December 13, 2013
Happy Holidays? I Got Your “Happy Holidays” Right Here: Unwrapped.
: Major Scales (L) and Jinkx Monsoon in "Unwrapped." Courtesy of the artists.
Unwrapped! Tired of this “special time of year” already? Nothing says holiday cheer like two bitter queens and a pitcher full of martinis.
Whether your solstice holiday is centered on red-nosed house-breaking elves, bizarre rune-covered tops or baskets of vegetables, you know you already need a break. Whew! Relief is on the way courtesy of Jinkx Monsoon and Major Scales, who offer a theatrical gift that is the first thing that needs to be Unwrapped. This Sunday, Unwrapped brings the duo back to the Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center, the base from which they conquered off-Broadway in the last several months with The Vaudevillians.
Four times the run of The Vaudevillians was extended to allow New Yorkers to soak in the laughter, songs and high-Jinkx. Monsoon and Scales — aka Cornish alums Jerick Hoffer (TH ‘10) and Richard Andriessen (TH’10) — are bringing that same manic, sassy, jaded comic energy to Unwrapped for one special day only at the Cornish Playhouse, a matinee and an evening performance on Sunday, December 15, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. (Cornish students, alumni, faculty and staff, there are special ticket prices for you!) If you were on the edge of your seat in front of your TV as the magnificent Ms. Monsoon swept to victory in last year’s RuPaul’s Drag Race, you have got to see Unwrapped.
You know you need this. For once in your life, say “the holidays are a drag” and have that be a good thing.
Jinkx Monsoon is the alter ego of Jerick Hoffer, who graduated with a degree in theatrical performance from Cornish College of the Arts. With ten years experience on stage, Hoffer is a seasoned Portland-born entertainer who has captured the attention of his native Northwest region. As early as 2006, Hoffer appeared as the lead dancer in the world’s largest drag queen chorus line, which made the Guinness Book of World Records. By 2012, he had advanced to roles in Seattle theaters, playing Moritz in Spring Awakening (produced by Balagan Theatre) and Angel in Rent (produced by the 5th Avenue Theatre). Earlier this year, Hoffer played Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch (produced by Balagan Theatre and Seattle Theatre Group). He returns for a special engagement of Balagan’s production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch December 17 through 22 at the Moore Theatre.
Major Scales is the evil twin of Richard Andriessen. He is a writer, composer, and performer from Seattle, Wash., who graduated with a B.F.A. in Theater from Cornish College of the Arts. He has contributed original music to venues throughout Washington, from the Intiman Theatre to Hump!, Seattle’s premier amateur adult film festival. He recently composed music for and starred in Washington Ensemble Theater’s original musical The Callers, and performs regularly in DeLouRue Presents Homo For the Holidays and Freedom Fantasia.
Fine print: this special production is not eligible for our “Passport to the Arts” program.
Traffic alert: construction on SR99 and Mercer St. will affect traffic around the Playhouse. Check details at http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/mercercorridor.htm.
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