Wednesday, April 28, 2010

ClimACTS 2010: Under A Big Top

So here's how it goes. One night I'm making my entrance to a screaming crowd under the big top wearing a skimpy bustier, fishnets and heels, carried on the shoulders of a smokin'hot, nearly naked, leather and chain clad adonis named Eddie; the next morning I'm cleaning up cat puke. The last 24 hours have been surreal--and I have the photos to prove it!
I had an absolute blast playing Ringmaster at THE THEATER OFFENSIVE'S annual gala fundraiser Tuesday night! THE THEATER OFFENSIVE is New England's longest running LGBT (lesbian,gay, bisexual,transgender) theater company, 21 years old this year!I shared a dressing room with a contortionist--the lovely Viktoria Grimmy a fifth generation Ukranian circus performer,

and the adorable Michael Lanphear aerialist extraordinaire--both of them hot off the @BRITNEY SPEARS World Circus Tour!

As we applied our greasepaint under the rain-soaked BIG APPLE CIRCUS tents pitched on government center, I couldn't help but think how much I love the grit and giddy camaraderie of back stage life, as much as the glamour of the front of the house where it all looks so perfect. As I nervously stood in the dark getting ready to mount Eddie's shoulder for our big entrance, guest star designer Christian (PROJECT RUNWAY) Siriano gave me the thumbs up on my costume. Later I kibitzed with Joan Parker harnessed up and ready to fly in her red pleather cape. Abe Rybeck Theater Offensive's sweet-souled artistic director in evening suit and dangly pearl earrings, hugged me every time he walked by, while 6'4" Fena Barbitall(sp?) and I compared corsets and heels.

I told Fena that Verna Turbulence had designed my bustier, but that the spikes and fishnets were "mine." She leaned down and whispered, "You're really a freak." I smiled and thought, aren't we all.

On with the show... more photos courtesy Ana M. Reyes! CLICK HERE: PHOTOS

Stay tuned!