Wednesday, February 24, 2010

From Edinburgh to DUMBO, yet again

Following “The New Electric Ballroom,” “Black Watch” and “The Walworth Farce,” the latest production for St. Ann’s Warehouse in DUMBO is another alum of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Naturally though, the drama couldn’t be more different.

The life in question in the play, which won the festival award last year and makes its US premiere in Brooklyn, is Bette Bourne’s, a seminal British gay activist and drag queen. The story is told on stage to Mark Ravenhill, one of the UK’s celebrated playwrights (here, his first play, “Shopping and F---king,” had a sold-out run at New York Theatre Workshop in 1998).

A story told between friends, and adapted from a series of private conservations, the performances are, not surprisingly, honest, at times humorous, others angry. The plot moves from Bourne’s post-war childhood to his first walk across Trafalgar Square in drag, to his seminal role in the formation of the Gay Liberation Front and the creation of his OBIE Award-winning queer theater company BLOOLIPS in London and New York. More than a memoir, it’s a celebration of the momentous struggles and achievements of gay liberation.

The show comes to St. Ann¹s directly on the heels of a successful February run at London’s Soho Theatre, running March 4-28, Wednesday to Saturday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m.

Tickets are $30-$55 and are available online and by phone at 718-254-8779. St. Ann’s is located at 38 Water Street.


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