Our love of puns here at Scout is well-documented, so you can only imagine how pleased we were to learn about Pulp Friction, a burlesque tribute to the films of Quentin Tarantino that made a sold-out Oberon debut last January. The show returns to 2 Arrow St. this Sunday, January 17 and Friday, January 22.
We caught up with Femme Bones, the show’s creator and producer, to talk trunk shots, toes and all things Tarantino. If you take nothing else away from our chat, just know this: There are more butts this time around.
Scout Cambridge: What first inspired you to burlesque-ify Tarantino flicks?
Femme Bones: Well, this was originally a concept that got thrown back and forth with Sirlesque (Boston’s all-male burlesque troupe) member Ricky Lime when we were considering producing a show together. He went on to pursue other interests, but this theme absolutely stole my black, little heart. I only produce shows that have themes that I would absolutely buy a ticket to, and once the vision of bombshell blondes and brunettes swinging their hips and katanas was in my head, it had to happen.
SC: Is there something about Tarantino’s movies that makes them a natural fit for a burlesque rendition?
FB: I’m mostly know for producing campy, violent and bizarre horror burlesque events with my own troupe, The Slaughterhouse Sweethearts, so, admittedly, it wasn’t a gigantic jump. I find, while not always in obvious ways, Tarantino’s films to be abundantly sexy. Between the crime, the fetishes, the dark humor and the penchant for gratuity, Tarantino’s style is very burlesque to me.
SC: Without giving too much away, what can viewers expect from Pulp Friction? Reenactments of classic scenes? Kung-Fu? Trunk shots? Feet? Fake blood?
FB: Its so hard not to give to much away, because I am VERY excited about what the performers are planning! You will definitely see some reenactments, as well as some acts that are just inspired by things that really spoke to their burlesque persona. From burgers to Bear Jews… I really wanted this show to have three things in particular: A lot of queer-friendly, body-positive performances, representation of a variety of films and a show for Tarantino fans, by Tarantino fans.
SC: This is the second Tarantino tribute you’ve done—did you switch things up this time around?
FB: Yes! A lot of the acts are from our first run a year ago, but I’m pleased to say we have some exciting new cast members as well. Honestly, I just wanted it all. Our first run was one of the best shows I feel I’ve been lucky enough to produce, and I’m over the moon to bring it back, and more. I’ve had a few chances to relaunch shows, and only two things are always pretty certain: The show has gotten even weirder, and there are more butts.
SC: I’m sure it’s not an easy call, but what’s your favorite Tarantino film? Favorite character?
FB: That is not easy at all, you minx! It changes a lot… Movie, it’s all about the mood I’m in. I’d say my favorite characters right now are The Wolf, Gogo Yubari and Mia Wallace. However, I have a special place for Fabienne. Something about a French girl who talks about breakfast food and potbellies. Sigh.
Sunday, 1/17 and Friday, 1/22
8 p.m., $20
Oberon, 2 Arrow St.
Tickets available at americanrepertorytheater.org