Supporting the Arts in Western Massachusetts and Beyond

March 14, 2018

PREVIEW: TheaterWorks, "The Legend of Georgia McBridge"

March 16 – April 22, 2018

Playwright Matthew Lopez’s latest play, “The Legend of Georgia McBridge,” will run as the third show of TheaterWorks 32nd season.

Meet Casey! He’s young, he’s broke, his landlord’s knocking at the door, and he’s just found out his wife is going to have a baby. When he crosses paths with Miss Tracy Mills, Casey is transformed from a washed up Elvis impersonator to a show stopping drag queen. This “feel-good,” music-filled comedy is about finding and celebrating your true voice.

At its core, "Georgia" is a gender-bending comedy with heart. But beneath the fun is an important message about tolerance framed around themes of identity and transformation. Lopez’s skill as a writer continues to impress, and with this particular play he reveals his agility as a writer of comedy. Besides a great story, he’s given the audience a funny and often glorious tribute to the art of drag.

Originally staged in New York in 2015, Hartford audiences are familiar with Matthew Lopez’ work at Hartford Stage including the world premiere of "Reverberation" as well as productions of "Somewhere" and "The Whipping Man."