From December 1 – 16, the JCC will present the legend of Georgia McBride. The story has a poignant lesson to learn: BE FLEXIBLE. You never know what is going to happen in life. One day your world is pretty well put together and next it falls apart. What do you do?
In the Legend of Georgia
McBride when a down-on-his-luck Elvis impersonator, with a pregnant wife at home, loses his gig to a pair of B-level drag queens, the stage is set for a hilarious and entertaining stand-off, complete with sequins, feather boas, and that iconic white jumpsuit. Before Elvis leaves the building, can a couple of drag queens teach him what it takes to be a “real” man? Casey, the Elvis impersonator, puts on makeup, dons wig and heels to do what he has to do to survive. Much to Casey’s surprise, he is a natural “drag queen”. His new career takes off, but he is not comfortable telling his pregnant wife. The Legend of Georgia McBride reveals a very human experience. Being comfortable with who you are does not necessarily translate into being easy to “come out” to someone else. Whatever your “coming out” experience is, Georgia McBride makes visible the challenges of changing your persona. The dilemma of choosing the “closet” or being “out” is not just a gender issue. The issue rears its head in every area of our lives whenever we are challenged to move out of our comfort zone.
Drag queens have long existed within the margins of society, particularly at times when sexual minorities and subversive sexual and gender expression were highly policed and carried the risk of significant legal consequences. That started to change in the late 1960’s and 70’s during the sexual revolution, when drag became more prominent within gay male communities, and eventually, thanks in part to RuPaul, a part of popular culture. Even though more visible, drag queens experience many challenges including financial costs, time investment, physical demands, and exposure to high rates of discrimination and violence. Drag queens continue to be marginalized within and without the LGBTQ community. Verbal and physical rejection are experienced by many members of community’s identified as “dangerous”, “different”, “not like us”. The choice of being closeted or not is not just an LGBTQ issue.
The Legend of Georgia McBride provides a lens for us to look through to understand the inner turmoil and questioning that comes with “coming out” to yourself and the challenge of sharing that with others. Rochester’s own Mrs. Kasha Davis and Aggy Dune will make special appearances in the Legend of Georgia McBride. The Out Alliance is proud to sponsor the Legend of Georgia McBride. The Out Alliance recognizes with gratitude the JCC CenterStage for its willingness to present a window through which we can view the drag culture, and to make visible the challenges that confront the LGBTQ and other diverse communities that live between the “closet” and be visible.
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