Tour Diary: Denver
by Terrance Zdunich
We've been telling you all about REPO!
THE GENETIC OPERA and the recent REPO! Road Tours. The third
tour just wrapped up and REPO star and co-writer Terrance Zdunich
(plays Grave Robber) gives us the lowdown! Here is today's entry from Denver.
It's 11:30am. We board a flight out of
St. Louis en route to Denver, Colorado, the 8th stop on REPO Road
21, 2009.: We land in Denver a little after 1:30pm, exit the plane, &
pick up our luggage. The amount of luggage that we're having to check is
growing exponentially as each day of the tour passes; we end up carrying
the leftover merchandise from the previous night with us, so our overflow
is starting to get cumbersome. We have so much crap, that we need to rent
2 of those $3 airport dollies just to haul everything across the airport.
We pick up a rental car and make our way
towards downtown Denver's Ramada Inn, our hotel for the night. But first,
we have a very important pit stop to make:
THE GENETIC OPERA's DVD & Blu-Ray went on sale yesterday in major
retail stores throughout the country…so, director Darren Lynn Bousman,
actor Bill Moseley, tour manager Spooky Dan, & I, are on a mission
to find a Best Buy or Walmart in Denver where we can purchase
our own copies of the movie. We come upon a shopping plaza that has both
stores, plus a Chipoltle (DLB's favorite Mexican food joint), where
we settle down to eat lunch following our shopping adventure.
we stop at Best Buy. Fans had told us that these stores had impressive
REPO! DVD stands on display. No such luck in this particular Best
Buy, but the REPO! DVDs are prominently displayed on the "New
Releases" shelf. We each pick up a copy and walk towards the cash register
with our $2-off coupons in hand. Spooky Dan readies his video camera to
film the transactions.
A Best Buy employee stops us, immediately.
She tells Spooky that he cannot film inside the store. We explain to her,
a manager, that we're the filmmakers behind REPO!, and that this
moment is sentimental to us. She gives us a "yeah, right" look. That is,
until we show her Bill's mug, as Luigi Largo, gracing the back of the DVD
box. A few more Best Buy people surround us now, and they all seem
confused as to why we need to buy the movie if we're the ones who made
the movie. I'm confused by the realization that there's no GraveRobber
image on the DVD box. I sigh. Then she sighs. But she finally lets Spooky
Even though our coupons (given to us by
our distributor, Lions Gate) don't seem to work at this store, we each
now own a brand new copy of the R!TGO DVD. After fighting for so
long to get REPO! more exposure theatrically, it feels great to
be able to walk into a random store in Denver and find our film.
We make our way to the Ramada Inn, an oddly
decorated hotel (Western-themed!), and check-in.
It's 7:30pm. We regroup in the hotel's
lobby before heading out to the Mayan Theatre where REPO! will screen
tonight at 9:00pm. We're all so full from our late, heavy, Mexican lunch,
that we skip dinner.
Bill, Darren, & I, share a drink at
a bar just across the street from the Mayan. Spooky ventures inside the
theatre to set up the merchandise table. From the bar's window I can see
the long line of REPO! fans forming outside. I can also see the
marquee on the building, towering over the theatre: KeyBank. Considering
that KeyBank is the holder of one of my student loans—a lone that I am
nowhere near paying off—this looming red key in the distance could either
be a presage of doom for tonight's screening, or just some much needed
It's 8:30pm. We down our drinks and step
outside to greet the line. Denver welcomes us—and REPO!—with open
arms. I meet a couple dressed as bloodied surgeons. I meet a man dressed
as REPO Man holding a "Free Organ REPOssession" sign ("Chronophange").
I meet a chap dressed as a bloodied, retractable-knife-wielding—and smiling!—Luigi
("morningchaser"). There's also Pavi with a picture of Paris Hilton taped
to the back of his hand mirror—the same way that Ogre did during his audition
for the role of the vainest of the Largos.
The Mayan opens its doors and everybody
floods in, including us. It's a cool, 2-story theatre. The top level is
a bar/lounge area, which we later use for our signing/meet-n-greet. I go
to the bar to order a beer when a fan intercepts me, insisting on paying
for my drink. The transaction is completed with a REPO!'d $20 bill:
a REPO Man helmet drawn over Andrew Jackson's head with the word
"Testify!" written in red.
The bar has something else that I like—aside
from the free drinks, that is: a Big Lebowski-themed specialty drink menu,
with the title "Gimme a Caucasian!" over an illustrated picture of The
Dude. Considering that I can (and have!) had entire conversations using
only quotes from this film, this drink menu pretty much made my night.
My night is even more "made" as we start
the screening, because Denver is a loud and excited group. They go nuts
for Spooky Dan's puppet short, and even more nuts for REPO!
At the end of the night, Darren and I are
given a gift courtesy of The Colorado REPO! Army: a plastic sports
bottle filled with a blue liquid and 2 floating orbs. Written on the side
of the bottle are the words "EYE BALLS w/Digital Corneas in Zydrate". Airport
security is going to love us. TESTIFY!
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