Leslie Jordan Brings FRUIT FLY to the Rrazz Room, Now thru 12/22
The RRazz Room, San Francisco's premier nightclub, presents the return engagement of Leslie Jordan, Emmy Award-winning star of the hit TV comedy "Will & Grace" and author of My Trip Down the Pink Carpet. For the Bay Area debut of his new show, "Fruit Fly", Leslie travels back in time using show-and-tell to take the audience on the ride of a lifetime. Do gay men become their mothers? That is the question asked in Leslie's hilarious and touching new romp featuring childhood recollections combined with perilous teenage shenanigans. Jordan's storytelling skills abound and will make for an evening of fun and thought-provoking theater. The show will run tonight, December 18 through December 22.
Leslie Jordan is the winner of the 2006 Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his delicious portrayal of "Beverley Leslie" on "Will & Grace." Leslie's many other recurring roles and guest starring appearances on television include "Raising Hope," "Neighbors," "The Secret Life of the American Teenager," "Desperate Housewives," "Boston Legal," "Ugly Betty," and "Reba." In the DreamWorks feature film The Help, based on the best selling novel by Kathryn Stockett, Leslie plays the pivotal role of the newspaper editor who hires Emma Stone's "Skeeter" to write the household hints column. Feature film audiences will also recognize Leslie from his performance as "Brother Boy" in Del Shores' adaptation of his play Sordid Lives with Olivia Newton-John, Delta Burke, Beth Grant, and Beau Bridges. He continued the role in "Sordid Lives... the Series" for the cable network Logo, which starred Rue McClanahan, Caroline Rhea and Bonnie Bedelia among others.
On stage, Mr. Jordan won the Ovation Award, The Garland Award and The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for his portrayal of "Preston Leroy," the aging, sodden barfly in Del Shores hit play Southern Baptist Sissies. In addition to acting, Mr. Jordan is also an author and playwright. His book My Trip Down the Pink Carpet for Simon and Schuster formed the basis of a 90-minute one-man show, which had a 45 city book-signing/performance tour, a successful twelve-week Off-Broadway run at the Midtown Theater in New York City, and a six-week run at the Apollo Theater in London's West End. A video of the Atlanta performance, directed by Amanda Bearse, is available on Netflix.
Leslie's other autobiographical one-man shows Like a Dog on Linoleum, Full of Gin and Regret, From Whence I Came, Deck Them Halls Y'All, and Stories I Can't Tell Mama have been performed to audiences across the country; the autobiographical not-quite-a-one-man-show Hysterical Blindness and Other Southern Tragedies That Have Plagued My Life Thus Far ran to sold-out houses in Los Angeles and had a successful seven month run Off-Broadway at The Playhouse on Van Dam in New York City. His latest autobiographical play Fruit Fly enjoyed a seven week sold-out run at Celebration Theatre in Los Angeles in 2012 and performed at the All for One Theater Festival in New York City. The play is making its way to cities across the U.S. and abroad. Leslie's screenplay Lost in the Pershing Point Hotel won the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival's Production Grant Award, winning the competition from over 600 other scripts. Subsequently, it was made into an independent feature film distributed by Northern Arts Entertainment.