Lypsinka and James Lecesne Star as Dueling Divas in Hilarious Legends! by James Kirkwood
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Signature Theatre puts its own stamp on this dark masterpiece of musical theater. Written in 1928 by Bertolt Brecht, with music by Kurt Weill, The Threepenny Opera skewers capitalist society while following dashing criminal anithero Macheath as he leaves a trail of broken hearts and slashed throats throughout the London underworld. The unforgettable score's highlighted by "The Ballad of Mack the Knife" and "Pirate Jenny," and juiced by the jazzy sounds of '20s-era Berlin, while the innovative epic modernism of the work went on to influence the creators of acclaimed musicals like Cabaret and Urinetown. Learn More
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“The fabulousness of Lypsinka has been established so definitively that it could be cited in case law.” —_The Washington Post _
About John Epperson (aka Lypsinka):
John Epperson *aka Lypsinka *(Leatrice Monsee) was born in Hazlehurst, Mississippi and resides in New York City. He is the creator and star of iconic shows (many seen at The Studio Theatre) including I Could Go On Lip-Synching!_, The Fabulous Lypsinka Show_, Lypsinka! Now It Can Be Lip-Synched, Lypsinka! A Day In The Life (Drama Desk nomination Most Unique Theatrical Experience), Lypsinka! As I Lay Lip-Synching, Lypsinka Must Be Destroyed!, Lypsinka! The Boxed Set (Drama Desk nomination, Washington DC Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Non-Resident Production/Outstanding Lead Actor nomination, wins for Los Angeles Drama Critics’ Circle Award and _L.A. Weekly Theatre Award), John Epperson: Show Trash_ and The Passion of the Crawford. He also appeared as The Stepmother in the New York City Opera production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s _Cinderella _at Lincoln Center.
Epperson has appeared in such films as Witch Hunt with Dennis Hopper, Wigstock: The Movie, Angels In America, Kinsey, Another Gay Movie and Another Gay Sequel. His television credits include thr HBO specials Sandra After Dark with Sandra Bernhard and Dragtime; George Michael’s Too Funky, PBS’s The United States of Poetry and the special features on the_ Mommie Dearest_ and Whatever Happened To Baby Jane? DVDs.
Formerly a rehearsal pianist at American Ballet Theater, Epperson’s theatrical career was launched in the mid-1980s when he wrote the book, lyrics and music of Ballet Of The Dolls and_ Dial “M” For Model_ at La Mama ETC. His play My Deah_, the Medea tale set in the New South, had an Obie Award-winning production Off Broadway in 2006. Epperson and Lypsinka are the subjects of an Emmy-winning television documentary for PBS. He provided the preface for the Rizzoli photo book Persona_, and is the author of a new screenplay Happy Everything. Epperson has also written for The Guardian, The New York Times, The Washington Post Book World and Interview magazine.
About James Lecesne:
James Lecesne has created several solo performances as a writer as well as an actor, including his one-man play Word of Mouth, which was presented by Mike Nichols and Elaine May and directed by Eve Ensler (NY Drama Desk Award and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Solo Performance). Word of Mouth went on to be performed in Los Angeles (LA Weekly Theater Award) and in San Francisco (Bay Area Theater Award), as well as in many cities throughout the U.S. Other New York theatre credits include,_ Cloud 9_, directed by Tommy Tune; Extraordinary Measures, written and directed by Eve Ensler; and the 30th anniversary production of Boys in the Band.
Regional theater credits include, I Am My Own Wife, The Mystery of Irma Vep, Motherhood Out Loud all at Hartford Stage Company. Lecesne has appeared in episodes of Sex and The City, and in the films Home for the Holidays, Broadway Damage and Motherhood. He wrote one of the final episodes of Will & Grace_, adapted Armistead Maupin’s Further Tales of the City_ for Showtime (Emmy nomination) and wrote The Road Home: Stories of the Children of War, which was presented at Asia House and at the International Peace Initiative at the Hague. His young adult novel, Absolute Brightness, was a finalist for a 2008 William Morris Award; and his next novel, Virgin Territory, will be published this fall by Egmont. He wrote the short film Trevor, which received an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short, and he is co-founder of The Trevor Project, a non-profit organization that supports gay and questioning youth.
Lecesne most recently founded After The Storm, a non-profit theater and film project that uses art to revitalize the lives of young people in post-Katrina New Orleans.