ALL THE KING’S MEN
Boston’s most decorated drag king troupe has been through a lot lately—their tenth anniversary show, a fond farewell to long-time member Petey Gibson, and a weekend tour of the Cape. You know you’re busy when Pride’s looking like a breather. We spoke with a breathless Leighsa Burgin about ATKM’s past, present and future.
How was P-town?
Provincetown was great! It was perfect as usual. We had three shows, but we they were super, super quick, so we had time to unwind. I’m used to doing marathon shows, but this was like one hour—that’s just how the shows go down there. So yeah, it went really really well.
It was our treat to Petey, really.
What in store for the group’s future after Petey leaves?
We are not positive but we’re definitely planning on continuing. We’ve lost people before. We’ve had auditions, so that’s a possibility. We could also go incredibly and totally insane and try to do our show with five people. Which could totally work, we just have to work out some new duos and solos and make sure we maintain our integrity in what we do.
Keep it tight, keep it exciting, keep it, you know, going.
So you’re not performing this year, but do you have any plans for Pride?
Oh yes, definitely. Pride is something that we’ve always been a part of, so we’ll be out and about. Hopefully the week prior we’ll try to squeeze in a little bit of a break. [Laughs]
What your (and the group’s) favorite Pride memory?
It’s actually kinda nice to be free—the organizers have said that nobody has performed that many times on stage.
I think probably one of the favorite collective troupe memories is the year that we decorated a truck in a nautical theme. I don’t know why, but every year on Pride it tends to rain, and it was raining hard that year—all the different fish and sharks and things that were stuck to the truck just continued to fall off. Meanwhile, one of our members was running dangerously late, so she was booking it down the street after this truck that was shedding decorations everywhere.
MARCH WITH THE MEN AT
BOSTON PRIDE PARADE
COPLEY SQ. TO CITY HALL PLAZA
Provincetown Magazine, May 2013
HUFFINGTON POST BABY! 11/14/12 (We’re number 14! Not really, but in the slideshow we are…)
Drag queens have been serving up “charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent” for audiences for years but with the debut of the reality television competition “RuPaul’s Drag Race” in 2009, they have become more popular and visible in the mainstream than ever before.
But while you may be able to name a half dozen or more drag queens off the top of your head, how many drag kings do you know?
Women have been dressing as men and performing masculinity on stage since (at least) the late 19th century, but drag kings have yet to achieve the same attention as their queen counterparts.
So, let’s tip the scales a bit, shall we?
Take a look at 28 incredible drag kings in the slideshow below and then tell us your thoughts on drag in the comments section.
We forget where this ran but it was SO incredibly cool!
ALL THE KINGS MEN @ THE OBERON
Going back to what we said earlier about ponds and the embiggening of such, the homegrown vaudevillians of gender-denting drag-revue troupe All the Kings Men got their start in a wine-soaked rec room right off that fair-sized number in JP. A couple of years later, and they’ve traded in that ambitious puddle for the frickin’ Atlantic, having achieved no small measure of international acclaim and even inspiring the documentary Play in the Grey. Not too shabby, as far as this pond thing goes. The ladies-who-are-gents-who-are-ladies return to their old can-canning grounds with a special Pride Week performance at Oberon.
[Sun 6.5.11. 2 Arrow St., Cambridge. 617.547.8300. 7pm/$20 adv, $25 dos. cluboberon.com]
Drag kings are all over the place in Boston.
A group shot of All the Kings Men, a drag theatre troupe in Boston. Photo by Joshi Radin.
All The Kings Men
A Look Inside Boston’s Premier Drag Troupe!
As soon as I moved to the city, there was one thing on everyone’s lips; All The King’s Men. I had heard from a number of friends that this drag-based theatre group should be at the top of my “Things to Do List,” so I made certain that I grabbed a ticket for their next show. As expected the show sold out prior to the doors opening. We got there early, and grabbed seats in the second row. I was psyched! All I remember was catching their gender-bending performance to Fergie’s “My Humps” and falling madly in love with the whole troupe! I was literally falling out of my chair in hysterics. Act after act, the ladies blew me away and ever since that fateful night, I’ve been hooked.ATKM has become a fixture at a number of special events in Provincetown, MA such as Memorial Day Weekend and Women’s Week. The have performed at numerous P-town venues such as, UU Theater, Vixen Nightclub and The Art House Theatre. This year they were also the highlight of the Boston Pride Stage, and those celebrating stuck around for hours in the rain just to catch their 3 acts. Hosted by the Theater Offensive, ATKM recently debuted Out of The Box: Twisted Tales. This groundbreaking show utilized storytelling and off-the-wall fairytale variations to touch on subjects like sexuality, gender and coming out as applied to vast array of characters. ATKM has already shared the stage with Margaret Cho, Lea Delaria, Dykes in the City, Filf Dos, Parisa from Rigged Outfitters, Sandra Valls, King Dred, Sabrina Matthews, Mimi Gonzalex, Lori Michaels and the Girls, The Steamy Bohemians and many more. Their name has become known well outside of their hometown.Besides being the most adorable group of women in Boston, this all-female cast has five-star talent on and off stage. All the actors are extremely well-rounded with their performance abilities. They rock choreographed dances, outrageous characters, improv comedy and connect with the audience every time. These ladies are constantly pushing the envelope by addressing sensitive subjects and different styles of performance art. They consistently keep the shows fresh for their religious followers, but always bring back the classics! Recently, ATKM began a reoccurring amateur “Idol”-like drag competition. These shows bring out the best unseen drag king talent and draw the crowds!In addition to putting on amazing shows, All The Kings Men play their part in the community. They’ve promoted fundraising efforts for several organizations such as MassEquality, BAGLY, the AIDS Action Committee, Home for Little Wanderers and many more. There shows also help to support local Boston venues. They’ve performed locally at the Boston Center for the Arts, Milky Way Lounge and Lanes, Machine Theater/Nightclub and a number of others. Their events have provided a positive environment for the local all ages LGBT family. All The King’s Men have also hosted workshops and performances at local colleges all over the Northeast, and have helped to create a greater LGBT understanding on these campuses. They really enjoy acting as mentors to queer youth and make it a priority to take the time to foster the upcoming queer generations.Currently, a local videographer has taken a strong interest in the troupe and has begun production on a gender documentary focusing on group. In addition, they have been expanding and booking shows all over the Northeast and they hope to solidify a U.S. tour in the near future. The troupe has already booked shows throughout this spring, and they will be performing at Elliot Hall in Jamaica Plain, MA on March 1st, in an effort to kickoff their tour fundraising. They are currently looking for interns, sponsors and independent managers that are interested in supporting the troupe as they continue to grow. For more information about All The Kings Men, please visit their website www.myspace.com/atkm