A few weeks Back, Buzz Feed writer Saeed Jones, toured the south in the hopes of finding positive stories in a region riddled with anti-LGBT sentiment. He managed to stop by Richmond, VA, for an evening and managed to catch a viewing of La Cage aux Folles by the Richmond Triangle Players. He’s given a nice write up of his stay, here are some of our favorite lines. You can read the entire write uphere.
I slip backstage to watch the cast and crew in the frantic 10 minutes before opening curtain. In the dressing room, I ask Dan Stackhouse, who plays Francis in the show, about the seemingly very straight crowd. “We’re later in the run now,” he says. “The gay crowds came for the first few weeks and loved it, then — I think — word got out to their straight friends.”
With just seven minutes to go, Philip Baraoidan, a lithe dancer with more energy than the packed dressing room can contain, comes running in. “And now,” announces a fellow cast member over his shoulder loud enough for everyone to hear, “you’ll see what it looks like for a man to get in drag in less than seven minutes!”
Wigs are being strapped on like war helmets, men are gasping as the stays on their corsets are tightened, and it’s all done with the ease of performers who have found a way to do what they love.
Buzzfeed is an online aggregator that walks a fine line between journalism and click baiting. It’s always nice to see local people getting national attention, and we should all be proud to see RTP in the spotlight.