Theatre Askew will present the world premiere of A Night at the Tombs, written and performed by transgender Downtown legend Bianca Leigh. Tim Cusack directs.
This play with music features original songs by Tony Award-winner Jeff Whitty (Avenue Q), Obie Award-winner William M. Hoffman (As Is, The Ghosts of Versailles), Ethyl Eichelberger Award-winner Taylor Mac (The Lily's Revenge), Jeff Domoto (Cornbury: The Queen's Governor), Barb Morrison (Itchy Trigger Finger, The Safety of Objects), and Matty Pritchard and Isam Rum (The Din).
In the piece, transgender actress Bianca Leigh's recounts the events surrounding her arrest for prostitution. While cooling her 6-inch heels in the clink awaiting sentencing, Bianca looks back at her past and tries to make sense of how a skinny New Jersey boy who dreamed of becoming a great Shakespearean actor ended up as a high-priced dominatrix.
In a tour-de-force performance that is both hilarious and moving, Bianca brings to vivid life more than a dozen characters, from her disapproving mother to the sadistic corrections officer who enacts the ultimate humiliation. With original music by prominent queer composers and lyricists representing every musical genre from Broadway to opera to punk, this night promises to be one to remember.