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!” – The New York Times
“Featuring enough amusingly bitchy one-liners and energetic musical numbers to be a genuine crowd-pleaser!” – The Hollywood Reporter
“Chasing buzzy themes of identity and transformation, Georgia McBride is by turns sweet and salty and deceptively deep.” – New York Daily News
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)
Matthew Lopez is the author of The Whipping Man, one of the most celebrated and widely-produced new American plays of the last decade. The Manhattan Theatre Club production received Obie, Lortel and Outer Critics Circle awards including the John Gassner New Play Award. It has since been produced at more than 100 U.S. theaters as well as internationally. 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, including Best Play. Other plays include Somewhere (Old Globe, world premiere), Reverberation (Hartford Stage Company, world premiere), The Sentinels (London’s Headlong Theatre Company) and Zoey’s Perfect Wedding. Matthew holds commissions from Roundabout Theatre Company, Manhattan Theatre Club, South Coast Repertory, Williamstown Theatre Festival and Harford Stage Company, where he recently served as their AETNA New Voices Fellow. For the past two seasons, he has been the Inaugural Playwriting Fellow at the Denver Center Theatre Company. Matthew was a writer on the HBO series The Newsroom and has recently adapted Javier Marias’ Your Face Tomorrow trilogy for the screen as well as the biopic Dr. Q for Disney.
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 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); Moscow, Cheryomushki (Chicago Opera Theatre); Antony & Cleopatra (Shakespeare Festival St. Louis); and Assassins, Henry IV & V (co-director) and A Number (PlayMakers Repertory Company). Readings/workshops: Roundabout Underground, New York Theatre Workshop, Soho Rep (Writer/Director Lab), Williamstown Theatre Festival, McCarter Theatre Center, South Coast Repertory, Berkley Rep, O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, The Lark, and Ars Nova. Mike is 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 Moors (Playwrights Realm).
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.