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SEASON 12: "THE DIRTY DOZEN"
LATE-NIGHT SATURDAYS @ 11pm
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How SERIAL KILLERS Works
week, three continuing stories face off against two new tales.
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PLAYOFFS 'n' PRIZES!
The season culminates in a head-to-head battle royale between the sixteen top serials, including the eight longest-running serials plus audience-choice selections! First prize: $750, Second prize: $250! Plus, those final two serials will be the only ones that get to finish their storylines!
* On and on and on... The longest-running serial ever was Magnum Opus Theatre, at a whopping 36 episodes! Magnum spanned our first and second seasons, and eventually was spun off into a late-night show of its own! (Since we began the playoffs in Season 4, storylines no longer carry over multiple seasons, so no serial will ever beat Magnum's record... or that of the second-longest running serial, the 31-episode epic Darque Magick, better known as "It's Mystere!")
* "Don't call them skits!" The ambition and wide range of material in Serial Killers has made it a fertile proving ground for new work, and several Serial Killers serials have been adapted into full-length plays for our mainstage. The critically-acclaimed Beaverquest:The Musical, the award-winning Watson: The Last Great Tale of Sherlock Holmes, the sellout hit CarnEvil: A Gothic Horror Rock Musical and the subversive The Magic Bullet Theory all got their start in Serial Killers. In Sacred Fools' sixteenth season, we added three more to the roster, as A Kind of Love Story, the rechristened Absolutely Filthy and the Watson sequel Watson and the Dark Art of Harry Houdini became mainstage shows. And our 20th season included Mom's Dead. Check out the originals: Beaverquest * Watson * CarnEvil * The Magic Bullet Theory * A Kind of Love Story * PP@30 * Mom's Dead
* Ride 'em! If a serial makes it to twelve episodes, it is said to have achieved "The Pony." This is not a sexual position (unless you really want it to be). "The Pony" is named for our first-ever serial, Pony Show, which ran for a then-unprecedented twelve episodes. But at that stage of the game, everything was unprecedented by definition, so, um... I kinda forgot my point. Moving on...
* Holy cow, you're famous! Several celebrities have appeared in Serial Killers over the years, including Jenna Fischer (The Office), Jennifer Morrison (House MD) and Dana Snyder (Aqua Teen Hunger Force). Ryan Gosling once made an appearance via a pre-taped video, and French Stewart enjoyed himself so much that he's now a Sacred Fools company member and a Serial Killers semi-regular!
* Music! Not only do we write and rehearse a brand-new show every week, but there are often full-blown musical numbers. From Richard Levinson's funky theme from The Incredible Scooter Cops and his moving "This Piano is Magic" from Ask Elizabeth, to Bobby's Stapf's country-rock stylings in Beaverquest, to Joe Jordan's sweet WWII-era showtunes from Seamen! The Musical, to Michael Teoli's gothic rock opera in CarnEvil and 8-bit music for Grip of Violence II, and the weekly musical numbers in King of Kong: The Musical - not to mention the theme song by Gary Stockdale (see below) - you should come to Serial Killers prepared to dance in your seat more often than not!
Produced by JJ Mayes, Shaela Cook,
Peter Fluet & Colin Willkie
Executive Producers: Padraic Duffy & Hans Gelpke
A Late-Night Theater Battle Royale
Photos by Arthur Africano
It is about a quarter to midnight last Saturday,
and it's the eve of World War II on stage at the Sacred Fools Theater. A young
Fuhrer (writer/actor Donal Thoms-Capello) prances out and picks up the phone to
call his man-crush, Henry Ford (Curt Bonnem), who is on the other line with FDR
(Eric Giancoli). A slightly insane three-way argument ensues. There is talk of
metaphorical strudel; there is pouting, and then, mere moments later, there
comes the cliffhanger. The crowd loves it.
-- Mindy Farabee
L.A. WEEKLY (Best of L.A. 2015!)
One of the surprises at this summer's Hollywood Fringe Festival, where the art of playgoing lies in separating the must-see wheat from a bewildering menu of potential chaff, was how many Serial Killers–birthed hits were part of the audience buzz. An unprecedented five 2015 Fringe productions were birthed by Sacred Fools Theater Company's 10-years-running sketch competition, with three comedies — Cookie and the Monster, The Poe Show and King of Kong: A Musical Parody — earning awards. Add the 11 SK shows that either became Sacred Fools mainstage productions or went on to other successful stagings or new-media productions, and that makes Serial Killers not only a phenomenal talent and play incubator of industrial scale but one of the surest late-night gut-busting laugh bets in town.
-- Bill Raden
L.A. WEEKLY (Recommended!)
Creating new material every week for the stage is an insane undertaking, and here Sacred Fools takes on the challenge with tenacity and balls. Ten-minute episodes of five different ongoing plays trump across the stage every week. At the end of the evening, the audience chooses three that will return with a new episode the following week. In the hands of lesser craftsmen, the endeavor could easily turn into mush. But most of the serials presented on the night I attended were well worth the challenge of an 11 p.m. curtain, and two in particular got my enthusiastic votes. "Pony Show!", written by Padraic Duffy and directed by Aaron Francis, followed Jimmy (Avi Klein) and his pursuit to become the most famous horse trainer in the world, a dream threatened by the evil and campy Chamois (a great performance by Henry Dittman). And Ben Rock directed Bob DeRosa’s "Zombibi," which featured the hilarious Dawn Stahlak as a bride-to-be made undead on her wedding day, who now must keep making amends with the "loved ones" in her life until she stumbles across the one who originated the curse.
-- Luis Reyes
Wanna commit a murder without getting arrested? It’s possible at the
Sacred Fools Theater every Saturday night in their ongoing production
of Serial Killers.
-- Mary Montoro