When she watched this year's RuPaul's Drag Race, Peaches Christ knew contestant Sharon Needles was perfect for her planned production of Silence of the Trans. Long before Needles took the LOGO reality series' fourth season crown, Christ signed the spooktacular Pittsburgh native to lead her spoof of The Silence of the Lambs.
"She took a chance on me from one episode," Needles recalls, who was "humbled" by the Bay Area "Midnight Mass" drag legend's vote of confidence.
Now a half-year later, the two are finally making Silence of the Trans a reality. The scary-yet-hilarious production, followed by a screening of the Academy Award-winning favorite upon which it's based, hits San Francisco's historic Castro Theatre on Sat., July 28.
"I'm really trying to utilize my drag for as much art as I can create," Needles told me during a recent, rather noisy interview. "I don't want to be stuck in night clubs, lip-syncing every night."
Cowritten by Jared Webster (Suppositori Spelling) and Joshua Grannell (Christ), Trans follows FBI agent Clarice Starlet (Spelling) as she tries to save a plus-sized captive (Lady Bear) from serial killer "Buffalo Jill" (Needles). To get inside the maniac's mind, she must rely on equally twisted Trannibal Lector (Christ). Vinsantos, Raya Light, Timmy Spence, Mrs. Christ (Peaches' own mother!), Trixxie Carr and Cousin Wonderlette costar.
Despite her hectic post-Drag Race schedule, Needles says she "jumped" at this opportunity. She arrived in the Bay Area a week in advance of the production to rehearse. It's been an amazing experience so far, Needles says. She's particularly excited because, in her own words, she's "a fan of" Christ and many her other costars.
"Since being on Drag Race, I've met many 'real' celebrities," says Needles, name-checking several for emphasis. "That's never phased me, but when I meet Cousin Wonderlette... That's going to be amazing!"
The 8 p.m. evening showing of Silence of the Trans is already sold out, but seats are still available for the 3 p.m. matinee. General admission is $20. For more information, visit www.PeachesChrist.com.
Listen to My Interview with Sharon here.