Richmond Triangle Players and Virginia Pride have united to bring one of the country’s most acclaimed comedian/monologists (and one fierce drag queen!) to Richmond when Miss Coco Peru takes the RTP stage on Thursday and Friday, March 30 & 31 at 8 pm in A Gentle Reminder: Coco’s Guide to a Somewhat Happy Life.
Ever since becoming a YouTube sensation Coco Peru has been inundated with emails from people of all ages asking her the same question, “Coco, what is the secret to a happy life?” So, being the giver that she is, Cocowrote a new show A Gentle Reminder: Coco’s Guide to a Somewhat Happy Life where, through story and song, Coco shares with her audience a step by step guide that leaves you prepared to enter the world again ready to create your very own “somewhat” happy life.
Coco’s recent online Youtube videos have been seen by over 2 million viewers. Her video “Coco Goes to KMART,” in which she searches for Celestial Seasoning Tension Tamer tea, has nearly a million views.
Storyteller/monologist Miss Coco Peru (aka Clinton Leupp) got his/her start as a downtown favorite in the cabaret world of NY after he wrote, produced, directed, and starred in his first show Miss Coco Peru in My Goddamn Cabaret over 20 years ago. A legend was born.
On screen, Miss Coco is best known for her roles in Jim Fall’s feature film, trick (Sundance 1999) and Richard Day’s Girls Will Be Girls. (Sundance 2002) For this film Coco shared the Best Actress Award with his two co-stars at the HBO Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen as well as the Best Actor Award at LA’s Outfest Film Festival. Other film appearances include To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar, Nick and Jane, and Straight-Jacket. Coco can be heard in the Disney animated feature, The Wild as Mamma Hippo! She also appears in the highly-ish anticipated sequel of Girls Will Be Girls which will be released someday, hopefully.
Coco has appeared on TV in two stand-up comedy specials on LOGO: Wisecrack and Dragtastic, How I Met Your Mother, Arrested Development, Twins, Will and Grace, New York Undercover, Detroit 187, several Bravo reality and clip shows, and in an Orbitz commercial that was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award. She also guest-starred in Bianca Del Rio’s LOGO comedy special Not Today Bianca.
Coco also hosts an on-going live series of shows at the Renberg Theater in Los Angeles called Conversations With Coco in which Coco interviews and celebrates the lives and careers of the LGBT community’s favorite icons. Miss Peru’s guests have included Liza Minnelli, Jane Fonda, Bea Arthur, Lily Tomlin, Karen Black, Lainie Kazan, Lesley Ann Warren, and drag legend Mr. Charles Busch. After a very successful Kickstarter campaign, a television pilot of Conversations with Coco will be taped with her guest, Lily Tomlin, in August 2016.
Richmond Triangle Players is proud to co-present Miss Cocu Peru with Virginia Pride, the organization behind Central Virginia’s annual Pridefest which draws more than 30,000 people. Virginia Pride also partners with other LGBT and allied organizations to host events and programs that celebrate the LGBTQ community and that promote and support inclusivity and diversity.
All performances will take place at Richmond Triangle Players’ theater at 1300 Altamont Avenue, just northwest of the intersection of the Boulevard and West Broad Street. Reserved cabaret-style seating ($30) can be purchased online at RTP’s web site at www.rtriangle.org, on RTP’s facebook page, or by leaving a message on the RTP Ticket hotline at 804-346-8113.