New Year's 'Unchained': APT hosts Quentin Tarantino-themed bash

2012-12-27T03:15:00Z 2012-12-27T09:36:54Z New Year's 'Unchained': APT hosts Quentin Tarantino-themed bashSamantha House, The Citizen Auburn Citizen
December 27, 2012 3:15 am  • 

"Pulp Fiction," "Kill Bill," "Inglourious Basterds," "Django Unchained."

Unless you've purposefully avoided the silver screen for the past 20 years, chances are you've enjoyed — or least heard word of — one of Quentin Tarantino's films.

Known for creating memorable characters, penning provoking scripts and turning nearly every film he touches into a cult classic, Tarantino's work as both a director and screenwriter has captured movie-lovers' minds for two decades.

On New Year's Eve, the Auburn Public Theater is giving locals a chance to spend a few hours as their favorite Tarantino character — just without his movies' customary violence.

Kayleen Wilkinson, APT's marketing director, said that after organizing last year's New Year's Eve bash, she wanted the 2012 edition of the party to be just as grand.

"I like to go with those big, cinematic themes, and something different," she explained.

And hosting a Quentin Tarantino-themed New Year's party, she said, sounds like a first.

"I've never heard of one before," Wilkinson said.

To help guests get into the atmosphere of Tarantino's films, Wilkinson said the APT's staff will decorate the theater with scenes popularized in his movies, such as the forest/jungle from "Inglourious Basterds" and the diner from "Pulp Fiction."

"There's always a diner in his movies," Wilkinson said. "Very retro; very, very stylized."

Along with enjoying a glass of complimentary champagne, attendees will have a chance to have commemorative pictures taken inside a jail cell and partake in multiple games, such as a costume contest, a "Pulp-Fiction"-style dance off and a guessing game, Wilkinson said.

Attendees can also get into the New Year's Eve mood by sipping drinks from the theater's cash bar.

Although wearing a costume isn't required, Wilkinson — who plans to dress up as Beatrix Kiddo, Uma Thurman's character from "Kill Bill" — encouraged attendees to embrace the theme. She said attendees don't have to spend a lot of money or emulate Tarantino's bigger characters to make stellar costumes.

"Watch the movies again," Wilkinson said. "Pick one element and go crazy with that — one really iconic part of it — and it will capture the element."

And when that element is captured, the marketing director said, attendees are bound to have a good time welcoming 2013.

"It's mostly a costume party. You don't have to buy some glorious ball gown," Wilkinson said. "I think it's that nice middle ground."

Staff writer Samantha House can be reached at 282-2282 or samantha.house@lee.net. Follow her on Twitter at Citizen_House.

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