People Like Us documents the tight-knit community of dedicated fans who perform in and produce the weekly shows and who, in doing so, have kept the film on screens in the pop-culture collective consciousness for forty years. These “shadow cast” performers spend countless hours on painstakingly accurate reproductions of their characters’ costumes, special theme nights, set fabrication, and promotions. The film, with its gently satirical silver screen archetypes and saucy one-liners lending themselves to an abundance of internet memes and fan fiction, becomes an anchor for their world.
Images from the live shows focus on the relationships between cast members as well as the participatory nature of the film-going experience, while the environmental portraits take the performers out of the theater setting and portray them in their everyday lives. Cultographies: The Rocky Horror Picture Show author Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock explores some of the thematic elements of the performance in his preface, while sixteen short texts by the cast members themselves provide an inside perspective on this timeless phenomenon.