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Justin Vivian Bond Takes On Tennessee Williams

Justin Vivian Bond Takes On Tennessee Williams


The queer icon drifts back to the stage with a new show inspired by The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone.

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

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