Mr. Choade, the director of The House of Choade, a Grand Guignol theatre, has made an evil bargain with the Medicine Man, who has promised to help him make an artistic leap. A young girl, Linda, who has just been released from a mental hospital, gets a job performing at the House of Choade and becomes embroiled in these machinations.
Linda's ex-girlfriend Roxy re-connects with her and attempts to save her. This film, a dark comedy by first time director James Habacker, was shot in Manhattan and features many luminaries from the downtown performance art scene centered around the Slipper Room.
One of the festival
- New York Times
Entertains the hell out of those those willing to go along for the ride.
An Interview with Slipper Room owners James & Camille Habacker
A brief history of the Slipper room and inspiration for the movie.
as The Waitress
James Kenny has worked at the Slipper Room since the day it opened in 1999. He can be seen every weekend performing as Uncle Earle.
Veronica Habaker, daughter of James and Camille Habaker makes her debut.
Lincoln Habaker makes his screen debut.
Todd Beers plays bartender Paul. Todd produced No-lesque, a poetry, art and spoken word monthly show.
Jo Weldon is the Headmistress of the New York School of Burlesque and author of the Burlesque Handbook.
as boy in cage
as Linda's Mother
Emily Shepherd is a model, burlesque performer and actress living in New York.
Gal Friday has established herself as one of the premier burlesque performers in New York and around the country.
as Roxy's date
A master of character performance, Bradford Scobie Performs as Sir Richard Castle, the outrageous host of The Wiggle Room.
Lil' Miss Lixx is a New York burlesque performer, member of alt punk band The Stilette Hoe's and burlesque duet The Trash Can twins.
as Sir Richard Castle
The Great Throwdini is the World's FASTEST & accurate knife thrower & the only knife thrower to perform the 'Veiled Double Wheel of Death'
The Cruel Tale of the Medicine Man
Cast and crew list
The Players (In order of Appearance):
Lefty Lucy as Kitty
Gal Friday as Cocktail Waitress
Arthur Aulisi as Clyde
Camille Habacker as Ms. McGuffin
James Habacker as Mr. Choade
Matthew Holtzclaw as Magician #1
Albert Cadabara as Magician #2
Carla Rhodes as Ventriloquist
Cecil Sinclaire as Ventriloquist Dummy
Kenball Zwerin as the groper
Velvet Crayon as Koala with a Knife
Mat Fraser as Sealboy
Ula Uberbusen as Scarlet
Oakley Boycott as Squishy
Cara Brennan as Cherry Poppers
Jillian McManemin as Linda
Veronica Habacker as Pandora
Julie Atlas Muz as Julie
Adam Krandle as Evil Hate Monkey
Todd Beers as Paul
Stormy Leather as Roxy
Bunny Love as half man half woman
Jo Boobs as Linda’s mother
James Kenny as Linda’s father
Joe Coleman as The Medicine Man
Lincoln Habacker as Boy in a Cage
Emily Shepard as Roxy’s one night stand
Whitney Ward as Woman Sprayed with Blood
Cheeky Lane as Dead Performer #1
Rosabelle Selavy as Dead Performer #2
Anna Neidermeyer as Tara
Lil Miss Lixx as the Nurse
“Big” Mike Zimmerman as the Attendant
John Goddard as the Mental Patient
Tony Notarberardino as Dr. Geiger
Venus Notarberardino as Dr. #2
Mr. Choade’s knife act performed by David “The Great Throwdini” Adamovich
Self Created Performances by
Trixie Little and the Evil Hate Monkey
James “Tigger” Ferguson
Bambi the Mermaid
Darlinda Just Darlinda
Lynn “Bunny Love” Gathright
Julie Atlas Muz
Sarah “Sarah Screams” Mostov
Pianist for opera singer: Kyle Motsinger
Written & Directed by James Habacker
Songs and Sermons of the Medicine Man by Joe Coleman
Produced by James Habacker
Director of Photography Sergei Franklin
Edited by John Goddard & James Habacker
Assistant Director John Goddard & Nickel Dakota
Production Designer James Habacker
Production Manager Rebecca Baron
Music by The Candy Shop Boys
Choreography by Julie Atlas Muz
Story consultant Richard Lovejoy
Casting by James Habacker
Costumes, Hair & Make-up
Rachel Garreau, Anna Niedermeyer, Lyn Gathright, James Habacker
Candace Henderson, Kelley Coleman, Erica Hernandez
Set Dressing Joe Coleman, Whitney Ward, Diva Haase
Set Builders Derek Brown, Juanita Cardenas
Camera Operators Sergei Franklin, John Goddard, Tony Notarberardino
Focus Pullers Marcos Herrera, Jose Martinez
Sound recording Melina Greene & Joe Watson
Gaffer Jose Martinez
Best Boy Christian Cobo & Andrew Jernigan
Grips and Electric
Color Corrections by Malika Franklyn
Sound Engineering by
Visual Effects by Gotham FX, Loren Alliston, James Habacker
Digital Visual Effects by John Goddard
Title Design by John Goddard
House of Choade posters by Adriano Moreas
Still Photographer Sam Keller, John Goddard