SPEED QUEEN The Joe Carstairs Story: Sex, Speed and High Society Book & Music by Phoebe Legere
Who: Phoebe Legere stars as cross-dressing butch billionaire Betty “Joe” Carstairs
When: Preview on March 7, and public performance dates: March 9, 15, 16, 17, 23, 24.
Where: Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie Street, New York, NY 10002 (between Bowery and Kenmare, and near subways J and D).
How Much: Admission for the March 7 show is $15.
Admission for the other performances are $19 in advance, $22 at the door, and a $1 for NYU students.
Contact: The venue phone is 212-219-0736,
The website is www.DixonPlace.org
Ticket links at: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/984019
Joe Carstairs, heir to the Standard Oil fortune, loved engineering, speed, and stiff competition. Above all, Joe loved women. Joe Carstairs broke the world speed record for motorboat racing in 1926.
Legere, a musical and performance art virtuoso, brings kinky billionaire “Joe' Carstairs to life in this vibrant solo show. In addition, Legere portrays several of Carstair's glamorous movie star lovers including Tallulah Bankhead, Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo and Mabel Mercer.
At the height of her fame, Joe sailed away from the glare of publicity. She entertained the Jet Set on her own, private, Lesbian Island in the Bahamas.
Speed Queen is a sensual, intoxicating #LGBTQ play that uncovers deep truths about the moments that define us, the women who shape us, and the ache of love that can last a lifetime.
The Message: This play is dedicated to all the #GNC (Gender Non-Conforming) sisters who have bravely gone before.
by Legere from her new #GNC Suit of Power Collection.
Legere’s period costumes of the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s are by Ralph Lauren.
This is a 70-minute play that will include: immersive lesbian films, songs, dances, spectacular special effects and intimate portraits of Joe’s girlfriends: Marlene Dietrich, Tallulah Bankhead, Greta Garbo, Mabel Mercer, Billie Holiday and Dolly Wilde. At the center of the story is Gay-Pride pioneer Joe Carstairs.
Legere's 4-octave powerhouse voice and multi-instrument mastery powers the opulent, raw, sizzling R&B of the musical score. ALL MUSIC IS ORIGINAL and the SPEED QUEEN EP street date is March 7, 2018. (Phoebe Legere’s 2017 album Heart of Love went to #18 on the national Roots chart.)