Performances are underway for Coney Island USA’s most ambitious production to date Bloody Brains in a Juke Box. The show, produced through CIUSA’s Funhouse Philosophers series, is a rock opera, with a libretto by Dick D. Zigun, music by Nikos Brisco, and direction by Circus Amok’s Ethyl Eichelberger Award winning Jennifer Miller.
In this sung-through and psychedelic sci-fi satire, a quartet of doctors resembling Sidney Poitier (Aaron D. McMillan), Audrey Hepburn (Reina Terror), Jackie Coogan (Peter S. Sullivan) and Jayne Mansfield (Satine S’Allumer) tussle with a talking, flying, brain-eating Wurlitzer Model 1100 juke box – with results as mind-blowing and out there as anything you’ve ever seen at the sideshow.
While best known for such programs as the Mermaid Parade and the Coney Island Circus Sideshow, Coney Island USA has also been the longtime home of Funhouse Philosophers, a resident theater company devoted to presenting the plays of artistic director Dick Zigun, a Yale School of Drama and New Dramatists trained playwright whose previous works have included Dead End Dummy, Killing Republicans, The Ride Inspector’s Nightmare, and last season’s show The Education of Al Capone as if Told by Jimmy Durante. In recent years, Funhouse Philosophers has been experimenting with the rock opera format in an effort to make abstract ideas like cosmology accessible via music and parody. BloodyBrains in a Jukebox is the culmination of that long-term exploration. “It is the largest and most ambitious production ever mounted by Coney Island USA,” says Zigun. Miller calls it “A sensational sci-fi, horror, noir, campy, over the top, bloody story of desire and salvation,” adding “What more could anyone want in a night of theater at Coney Island?”
The word is already out. Check out the following notices, previews and interviews at:
Gothamist (“Best Things to Do!”): https://gothamist.com/arts-entertainment/best-things-do-nyc-week-brooklyn-mardi-gras-1995-film-series
Radio Free Brooklyn (“Hear and Now”): https://radiofreebrooklyn.com/show/hear-and-now-with-rachel-c/
Bloody Brains in a Jukebox Performance Dates: Fridays thru Sundays, March 6-29 (opening night March 14)
More information, including directions and how to get tickets: ConeyIsland.com
NOTE: We are closely monitoring the status of the current coronavirus outbreak and consider the safety of our supporters, patrons, employees and cast members of the utmost importance. In order to ensure this safety, we are following the current recommendations of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for the prevention of the spread of coronavirus. More specifically, we are taking additional precautions to maintain a safe environment by increasing our cleaning protocols in our public spaces. All of our events and programming are continuing as scheduled at this time. If conditions change over time, we will be updating our advisory.