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REPO! Road Tour Diary: Foxboro

by Terrance Zdunich

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January 15, 2009: It's early. Way too early to be awake. Dragging my luggage (and my tired knuckles), I ride the elevator down to the hotel's lobby. Darren Smith is already there, reading a newspaper, sipping on hotel lobby coffee. He looks as tired as I feel. There's no sign of Spooky yet, but I'm not concerned; Cassie (our designated driver/victim this morning) sent me a text message moments earlier, alerting me that she would be running about 10 minutes late. 

10 minutes pass. Cassie arrives. Still no sign of Spooky. I text message him, followed by a phone call to his room. No response. I go up and pound on the door. A sleepy-eyed, sorry excuse for a spooky tour manager stares at me through a crack in the door. He's overslept. With gravel in his throat, he promises to meet us downstairs in 5-minutes. I want to be mad, but Spooky, this disheveled, overslept goth, with Tom Waits morning voice and bloodshot eyes, looks like a f***ing rock star. Plus, he manages to get his s*** together with record-speed; he meets us in the lobby in a matter of minutes, ready to go.

We hop into Cassie's car and head to the airport, making a quick stop at Staples to buy packing tape for our merch boxes. 

We arrive at the airport, where Darren Smith boards a separate plane. He's heading back home to Los Angeles today, while Spooky and I proceed onto the 3rd stop of Repo Road Tour 3: Foxboro, Massachusetts.

It's 11:00am. Our plane takes off. We stop for a 40-minute layover in Washington D.C. before landing in Providence, Rhode Island, just before 3:00. Since we'll be driving to the next 3 tour stops, Spooky and I purchase a rental car and wait for director Darren Lynn Bousman and actress Alexa Vega (Shilo) to arrive. They're joining the tour tonight, and are flying in from L.A. in a little over an hour. Parked in our heated rental car, waiting for Alexa and Darren to touch down, Spooky and I end up getting hooked by the sounds of a local radio station…but not because of the music. 

The station features a trio of what sounds like drunk, teenaged girls, babbling as they play random tracks off of an ipod. Their delivery is so odd and unprofessional, that we can't help but listen. The girls keep encouraging people to call in with song requests—and Spooky and I are at the ready to ask for "Zydrate Anatomy"—but this slurring satellite sisterhood never bothers to announce the phone number.

We get the phone call that Alexa and DLB have landed, start the car, scoop them up, and discover that the GPS system in our rented jeep isn't working. We contemplate exchanging vehicles, but instead resolve to use Spooky's phone as a map—a decision that results in much wasted time over the next couple of days, as the phone's map is not the easiest to follow.

The 4 of us trek to our hotel for the night, a Marriot Courtyard. There's a snowman greeting us as we walk into the lobby…that means it's cold! We separate to our rooms to decompress before tonight's screening.

It's 7:30pm. Alexa, Darren, Spooky & I collect in the hotel lobby, hop in the car, and head towards The Orpheum Theatre. This is my 2nd time to Massachusetts—the 1st time was a month ago on our RRT2 stop in Boston…but Foxboro is no Boston.

A quiet, snow-dusted town (positioned somewhere between Providence and Boston), Foxboro, at a glance, feels way to quaint, way too "normal" for REPO!...especially considering that Boston, it's neighbor to the north, was one of the rowdiest RRT audiences to date. 

We roll towards Foxboro's town circle, where we can see The Orpheum's marquee on the horizon. The venue looks more like a church than a theatre. We question whether we made a bad choice in booking this venue in this seemingly quiet city. These concerns are quickly subdued as we turn the corner and see the massive line of REPO! fans wrapping around the block, waiting to get into the theatre. It's freezing out, and these people are gleefully lined up, many wearing skimpy REPO!-inspired digs. Foxboro is every bit as rowdy as Boston!

We park. Alexa, Darren & I exit the vehicle and approach the line. The fans are excited to see us, and us them. We're especially excited to see some of the elaborate fan-made REPO! costumes on display: several GraveRobbers, Shilos, Mags, Repo Mans, an impressive Rotti Largo flaked by Henchgirls, and a woman (Molly "zirofax") dressed as a walking Zydrate Vial with a silver vial-top hat.

Also in attendance tonight is REPO! alumni C.J. DeAngeles, Jr. (soundtrack musician and 2005 N.Y. stage play musical director) and Jerry Urban (2002 L.A. stage play photographer). Jerry left Los Angeles and moved to Boston some time ago, and this is the 1st time that I've seen him in years. I really hope he enjoys the film.

Entering the theatre's lobby, I take a photo with Mary ("Squiffy") who is dressed as Shilo, holding a hand-sewn GraveRobber doll. Another fan gives me a beaded bracelet with the letters G-R-A-A-A-A-A-A-V-E-S stamped onto tiny, threaded, dice-like cubes.

It's 10:30pm. The Orpheum opens its doors. The mounting line pours into the theatre to take their seats (and escape the cold!). Spooky Dan conducts his spooky pre-show and the audience reacts riotously to his Puppet Opera vid, and the costume contest that follows. A macabreley masked yet flamboyantly acted Pavi wins, with a very sexy version of Amber Sweet (Molly "thisismolly") coming in a close 2nd. I'm compelled to tell ¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬Molly that she's my favorite as I pass her in an aisle. As a young illustrator, I always wanted my drawings to come to life—especially the sexily drawn gals—and now it's happening, right in front of me. I repress the urge to carry her out of the theatre like a caveman.

The movie screens to the very vocal audience, followed by an equally spirited reception to our Q & A, in which Alexa completely charms the audience (especially when Darren goads her into doing her "My Humps" dance, which is already all over youtube).

While onstage, Darren gets a surprise: a belated 30th birthday cake. The present is from the RKO Army (Foxboro's Rocky Horror troupe) who plans to shadow cast REPO! on April 11th. Darren, Alexa & I sit down on the stage, and share the chocolate frosted yumminess.

It's after 2:00am. We finally leave the theatre. We're all starving so we make a pit stop at a convenience store for snacks, which include Hot Pockets, Mac 'n' Cheese, & Cup O' Noodles. At the store, a strange (and very drunk) male patron makes a point of telling me repeatedly how much I look like Brenda Faser. He also repeats that his observation should in no way be construed as "gay". We drive back to our hotel, down our microwavable goodies, and crash.

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