• Kevin Broccoli

A Message from Our fearless leader

In November of 2015, Epic produced one of its most successful shows ever--American Strippers.


It was a show written for our actors and it was really just an excuse for a group of people who loved working together to create something from scratch.


What followed was an immensely popular run, a second run at the New York Fringe Festival, and a subsequent smash production in Massachusetts.


Sometimes, if you’re lucky, a show winds up being a little bit magical, and that was definitely one of them.


Now here we are in 2019 with a spiritual continuation of that story--American Drag.


First thing’s first--Do you need to have seen the first play to understand what happens in this one?


Nope.


It’s all new characters and an all new story. All you need to know is that Olympus is gone, the Greek gods have taken refuge in America in some brand new human bodies, and a play called Lizzie Borden, Lizzie Borden has just opened in Omaha.


That’s right. This is the second part of our newly formed Epic Universes. While the plays in this series are written to stand on their own, if you saw our production of Lizzie there are some Easter eggs you’ll notice placed throughout the story connecting these two wildly different plays.


Since that’s all settled, let me tell you about American Drag.


You’re about to be transported to the backstage and dance floor of a drag bar. The performers are getting ready to tell you a story about mythology, history, fiction, and reality colliding. Gods are human, humans are zombies, men are women, women are men, some people are both, and some are neither. The play asks--


What does it mean to be an American right now? What is the American spirit? American culture? Are the bodies we’re in and the clothes we wear indicative of who we are, or are we just putting on costumes like actors in a play?


These characters may be extraordinary, but they’re looking for something so many are giving up on and many more are still chasing after--


The American Dream.


Here at Epic, we use big stories to ask big questions, but no matter how wild things get onstage or how over-the-top the characters we bring to life are, it always comes back to recognizing that all stories beat with the same heart. All of us are searching for a home, a voice, and a reflection we can call our own. Gods and poets aren’t all that different.


After all, “we’re all born naked, and the rest is drag.”


#BuckleUp



Angelique Dina (Pan) in "The Revolutionists" Photo by Dave Cantelli

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