With drag performers and performances under fire on both sides of the Canada-United States border, the Arts Club Theatre Company’s production of The Legend of Georgia McBride couldn’t come at a better time.
Drag is not a threat to life, it is a reason to live. – Jamie King
Written by Tony Award-winning playwright Matthew López (The Inheritance), The Legend of Georgia McBride is the story of down-on-his-luck Elvis impersonator Casey. Young and broke, with a child on the way, after being replaced by a drag show at the small-town Florida bar he used to perform, Casey hangs up his jumpsuit and steps into the stilettos of his new stage persona, Georiga McBride.
“Drag is not a threat to life, it is a reason to live,” says director Jamie King. “Drag gains its strength from experimentation, joy, and community. This show is such an incredible pleasure to be able to put on right now with recent news and anti-LGBTQIA+ rulings happening in the United States, here is a production about how drag can enliven
us, can help us grow, and can bring us together.”
Initially programmed for the company’s 2020–2021 season, it was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, it is now ready to hit the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage.
“When we originally programmed The Legend of Georgia McBride back in 2019, I was drawn to its study of what a family does to stay together,” says the Arts Club artistic director Ashlie Corcoran. “While López’s work is certainly full of laughs, it is also full of love. Casey doesn’t always make the ‘right’ choices, but he is always trying to make the best ones for his family. This is a play about resilience, acceptance, and being true to oneself. I am so excited to see this gorgeous, joyful, sassy, sweet and salty romp.”
The Legend of Georgia McBride plays the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage (2750 Granville St, Vancouver) from April 20 through May 21. Visit artsclub.com for tickets and information.