Tonight’s Drag Machine is a show of most excellent proportions: Passengers will “board” a time machine — the transformed Jones Theatre — and follow Shirley Delta Blow through drag’s history and the larger GLBTQ civil-rights movement. Blow (aka actor and show developer Stuart Sanks) and company run the audience-interactive event as a partially rehearsed, partially improvised experience that tells the story, from the pivotal 1969 Stonewall Riots to the present, incorporating music from a gamut of icons such as Liza Minelli and Katy Perry.
“It’s not fully scripted, but it was important for Stuart to give some insight into the history of drag,” says show director Emily Tarquin. Choreographer Grady Soapes will add a key musical component, and the show promises to bring out much more than lip-synching from the seasoned troupe of performers.
Guests are encouraged to primp themselves with props provided in the time machine’s King and Queen restrooms; fabulous passengers can even stop by the “drag name generator” and snag a name tag prior to takeoff. Tarquin emphasizes the theater’s desire to create a safe environment for visitors, ensuring that audience participation is fun — but by no means mandatory.
Drag Machine ends tonight at the Jones, 1101 13th Street; tickets are $12 in advance, $14 at the door. Doors open at 8 p.m., and “departure” is scheduled for 8:30. For information, tickets and additional showtimes, visit www.denveroffcenter.org/drag-machine or call 303-893-6090.
Fridays, 8 p.m.; Dec. 7-8, 8 p.m. Starts: Nov. 2. Continues through Nov. 16, 2012