PLAYBILL PLAYLIST: Off-Broadway's Pageant Contestants Pick Songs They'd Do Drag To
21 Aug 2014
Nick Cearley: "I Can't Make You Love Me" by Bonnie Raitt. I think if I were to do a song in drag, I want to translate the pain and torture I feel realistically through the beautiful text of this heartbreaking classic. I also have mastered the single tear with the help of a yellow onion grown in my backyard… Well, my mom's backyard.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.