"You have so many of those emails and promotions and you try to kind of do something to stand out."
-So says the head of Glendale, CA's Luna Playhouse in explaning her controversial "outside-the-box" ad campaign for their production of Charles Busch's WWII genre parody "The Woman in Question." What part of this did people not understand?
"Come see The Lady in Question dressed as a Nazi and get $10 off."
And she's not backing down, this Lilly Thomassian gal. A big overreaction: "I guess the word 'Nazi' just kind of shocked people, because if I had said, 'Come dressed up as a German soldier from the '40s,' nothing would have happened."
Wait, it gets better.
In response to those in the Glendale community expressing reservations over the prospect of Obergruppenfuhren in their local parking garages and restaurants pre- and post-show: "Even if people see a person in a Nazi uniform on the street, they would probably think they were going to a party or something. Nobody would take it seriously."
Or did she mean party rally?
Is Luna Playhouse revoking the promotion? Nein!
"Whoever has the courage to do that deserves to have $10 off," Thomassian said. "Come to see it as a Nazi or not as a Nazi. I don't care. Just come to see the show."(I told you it gets better)
Lily, babe, right sentiment, wrong phrasing. The ad copy should read: "So if you're a Nazi--or even if you're not!--don't walk but run schnell over to Luna Playhouse!"
I hear the Telecharge code for the $10 offer is HEIL.
Man, who put this person in charge of a theatre!
Oh wait--she did. (She's identified as "co-founder.")