Did you know that The Rocky Horror Picture Show was originally written for the stage? Yes, the gender-bending, charmingly creepy (or creepily charming?) film began as a stage play, written by the self-proclaimed 70% male Richard O’Brien as something to amuse his friends. However, since its premiere in 1973 and film adaptation in 1975, it has become a cultural mainstay, an object of intense cult adoration, notorious for wild shadow-cast performances and audience-involving midnight showings.
The Rocky Horror Show tells the story of a virginal, newly engaged couple who get lost in a mad scientist’s castle during a bad storm. When they enter the world of the absurdist, transvestite Dr. Frank ‘N’ Furter, their conception of sex and self-expression is forever changed.
And now, music library readers, you can see what the hype is all about! American University is putting on a series of performances of O’Brien’s beloved stage play, premiering later this week! Directed by DPA Faculty Cara Gabriel and performed by a cast of AU students, this show is sure to be an exciting experience for anybody who enjoys to get a little bit out of their comfort zone. Head over to Greenberg Theatre to do the time warp again (and again)!
There will be four evening performances of the play, at 8 p.m. on October 17, 18, 19 and 26. There will also be three matinee performances, at 2 p.m. on October 19, 20 and 26. The first of these matinee performances will include a post-show discussion on the biology of transgender.
Cool, huh? Arguably even cooler is the for-AU-students-only performance on October 25 at midnight. This show, while not featuring a shadow cast like the raucous midnight showings of the film, will include the props, audience response and “virgin hazing” of those who have never been to a Rocky Horror event before. Arrive 15 minutes early to take part in the “virgin” experience, and grab a bag of props from AU’s Queers and Allies before the show!
Here’s the event page. Tickets are $15, or if you’re a student, $10! That’s a 33.3% discount!
And here’s a great article about director Cara Gabriel’s experience with getting more involved in the show’s culture:
Finally: we have the DVD if you need to be brought up to speed.
Enjoy everyone! And see the show!