I have been remiss in not updating my page yet again. Isn’t that just the way?
“Speakeasy” is up and running now through March 13th. We’re getting great reviews and I’m proud to be in a company of performers who are professionals beyond any project I have ever been involved with. I am so honored to be on the stage with them.
The piece is called “Speakeasy–John and Jane’s adventures in the Wonderland” a fantasia of queerdom during the Harlem Renaissance. As the Pansy Craze and the Negro Vogue raged in Harlem, white downtowners got enticed to cross over, try some illegal booze and get their freak on. Sinful. Glorious. Jazz. Sex. Liquor. Sex and Drugs.
All of that is laid over the Lewis Carroll’s Alice books. Characters in the musical are based on the iconic creatures Alice encounters. Bri Molloy as the Cheshire Cat in the guise of Pansy band leader and crooner Chet Cheshire. Tim Collins as cross-dressing female impersonator Julian Eltinge, reigns as the Mad Hatter. And yours truly as (Duchess Bentley) Gladys Bentley who combines the White Queen, Humpty Dumpty and a little Caterpillar too. We entreat the naive newlyweds to join us in the demimonde. Which if you’ve ever seen my business card is my mode de emploi.
The title characters John & Jane are played by the brilliantly gifted Matias Polar and the stunning Kayleigh Shuler. Matias Polar exemplifies the triple threat, all his talents in equal balance and tremendously so.
Kayleigh, who plays Duchess’ love interest and John’s wife–has such phenomenal talent, it’s unbelievable. Despite being an exceptional singer, her dancing is superb and she is ever-present in her role.
Roberta aka the White rabbit is played by the scrumptious and adorable Bevin Bell-Hall. She’s a triumph of talents, puppeteering among them. Every member of the cast deserves detailed write up, but if you come see the show, I can just shut up here.
There are intense sexytimes in the show so despite the Alice angle, this show is not for kids. So fire up the pace maker and getcha a babysitter.