Last night I saw the amazing show AT THE FLASH preformed by actor David Leeper.
Leeper did an amazing acting job with a wonderful piece of theater. Leeper is alone on stage for 90 min as he plays 5 different GLBT characters. His timing bouncing in-and-out of different characters is perfection and his work allows you to see each character clearly and distinctly.
The story intertwines the five characters’ lives set at the bar call The Flash. The journey covers many different decades of the GLBT life and struggles such as coming out, becoming who you are, AIDS epidemic, GLBT’s fight for equality.
The show contains an amazing refection with looking back and forward about the history of the GLBT community. From the direction, writing and acting of AT THE FLASH it’s a wonderful night of theater and not to be missed.
This show is so fitting since this weekend we celebrate the kick off of the Pride season with Long Beach PRIDE. So show you’re PRIDE, buy a ticket & go see AT THE FLASH!
The show runs at the Celebration Theater until May 26. Tickets on on sale at http://www.attheflash.com. Below is the interview I did earlier this week with actor, David Leeper.
Actor, David Leeper is bringing his one man show “At The Flash” from its recent critically acclaimed run in Chicago to the Celebration Theater in Los Angeles. The run begins May 17 thru May 26. For tickets and full show information go to: http://www.attheflash.com.
I was able to chat with Leeper about the show, bars and Star Wars! Enjoy!
Mike: What was the inspiration for writing At The Flash?
David: Sean had the idea to write a play about the role a gay bar plays in the community over the decades. We wanted to explore the way the community has changed but also how it’s stayed the same.
M: What should the audience expect to see on stage?
D: It’s a very dynamic piece of theater. Unlike a traditional multi-character, one-performer show, the five characters stories are inter-cut throughout the piece to best parallel the story lines. The show jumps from character to character, decade to decade as each story unfolds piece by piece. Also, it’s a play. It’s not a autobiographical narrative or “one man show” so often it’s a different experience than what an audience member might expect.
M: Where there people who inspired your characters?
D: Not really specific people. More like a collection of people. Some of the stories are inspired by our experiences or circumstances, but we approached the writing from an angle of what stories we wanted to tell and then what characters would best tell it. We also wanted the characters to be universal in way that the audience would either feel like they are that person or know that person.
M: What the hardest part of the show for you as a performer?
D: There are over 40 transitions between the five characters in the show which runs just shy of 90 minutes. Each character has their own voice, posture, pace, etc. It certainly keeps me on my toes!
M: Now what’s your favorite part of the show?
D: There is a segment where Miss Sparkle, the drag queen, reflects on a romantic weekend trip to San Francisco. Sean wrote most of that part and I think it’s beautiful and emotional in a very poignant way.
M: What is the thru line theme of AT THE FLASH?
D: Universally, everyone wants the same things; to be loved and accepted for who they are and to have a place to call home.
M: Since the show is set in a bar – do you have a current Flash you frequent? What is your drink of choice?
D: The Flash exists as a different place for everyone. The Flash, to me, is DOK West in Garden Grove that closed just after I turned 21, but really every bar now is like The Flash. My drink of choice, then and now, is a 7&7 or beer.
M: I cyber-Facebook-stalked you a bit… Now how many times have you seen STAR WARS at Disneyland?
D: Ha! Isn’t that was Facebook is for? I was on the opening crew of Star Tours when the first generation opened in 1986, but quickly went back to working in Space Mountain. The new 3D version is pretty cool, I have to say. It has a random generator so each “trip” is a different combination of experiences. I been on it enough that I think I’ve seen all the segments.
M: Whom today inspires you in the LGBT community?
D: Ru Paul. He puts out such positive messages. Drag Race, although thankfully chockfull of campy goodness, has moments that are very touching. Whether it’s self-acceptance or a re-connected family, he’s mending fences and opening minds.
M: Any words of advice for the LGBT youth of today?
D: I’d want them to know that they can be who they are and they can define for themselves what it means to be gay. The community is as varied as any other. When I came out, the hardest thing I faced was my belief that I was going to lead a sad and lonely existence of constant challenge and rejection. There would be no such thing as a “traditional” relationship in my future. I wanted the picket fence, a husband a home. Eventually I realized it was just a matter of finding someone who wanted the same things, which I was fortunate to find and have had for 22 incredible years.
Show: At The Flash
Where: Celebration Theater
Address: 7051 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90038
Dates: Previews May 15-17; Run May 18-26