Jeff Thomson and Jordan Mann's ThanksKilling the Musical Will Make New York Debut at Festival of the Offensive
04 Feb 2014
ThanksKilling the Musical, adapted from the cult horror movie of the same name — about a possessed turkey on a deadly mission to avenge his tortured ancestors — will make its New York debut at the first annual Festival of the Offensive.
Produced by David Eck, in association with Ashley Kate Adams and AKA Studio Productions, ThanksKilling will receive four performances as part of the Festival of the Offensive, which will be presented April 28-May 4 at The Producers' Club (358 W. 44th Street).
Casting and members of the creative team will be announced at a later date.
ThanksKilling, which features music by Jeff Thomson and lyrics by Jordan Mann, was conceived in partnership with David Eck and is adapted from the film by Jordan Downey and Kevin Stewart.
Balagan Theatre presented the world premiere of the musical, which ran Nov. 29-Dec. 14, 2013, in the Cornish Playhouse Studio at Seattle Center.
ThanksKilling, based on the film of the same name, "is about five college kids headed home for Thanksgiving break who cross paths with a homicidal turkey possessed by an ancient Indian curse," according to press notes. "Horror and hilarity ensue, as the teens must stop the manic bird before he kills them all."
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.