SEX AND THE CITY: LIVE! Opens This Week at the Victoria Theatre
From the creators who brought you the stage adaptations of such shows as Roseanne and Designing Women, Velvet Rage Productions is proud to announce the return of Sex and the City: Live! - with some of your favorite moments of the ground-breaking series. Each performance will feature two episodes based on the iconographic TV show that ran on HBO from 1998 - 2004 (now in syndication). So put on your party clothes, grab your besties and head down to the Victoria Theater every weekend (July 24 - Aug. 10, 2014) where the cosmopolitans will be as plentiful as the laughs in this uproarious drag send up.
Sex And The City: LIVE! features Heklina (Carrie Bradshaw) (Trannyshack / The Golden Girls) D'Arcy Drollinger (Samantha Jones) (Shit & Champagne), Lady Bear (Miranda Hobbs) (Roseanne) and Special Guest Alaska (Charlotte York) (Know to a wide national audience after being a star on Ru Paul's Drag Race - SEASON #5), with Leigh Crow (Elvis Herselvis) as Mr. Big and many more! The show is directed by D'Arcy Drollinger.
The "girls" are four young professional women in search of the perfect relationship and, of course, the perfect orgasm. Each episode features multiple storylines that tackled relevant and modern social issues including sexuality, sexually transmitted diseases, safe sex, promiscuity, femininity and of course shoes - while exploring the difference between friendships and relationships.
Sex and the City the original HBO series received both acclaim and criticism for its subjects and characters, and spawned two feature films, Sex and the City (2008) and its sequel Sex and the City 2 (2010). It also won seven of its 54 Emmy Award nominations, eight of its 24 Golden Globe Award nominations, and three of its 11 Screen Actors Guild Award nominations. Sex and the City still airs in syndication worldwide and has been listed on Entertainment Weekly's end-of-the-decade "best of" list and as one of Time magazine's 100 Best TV Shows of all time.
Sex and the City: LIVE! is directed by D'Arcy Drollinger with lighting design by Michael Blythe.
Heklina (Carrie Bradshaw) gained fame as Trannyshack's erstwhile MC, keeping a tight rein on the chaos with her unflappable humor and sparkling wit. She is a premier hostess and DJ for hire around San Francisco, and has graced the Folsom St. Fair, Castro St. Fair, Gay Pride Main Stage, Castro Theater, and Halloween Main Stage, in addition to hosting numerous fundraisers for, among others, PAWS, Project Open Hand, AIDS Housing Alliance, Haight Ashbury Free Medical Clinic, Bay Positives, Lyric, the AIDS Emergency Fund, the UCSF Positive Health Project, Community United Against Violence, and Marriage Equality. She has been seen on the E! Entertainment Network, NBC's "Trauma" "The Cho Show", VH1, "Playing it Straight", Comedy Central's "The Daily Show", BBC Television's "Around the World in 80 Raves", the Scissor Sister's "Filthy Gorgeous" video, and as a guest on the Jerry Springer and Ricki Lake shows. Her film credits include the festival favorites Baby Jane? and All About Evil. Theater credits include a starring role in the 2006 Theater Rhino production TROG!, and producer and featured actor (in the role of Dorothy Zbornak) in the popular San Francisco Golden Girls plays. She was voted Community Grand Marshal of the 2004 San Francisco GLBTQ Pride Parade, and was the subject of two documentaries in the 2005 Frameline SF Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. In 2009 she won the Pride Creativity Award for outstanding artistic contribution to the LGBT Community. www.trannyshack.com
D'Arcy Drollinger (Samantha Jones) D'Arcy Drollinger's original works include: The runaway hit Shit & Champagne, Project: Lohan, Scalpel!, The Possession of Mrs. Jones, Pink Elephants, Above and Beyond the Valley of the Ultra Showgirls, Suburbia 3000. The Cereal Killers, and the upcoming, Mr. Irresistible. D'Arcy has also worked as an actor, director, choreographer and producer. Other credits include: The Producers (first Broadway production), Hairspray the Musical (first Broadway production), F.A.G.G.O.T.S. The Musical, the Thrillpeddler's revivals of the Cockettes musicals Vice Palace & Hot Greeks, and VH1's Divas 2000 featuring RuPaul. He directed and co-starred in the stage adaptations of Sex and the City: LIVE!, Designing Women and Roseanne, as well as playing the role of Chrissy Snow in a live version of the TV classic, Three's Company. He is a co-founder of Back It Up Productions and Crackers In Bed, INC. D'Arcy is the creator and resident choreographer for SexiTude, the body-positive, age-positive, sex-positvie dance class, which meets weekly throughout San Francisco. He is an original member of the critically acclaimed post-punk SF art-rock group Enrique and a firm believer in the ridiculous. Drollinger has been a participant in the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop and is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America.
Lady Bear (Miranda Hobbs) exploded onto the SF drag and performance art scene soon after discovering the east coast was tired in 2008. Getting her start in the infamous Trannyshack club, she was soon appearing regularly in every venue in town & she's had her finger on the pulse of SF's night life and performing arts scene ever since. Easily straddling the gamut from high brow to trash culture, she keeps her audiences captivated, whether it be on a stage, a club or the 7-11 parking lot. The consummate "Model, Actress, hooker" Ladybear has branched out into acting after becoming a featured member of the Midnight Mass players where she took title roles in productions of "Bearbarella" and has since starred in stage productions of "Sex in the City: Live!", " Designing Women" & "Roseanne", she's also available for weddings, bar mitzvah's, hell....just make an offer... She has also branched out to other cities, becoming a fixture on the LA drag and nightlife scene, She hosts the monthly Nightclub Cub Scout with LA nightlife legends Chris Bowen and Victor Rodriguez after having appeared at legendary Shits & Giggles, Bears in Space & Brown & Serve. Always looking for new scenes and new audiences she has toured with Trannyshack to LA, Seattle, New Orleans & Austin TX.
Alaska (Charlotte York) [Justin Andrew Honard] (AKA Alaska Thunderf*ck 5000) is widely known as a finalist on Season 5 of RuPaul's Drag Race, Justin was first inspired to dive into the world of drag as a direct result of San Francisco's beloved institution, Trannyshack. Since then, Justin has been traveling the country and the beyond, sharing the deranged beauty of Alaska with the world. Last year he appeared as Dr. Frank N. Furter at the Woodlawn Theatre in San Antonio, TX, he recently mounted the Stevie Nicks tribute cabaret "Stevie Forever"
with longtime musical collaborator Jeremy Dingles Apollo. Follow her on Twitter, @alaska5000.
Leigh Crow (Mr. Big), Last seen as Dan Connor in "Rosanne" Leigh is pleased to be back and bigger than ever as Mr Big! Entertaining the bay area for 25 years as Elvis Herselvis and others. Catch her with her bubblegum band The Whoa Nellies(.com) or at the The Hypnodrome in any number of Cockettes musical revivals.
The show runs July 24 - Aug. 10, 2014 Thurs., Fri., Sat. - 8:00 pm / Sun at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $20 / $25 at the door and are available at sexandthecitylive.eventbrite.com. Advance tickets recommended. All performances run at the Victoria Theatre - 2961 16th St. (btwn. Mission & Capp Sts.) SF 94103.
Pictured: Heklina as Carrie Bradshaw, Lady Bear as Miranda Hobbes, Alaska as Charlotte York, and D'Arcy Drollinger as Samantha Jones in Sex And The City: LIVE!. Photo by Kent Taylor.