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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Video of the Day: A Musical Slasher Parody ... in Drag

Posted By on Wed, Oct 17, 2012 at 8:30 AM

JOSE A GUZMAN COLON
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In his Halloween! The Ballad of Michele Myers, drag performer Raya Light brings a bunch of people to their deaths, but, more importantly, he brings the 1980s back to life. Dunn cherishes the glory decade for its music, sitcoms, slasher flicks, 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."

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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 feminized 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."

Halloween! The Ballad of Michele Myers starts Friday, Oct. 19 at 8 p.m. (and continues through Oct. 31) at CounterPULSE, 1310 Mission (at Ninth St.), S.F. Admission is $20-$25.

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