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