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Devil's Playground brings Star Warz Burlesque, their wild and sexy tribute to George Lucas' classic sci-fi characters, to a bigger and bolder playground when they takeover Hollywood venue The Music Box (aka Henry Fonda Theater) this Friday night.
Founder (and tattoo muse) Courtney Cruz describes the revamped production of the show, which debuted at Bordello in January, as "burlesque theater."
"It's not like Bordello where curtain goes up, girl does her thing, curtain goes down," she explains. "Here, it's the whole experience, right as soon as you walk through the front door, in the lobby, on the rooftop and on the stage before and after the show. There is going to be stuff going on before the actual show. I want this to be an experience for people and I want them to feel like they've stepped into a place in a galaxy far, far away."
We met up with Cruz, who portrays a stormtrooper in the show, as well as Lucy Fur (C-3PO) and Star Warz Burlesque newcomer Daisy Meadows (Chewbacca) for a little back story behind their upcoming performances, including the scoop on Wookiee turn-ons and C-3PO's talent.
Courtney Cruz (The Stormtrooper)
Why the stormtrooper?
I like guns and helmets. [laughs] No.
In the movie, they didn't have a lot of lines. It wasn't a character with a lot of speaking. Anytime that stormtrooper stepped onto the screen, it demanded the attention of everyone who was watching. It's a fun character to take on. Plus, I had some of the costume pieces.
I thought it would be a fun one turn into a sexy character. In the movie, they were so not sexy. There's that contrast that is always fun for me.
What was the inspiration for making it into a sexy character?
I think just deciding to do Star Wars and deciding what characters would go best with what girls, it was one of those things where I was like do I do a stormtrooper or Darth Vader? I kind of like the dark thing a little bit, the mystery behind the masks is always fun for me.
You do a lot of villains or antiheroes like the Joker.
I find a certain sex appeal with the darker characters. I think I'm attached to them a little more than the heroes.
Do you remember the first time you saw Star Wars?
Yeah, sitting on the couch on a Saturday morning with my brother in a t-shirt and chonies probably, eating cereal, Captain Crunch probably.
Did you have the toys?
I had Darth Vader and Princess Leia, the bigger ones, not the little ones, with the stands, the collectibles. I had a really cool Darth Vader bank. That was my favorite. It was a bank, like a piggy bank. When you would put a quarter in, the lightsaber comes up, the light comes on and it goes back and forth and you hear the breathing noises [stars breathing like Darth Vader] and then it goes, "Impressive. Most impressive. But, you are not a Jedi yet."