Justin Vivian Bond Takes On Tennessee Williams

By Brandon Voss

Originally published on Advocate.com March 05 2014 8:35 PM ET

Justin Vivian Bond is set to return to New York City performance venue Joe's Pub in an original piece based on The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone, a 1950 novella by Tennessee Williams. 

"In The Drift," according to a press release, "JVB creates a new, free associative collage of spoken word and song inspired by Williams' novella."

Famously made into a 1961 film starring Vivien Leigh and Warren Beatty, The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone examines the desperate loneliness of a widowed American actress brought to shame after a torrid affair with a young Italian gigolo. It was also made into a 2003 TV movie starring Helen Mirren and Oliver Martinez.

Bond, a self-proclaimed "trans-fabulous performance-activist," earned international acclaim as sloshed septuagenarian lounge singer Kiki Durane of the Tony-nominated duo Kiki & Herb. The Shortbus star has also penned a memoir, Tango: My Childhood, Backwards and in High Heels, and released a solo album, Dendrophile.

The Drift is scheduled for six performances from March 13 through April 11. For tickets, visit joespub.com.

Brandon Voss