© Photo by Albert Sanchez

 

During the winter of 2002 I appeared in a one-night-only parody of the 1930s movie "Stage Door" in New York City at Town Hall. The event was a benefit for God's Love We Deliver and TweedTheatreworks. Our version was called "Screen Door," and I played the character who commits suicide, but we kept her name my very own: Lypsinka.

 

Some of the cast included Wallace Shawn, Mary Birdsong (who played Judy Garland; don't ask), Andre Gregory, Flotilla DeBarge and Jackie Hoffman. What's next? "My Dinner With Flotilla?" It would be endless.


Wacky Sheila MacRae and the divine Tammy Grimes were also in the cast.

 



Heavenly Tammy and I bonded in the dressing room. Yes, that's a flour sack I'm wearing. My character got progressively poorer. I also have on Tammy's ENORMOUS glasses, which I think she saved from "Play It As It Lays!"

 

Jodi Lennon was Ann Miller in the show, and by the last scene my character was so penurious that your Lypsinka was wearing a barrel.

 

Since my character killed herself offstage during the course of the play, I took my curtain call as The Grim Reaper. As you can see, Tammy was apprehensive about my visage.

 

Glamorous Beth Broderick from "Sabrina, The Teenage Witch" played a sexy siren with a great wardrobe. No barrels for her!

 

Oops! There's that kooky Grim Reaper again!

 

Here's the curtain call including Varla Jean Merman, Jay Rogers, David Drake, Kevin Malony, Charlene Bourgeois and Joan Rivers. Lypsinka looms over all in the background.

 

Finally with some normal people: Peter Paige of "Queer As Folk" and Lady Bunny backstage at D.C. Gay Pride, June 2002. Did I say normal?


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