share of blood, guts and accessories.
Not only do the stores seem to be getting ready sooner, but our drag community seems to get out there in front of it with as many creepy shows as possible. From the major yearly events like Voss Events’ “Night Of The Living Drag” with many of RuPaul’s Drag Race Alum dressed “to kill” to the local smaller events like Paradise Nightclub in Stockton’s “Freakshow” tonight, Drag Queens everywhere are bringing their best to the shows this season.
We’d expect nothing less, but who will be the queen of Halloween this year? There’s no denying, the drag world was all a buzz last year about “that one girl Gremlin” which traveled around the country with the likes of Phi Phi O’Hara in New York and Peaches Christ in San Francisco. But Phi Phi O’Hara took Halloween to the next level with several different elaborate costumes she made from the ground up. Will she take the crown this year of 2015’s Drag Scream Queen?
What about the costume of the year? Every year around this time, American Horror Story comes out with a new version of its twisted themed horror series and this year is no exception. When American Horror Story meets Lady Gaga it’s like you’re begging for the Drag community to recreate the entire show in every location possible. But we also have “Scream Queens” which does have a more satirical side of horror but does bring out some really “cute” costumes. Both shows are Ryan Murphy’s mind at work, so maybe the queens should go straight to Ryan for some standout ideas.
No matter which costume or which queen stands out this year, we look forward to sharing the looks with you. Share with us your favorite looks on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and Google+. Or if you have a show you’d like us to see, please let us know and you could be featured on our YouTube channel.
So demanding, she’s being pulled in a lot of directions.
Few films of the pre-Stonewall era continue to influence contemporary drag culture with quite the persistent endurance of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, Robert Aldrich’s 1962 masterpiece of psychological horror and female rivalry. Its performances are over-the-top, its dialogue is iconic (“But’cha are, Blanche! Ya are in that chair!”), and its place in the drag canon is secure thanks to the on- and off-screen bitchery between stars/sworn enemies Bette Davis and Joan Crawford.
Peaches Christ, a longtime expert on the intersection of horror and bitchery, has wanted to pay tribute to What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? ever since she first began her Midnight Mass movie series nearly 20 years ago. But it wasn’t until she met RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 6 champion and superstar comedian Bianca Del Rio that she knew she’d found her perfect Baby Jane. “It’s one of my favorite movies ever,” Del Rio says. “There’s no modern equivalent of two actresses who hate each other as much as these two did. Everybody is too PC now, trying to be happy and pleasant and not offend anyone. Back then it was really good and dirty. Bette and Joan were brilliant women with amazing careers and balls.”
Del Rio will star with Peaches Christ in the world premiere of Christ’s latest stage production, What Ever Happened to Bianca Del Rio? Audiences will find out what happens when two aging drag sisters live out their twilight years together in a hag-arrific house of horrors. Baby Bianca is a former child star who wants to revive the show she made popular as a little girl, when her hit song “I’ve Written a Letter to Draggy” dominated the vaudeville circuit – but her drag sister Peaches proves to be a burden on wheels.
“Peaches said, ‘I’m going to sit in a wheelchair and let you do all the work pushing me around,'” Del Rio recounts. “I said, ‘I see a theme here. You do Grey Gardens with Jinkx Monsoon and just sit in a bed, and now I’m pushing you around the stage, you lazy bitch!'” Don’t miss this psycho biddy stage-show celebration of insanity. Heklina and Martiny are the girls next door, Mahlae Balenciaga is “the help,” and Lady Bear co-stars as Edwin Fagg. Bianca dolls and rat sandwiches included! Audience members are encouraged to don their best child star couture, and be sure to get a few drinks at the Legends Lounge bar!
Advance tickets are now on sale and further event details will be announced soon! Check back at peacheschrist.com for updates.
Shows begin at 3 p.m. & 9 p.m. The film What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? will screen after each show.
Advance VIP Deluxe Ticket $140:
– Optimum seating in the center first three rows (ROWS B-D)
– An exclusive event gift bag that includes an Event Program autographed by the entire cast
– A Children of the Popcorn tee from the Peaches Christ merch booth
– 3 Complimentary Cocktails – Guaranteed photo opportunity with the cast
– Early entry to the event
Advance VIP $80:
– Seating in the VIP section (ROWS B-K, wall-to-wall, except for Deluxe seats)
– 2 Complimentary Cocktails
– Early entry to the event
– Guaranteed photo opportunity with the cast
Advance General Admission $32:
***There is no guaranteed meet-greet with any members of the cast with the purchase of a General Admission ticket***
Online ticket sales available while supplies last or until 12pm, October 3rd, 2015.
DAY OF SHOW PRICES
$37 General Admission
$90 VIP (If tickets available)
$150 VIP Deluxe (If tickets available)
Available only at Castro Box Office
Box Office sales begin at noon the day of the show (Saturday, October 3rd) @ the Castro Theatre
429 Castro Street
San Francisco, CA 94114