SACRED FOOLS | MAINSTAGE 2003 - Frankenstein in Love, or, The Life of Death

"The Sacred Fools ghouls execute Barker's savagery with dank determination...The fearless actors devour their scabrous roles!...Lujan's El Coco is amazing!"
- Los Angeles Times

"Gruesome gimmicks for Halloween thrill-seekers in search of more blood for their buck." - BackStage West

"Chock-full of ghastly ghouls, bloodletting
and gut-wrenching screams!" - LA Weekly

"The perfect production to get one
in the Halloween mood!"
- Accessibly Live

Sacred Fools Theatre Company Presents...
A WonderWorks Production


To Clive Barker
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Makeup Design (Lee Joyner & Ami Ali)

"Everybody is just meat.  The rest is
the will to be more than meat."

On the Mainstage...
Fridays & Saturdays @ 8pm
Sundays @ 7pm
(Opening Night: Thurs, Sept 25)
Sept 25 - Nov 1, 2003
Tickets: $15
Reservations: (310) 281-8337
or Purchase Tickets Online!
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Pay-What-You-Can PREVIEW!
Wednesday, Sept 24 @ 8pm

BE FOREWARNED:  This play contains atrocities and perversions.
It is unsuitable for children or the weak at heart.

El Coco (Daniel Lujan) and Veronique (Andrea Osborn)

El Coco
Veronique Flecker
Dr. Joseph Frankenstein
Maria Reina Duran
Juan Thomas Navarro, aka Cockatoo
Edmundo Follezou
Camilo Bozuffi & Salvador Mattos
President Perez & Dr. Fook
Cardinal Armitano and the
American & Russian Ambassadors

Daniel Lujan
Andrea Osborn
Tim Hanson
Liesel Kopp
Mark Weiler
Corey Klemow
Howard Seth Cohen
Yuri Lowenthal
Brandon Clark

Kerr Seth Lordygan

Aaron Francis


Stage Manager
Assistant Director
Special Makeup & Creature Effects

Sound Designers
Lighting Designer
Scenic Designer
Scenic Painter
Costume Designer
Assistant Costume Designer
Fight Captain
Postcard Designer
Spooky Lobby Decor
Horroriffic Hallway & Beyond Decor

Angela Lingrosso
J Warner
Lee Joyner & Amy Ali of Animus FX and Cinema Makeup School
Drew Dalzell & Cricket S. Myers
Shaun Fillion
Jay Christian P. Africa
Susan Burns
Roxanne Glenne Phillips
Ashley Phillips
Jessie Marion
Yuri Lowenthal
Sarah McKinley Oakes
Brandon Clark & Liesel Kopp
Liesel Kopp
Mark McClain Wilson
Paul Plunkett

David LM Mcintyre previously directed Valparaisoat Sacred Fools,
played "Lenny" in our production of Clive Barker's Crazyface,
and is the company's current Literary Manager.

This production is part of EdgeFest 2003... charting the unknown.  For more information call 310 281-7920 or visit

On the Mainstage...
Fridays & Saturdays @ 8pm
Sundays @ 7pm
(Opening Night: Thurs, Sept 25)
Sept 25 - Nov 1, 2003
Tickets: $15
Reservations: (310) 281-8337
or Purchase Tickets Online!
Click here to guarantee your tickets online!
Pay-What-You-Can PREVIEW!
Wednesday, Sept 24 @ 8pm




Political satire accompanies the decadence of horror auteur Clive Barker's "Frankenstein in Love, or The Life of Death" at Sacred Fools Theatre. This agitprop Grand Guignol romance among the vivisected finds Barker adjusting his customary nihilism to incorporate guerrilla Gothic elements.

Narrated by the spectral Maria (Liesel Kopp), "Frankenstein" transpires in an unspecified banana republic. Its dictator (Brandon Clark) cowers in the presidential mausoleum, dreading the arrival of victorious rebel El Coco (Daniel Lujan).

He, along with compatriot Cockatoo (Mark Weiler), seeks the laboratory of Dr. Joseph Frankenstein (Tim Hanson). This Dr. Josef Mengele-surrogate's experiments include ever-morphing Veronique (Andrea Osborn) and Frankenstein's masterpiece, El Coco himself.

The Sacred Fools ghouls execute Barker's savagery with dank determination.

Jay Christian P. Africa's set, Shaun Fillion's lighting, Drew Dalzell and Cricket S. Myers' sound, Roxanne Glenne Phillips' costumes, and the makeup and creatures by Animus FX are uniformly impressive.

The fearless actors devour their scabrous roles. Lujan's El Coco is amazing.

Kopp's bone-dry ghost and Weiler's hapless hothead are finds, and Osborn exhibits uncanny concentration. Other standouts include Clark, Kerr Seth Lordygan's cardinal and Yuri Lowenthal's epidermal tailor.

However, the twisted wit and grisly frissons are undone by director David L.M. Mcintyre's undead pacing and Barker's overwrought writing. Hanson's Frankenstein has the heaviest didactic burden, but none are spared, including the audience.

The trudging tempos and coagulating polemic allow trivial discrepancies to distract. As when Lujan's flayed-skin body suit develops leprosy, destroying the illusion, or Corey Klemow's head is skewered, risible for the wrong reasons.

Barker's fans may find "Frankenstein" rewarding nonetheless, albeit tame by the standards of his "Hellraiser" film franchise. Average theatergoers must decide how much stomach churning they can take.

-- David C. Nichols
©2003 LA Times


Leave it to schlock horrormeister Clive Barker to come up with an appropriately horrible take on the time-honored Frankenstein story. Directed by David LM Mcintyre, this production of Barker’s 1982 play is chock-full of ghastly ghouls, bloodletting and gut-wrenching screams, but it’s essentially a shoddy affair. The setting here isn’t a gloomy, European castle, but a Banana Republic in the midst of a coup in which “El Presidente” Perez (Brandon Clark) is overthrown by El Coco (Daniel Lujan), who gradually finds out that he is the creation of the infamous Dr. Frankenstein (Tim Hanson). This revelation ultimately puts him at odds with his fellow revolutionaries (after all, no self-respecting leader would eat human flesh, which he does), and places him on the path to a grotesque “reincarnation” later on. Some of the Grand Guignol antics are carnival corny, but some are mildly amusing, like the grisly comeuppance of a corrupt Cardinal (Kerr Seth Lordygan). Things implode completely in Act 2, the bulk of which is focused on the romance and pending nuptials of the Doc and the creaturely Veronique (Andrea Osborn). Kudos to Lee Joyner and Amy Ali for their special makeup and creature effects.

-- Lovell Estell III
LA Weekly


Hollywood's Sacred Fools Theater kicks off the Halloween season with Clive Barker's FRANKENSTEIN IN LOVE or THE LIFE OF DEATH.

The story begins in some unnamed Latin American country undergoing a rebel takeover. Daniel Lujan plays El Coco, the rebel leader that is within the reins of taking over the nation lead by President Perez (Brandon Clark). El Coco is part of a group of the undead, brought back to life by Dr. Joseph Frankenstein (Tim Hanson), a descendant of another Dr. Frankenstein that created new beings from the dead, and is part of something called the Auschwitx Ring. In addition to the not-so-good doctor's work, there is a love triangle involved. Both the doctor and El Coco have their hearts and minds set upon the same woman, Maria Reina Duran (Liesel Kopp), a 'whore' by trade, and who may be the next 'bride of Frankenstein. In spite of this case of love and war (so to speak), there are more of the undead to take care of!

Baker, a writer of horror novels and screenwriter/director of such features as Hellraiser,  among others, writes this story as one part contemporary gothic horror, and one part love horror tale. Director David LM Mcintyre projects this play into a somewhat terrifying and slightly grotesque fable. The 'good taste' scale is off balance, going with the tradition of many Baker stories, and this fact rings true on the Sacred Fools stage.

Along with the above noted cast, this production also features Andrea Osborn, Mark Weiler, Howard Seth Cohen, Yuri Lowenthal, Kerr Seth Lordygan, Aaron Francis, and semi-regular Sacred Fools player Corey Klemow.

This play will not be for all tastes! However, FRANKENSTEIN IN LOVE will be the perfect production to get one in the Halloween mood without experiencing the standard crop of jive 'spooks and ghosties' running around and shrieking like nobody's business! Yes, this show is a bit macabre, so leave the kiddies at home! Let them become scared in their own kiddie ways!

-- Rich Borowy
Accessibly Live Off-Line


Sometimes the dead would be better off staying that way. But if they did, horror-meister Clive Barker would have no gory story to tell. Instead we get Frankenstein in Love, or the Life of Death, his 1982 play about love that literally never dies. David LM McIntyre directs - with a heavy, bloody hand - this twisted tale of the dictator (Brandon Clark) of a nameless banana republic who is overthrown by a more popular regime fronted by a charismatic rebel named El Coco (Daniel Lujan, in an overblown performance). But El Coco is not like other men; more to the point, he is like many men. Created from various body parts by the infamous Dr. Joseph Frankenstein (Tim Hanson), El Coco is both physically powerful and is losing his mind. And he is in love with another of Frankenstein's "patients," the mysterious, otherworldly Veronique (Andrea Osborn), who also adores him.

The problem is that Veronique has become the romantic obsession of her creator. Frankenstein cares not that her hair and skin change color, or that she seems to be sprouting demon parts; he is determined to marry her, even at the risk of losing El Coco, his "son." It is a match clearly doomed to hell.

Scattered like stray body parts throughout this too-long show are humorous moments - particularly involving Clark's dual role as mortician-with-a-secret Dr. Fook - and some interesting concepts, such as El Coco's struggle with the spirits of the two very different men who provided his hands and what they urge him to do with them. But such instances are easily lost in all the ghastly theatrics of talking severed heads and such.

Animus FX certainly does a credible job with the makeup and special effects, which are more of a foundation for the show than is Barker's unwieldy script; but, perhaps because of time and budget restrictions, they don't always feel fully realized. Still, there are enough gruesome gimmicks for Halloween thrill-seekers in search of more blood for their buck.

-- Terri Roberts
©2003 BackStage West