“The party to die for” is Producer Terry Lynn Raridon’s simple statement about her production, Zombie Ball, and it is quoted in all the publicity for it. Raridon, the owner of lingerie and sex toy boutique Forbidden Fruit, specializes in producing shows and performances in the realm of alternative culture, aka the demimonde. The other large production in her yearly cycle is The Texas Burlesque Festival every spring. She was also the choreographer/movement designer for Zeus in Therapy, an unclassifiable theatrical experience, last summer at the Long Center.
Zombie Ball this year is on Halloween night, October 31st, co-sponsored by Austin City Limits Live, at the Moody Theatre. It has a number of additional sponsors including Ziegen (Zombie) Bock ale and Wet Salon, Austin’s favorite for zombie styling. The musical headliner is Black Joe Lewis with a lot of guest musical groups. Fetish performances are also on the card: what exactly is a bloody bullwhip tango? The expectations for this monument of the zombie trend in Austin are for zombies and darkness.
All Hallows’ Eve is the night before All Saints’ Day, when as midnight approaches the veil between the worlds thins, and things may cross over, either way. What things? Oh…things…. Be assured that at the height of the Zombie Ball Terry Lynn Raridon will be standing on her mound of skulls, garbed like the demon queen, beckoning, welcoming, chanting, “nothing forbidden, nothing forbidden.” It all sounds like too much fun.