Benshi is back! And this time we are doing Suburban Commando starring none other than the Super Destroyer himself, Hulk Hogan.
In Japan, Benshi performers memorize Western movies and reinterpret the story for an Eastern audience. BooTown puts their own spin on this classic form by cutting and re-editing a cult film and re-interpreting the plot. To make it even more interesting, all of the dialogue and music is performed live.
Director Lindsay Burleson (BooTown’s Co-Artistic Director) has turned the original spaceman soldier extraordinaire plotline into one featuring an angst riddled young teen with a pituitary gland disorder. We can’t say for sure whether the shirt is staying on for this bout, but we can promise you will laugh your own pants off.
Assisting Burleson will be a cast of voices including anime voice genius Andrew Love, local improver Ruth Hirsch, and funny-man-about-town Conner Clifton. Houston musician Joe Wozny will return to write and perform an original score for the performance. Austin Havican, BooTowns resident video wizard, will edit the movie.
In keeping with the company’s mission of producing in unexpected venues, I DON’T WANNA, YOU CAN’T MAKE ME will start with two nights at the Orange Show (2402 Munger), then move to Rudyard’s British Pub (2010 Waugh), home of BooTown’s monthly Grown-up Storytime series, and a Super Secret location to be announced on May 24th. The performances at The Orange Show will also feature a set by Something Fierce, Vacation Eyes, and free beer from St. Arnolds.
The production runs during May (see calendar below). Tickets are a suggested $10 donation and can be purchased at the door, except for special pricing at The Orange Show. The content is not suitable for children. For more information, please visit www.bootown.org.
The Orange Show
2402 Munger, 77023
Friday June 5 (with Something Fierce)
Saturday May 16 (with Vacation Eyes)
Bands play at 8pm
$15 pre sale, $20 at door
Rudyard’s British Pub
2010 Waugh, 77006
Thursday May 21
Sunday May 24
613 West Gray
Saturday May 30