Slasher Drag

In his Halloween! The Ballad of Michele Myers, drag performer Raya Light brings a bunch of girls to their deaths, but, more importantly, he brings the 1980s back to life. Dunn cherishes the glory decade for its music, its sitcoms, its slasher flicks, its political incorrectness, and its San Francisco Halloween spirit, which has changed for the worse, he says, now that “so many people come in to gawk.” A Light Tap production, Dunn’s show will brook no gawkers, only participants. Dunn is drawn to slasher movies, he says, because “people talk to them; people scream at them.” In this mockery of and love letter to the form, Michele, attired in a skintight dress, red dreadlocks with a Judy Jetson bow, and a more feminine version of the Michael Myers mask, is pitted against the boarding school girls from the '80s sitcom The Facts of Life. Dunn co-wrote the musical with Todd Pickering, and the music spans genres from country western to disco to modern cabaret to pop, parodying horror with lyrics like, “This time the black girl; not the first to go.” San Francisco’s Halloween may have changed over the years, but in Dunn’s vision the city is still “Halloween every day of the year.”
Fridays-Sundays, 8 p.m.; Wed., Oct. 31, 8 p.m. Starts: Oct. 19. Continues through Oct. 28, 2012

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