When Casey loses his gig as an Elvis impersonator, he trades in his blue suede shoes for a pair of high heels and becomes a drag queen superstar. And that’s the premise of Matthew Lopez’s play THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA MCBRIDE. Honest Pint Theatre Company is producing the regional premiere of the play which stars Matthew Hager as Casey and David Henderson as Miss Tracy Mills. For this production, Director Susannah Hough enlisted the help of Vivica C. Coxx, Durham’s Drag Diva, to coach the cast on the art of drag by putting them through drag queen boot camp. On this episode, Vivica, Matthew, David, and Susannah talk about drag, being the best version of yourself, and finding your logical family.
THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA MCBRIDE runs through June 2nd. For more information visit: https://www.honestpinttheatre.org/.
About the Guests
Vivica C. Coxx brings beauty, comedy, and social justice to a head in the most beautiful way. Crafting a nightlife culture AND making drag accessible to everyone, she has made a name for herself and keeps growing! Vivica seeks to create an open and inclusive drag community where love and entertainment are most important. If you’re not having fun, she’s not interested. Most often, her shows are amateur-centered and about giving young performers the opportunity to become something more. With a B.S. in Medical Anthropology and Gender Studies from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and an M.Ed. from North Carolina State University, she is focused on progressing social justice efforts in Durham and the surrounding community. For more information visit: http://www.vivicaccoxx.com/.
David Henderson is the Founder and Co-Artistic Producer of Honest Pint Theatre Company. He is a Morehead Scholar graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill. Most recently, he was seen in Honest Pint’s one-man show, THE ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS OF LEONARD PELKEY. Prior to that, he played Doc in THE NIGHT ALIVE and played the title role in HAMLET, which earned him the Broadway World award for Best Actor in a Play. He also starred as Sweeney in SWEENEY TODD at Raleigh Little Theatre and understudied for the role for Playmakers Repertory Company. For the past 23 years, he has had the pleasure of playing Jacob Marley in Theatre in the Park’s annual production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL.
Susannah Hough is the Co-Artistic Producer of Honest Pint. She hails from Los Angeles but has called the Triangle home for many years now, and is a veteran of numerous stage and film companies here. Some of her favorite Honest Pint roles are ANNAPURNA (Honest Pint Theatre Co.), THE NIGHT ALIVE (Director), and
THE ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS OF LEONARD PELKEY (Director). She has appeared in the short films Righteous (Bombshell Studios), Endings (Turnip Films), and Katie’s Dog (Carbon Footprint), as well as numerous commercials, industrial videos, and TV. She coaches actors for auditions and teaches acting classes, as well. For more information visit: www.susannahhough.com.
Matthew Hager is an actor, children’s musical theatre composer, and theatre educator based out of Raleigh, NC. He is a graduate of UNC School of the Arts (high school – drama) and UNC Chapel Hill (BA Dramatic Arts), with additional training at DePaul University, Shakespeare & Co., and Michael Howard Studios. Matthew has performed with many theatre companies in the Triangle, including North Carolina Theatre, Bulldog Ensemble Theater, Manbites Dog, Deep Dish, and Burning Coal (for whom he has been a company member since 2012). In 2017, Matthew founded Aggregate Theatre Company with the mission of developing a younger theatergoing audience in the Triangle.
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