Billy Christopher Maupin aims to affirm, move past ‘bitch’n about boys,’ in ‘I Was Here’ at RTP
Between working too hard, looking for the right guy, and finding yourself, sometimes you sing to keep from crying.Billy Christopher Maupin didn’t actually say this to me, but it’s just below the surface. He’s bringing his one-night-only cabaret I Was Here to Triangle Players to surround himself with his community.
And the message of I Was Here? Maupin admits that it could be another “boys’ cabaret” – full of songs of heartbreak and pursuit of the elusive “The One.” But it’s more than that. He moves from “bitching and moaning about boys” to “affirming one’s existence.” Our collective existence, and his existence – single gay man – with a lot of love for his Richmond family.
I Was Here takes Fish and broadens it for a wider audience. A peek at the set list features some of my favorites from his last cabaret – “Once in a Lifetime,” “If Only in Dreams” (written for Maupin by his dear friend Psalm Swarr), and also promises some funny and moving new songs. I’d list some of them, but part of the fun of seeing Maupin is being surprised by his musical selections.
Maupin will be joined again by music director Joshua Wortham (director of the Richmond Men’s Chorus) and guitarist Tristan Dougherty (of Richmond band, Fool’s Errand, and Charlottesville’s The Moonbees), as well as return appearances by singer/songwriter Psalm Swarr and Richmond Ballet Teaching Artist Emily Berg-Poff Dandridge.
There will be a guest appearance by Audrey Snyder, and Maupin has a handful of other surprise guests planned.
What’s on the horizon for Maupin? He’ll be directing a staged reading of All In by local authors V. Mark Covington and Joanna Lee starring Jacqueline Jones and Donna Marie Miller at Firehouse Theatre on April 17.
Fish received rave reviews. GayRVA.com said Maupin “delivers emotion. He communicates feeling. He brings us on a journey. He is affecting on a deeply personal level. He should not be missed.”
Don’t miss your chance to sing and laugh and cry with Maupin. Let’s come together for an evening to celebrate the warmth and richness that is the Richmond community.
I Was Here will be held at Richmond Triangle Players on March 15, 2017 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by visiting www.rtriangle.org
Julie Harthill Clayton is an out and proud bisexual with a passion for reading, writing . . . and NOT arithmetic. Her work has appeared in the Christian Science Monitor, the Internet Review of Books, Curve Magazine, Lambda Literary and more. She is working on her first novel - Two Tickets to Freedom - a semi-autobiographical queer coming-of-age tale. A paralegal by day, Julie spends her free time knitting, writing, and reading anything she can get her hands on. She lives in Richmond with her partner, local artist David Turner, and their mischievous and loving hunting dog, Max.
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