In the history of RuPaul’s Drag Race, few queens have snatched our wigs quite like season eight winner, Bob the Drag Queen. Excelling in the acting challenges and really any challenge that allowed him to show off his louder than life, no regrets personality, no one could forget when he channeled Taraji P. Henson in the Ruco’s Empire challenge. In addition to his videos for “Purse First” and “Blood Bath,” he also flexed his acting muscles with appearances in Rough Night, Cherry Pop, and HBO’s High Maintenance.
Bob the Drag Queen (@thatonequeen) will play Belize in Angels in America at @berkeleyrep. Audiences, prepare for your wig to be snatched during that “I hate America” monologue. https://t.co/fwS5YuJgTT pic.twitter.com/7X8bXIg8fm
— Ryan McPhee (@rdmcphee) January 4, 2018
This spring, he makes the leap from screen to stage with his theater debut. He stars as Belize in a production of Tony Kushner’s iconic queer play, Angels in America. With an upcoming Broadway run starring Nathan Lane and Andrew Garfield, Bob (aka Caldwell Tidicue) appears in a run of the show at California’s Berkeley Repertory Theatre. The company will perform both parts of the play (Millennium Approaches and Perestroika) in repertory.
Since its first performance in 1991, the two-part epic has gone down as a queer classic. Examining the AIDS crisis and homosexuality in America during the ‘80s, it follows a gay couple and a straight couple as their lives intersect during the outbreak. A surreal look at intersectionality, it paints a beautiful portrait of a lost generation.
Just a reminder that if you’ve never read Angels in America you should do that #roycohn
— Saladin Ahmed (@saladinahmed) January 5, 2018
The cast is rounded out by Randy Harrison as Prior, Danny Binstock as Joe Pitt, Dandy Danson as the Angel, Benjamin T. Ismail as Louis Ironson, Bethany Jillard as Harper Pitt, and Carmen Roman as Hannah. Stephen Spinella also stars as Roy Cohn. He made his Broadway debut in 1993 as Prior, winning a Tony for Millennium Approaches, and later winning one for Perestroika in 2014.
With such a talented cast, we’re excited to see Bob show off his serious acting skills.
See Bob the Drag Queen in Angels in America, running April 17 through July 22 at California’s Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Find tickets and more info online.