The MissAdventures of The Gender-Femberbenders
I don’t think Shakespeare realised what he started when he first wrote the letters D.R.A.G (dressed as girl) in the margin of one of his scripts. One wonders what he was trying to do or say by doing that. A comment on society perhaps? Maybe just an artistic choice to further along a story or simply to up the entertainment value, or is it all of the above?
For centuries human beings have constructed (and deconstructed) what we think we know about behaviour, and more specifically behaviour when it focuses on the various constructs of gender.
We’re constantly examining and evolving our beings in order to better understand ourselves and our world, and for many, stepping into the life of another facilitates that journey, and this show is definitely no different.
It’s a great privilege to have embarked on this journey with the team at AFDA. My sincere thanks to Francois, Rob and Simone for all the support, advice and help over the last few months. Also thanks to Mr David Denis and Clint Lesch for the mentorship and guidance of the cast, as well as every other incredible human that contributed to our MissAdventures.
Then to the talented, hard-working and dedicated cast. Juan and Justin: I stand in awe of your ability and your discipline and your bravery is inspirational to say the least and it has been a true highlight and privilege to work with you. You challenged yourselves and grew so much and I can proudly say that the world is a little brighter with Mitzy and Jenny in it.
If Coco Chanel the designer never decided to try on a pair of pants and suit jacket, where would we be today? If Evita Bezuidenhout and Mrs. Doubtfire never made us cry with laughter and if Rocky Horror didn’t make us want to reach for a corset & fishnets where would the human race be? For as Rupaul says; “We ALL born naked, and the rest is just drag”!