Billy Christopher Maupin Returns to RTP for Sold-Out “My Life”
Billy Christopher Maupin will be premiering his cabaret show (My) Life Upon the Wicked Stage this weekend at the Richmond Triangle Players. Maupin, who has worked with RTP in the past, is excited to be working with RTP again, and RTP is equally excited to have Maupin.
Philip Crosby, Executive Director at RTP, said, “I think it is wonderful to have him back. It is always great to have somebody back who hasn’t been with you in a while… He is a terrific artist.” Crosby continues to say that the reception for his show, which has already sold out, will be fantastic. He also said, “Maupin has a long, long list of credits in the Richmond theatre community. He is very well-known.”
Maupin’s show, (My) Life Upon the Wicked Stage, is a cabaret of standards and stories about Maupin’s life and his career in theatre. “It’s an evening of song and stories about my life/ career, and my theatre audition stories that went well, that didn’t go well, that were interesting, people who I met, the roles I played, roles that I think I should have gotten, and roles I might get someday,” Maupin said.
Maupin, who is, “originally from the middle of nowhere in Kentucky” found his way to RVA with a Shakespeare touring company. Maupin lived and acted here for a while before he moved to New York. His theatre life in New York was fairly successful, but he managed to find his way back to RVA with a job that was supposed to last seven weeks. “I really love it here,” he says. “I was really successful in New York, but here in Richmond, I can be more, and I can be in the way I want to create. I can make more of a difference here because it’s a smaller community.”
Maupin recalls that his previous cabaret show at RTP, entitled Still Mad about the Boy had great reception, which became inspiration for Maupin to perform another show.
Jokingly, Maupin said that this show is something that he has been working on his whole life. Truthfully, he means that this show is heavily influenced by events in his life. Maupin started collaborating on the show last September, and began rehearsing it in October. Although his show was supposed to premiere in late December, it got postponed due to the holiday season. He said that he does not believe that cabarets usually take so long to put together, but that “it has been nice to be able to rehearse once or twice a week and have a more leisurely process of putting it together.”
Maupin is excited to be back with RTP, saying, “It has been really amazing to be able to work with Triangle Players and Phil Crosby. It’s really nice to feel so supported and collaborative in this community. To be able to work with such incredible people is a gift.
Billy Christopher Maupin’s cabaret (My) Life Upon the Wicked Stage will be premiering next Wednesday, January 29th at 8:00 pm.
Although Maupin’s show is currently sold-out, both RTP and Maupin say more tickets will be made available at the door or the show will be extended for another run.
For more information, visit www.rtriangle.org
Antony Shipman is a student at Bennington College, and is interning with GayRVA/RVA Mag for the months of January and February. Antony, who is relatively new to the world of journalism, is hoping to learn more about the business by working closely with the staff of GayRVA/RVA Mag. When not at work, Antony is likely to be found giving affection to a cat or sitting in his apartment with a book in his hands.
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