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Drag to the rescue at ACT Theatre

We love arts and entertainment, and all things crazy and bizarre. So, when Refined heard about a new play at ACT Theatre involving Elvis, drag queens and taxidermy... we were in!

"The Legend of Georgia McBride" is a show with five crazy characters, centered at a beach bar in the Florida Panhandle.

"All five of them are hilarious people that are also grounded in truth," explained David Bennett, director of the show. "The stakes are there, but it's also just shenanigans and silliness."

"There's an Elvis impersonator who's not winning over crowds, crowds aren't coming, let's just say that," continued Adam Standley, who plays Casey. "There's a theory of replacing that act with a drag act. I think it's funny when we establish Casey, rural, small town boy with that accent, he's just a familiar dude, a good ole boy. He then exits the room and in come the drag queens and they drag queen the room and Casey comes back and these two worlds jump bump. And it's like (noise). That's the moment you realize what this play is going to be."

With an empty bank account and pregnant wife, Casey will have to decide whether to trade in his blue suede shoes for platform pumps.

"There's a heart to the play for sure," said Standley. "And, there's a real thing that carries with Casey and his wife, Jo, and their small-town issues, money, how are we doing to raise this kid and yada, yada, yada. I feel like there will be different types of education. You could expect ridiculous as well. And failure. And mistake. And shenanigans."

"I think a fun part of it is going to be the feeling of the room," continued Bennett. "It's in the Allen, it's in the round, which creates lots of challenges for us. We've tried to embrace those challenges. So what we have for a set is essentially Cleo's Bar in panhandle Florida and there's some taxidermy, there's some beer signs, it's very masculine. But over the course of the play, that space transforms. And I think that will be different for our ACT audiences and it will be fun for everybody coming. It's more like a party rather than a straightforward play."

"I hope people come away a little shaken up, maybe with some empty wallets because they tipped the drag queens, I don't know, maybe a feather stuck in their hair," said Standley. " I want people to go through something. That's my hope, you don't know what you're going to get. I hope they come out with a sense of surprise, that the expectations aren't dead clear. It's a drag show essentially. And chaos is part of it."

"The Legend of Georgia McBride" runs through July 2 at ACT Theatre in Seattle.

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