Three Shows Are a Charm for Drag Legend Lypsinka
Lypsinka, the iconic drag creation of performer John Epperson, will return this fall to the New York stage for the first time in nine years.
Celebrating three decades of Epperson's lip-synching alter ego, Lypsinka! The Trilogy will include three shows running in repertory: revivals of Lypsinka! The Boxed Set and The Passion of the Crawford, as well as the New York premiere of John Epperson: Show Trash.
Lypsinka! The Trilogy will begin performances November 5 and officially open November 13 at off-Broadway's Connelly Theater, where it is scheduled to run through January 3.
Directed by Kevin Malony, Lypsinka! The Boxed Set, last staged in New York in 2001, is "the award-winning revue of Lyp's greatest bits that has toured the world, flabbergasting audiences from Los Angeles to Sydney to Glasgow," according to press notes. "Using a soundtrack created from films, musicals, and concert recordings, the supreme archivist of irony showcases the modern woman's challenge of being over-blessed with femininity and celebrity."
The Passion of the Crawford, Lypsinka's "tour de force embodiment of towering screen queen Joan Crawford — featuring a re-enactment of Crawford's onstage interview from 1973 — is a fantasia of fame and insecurity, grandness and identity." Also directed by Malony, this "tribute to Hollywood and ego crisis" was last presented in New York in 2005.
Directed by Barry Kleinbort, the anecdotal John Epperson: Show Trash is an "autobiographical multi-media pastiche, starring Epperson — unmasked and in street clothes — tinkling the ivories and spinning yarns of Mississippi, Manhattan, and Hollywood."
For tickets, which go on sale September 19, visit TweedTheater.org.