A foot injury won’t stop Jeff Willis from returning to the stage as his drag alter ego Taylor Arnell for the first time in years.
“I’ll have a cast, no high heels,” he says. “It’s not going to stop me. It’s the love of entertaining.”
Willis wants you to catch a glimpse of drag’s past, present, and future Saturday night at Godfrey’s Evolution of Drag.
Willis is the original owner of Godfrey’s, the Grace St. club he founded in 1997 after working the bar circuit at Club 216 in Charlottesville and the now-defunct Christopher’s. He filled a niche with the popular Sunday Drag Brunch and continues to bring nationally known performers to Richmond. While no longer owner, he still fills these shoes as Godfrey’s entertainment and showcast director.
For this weekend’s event, twelve performers from different eras take to the stage and perform one number each. The planning started four months ago when Willis began approaching entertainers no longer performing in Richmond. He combines these long-time Richmond icons with current performers and new up-and-comers.
Performing Saturday are:
Alvion Arnell Davenport
Angelique Shane Snow
Nadia Shane Snow
Victoria C. Snow
In narrowing the event to a dozen performers, Willis doesn’t want to offend anyone not selected for this special show.
“No one was excluded,” he says. “Hopefully, we will have more of these.”
“We’re celebrating the best of female impersonation.”
An Evolution of Drag is Saturday, November 20 at Godfrey’s, 308 E. Grace St. Doors at 9:30 p.m. with 11 p.m. showtime. Cover is $5, 18+.