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The Empire Strips Back: A Sci-Fi Burlesque Adventure

The Empire Strips Back: A Sci-Fi Burlesque Adventure

Vancouver’s favourite ‘nerdlesque’ troupe, the Geekenders, return to East Van’s Rio Theatre with a revamped version of their smash hit production The Empire Strips Back: A Sci-Fi Burlesque Adventure.


Friday, May 26
Doors 7:00 pm | Show 8:00 pm

Tickets $20 advance HERE | $25 at the door

Saturday, May 27
Doors 7:00 pm | Show 8:00 pm

Tickets $20 advance HERE | $25 at the door

*Must be 18+ w/ID for entry. Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service. Sorry, Groupons and passes not accepted for this event.

We invite you to join us a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away with acclaimed fandom theatre troupe Geekenders, who are concentrating their usual pop culture theatre, comedy and burlesque into a glittering, playfully sensual two-act reboot of a sci-fi classic!

Featuring a cast of TWENTY FIVE of Geekenders all-star nerdlesque performers, the event and theatre troupe is pulling out all the stops to ensure a memorable, sexy, nerd-herding night for geeks of all types. Geekenders brings you the fourth instalment of their epic burlesque adventure saga, as seen on Chris Hardwick’s @midnight, with a Vegas-style spectacular that combines striptease, comedy, dance, showgirls, vaudeville, nostalgia, and space.

Draco Muff-Boi as Luke Skywalker
Veronica Vamp as Darth Vader
Jayne Fondue as Princess Leia Organa
Stephen Blakley as Han Solo
Kitty Glitter as Chewbacca
Tylr Bourbon as Obi-Wan Kenobi
David Ten-Inch as C3PO
Josee St Pierre as R2D2
Lithium Little as Yoda
Androsia Wilde as Lando Calrissian
Seamus Fit-It-In as Boba Fett

The Storm Troopers

Fanny Oakley
Ginger Femmecat
Sasja Smolders
Cadence Winter Matthews


Here’s what the media has had to say about other Geekenders spectaculars:

“With the use of huge puppets, beautiful human x-wings and tie fighters, and explosions of confetti, this was both mind-blowing and epic. I am waiting impatiently for the return of fabulous dancing and singing, more (and better than our) puns, and tons of nostalgia and fandom with a cast that includes sexy appearances from Chewbacca, Darth, Han, R2D2, Luke, and many more, all crafting an impressive two-act adaptation of this classic cinematic masterpiece.”
-Living Myth Magazine on A Nude Hope

“From a not so scary Darth Vader, to a yummy Lando Calrissian, a swaggering braggadocio Han and independent Leia, athletic Yoda, a Justin Bieber Luke Skywalker to the awesomely cute pair of a rollerblading R2D2 and C3PO, and oh those Stormtrooper troops, this is a Star Wars cosplayer’s fantasy dream.”
-Live Vancouver on The Empire Strips Back

“Not only did The Wizard of Bras provide a rousing burlesque show, but through the use of innuendo, satire, and social commentary, Geekenders delivered a unique performance that appeals to a range of audiences.”
-The Peak

“Empire Strips Back is an ambitious, riotous, scandalous production that shows just how powerful a small group of dedicated people can be.”
-Living Myth Magazine on The Empire Strips Back

Disclaimer: This is a parody production. We are in no way associated with Lucasfilm or Disney.

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