Special Agent Galactica set to take RTP audience on a romp around Uranus this Saturday
While the show might take place at Richmond Triangle players, expect to be taken out of this world this weekend when Special Agent Galactica comes to RVA to help guide you through a romp around Uranus.
Galactica, an assassin of the multiverse, will travel through space and time with help from her guitarist, Captain Satellite, and her smart-mouthed ship , the Timeship Aurora, voiced by Fred Schneider of the B-52′s.
The 90 minute show mixes cabaret and theatrics for a unique, sometimes silly, but heartfelt experience.
“It’s defiantly a character,” said Jeffery Johnson, Galactica’s creator, writer, director and star. “I arrive as Jeffery and leave as Jeffery, but Galactica just happens to be female… and an alien… and an assassin.”
The Galactica character was created over a decade ago when Johnson was at Ganymede Arts, an LGBTQ theatre company based in Washington DC which has since shuttered its doors. Galactica would make occasional appearances, first as a lip sync act and then finally as a fully produced theatre show.
“More people would be willing to put up with some sour notes from a pink headed drag character than if I was just standing up there by myself,” joked Johnson. As the character developed so did the show, but Johnson was busy with other characters as well.
A cabaret-style show featuring the showman as Edie Beale, the infamous Onassis family member, caught the eye of B-52′s frontman Fred Schneider. Schneider dug the bit and he worked to get Johnson other gigs – the two have stayed in touch which lead to Johnson asking if he’d lend his vocal talents to a full Galactica production. He agreed and before long the talking space craft was recorded in a hotel room for audiences like us here in Richmond to discover in the future.
“You get that hole B-52’s, Fred Schneider rap going,” johnson said. “You get all that, he’s sassy and talking back to me, but playing my space ship. It’s really lots of fun.”
Johnson said Galactica’s performance will span musical genres and decades, from Groucho Marks to Beyonce, but its more than just a cabaret show with great vocals and great drinks.
“It’s a good time, but there’s also moments of being very sincere and very dramatic,” said Johnson. “Galactica’s whole feel, the idea is there’s so much more to whats on our planet and whats in front of us. It’s time to look up, look out and realize we’re all together.”
As long as that romp includes a stop at Uranus, we’ll be there.
Check out Special Agent Galactica when she stops at Richmond Triangle Players this Saturday, 2/26, at 8PM. You can snag tickets here!
Richmond Triangle Players has been RVA’s leading source for LGBTQ entertainment and theatre for about 25 years, but their lavished Scotts Addition location wasn’t always their home. Back in the early days, they performed on the third floor of the now defunct-Fielden’s nightclub. “It was a postage-stamp stage, you could literally watch the building crumble around [...]April 27, 2017
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