The Legend of Georgia McBride
April 4 - May 14, 2017
Gil Cates Theater
Written by Matthew Lopez
Directed by Mike Donahue
Choreography by Paul McGill
Featuring Andrew Burnap, Matt McGrath, Nija Okoro, Larry Powell & Nick Searcy
West Coast Premiere
CRITICS' PICK! “A stitch-in-your-side funny new comedy...full of sass and good spirits!” – The New York Times
“Featuring enough amusingly bitchy one-liners and energetic musical numbers to be a genuine crowd-pleaser!” – The Hollywood Reporter
“A funny and often glorious tribute to the art of drag...a barrelful of fun!” – Variety
“Chasing buzzy themes of identity and transformation, Georgia McBride is by turns sweet and salty and deceptively deep.” – New York Daily News
“You'll laugh at the zingy one-liners and tap your toes to the fun song-and-dance numbers.” – Theatermania.com
“Sheer bust-a-gut, lose-yourself, feel-good fun at the theater!” – NY1
“A heartfelt, feel-good comedy and a spirited defense of drag as a form of cultural protest and a way of life.” – AM New York
After years of struggling at a small-time club in the Florida Panhandle, Casey realizes it’s now or never for his career as an Elvis impersonator. Enter Miss Tracy Mills, a self-proclaimed grand dame of drag who guarantees Casey’s life is about to get “all shook up.” Matthew Lopez’s hip-shakin’, heartwarming tale explores what happens when one man trades in his blue suede shoes for platform pumps and discovers he ain’t nothing but a drag queen.
Meet The Artists
MATTHEW LOPEZ (Playwright)
The Legend of Georgia McBride premiered at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and ran off-Broadway at MCC Theater in a production that received multiple Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel and Outer Critics Circle nominations. Other plays include The Whipping Man (Manhattan Theatre Club), Somewhere (Old Globe, world premiere), Reverberation (Hartford Stage Company, world premiere), The Sentinels (London’s Headlong Theatre Company) and Zoey’s Perfect Wedding (Denver Center for the Performing Arts World Premiere, 2018). Matthew holds commissions from Roundabout Theatre Company, Manhattan Theatre Club, South Coast Repertory, Williamstown Theatre Festival and Hartford Stage Company. Matthew was a writer on the HBO series The Newsroom.
MIKE DONAHUE (Director)
Mike Donahue is a New York-based director. Credits include the world premieres of Matthew Lopez’s The Legend of Georgia McBride (MCC Theater and Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Joe A. Callaway Award, Outer Critics Circle Nomination); Jordan Seavey’s Homos, Or Everyone In America (Labyrinth Theater Company); Jen Silverman’s The Moors (Playwrights Realm), Phoebe in Winter (Clubbed Thumb) and The Hunters (Cherry Lane Theatre’s Mentor Project); and Ethan Lipton’s Red-Handed Otter (Playwrights Realm). Regionally: world premieres of Jen Silverman’s Collective Rage (Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company) and The Roommate (Humana Festival of New Plays); world premieres of Rachel Bonds’ The Wolfe Twins (Studio Theatre D.C.) and Swimmers (Marin Theatre Company); world premiere of Lauren Feldman’s Grace, or The Art of Climbing (Denver Center for the Performing Arts). Readings/workshops: Manhattan Theatre Club, Roundabout Underground, New York Theatre Workshop, Soho Rep, McCarter Theatre Center, South Coast Repertory, Berkeley Rep, O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, The Lark, and Ars Nova. Mike is a recipient of a Fulbright to Berlin, the Drama League Fall Fellowship, the Boris Sagal Fellowship at Williamstown Theatre Festival, and was the artistic director of the Yale Summer Cabaret for two seasons. He is a graduate of Harvard University and the Yale School of Drama. Upcoming: Jen Silverman’s The Roommate (Williamstown Theatre Festival).
PAUL McGILL (Choreographer)
Paul McGill is elated to be working at the Geffen Playhouse on this production. Off-Broadway: The Legend of Georgia McBride (Astaire Award, Lortel nomination), Steve (directed by Cynthia Nixon), School for Scandal. Broadway/National Tour: Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Associate Choreographer), Scandalous! (Associate Choreographer). Circus: Filament (Short Round Productions), Grounded Aerial. Film: Diamond Soles, Hakuna Truvada (featuring Todrick Hall), ALT Coffee Commercial. Paul trained Laverne Cox for her starring role in FOX’s The Rocky Horror Picture Show. He is the co-founder and director of the online educational series Broadway Masters (BroadwayMasters.org). As a Broadway performer, he appeared in La Cage aux Folles (2004), A Chorus Line (as Mark), Memphis, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark and Bullets Over Broadway. MGM’s Fame, Smash (NBC), and the Oscar-winning film Man on Wire. This summer, Paul will direct Robin Hood at Serenbe Playhouse in Atlanta. www.paulmcgill.org