The jokesters at Dad’s Garage Theatre Company have finally done it: Thankskilling the Musical is officially the most offensive scripted show they’ve ever produced. And you, dear Scouts, can grab a ticket and a beer to make you care a little less about the insults they’re throwing your way. Also, did we mention it’s a musical about a murderous turkey?
Ah, Thanksgiving- a time to spend with family, share a feast, and try to avoid the turkey that’s trying to murder us all. Wait, what? Yeah. Our raunchy friends at Dad’s Garage Theatre Company are taking the holiday to a new level by producing a musical version of the 2008 horror-comedy film called Thankskilling, where an ancient Indian uses the evil art of necromancy to bring back to life a demonic turkey, who then hunts down five college students on their way home for Thanksgiving break. This sounds like the perfect production for Dad’s Garage, known for adventurous, irreverent humor that leaves no joke uncracked. This is a theatre that regularly has people exclaiming, “I can’t believe they did that!” This is the theatre that brought us a topless space walk, a musical number called “Gay for Jesus,” bodily fluids form a slow loris, a Scientology pageant, a diarrhea condor, and the goriest take on Charlotte’s Web we’ve ever seen. And just imagine: after all that and more, they’ve promised us that Thankskilling the Musical is the raunchiest, bloodiest, most depraved, offensive, and distasteful production to ever hit their stage. Heck, it even comes with its own drinking game, and we’re offering a drink ticket to Scouts who think they can handle the depravity.
So this is all made up on the spot, right? How do we know it’s going to be so offensive? Well, folks Dad’s Garage may be known as an improv theatre, but they also produce scripted plays and musicals year round as well. Some of them are original works written by company members- you may remember this summer’s ATL-iest Atlanta story ever, King of Pops: the Post Apocalyptic Musical- and some are written by people outside the company, like Gutenberg: the Musical. It really seems like these guys are into offbeat musicals, eh? Yeah, we're ok with that. We encourage it, even. And this is their last scripted production at their temporary home at 7 Stages in Little 5 Points. They’ve bought a space in the Old Fourth Ward and are moving to their permanent home at the end of the year, so we guess that’s why they’re pulling out all the stops with this one. Based on shows from the past, we’re assuming the (fake) blood is going to be gushing in every scene. If you’ve seen the movie version of Thankskilling you already know what you're getting into, but we can't warn newbies enough: you're going to be offended at some point. So, with our tongues planted firmly in cheek, we just can’t wait to see how far they take the jokes. Thankskilling the Musical
Music and lyrics by Jeff Thomson and Jordan Mann
Conceived by David Eck, Jeff Thomson, and Jordan Mann
Arrangements by Aaron Jodoin
Based on the motion picture “ThanksKilling” Written by Jordan Downey and Kevin Stewart