Catch Nora Burns in David’s Friend opens Friday at La Mama

Flashback to the late 80s. Wigstock had been going for 4-5 years and it had grown to be unmanageable for a drag queen in her 20s. (Yes, I was once a twink. Now I've done twink, thank and twunk.) Along came a benevolent hunk named David Burns, a benevolent god in leather who smiled upon me, and offered is Union Square fancy digs as a Wigstock headquarters of sorts. The festival wouldn't have continued without his help and for that I'm eternally grateful. David did not survive the AIDS crisis, though he touched many with his winning personality and stunning looks before he passed. He even took the last name of his steadfast gal pal Nora Burns. This new show is an ode to their friendship. Now Nora has interviewed friends close to him to remember him in her new solo show David's Friend. It will be interesting to see Nora, best known for comic turns in the comedy troupes Unitard and The Nellie Olesons, take on the more serious side of a buddy who has passed. I know that I cried during my interview with her! However, Nora will paint not just a picture of David and their friendship, but of NYC at one of it's peak time, when clubbing was a lifestyle and all the drugs, sex, music and AIDS which went with it. "DAVID'S FRIEND is an achingly funny coming-of-age story about love and loss at the center of the universe: New York City. It's a true-life epic about Nora and David, best friends who met as teenagers and moved to Manhattan, where they immersed themselves in the zeitgeist: a speed-of-light journey through sex, drugs, disco, love and heartbreak. DAVID'S FRIEND is the outrageous and riotous saga of an era when rents were cheap, sex was waiting around every corner, and friendship was the most important thing of all." Costumes by Connie Fleming, videos by Len Whitney and dramaturgy of Lucy Sexton of Dance Noise fame. Opens this Friday through 1/5 at La Mama. http://www.broadwayworld.com/off-off-broadway/article/Comic-Memoir-DAVIDS-FRIEND-to-Travel-Back-to-80s-NYC-at-La-MaMa-20170105

Flashback to the late 80s. Wigstock had been going for 4-5 years and it had grown to be unmanageable for a drag queen in her 20s. (Yes, I was once a twink. Now I’ve done twink, thank and twunk.) Along came a benevolent hunk named David Burns, a benevolent god in leather who smiled upon me, and offered is Union Square fancy digs as a Wigstock headquarters of sorts. The festival wouldn’t have continued without his help and for that I’m eternally grateful. David did not survive the AIDS crisis, though he touched many with his winning personality and stunning looks before he passed. He even took the last name of his steadfast gal pal Nora Burns. This new show is an ode to their friendship.

Now Nora has interviewed friends close to him to remember him in her new solo show David’s Friend. It will be interesting to see Nora, best known for comic turns in the comedy troupes Unitard and The Nellie Olesons, take on the more serious side of a buddy who has passed. I know that I cried during my interview with her! However, Nora will paint not just a picture of David and their friendship, but of NYC at one of it’s peak time, when clubbing was a lifestyle and all the drugs, sex, music and AIDS which went with it.

“DAVID’S FRIEND is an achingly funny coming-of-age story about love and loss at the center of the universe: New York City. It’s a true-life epic about Nora and David, best friends who met as teenagers and moved to Manhattan, where they immersed themselves in the zeitgeist: a speed-of-light journey through sex, drugs, disco, love and heartbreak. DAVID’S FRIEND is the outrageous and riotous saga of an era when rents were cheap, sex was waiting around every corner, and friendship was the most important thing of all.”

Costumes by Connie Fleming, videos by Len Whitney and dramaturgy of Lucy Sexton of Dance Noise fame. Opens this Friday through 1/5 at La Mama.

http://www.broadwayworld.com/off-off-broadway/article/Comic-Memoir-DAVIDS-FRIEND-to-Travel-Back-to-80s-NYC-at-La-MaMa-20170105