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11/27/12

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HELL IN A HANDBAG PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS

THE RETURN OF CHICAGO’S FAVORITE TRANSVESTITE REINDEER CELEBRATING IT’S 15 YEAR ANNIVERSARY!

RUDOLPH, THE RED-HOSED REINDEER 2012

Book and Lyrics by David Cerda

Music by David Cerda w/ Scott Lamberty & Taylor E. Ross

Directed AJ Wright

Where: Mary’s Attic , 5400 N. Clark St.

Previews: Thursday and Friday Nov. 29, 30

Opens Saturday, Dec. 1

Runs: Thurs. – Sat. until Dec. 29

Showtime: 7:30

Add’l show : Dec. 22-Saturday 5pm

Admission: $12- $22  VIP Tickets- $35-$100 Group Rates- $15 w/10 or more tickets

Reservations: (800) 838-3006 or go to Brown Paper tickets online http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/131657

Hell in a Handbag Productions is proud to remount Rudolph the Red-Hosed Reindeer, David Cerda’s parody of the classic children’s television special “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Now celebrating it’s 15th year, Rudolph the Red-Hosed Reindeer is the longest running holiday show featuring a transvestite reindeer in the history of Chicago, and quite possibly THE WORLD.

“The Rankin Bass version of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer has always been my favorite childhood holiday tale and I think peoplein the  LGBTQ community feels the same way because it’s really the first kid’s story that encourages you to “just be yourself,” says Artistic Director and playwright David Cerda. “It’s a tale about MISFITS, and I could totally relate to Rudolph, and all the residents on the Island of Misfit Toys. I wanted to live there!” says Cerda. “There were no anti bullying- campaigns when I was growing up. In my day, if you were picked on in your parents usually told you to stop acting differently- just like Rudolph’s parents. Rudolph is the pre-cursor to the It Gets Better campaign”, adds Cerda.

Cerda is thrilled the show has become a staple holiday ritual for people seeking a tonic from traditional holiday fare. “We’ve been going ‘full steam ahead’ for so long that it never occurred to me that it’s been 15 years and we’re still at it” Cerda says.”I still love doing Rudolph bevause it changes every year which I believe is one of the keys to it’s success. It’s really a reflection of popular culture events of the year. I think doing the exact same show every year would be terribly boring, and I think our fans appreciate the fact that we keep it fresh”, says Cerda.

Santa is undergoing a major image crisis. Nobody believes in him anymore and he’s desperate for government bailout money.  Elves have been laid off and the morale and morals are at an all time low. Santa (Michael Hampton) devises a calculated media campaign to help save his tarnished image but his deeply troubled wife, Ruth Claus (Ed Jones) seems hell-bent on destroying herself and everything they both worked so hard to create.

Can Rudolph, the North Pole’s biggest misfit (Alex Grelle), Herbie (Chad Ingold)  the ‘not gay enough’ dentist wannabe elf , as well as Yukon Cornelia (Lori Lee returning for her 9th year!), the butch prospector with a deep, dark secret —accidentally save Christmas?

Also returning to the show are Katherine Glavin, Barbara Figgins, Billie Bryant, Terry McCarthy, Michael S. Miller, Joshua Peterson, Eli Branson, Christopher Carpenter as Sam the Snowman and David Cerda.  New to the Rudolph this year is John Cardone last seen with Hell in a Handbag in the hit show Sexy Baby. Ensemble member AJ Wright is once again directing Rudolph, The Red-Hosed Reindeer.

In celebration of our 15th anniversary there will be special cameos from friends of Hell in Handbag and even some old Rudolph cast members who have are living in the North Pole Home for the Aged.

It doesn’t matter if you’ve been naughty or nice this year… you definitely want to catch the show that Chris Jones (Chicago Tribune) dubbed “an ideal holiday escape for anyone who detests the commercialism of traditional Christmas shows”. And remember… “Being Normal Isn’t Normal At All!”

Hi –res digital press photos are available here

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CAST

TOM DONNER/KING MOON RACER…….ELI BRANSON

JANE DONNER/DOLLY……BILLIE BRYANT

SPIKE/MISFIT TOY………JOHN CARDONE

SAM THE SNOWMAN………CHRISTOPHER CARPENTER

GLADYS DASHER………DAVID CERDA

HERBIE……CHAD

ELFINA/MISFIT TOY……BARBARA FIGGINS

CLARICE COMET……..KATHERINE GLAVIN

RUDOLPH………ALEX GRELLE

SANTA CLAUS……….MICHAEL HAMPTON

RUTH CLAUS/DRAGBEAST……….ED JONES

YUKON CORNELIA…………LORI LEE

CONNIE VIXEN/TRAILER TRASH BARBIE……..TERRY MCCARTHY

COACH COMET/CHARLIE IN THE BOX……MICHAEL S, MILLER

SCORE/MISFIT TOY……….JOSHUA PETERSON

PRODUCTION TEAM

DIRECTED BY AJ WRIGHT

BOOK & LYRICS BY DAVID CERDA

MUSIC  BY SCOTT LAMBERTY, DAVID CERDA W/ TAYLOR E. ROSS

CHOREOGRAPHY…..STEVE LOVE

COSTUME DESIGN BY KATE SETZER KAMPHAUSEN

VIDEO PRODUCTION BY PETER NEVILLE FOR ICU

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR…….DEREK VAN TASSEL

STAGE MANAGER……….R. CHRISTOPHER MAXWELL

SCENIC DESIGN……….STEPHEN HERMANN

SOUND DESIGNER……….MARIE QUINN

WIG DESIGN……….JACOB GREEN

VIOLENCE DESIGNER……..CHRISTOPHER CARPENTER

MAKE-UP ADVISOR….SYDNEY GENCO

PROP DESIGNER…….JEFF SHIELDS

GRAPHICS…….MICHAEL S. MILLER

DANCE CAPTAIN………..KATHERINE GLAVIN

PUBLICITY PHOTOGRAPHER…..RICK AGUILAR

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER………AJ WRIGHT

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER……..DAVID CERDA

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