Theatre at St. John's has announced the first-ever revival of Charles Ludlam's Galas, starring and directed by Everett Quinton in celebration of World Pride and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprisings. Galas will play a limited engagement June 13-28 at the Theatre at St. John's, which is close to Stonewall and the play's original home, the Ridiculous Theatrical Company. Opening night is set for June 16.
Galas was originally produced in 1983, with Ludlam playing the lead role of Maria Magdalena Galas, and Quinton plays Galas's maid. The play is described as follows: "From her dramatic star turns in opera houses around the world to her turbulent off-stage antics, Maria Magdalena Galas is a force to be reckoned with. Expertly navigating melodrama and satire, Galas paints a hilarious yet honest portrait of a deeply-troubled diva from the days of her highest praise to the last spent in lonely despair."
Joining Everett Quinton in the title role are Shane Baker, Beth Dodye Bass, Maude Lardner Burke, Géraldine Dulex, Christopher Johnson, Jenne Vath and Mark Erson, Pastor of St. John's and Artistic Director of Theatre at St. John's, who is making his theatrical debut. The creative team includes Jim Boutin (scenic design), Robert Neapolitan (lighting design), and Ramona Ponce (costume design). Karen Oughtred serves as stage manager.