There are quite a few stories that I have in the hopper, I’d like to keep them secret though, let them brew and see what happens.
I have to say I think times have greatly changed and I respect and admire all playwrights because I do think it is a true calling.
In the future, I would like to further explore the celluloid medium.
I love the permanency of film and TV, how one has the ability and power to make your mark with a story that hopefully reaches a wider audience. Check out Kirsten Holly Smith in Forever Dusty at the New World Stages in New York City Jess is a pop culture junkie living in New York City.
I find it inspiring to tell this story for eight shows a week because it gives us all inspiration about what one person can really do if she follows her heart.
Describe your process in developing your live tribute shows into a full-fledged musical.
Are there any other individuals whose story you would like to adapt into a play?
I started slowly, by singing her songs at open mic nights at The Gardenia Club in West Hollywood and writing monologues about her life in what I thought to be her voice. I knew there was something in this story and decided to drive it forward to the final frontier for theatre, New York City, where is currently running at New World Stages in the heart of the theatre district. Why do you think she is such a popular icon for drag performers?
This eventually became the workshop production that was put up at the University of Southern California in 2006 and later produced by The Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center, which is part of the Gay and Lesbian Center in Los Angeles. The wigs, the beehive, the eye lashes, the hand gestures: she is just a very unique talent who was larger than life in a lot of ways which I think that drag lends itself to.
I do think that her moving to LA was a result of the British papers relentlessly questioning her sexuality.
It was a very dark period for her, much darker than I even explore in the show.