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Upcoming presentations offer entertainment for the queer sensibility

by Kristian Wedolowski and Rick Suyao

Don’t miss Queen City Theatre’s presentation of ‘An Evening with Miss Coco Peru’ March 31 at Actor’s Theatre.
The Queen City Theatre Company (QCTC) will present “An Evening with Miss Coco Peru” on March 31 at Actors Theatre of Charlotte (650 E Stonewall St).

Peru has made stage appearances in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Reno, London, Lisbon and Mexico. This will mark her first apperance in Charlotte, N.C.

An adept character actor, storyteller and monologist, Peru (also known as Clinton Leupp) has written, produced, directed and starred in shows across the globe including “My Goddamn Cabaret,” “A Legend in Progress” (winner of the 1992 Manhattan Association of Cabaret Award), “Miss Coco Peru’s Universe” (1998 GLAAD Media Award nomination), “Glorious Wounds… she’s damaged” (2001 GLAAD Media Award nomination) and “Undaunted” (2004 GLAAD Media Award for Best L.A. Theater).

On screen, Peru has been seen in the feature films “To Wong Foo,” “Trick” and “Girls Will Be Girls.”

Peru has also has appeared on numerous TV shows, including NBC’s “Will and Grace,” WB’s “Twins” and FOX’s “Arrested Development.”

“An Evening with Miss Coco Peru” is a fundraising event for Queen City Theatre Company, which will bring to the stage “You Might as Well Live” in May.

General admission tickets to the presentation are $25. VIP tickets are $100 and include preferred seating, discounts for future QCTC mainstage productions and admission to the meet-and-greet wine afterparty with Peru. Tickets are available at www.ticketalternative.com.
Produced and staged by Actor’s Theatre, “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” opens (also at Actor’s Theatre) April 18, with a continuing run through May 5.

“The Great American Trailer Park Musical” is a hilarious romp that brings a quirky Florida trailer park to life. Premiering in the 2004

Actor’s Theatre presents ‘The Great American Trailer Park Musical’ April 18 – May 5.
New York Musical Theatre Festival and Off-Broadway in 2005, this smash hit was called “more fun than a chair-throwing episode of Jerry Springer set to music” by The New Yorker and “undeniable fun” by The New York Post.

“Trailer Park is a raucous, hilarious musical spoof that rocks the house and makes you want to get up and dance right from the start,” says director Dennis Delamar. “It’s clear that the author’s (Betsy Kelso) affection for these small-town Florida trailer park residents shines through as the laughs keep coming.”

The fun begins when Pippi, a “stripper-on-the-run,” moves into Armadillo Acres and comes between agoraphobic housewife Jeannie and her tollbooth collector husband. A storm begins to brew that will shake these manufactured homes right down to their mobile foundations, ultimately highlighting the characters’ triumphant spirits as they, in the words of stripper Pippi, “make like a nail and press on” in the face of adversity. With an original score that runs the gamut from country and gospel to disco, “Trailer Park” promises to be a toe-tappin’, rip-roarin’ good time.

Trailer Park playwright Betsy Kelso, a founding member of the all-female sketch-comedy team Shirley Chickenpants and a writer/performer for Behind the Music that Sucks, teamed with David Nehls, whose credits for music/lyrics and musical direction include The Watercoolers, The Honky Tonk Angels and Fishwrap, to create “Trailer Park.” Critically lauded, the show was hailed as “South Park” meets “Desperate Housewives” by The New York Sun and “a show that actually lives up to the hype of its title” by The Village Voice.

Trailer Park stars Actor’s Theatre veterans Liz Hyde (“Batboy the Musical”) as Betty, Ryan Stamey (“The Oldest Profession”) as Duke and Phil Taylor (“The Devil’s Dream,” “The Laramie Project”) as Norbert and Actor’s Theatre newcomers Heather Hamby as Pippi, Johanna Lloyd as Pickles, Carmen Schultz as Linoleum and Lisa Smith as Jeannie.

“I’m delighted to have found such an incredibly talented cast, favorite familiar faces and also exciting newcomers, each well suited for the humor and heart found in the characters,” says Delamar.

For more information on times and ticket prices, call the box office at 704-342-2251 or visit www.actorsthetrecharlotte.org.

— Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte is located at 650 E. Stonewall St.

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