McCraney's Drag-House Drama Wig Out! Opens Off-Broadway

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"Dexter" star Erik King and drag persona Daniel T. Booth (a.k.a. Sweetie) star in Tarell Alvin McCraney's Wig Out!, opening Off-Broadway Sept. 30.
Wig Out! stars Erik King and Nathan Lee Graham.
rik King and Nathan Lee Graham in Wig Out! Carol Rosegg

Tina Landau directs. Previews began Sept. 11 at the Vineyard Theatre. Performances play to Oct. 19.

Wig Out! is "a fierce and intoxicating new play which tells of two competing drag houses, and the loves, loyalties, and dreams within each that draw their members together and apart," according to Vineyard.

Rebecca Naomi Jones (Passing Strange) is also featured in the cast with Joshua Cruz, Glenn Davis, Sean Patrick Doyle, McKenzie Frye, Nathan Lee Graham, Angela Grovey, Andre Holland and Clifton Oliver.

The design team features James Schuette (scenic), Toni-Leslie James (costumes), Peter Kaczorowski (lighting), Robert Kaplowitz (sound) and Wendy Parson (hair, wig and make-up).

Daniel T. Booth in Wig Out!
photo by Carol Rosegg

The Vineyard has undergone some modified seating: The stage is transformed to create the world of the show, including "a runway that stretches into the audience and onstage seating." McCraney earned the inaugural Paula Vogel Playwriting Award in 2007 from The Vineyard Theatre. His The Brothers Size was previously seen at The Public Theater and his In The Red and Brown Water (also directed by Landau) played Atlanta's Alliance Theatre. Vineyard developed Wig Out! as part of its Lab Series.

Tickets to Wig Out! at the Vineyard Theatre, 108 East 15th Street, are available by calling (212) 353-0303 or by visiting vineyardtheatre.org.

 Clifton Oliver (center) with Angela Grovey, Rebecca Naomi Jones and McKenzie Frye
Clifton Oliver (center) with Angela Grovey, Rebecca Naomi Jones and McKenzie Frye
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