Rocky Horror re-boot features Dot-based actor Jaclyn Chylinski

Jaclyn Chylinski: Welcome to Transylvania

Jaclyn Chylinski, an actor based out of Dorchester, will star in an upcoming theater production of “The Rocky Horror Show,” a play based on the 1975 cult classic film “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”

In an interview with the Reporter, Chylinski described the play, which is presented by Moonbox Productions and will run from Oct. 17 through Nov. 2 in a pop-up theater in Harvard Square, as a “complete homage” to the film.

“You’ll see the same characters, the same story, the same music — but it’s live,” she said.

Chylinski plays a phantom in the show, one of six “failed experiments” of Dr. Frank-N-Furter. “We’re all an amorphous blob that moves the show along and brings the audience in and creates the world that one would find if they were ever to come to Transylvania,” she explained.

The play will be staged in a space at 25 Brattle St. in Harvard Square, a property that formerly housed the candy store Hidden Sweets. The makeshift theater with see-through storefront windows is a perfect place for the kind of fun, informal ambience the show is aiming to create, said Chylinski.

“When you walk in it’s going to feel like you’re in an exploded fashion factory,” she said. “And it’ll be really intimate — we’re on the same plane as the audience the whole time and they are very much a character in the piece.”

She added as a forewarning that audience members should expect physical and verbal interactions with the cast and with props. “For the most part, if you’re coming in, you’re in the ‘splash zone.”

Most aspects of the show will remain faithful to the original iteration, with the exception of costumes meant to add a pop of color and more à la mode fashion choices.

“There will be plenty of moments where undeniably you can see the film. We’re definitely keeping it in the world of kitsch and camp, and you’ll have the same rock and roll score, but the fashion of it is more updated. We’re really turning things up a notch in the wardrobe department.”

Moonbox Productions teams up with a local non-profit for every show they put on. For “The Rocky Horror Show,” a portion of proceeds will go to BAGLY – the Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Youth – an organization dedicated to social justice for LGTBQ+ young people.

Thursday through Sunday performances scheduled from Thurs, Oct. 17, through Sat., Nov. 2. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets available at