WORLD PREMIERE Speed Queen:
The Joe Carstairs Story Written and Performed by Phoebe Legere
About This Show
Hollywood glamour meets queer performance art in this tour-de-force portrayal of Gay Pride pioneer ‘Joe’ Carstairs, the 1926 World Speedboat record holder. Legere plays cross-dresser Joe Carstairs and seven of her girlfriends including: Tallulah Bankhead, Marlene Dietrich, Billy Holiday and Mabel Mercer. Speed Queen, a trans-disciplinary play, uses wearable sculpture, dance, theater and nude lesbian films to tell a story of heartbreak, heroism, and love.
This Dixon Place production is made possible, in part, with public funds from NY State Council on the Arts w/the support of Gov Andrew Cuomo & the NY State Legislature.
about the artist
Performance artist, author, and multi-instrumentalist Legere began her career at the Wooster Group under Richard Schechner. She has played with David Bowie, Joni Mitchell, Steve Martin, Billy Joel. Her band, Monad was the first openly-gay female-led group ever signed to Epic/Sony Records.