She-Rantulas From Outer Space in 3D!
She-Rantulas from Outer Space in 3D
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An out-of-this-world hit at the New York International Fringe Festival!

McCarthy-era hysteria meets the gender-bending hilarity of Charles Busch in this comedy of horrors. Betty and her daughter are new to town, but so far life seems to be going well for our two heroines, except for two tiny troubles: Mother has no memory of her life before motherhood and Daughter is definitely not your average child. Quite unexpectedly, the bewildered duo finds themselves at the center of Tarrytown's quirky chaos. One by one, the ladies of the town meet untimely ends while its gentlemen seem to be mysteriously disappearing. Who is responsible for these gruesome fates? Inspired by the classic cult B-Horror films of the 1950s, this deranged comedy will keep audiences on the edge of their seat.


This thrilling 90-minute comedy of horrors draws inspiration from classic cult B-Horror films of the 1950’s, while hilariously skewering the genre with laugh-out-loud gender-bending irreverence. Phil Johnson and Ruff Yeager, comic provocateurs based in San Diego, describe their horrifically hilarious creation with this disclaimer: “There will be carnage! There will be destruction! There will be men in women’s clothing! The Management requests that you PLEASE not reveal the SHOCKING final scene to friends or family members, and guarantee to BURY YOU without charge if you die of FRIGHT.  To avoid fainting, keep telling yourself it’s only a play…”

Betty, a lovely and rather confused homemaker and her unbearably adorable eight-year old daughter, Suzie, are new in town.  It's 1957, and without a man to head up their little household our two heroines need to find a suitable place to live - and quick!  As fate would have it, Betty and her young brood stumble into the dwelling of Fred and Flora Fairchild, who just happen to be landlords to a perfectly appointed apartment. The two newbies quickly set up housekeeping and, with perky promise, all seems to be going their way.  There are, however, two tiny troubles: Mother has no memory of her life before motherhood, and Daughter is definitely not your average child.  Quite unexpectedly, the bewildered duo find themselves at the center of Tarrytown's quirky chaos. One by one, the ladies of the town meet untimely (and rather gruesome) ends while its gentlemen seem to be mysteriously missing.  The strangest turn of events occurs when female out-of-towners appear on Betty's doorstep - without memories or luggage but with definite masculine sensibilities and five o’clock shadows.

Will the mysteries be solved in time to save the planet? Will Betty's secret shame be revealed? Will the disturbing humming hovering in the night sky above the town be explained? Will Suzie's eighth birthday party be the social event of the season or a surprise alien bloodbath? Don’t miss "She-Rantulas from Outer Space - in 3D!"


A spoof chiller... "The Bad Seed" spliced with Ed Wood... spot on!

–The New York Times


Betty – A single lady in her early thirties who is running from a past she doesn’t remember. Mother to Suzie.

Suzie – Almost eight years old. Experiencing odd growth spurts (of things like extra arms – eight of them to be exact.) A She-rantula. 

*Flora Fairchild – Mid-forties. Landlady of the apartment building wherein Betty resides. Wife to Fred.

*Gladys Goforth – Mid-thirties. Avon lady and ersatz Bible study-group leader.

*Daisy Mcdougal – Early fifties. Has drowned her sorrows with booze. She has lost both her brother and her lover.

*Maria – Early thirties. Betty’s maid/housekeeper. She is of Mexican descent.

*Roberta Rickenbocker – Mid-fifties. Suzie’s second grade school teacher. Fond of baked goods.

*Louella Lovejoy – Early sixties. Lives across the street from the building in which Betty resides. President of the Lutheran Ladies’ League

#Fred Fairchild – Late forties. Husband to Flora. President of the men’s club: The Tarrytown Tarantulas. Professor of etymology at the Tarrytown Polytechnic.

#Freida – A gal who’s handy with her hands. Runs a yard-care business.

+Harry – Late twenties. Handyman in the building that Fred and Flora own. Rough, plain spoken. Ruggedly handsome.

+Harriet – Late twenties. A bombshell of the Jayne Mansfield variety. Looks great in a twin set.

Casting Notes:

Betty - we prefer she is played by a man but may be played by a woman.

Suzie - we prefer she is played by a man but may be played by a woman

*These characters played by the same actress:

  • Flora / Gladys / Daisy / Maria / Roberta / Louella may be played by one woman or multiple women

#These characters played by the same actor:

  • Fred / Freida should be played by one man.

+These characters played by the same actor:

  • Harry/Harriet should be played by one man.

Setting: 1957 in the burg of Tarrytown. An impeccably decorated mid-century apartment in a building toward the center of town.

Ruff Yeager - As an award-winning playwright and director, Ruff's creative work has been enjoyed by audiences from San Diego to Provincetown.  Produced Plays: She-Rantulas from Outer Space - in 3D!, Bronze (San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Award), Friends of Dorothy, Oedipus in the Tragicomic Bathtub, Cool as We Fly, Dance on the Sun, Come to Life! Not-So-Tiny Tim’s Great Big Musical.  Directing / Selected Regional  (San Diego) productions: American Buffalo, Balm in Gilead, Bent, Brooklyn Boy, Come Back to the 5 and Dime Jimmy Dean, In the Heights, The Laramie Project, Macbeth, The Man Who Came to Dinner, Night of the Iguana, RENT, The Sunshine Boys, The Threepenny Opera, Twelve Angry Men, You Can’t Take it With You.


Phil Johnson: has written: Hound of the Baskervilles (An original solo show, commissioned by the San Diego Foundation), solo show Say Cheese (Dramalogue Award, co-writer), Nemesis (co-writer), Music, Mistletoe & Madness (co-writer), and Travis and Phil: In Shorts. Ongoing: ‘Casa del Haha with Señor Phil’ (original sketch comedy show) at Diversionary and North Coast Rep Theatres in San Diego. As an actor, Phil played in Les Miserables on Broadway & on tour, the Canadian production of Sunset Boulevard; & the 1st National Company of Miss Saigon. Off B’way: She-Rantulas from Outer Space in 3D! at the Lynn Redgrave Thtr. (Actor & writer, NY Fringe). Regional (So. California): Man Who Came to Dinner (San Diego Critics Circle Craig Noel Award), Midsummer Night’s Dream (Craig Noel Award), Mistakes Were Made, Putnam County Spelling Bee, and How The Grinch Stole Christmas at the Old Globe. Also member: L.A.’s Acme Comedy Theater.

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"This 90-minute, gender-bending satire is a delirious mashup of 1950s B horror flicks and melodramas. Think "The Bad Seed" directed by Douglas Sirk and starting Charles Busch."–Gay City News, NYC

"An alien invader tale and a Cold War disaster film tied with a Charles Busch kerchief. I don't know what a She-Rantula looks like but I can't wait to meet one."–New York Times

"Hysterical! Comic genius! A brilliant production!"–Theatre Is Easy

"A vibrant nostalgia-driven campy parody...the writing is smart and sharp...alive and kicking!"–Theatre in the Now

“She-Rantulas is new, crisp and funny.”–Examiner

“Everyone will laugh out loud even after the final bows are taken.”–Examiner

"It’s a scream from start to finish." –Prisk Review

"Critics Choice! A solid stream of laughs." –San Diego Tribune

Materials: your materials will be sent to you two months prior to your opening date and will include everything necessary for your production and can be ordered in Printed or Digital format. Printed Materials are provided on unbound three-hole punched loose-leaf paper while Digital Materials are provided via email as downloadable PDF files for you to print in-house. All materials are yours to keep! No deposits, no returns.

The required materials for She-Rantulas From Outer Space include:  

Production Scripts

Available Products:

Print Edition – Beautifully bound scripts available at wholesale costs to sell in your lobby!

Director's Script – Single-sided script with space for director’s notes. 

Logo/PR Pack – Includes high-resolution artwork, ready-designed posters, and reference photos.