Wednesday, February 26, 2014

BlooLips • Fond Memories of the 1980s

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A view of Sheridan Square - Circle Rep on the far right

From April 1983 to September 1992, I made my home in New York City. I had finished college and did an internship with the Actor's Theater of Louisville before heading the the city to meet up with the [then] love of my life. For a couple of years, I worked at the Circle Repertory Theatre Company, starting with the Off-Broadway production of 'Fool For Love', starring Kathy Baker and Ed Harris, directed by the playwright Sam Shepard. Sadly, I never met him. But I did work on the show, and met the exceptional cast.

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One of the perks of living in New York City was getting to see lots of off-Broadway and off-off-Broadway theater. One particularly enjoyable experience was getting to see the drag troupe BlooLips performing at Theater For The New City, located on the lower East side. I was lucky enough to attend a few of the productions, since BlooLips were originally based out of London, but I think a couple of the players stayed in New York.

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Performers of BlooLips.

BlooLips was theater on a shoestring, with tiny budgets but huge creativity. With performers like the astounding Bette Bourne, the enchanting Lavinia Co-op, the delightful Precious Pearl, and many others, their makeup was exaggerated, and the costumes self-made. Long before there was 'Priscilla, Queen of the Dessert', there was BlooLips. And best of all, tickets were affordable for poor people to have some of the best fun money could buy. The following clip is from the show, 'Get Hur', the hysterical look at the ancient world of Ben Hur. The song is "If Words Could Kill".

You can find out more about BlooLips at Unfinished Histories. This article was originally posted on July 19, 2009, on 'Soundtrack to my Day. I am re-running it because I can, and I still love the song.

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